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Gingerbread Men: How Did They Come to Life

Gingerbread Men: How Did They Come to Life

“And I had but one penny in the world. Thou should’st have it to buy gingerbread.” – William Shakespeare, Love’s Labours Lost

The Brothers Grimm wrote Hansel and Gretel in 1812 and in it, the kids munched on a house made of gingerbread. We all dreamed of finding a house like that. Without the witch, of course. Molding Gingerbread into different shapes was fashionable in the court of Queen Elizabeth I, where they used to make gingerbread men that resembled her important guests. Gingerbread is made from ginger, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, anise and is sweetened with molasses or honey. Gingerbread men are traditionally decorated with icing eyes, and have mouth and buttons down the body.

Gingerbread found its place in everyone’s home 

Gingerbread houses are popular in the United States and many parts of Europe. Swedes believe that gingerbread can be used to make a wish. You take the biscuit, claspe it in one hand, make a wish and then crush the gingerbread with other hand. If it divides in three, your wish will come true. Let us know how this goes. According to the Guinness Book of Records, the world’s largest gingerbread man was made by the staff of the IKEA Furuset store in Oslo, Norway, on November 9, 2009. The gingerbread man weighed 651 kg.

“How could one be in this world without feeling dismayed by it? Even if one paints flowers and gingerbread.” – Gerhard Richter, German Artist

What is the correct shape? 

The only limit with gingerbread is your imagination. Usually, people bake these biscuits for Christmas but don’t stop there. You can make pink Gingerbread men for Valentine’s Day, and spooky houses and half-eaten men for Halloween. Birthday gingerbread house filled with candies and presents sounds good, doesn’t it? Gingerbread men and women have vague figures and their legs and hands don’t have fingers or toes. Also, you can’t just bake a man and a woman, you need to make them a place to live in - tables for food, chairs to sit on, everything made out of gingerbread. Have fun!

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