Every year I say I am not building a gingerbread house and every year I lose sleep because I never start early. This year is no difference, I decided to build the hotel. The house was due Saturday, I of course started Monday. I learned so much, like isomalt is really hot and I shouldn’t start the Monday before.
I also decided to experiment with sugar glue sticks. I poured hot sugar into tinfoil tubes. I made a huge mess and it kind of worked.
I did not try this with isomalt only sugar. It was okay with sugar, in the south humidity is brutal so it melted. I did do some research, apparently there once was a isomalt glue gun but they had too many lawsuits and stopped production. I used to do batik dying and used an old electric roasting pan for the wax. I decided to pull that out and try it with isomalt. I also bought a silicon brush for this and to my surprise it worked amazing.
I had planned on doing a whole lot more with my gingerbread house. However, I completely under estimated the time it would take to construct it. One big panel took 7 hours, I admit I was not prepared for the time it would take. So I ended up modifying the design.
Shortly after this photo was taken I was adding parsley to the base for grass. I set the parsley down on the ground and both dogs started attacking each other over the parsley. The parsley went everywhere and it took an hour to clean up. This happened at 1am so I could not vacuum since everyone was asleep. I also lost an hour of build time so I went to bed at 4:48am. I was up at 7am so I could get ready for work.
It was an amazing experience and I am glad I threw something together in five days. I will say I am already starting to plan for next year. If I can pull it off it would be really cool, I will be starting in January not five days before the event.