National Gingerbread House Day: Fun Facts

Gingerbread House Day

Making Gingerbread Houses is a fun, creative and traditional activity for the holiday season. Today is National Gingerbread House Day and we have some interesting facts about gingerbread to share while you create your own.

  1. Gingerbread originally comes from the East and is said to have come from Europe in 922 by a monk to help cure indigestion.
  2. It is said that Queen Elizabeth I came up with the concept of the gingerbread man after wanting to present them to visiting officials as gifts.
  3. The popularity of gingerbread houses skyrocketed in Germany after the Brothers Grimm published “Hansel and Gretel”.
  4. In the city of Bergen in Norway, they make an entire city of gingerbread houses annually.
  5. Unmarried women in England would often eat gingerbread men for good luck in meeting a husband.
  6. Gingerbread houses can be traced back to Ancient Greece and Egypt.
  7. There is a Swedish tradition in which people use gingerbread to make a wish.
  8. The word “gingerbread’ derives from the Old French word “gingebras”, meaning “preserved ginger”.
  9. The largest gingerbread house in the world is 60 feet by 42 feet and is worth 35,823,400 calories.
  10. One of the defining aspects of gingerbread is the use of honey or molasses as the sweetener instead of sugar.

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