Making Candy Houses on Black Friday is our tradition. We have made the build it kits for years and have tried lots of different kits and added candy and edibles to the kits.
The biggest trick is to use the royal icing and let the house set up a bit before you pile on the candy.
With little kids it is best to go with the pre-built kits or build them a few hours ahead of time then let them decorate.
With smaller houses it is easy to use a baking sheet to build on.
Contain all your candy and decorations in bowls, muffin tins or this relish tray works for bigger pieces and can be covered if you work on them over time.
Set up an area to work with eay clean surface.
The icing bags that come with the kits often are hard for little hands and they seem to leak a bit too.
Some of the items we add onto the kits are lifesavers, pretzels, crackers and cookies, fruit leather cutouts, candy canes, necco wafers, ribbon candy, marshmallows, and icing decorations.
These are some of the favorite from years past to give you some ideas. The fun is in getting everyone involved and being creative with the houses. I am sure there will be lots of housed popping up on Instagram and Pinterest for inspiration too.
This 2 story house was one I spent quite a bit of time on. It is 2 sets of side walls with the roof pieces cut to for the second floor and balcony base. This is some what a replica of my house. I made it when the house was still just an empty lot as a way to tell my friend that the next time they came to visit I would have a house instead of the apartment. It is not ready for any Gingerbread contests but it was fun to build an that is really the idea behind this tradition.