How to Keep Your Gingerbread House from Falling Apart

Don't give up on your gingerbread house. You can make it work with this TikTok hack!

We’ve all been there—attempting to build a gingerbread house with pieces that refuse to stay stuck together. While decorating a gingerbread masterpiece has become a time-honored family tradition, it can be tough to execute. I can’t even tell you how many gingerbread walls I’ve broken. So I was thrilled to discover the secret to sturdy construction: sugar!

How to Make a Gingerbread House Stay Together

Some of us rely on cups, bowls and various other kitchen items to keep our gingerbread house walls secure as the royal icing slowly hardens. This method can be time-consuming and frustratingbecause when you think everything’s coming together, it will all come tumbling down. What’s the deal with that?

Well, TikTok user @tastyentertaining has the answer to all of our gingerbread house problems. She recommends using granulated sugar instead of royal icing to hold the walls together. How? Just melt the sugar in a pan over low heat. You want to allow it to turn brown, but make sure not to burn it (otherwise it won’t taste so great).

Then take your gingerbread house pieces, dip the edges in melted sugar and hold them together for a few seconds. That’s it! The sugar hardens quickly and creates an solid base for tons and tons of decorating.

@tastyentertainingWhite sugar melted in a pan. dip the gingerbread parts in and hold for a few seconds TA DA! a solid house#holidaytiktok#welldone#yougotthis#tiktoknana♬ Feliz Navidad – Jose Feliciano

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Believe it or not, a Brown University undergraduate found that melting down candies like gummy bears, caramel and marshmallows also worked as a solid “glue” for gingerbread houses. I think a marshmallow glue could go perfectly with a s’mores-themed house, while colorful gummy bear glue would look fabulous with kinds of candy cane flavors and hues.

However you decide to decorate your house this year, it’s bound to be delicious!

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Having always wanted a career in writing, Melany couldn't have found a better place than Taste of Home to begin. When she's not scribbling in her notebook or working at her computer, she can be found experimenting with new recipes or relaxing with a book and her cats.