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.
- Gingerbread originally comes from the East and is said to have come from Europe in 922 by a monk to help cure indigestion.
- 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.
- The popularity of gingerbread houses skyrocketed in Germany after the Brothers Grimm published “Hansel and Gretel”.
- In the city of Bergen in Norway, they make an entire city of gingerbread houses annually.
- Unmarried women in England would often eat gingerbread men for good luck in meeting a husband.
- Gingerbread houses can be traced back to Ancient Greece and Egypt.
- There is a Swedish tradition in which people use gingerbread to make a wish.
- The word “gingerbread’ derives from the Old French word “gingebras”, meaning “preserved ginger”.
- The largest gingerbread house in the world is 60 feet by 42 feet and is worth 35,823,400 calories.
- One of the defining aspects of gingerbread is the use of honey or molasses as the sweetener instead of sugar.
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