Aldi brings out a classic gingerbread house kit every year as Christmas approaches. Let’s take a look at the Benton’s Limited Edition Gingerbread House Kit.
For starters, this kit is part of something new for Aldi: Limited Edition collection. The back of the box says, “Introducing ALDI’s Limited Edition collection, a range of products that extends across the brands you love. From your family favorites to something new, we bring this holiday collection chosen for you.”
This is a complete kit that includes candy treats for decorating, pre-made icing, and pre-baked gingerbread pieces. Beyond the basic gingerbread house pieces and icing, the candy these kits contain is a little different every year. This year’s kit includes the gingerbread house pieces as well as one gingerbread man and one gingerbread Christmas tree that can both be placed on the included plastic display stand that the entire house gets built on. The kit also has one bag of white EZ-Build Royal Icing with two styles of decorating tips. The candy pieces include round red-and-white peppermints, gumdrops, gummy trees (these were delicious and apple-flavored), and some hard Sweet Tarts-like holly leaves and red “berries.”
The back of the box features illustrated directions for assembling the house:
- Icing Bag Preparation. Knead or massage icing pouch for 1 minute to a soft, smooth consistency (like a toothpaste texture).
- Cut Icing Bag. To start the flow of icing, remove the cap and snip the tip to a 1/4-inch opening. Be sure not to cut the opening too large.
- Arrange House Pieces for Assembly. Lay out house pieces on table. Line the four canals of EZ Build Tray with a strip of icing. On the reverse side (rough side) of the front and back panels of the house, pipe a thick line of icing along the edges.
- Erect Walls. Using the EZ Build Tray, insert the back panel of the house into the canal, then press the side wall up against the icing strip on the back panel. Repeat the process with the front panel and second side wall. Adjust walls to create a good rectangle prior to putting on the roof pieces.
- Apply Icing to House Peak. Pipe a thick strip of icing along the roof edges of the front and back panels.
- Add Roof. Attach roof panels to house peaks and hold in place for 1 minute. Then line a strip of icing down the middle of the house. Hold in place for another minute while icing sets. Wait for 15 minutes or until icing is dry prior to decorating the house.
Once the icing is dry, you can being decorating by piping frosting wherever you want on the house and sticking on candy.
The Assembly Process:
The gingerbread house was easy to assemble. The directions were clear and easy enough that my kids and I put the house together with no difficulties.
It takes some muscle to squeeze frosting out of the tip of the frosting bag, and it was hard even for me to remove some of the frosting tips to change them. We also could not get the small gingerbread Christmas tree to stand upright and stay that way for more than a minute or so, even after using a large amount of frosting and holding it in place for a few minutes so the frosting could set.
The kit includes plenty of frosting and candy pieces for decorating, although my kids wished there were a few more gumdrops. My kids also noticed the photo on the box shows small candy pieces on the gingerbread man and gingerbread tree that are not included in the kit, although they may be gumdrops cut into small pieces; I’m not sure.
The Finished Product:
We ended up with a cute little gingerbread house. My kids didn’t understand the concept that a gingerbread house is more of a decoration rather than something to eat. They began plucking candy off the house as soon as we had taken pictures of the finished product. I wouldn’t recommend eating the actual gingerbread from this kit. It’s hard. If you’re curious, though, the kit contains 30 120-calorie servings.
Aldi’s Special Buy (ALDI Find) Benton’s Limited Edition Gingerbread House Kit comes together nicely. Directions are easy to follow, and the finished house is cute. I wouldn’t recommend eating this (unless you only pluck candy pieces off the house) because the gingerbread is almost teeth-breakingly hard. It’s definitely more for decoration than for eating. Recommended.