The Pop Tart gingerbread house is super fun to decorate and ideal for the holiday season! When you’ve made an gingerbread house from Pop Tarts you’ll never go back to Graham Crackers. I’ll provide ideas and tips for decorating your gingerbread house using sweets and royal frosting.
I’m sure we all knew that when we designed Pop Tart haunted houses earlier this year that a festive version would be added to the website. Seriously If you make the switch to Pop Tarts you’ll never go back to the graham crackers.
It all began when I was unable to find chocolate graham crackers in the supermarket to create ghostly gingerbread homes. My husband suggested Chocolate Pop Tarts. I was skeptical, but purchased a package to amuse him. They came out amazing! Solid, simple to make and fun to decorate.
WHY ARE POP TARTS BETTER THAN GRAHAM CRACKERS?
They are more substantial than Graham crackers, so you can have more space in your house.
They’re less difficult to chop than crackers like graham. They also do not crumble as easily however they can fall apart if you’re not cautious. Tips Use a serrated knife and cut into pop tarts Pop Tart instead of cutting or pressing to the knife straight down.
They are available in a variety of varieties of colors, flavors and shades.
They’re more durable than the graham crackers, and appear more like a boxed gingerbread home kit.
They’re frosted, which creates the most fun texture and an attractive appearance.
How do you think your house of pop tarts last? Pop tarts are already old-fashioned, so there is no need to fret about your gingerbread home becoming soft, as graham crackers often do. The house will last for the entire season long.
Plastic sandwich bag
6 pop tarts
1 cup of powdered sugar
3-4 teaspoons of water
Place six pop tarts on your cutting board.
Cuts will be made on 4 of the 6 of the tarts. The two that aren’t made are for the roofing pieces. You can place those two pop tarts aside If you’d like.
Front and Back Walls
Make 1 pop tart then place on its side just next to another pop tart.
Cut a diagonal line from the edge of the tart that is lying on its side toward the middle of the middle of the pop tart. Repeat on the opposite side.
Now you should have an ice cream pop tart that appears like a home. Repeat this process until you have two house-themed pop tarts.
Did you remember that tart that you turned upside down? Do you want to put it back up. Set it on top of one of the pop tarts with a house design by lining the corners. Cut horizontally across. Repeat.
There should be 2 roof sections (un-cut) and two house-shaped pieces, and two wall pieces.
Mix powdered sugar with water to create a royal icing adhesive. Add water 1 teaspoon at one time until you have the desired consistency (2 1/2 teaspoons work well to me). Put icing in the Ziploc bag and trim the top. Join the four walls using icing. Hold in place for about a minute or as long.
Attach the roof pieces and then hold them in place for a few minutes or so.
The houses should be set aside for at least 30 minutes prior to decorating. If you are making these with children put them together in the morning before you decide to decorate them. This will allow the pop tarts time to harden slightly.
Dip the decorations in icing, or pipe icing on houses to add decoration.
The consistency of the icing should be that of glue for crafting.
If you are cutting the pop tarts make use of the serrated knife, and then gently cut. Do not press too hard using the knife.
To include heavier candy to the house, such as M&Ms Add an icing line to the house. Allow the icing set for a few minutes prior to placing the candy in it. This allows the icing to dry out a bit and then become sticky.
You might need to keep the candy down or adjust the candy if it begins to move when waiting for the frosting to set.