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 Post subject: Gingerbread house
PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2006 3:03 pm 
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My 3 year old son has a peanut allergy, and his daycare wants to buy and decorate gingerbread houses. Has anyone looked into this already, and have some suggestions?
Cynthia


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2006 3:55 pm 
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Hi Cynthia,

I have been looking for a commercial gingerbread house kit and can't find one that is peanut/nut free, so I think I'm going to have to go "Martha Stewarty" on that one :lol: . I found a recipe, template, instructions and even a really funny video to demonstrate at:

http://www.marthastewart.com/page.jhtml ... =ns2006_m1

A little more work but it's so pretty!

Are you in Canada? Dare is making really pretty Christmas coloured jelly beans and mints. I found them at Zellers and Walmart. Along with Allan candy canes, and perhaps Smarties, it would make a really pretty house.

Good luck!

P.S. We should have a competition and post pictures of our houses on line!!!

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2006 8:59 pm 
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Check out some of the Create-A-Treat things. http://www.createatreat.com/

I bought the giant snowman & tree gingerbread cookies for my daughter to decorate, called the company and they were ok. The customer rep I spoke to did mention that some of their products "may contain" because of the candies that are included. I found them at Superstore. Might be worth looking into.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2006 2:57 pm 
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I've also seen Wilton gingerbread house kits - but I just called and while there are no peanuts or nuts in the products, there are peanuts and nuts in the plant, which for me means there is a risk of cross-contamination (and the customer service rep said as much on the phone).

Just in case you wanted to see what they look like, see http://tinyurl.com/9wm2s for pictures of the kits.

Something else that I thought of doing was using Rice Krispie treats to make the walls and such. Would that be an option?

Possible safe candies (from a peanut/nut perspective - but always read the label) would be:
-Dare candies
-Kerr candies
-Smarties
-LifeSavers
-Kellogg Fruit Snacks
-Skittles
-Starburst
-Sweet tarts
-Tootsie Rolls
-Tootsie Pops
-Wonka Nerds
-Twizzlers
-Mike & Ike and similar (see my post at http://www.allergicliving.com/forum/vie ... php?t=1655 for Just Born candies info)
-Graham crackers for the roof

K.

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- DS1 (12 yrs): allergic to cashews, pistachios, Brazil nuts, potatoes, some legumes, some fish, pumpkin seeds; OAS
- DS2 (1o yrs): ana. to dairy, eggs, peanuts; asthma


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2006 2:58 pm 
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Nicole wrote:
We should have a competition and post pictures of our houses on line!!!


Nicole - that's a great idea! If any of us find the time let's do that...!

K.

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- DS1 (12 yrs): allergic to cashews, pistachios, Brazil nuts, potatoes, some legumes, some fish, pumpkin seeds; OAS
- DS2 (1o yrs): ana. to dairy, eggs, peanuts; asthma


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2006 4:13 pm 
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I think the Rice Krispies idea would work. I'm also trying to think of square or rectangular (flat) safe cookies that could be held together with icing... I don't think Dare makes any. ??


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2006 6:03 pm 
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My question with gingerbread houses has always been, what to use for icing, that has no eggs?
Traditional royal icing has it, and I've never been sure what to use for a substitution that would dry nice and hard like it does?

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2006 9:07 pm 
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I googled "eggless royal icing" and got:

http://www.wilton.com/forums/messagevie ... adid=69501

http://www.recipelink.com/mf/21/6099

:)


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2006 12:40 am 
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Thanks ethansmom :) . I had also googled and found similar recipes, just wondering if anyone had anything "tried and true", before I started experimenting.
We tried a recipe similar to the one found in the 2nd link one year, and the results left a little to be desired (didn't set hard enough)...but maybe the other recipe that uses gelatin to replace the egg?

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Last night I hit the motherload. ;)

1. An OASG member brought in a cute little gingerbread train kit from Create-A-Treat that cost all of $9.99. She bought it at the Independent Grocer in Ottawa (Meadowvale and Merivale). Looked really nice and is peanut- and nut-free. (She called.)

2. At Bulk Barn on Merivale near Baseline (in Ottawa) I found Liberty Royal Icing Mix that is egg-free. A friend has bought it before and I think it works fine. (She's avoiding dairy, eggs, peanuts, nuts and sesame seeds and I trust her vigilance and company calling skills.)

It comes in a 425 g bag. It's a powder that you mix with water. Ingredients are icing sugar and soya protein.

I will let you know it works.

K.

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- DS2 (1o yrs): ana. to dairy, eggs, peanuts; asthma


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ethansmom wrote:
I think the Rice Krispies idea would work. I'm also trying to think of square or rectangular (flat) safe cookies that could be held together with icing... I don't think Dare makes any. ??


Could you not use Graham crackers?

K.

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- DS2 (1o yrs): ana. to dairy, eggs, peanuts; asthma


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2006 4:22 pm 
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Karen, The Epi-Men must be excited.

What a mom!

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2006 12:07 am 
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Yes Karen -- graham crackers would work well! Just after I posted I read another thread where Susan suggested that too.
It's too funny that you mention the gingerbread train, just this evening I was at Loblaws and saw it ($9.99 too). The label listed an allergen alert for soy and sulphites.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2006 1:09 am 
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I was going to pick up a Wilton kit, I didn't see a warning for peanuts listed anywhere. Has anyone used them and hoad no problems? Or should I just look at making one from scratch>?

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2006 6:46 am 
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We made the Gingerbread train this weekend! :D
She had so much fun. The kit came with a plastic base with grooves that held the cookie pieces upright. It was perfect.

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