As the holidays approach, so too does the enamored tradition of building those domestic comestibles known as gingerbread houses. Amidst graham cracker doors and whipped frosting floors is an enchanting tradition that encourages creativity, diligence and a zest for all things sweet.
And what better way to kick off the holidays than with a gingerbread house contest?
Gourmet candy shop Licorice International, located in the Haymarket on 8th and Q, will hold its second annual Gingerbread House Contest With a Twist from Monday, December 5 through Friday, December 16.
“It is so much fun to have an old-fashioned type Christmas project that excites people,” store owners Elizabeth Erlandson and Ardith Stuertz said of the event. “We had a lot of fun ‘oohing’ and ‘aahing’ last year over the various creations.”
Registration for the event is free and must be completed by Saturday, November 26 at Licorice International. Six gift cards to the candy shop will be given out to the top three winners in two different categories. $50, $25 and $15 gift cards will go to winners in the adult category and $25, $15 and $10 gift cards will go to winners in the children (13 and under) category.
Upon registration, a list of rules will be given to each participant that includes the following:
• Everything (except the base) must be edible.
• Four (4) different types of candy from Licorice International must be incorporated into the design.
• Entries cannot be larger than 10 inches deep and 15 inches wide. Height is limited to 13 inches.
• Entries will be judged on creativity and craftsmanship by a panel of judges.
• Entries must be personally delivered (not shipped) to Licorice International by 5 p.m. on Monday, December 5th.
• Winners will be announced on Friday, December 16th and entries may be picked up any time after that.
The event spawned from a haunted gingerbread house that was made by a Licorice International employee for Halloween last year.
“We loved it and thought, wouldn’t it be great to do this at Christmas and let others in on the fun,” Erlandson said.
The store had about 12 entries for the event’s inaugural year; among them a farmhouse with a barn, a log cabin, a Victorian house and an old German house. Last year’s winner was Hannah Becker for her entry “Temporary Elegance”, a design based on her childhood dollhouse.
This year’s winners will be decided by a panel of judges that includes celebrity judge Judy a la Carte (Judy Gilliard), radio host for KLIN 1400 Sundays at 10:00 am.
An open house will be held on Friday, December 16th at the store from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm where visitors may view the winning entries and enjoy free samples of candy and beverages.
“This is such a fun, family activity and offers great opportunity for creativity. Plus, the prizes are totally awesome,” Erlandson said.
Over the past week, the folks at Licorice International have been prepping their store for the impending holidays. The staff has ornamented their store with sumptuous festoons and has received new shipments of festive candies like Belgian chocolate-covered pretzels, gourmet salted caramels and white chocolate-covered toffee.
With colorful speckles and bright candy freckles, culinary architects will spread creativity, whimsy and holiday cheer at Lincoln International’s Gingerbread House Contest, while all the gingerbread men look forward to having many new places to call home sweet home.
For more information on the event, call (402) 488-2230 or email email@example.com