Get in the holiday spirit by building a cherry gingerbread village this holiday season! We wanted to make a village that resembled our Glen Arbor Cherry Republic campus. Whether you make your own gingerbread cookie dough or use the gingerbread village kit we recommend, these step-by-step instructions will show you how to build a cherry gingerbread village.
The lights are twinkling on the Christmas tree, the best Christmas songs are on shuffle, and your kids’ laughter is spread throughout your cozy home while they build a Gingerbread house. Gingerbread houses may look tasty, but they’re really not meant to be eaten — unless you are popping the cherry candies off! (Don’t worry we couldn’t resist either). Keep your village for decoration, and then bake some gingerbread cookies separately for eating.
What You Need To Build A Gingerbread Village
- Imperial Cherry Covered Pretzels
- Wild Cherry Gummy Bears
- Cherry Licorice Bites
- Sour Cherry Patches
- Cherry Sour Balls
- Imperial Chocolate Covered Cherries
- A Gingerbread Village Kit (We used and recommend this one!)
Step 1: Unpack The Kit
Start by unpacking the kit. Place the candies, icing, decorating bags and decorating tips off to the side. Unwrap the gingerbread house pieces and make sure they have no cracks or chips. Please note that you can use the kit candies in addition to our cherry candies, but we only used ours! Organize your village by house pieces so you don’t lose track as you go.
Step 2: Assemble The Houses
We recommend following the instructions in the kit when assembling the village! You will want to let your house dry well before moving on to step 3! Tip: Prepare extra icing before assembling to ensure you have enough to make the house pieces stick together.
Step 3: Decorate! (Our Favorite Step)
When your house is assembled and dried, it’s time to decorate! Grab your cherry candies and make your village a holiday showstopper! We let our assembler Emmy have the creative freedom to decorate as she wanted. You can use ours as an example, or make your village as you please. Emmy used a mix of Cherry Sour Balls, Cherry Sour Patches and Cherry Licorice as the roof of the different homes. She made sure to set our Cherry Gummy Bears as the people of the village. She referred to them as “Cherry Republic shoppers!”
How Long Does A Gingerbread House Last?
Your gingerbread house can last several weeks if stored properly. At night, cover it with plastic wrap to keep it from drying out. During the day, keep it in a cool, dry place. It is the perfect homemade décor to have around your home during the holidays.
Is there a Cherry Republic Gift Box that will work to decorate?
Yes! Our Sweet Tooth Gift Box is perfect for this activity. Filled with Cherry Republic’s favorite candies, this box contains Ruby Red Sour Cherry Patches, Cherry Sour Balls, Sour Twin Cherry Gummies, Wild Cherry Gummy Bears, and Cherry Licorice Bites. Take your gingerbread village to the next level with this irresistible box!