Help! Are Candy Houses Meant to Be Eaten?

18 Dec

Soooo, my little guy made a candy house at school this week (mostly on his own, as I was at work, but fortunately 1) he likes to work independently and 2) the other parents who were there kindly kept an eye on him and sent me pictures of the proceedings (Big thanks to Kerry, Kerri, Melissa, and Janice! Also to Fairy Godmother Mimma who picked up supplies for us).

Flat roof

Flat roof

My question is…once it is home, can you eat it? And are you supposed to refrigerate it? (The frosting is from a tin and the sides are made of graham crackers). Thanks to all who comment with some advice….architectural dessert projects of this nature are not my forte….

Happy Holidays!



9 Responses to “Help! Are Candy Houses Meant to Be Eaten?”

  1. imarunner2012 December 20, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

    I tried to eat one of these houses when I was a kid. It was so slate after sitting out for weeks! At tasted terrible and was like a rock. I would advise putting it out for the birds. The weather will soften it for them and they wont mind the flavour!
    Maybe your son will enjoy watching the birds that his creation attracts.
    Merry Christmas!

  2. Karen December 19, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

    I think it would be fine…especially if just a little bit was eaten. But you do know the saying, “when in doubt, throw it out”. I know that idea won’t make everyone in your family happy… 😦

  3. Mad Dog December 18, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

    I think sugar and icing are quite long lasting – they take a long time to go off. Cake can last for years in a tin. I’m sure it gets a bit dry though. I think I remember reading about a couple who kept a slice of wedding cake for 60 years!
    I think the real danger would be getting sick from eating too much sugar 😉

    • Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy December 18, 2013 at 8:51 pm #

      My feeling is that there are few organic ingredients in the tinned frosting or the candies that might actually spoil…which in and of itself is kinda scary….

      • Mad Dog December 19, 2013 at 5:28 am #

        I know. I don’t even like processed sugar, though I don’t have much of a sweet tooth anyway.

      • Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy December 19, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

        same here!

  4. Pam December 18, 2013 at 8:21 pm #

    I personally would not eat it, but my kids do even after the icing and gumdrops have turned to cement. They usually lose interest after the first few garnishes anyway…..I think its more the interest to eat something you designed.


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