Even better, we were offered the chance to come up with a Halloween treat, craft or project involving Smarties candies for Halloween. Now this is my kind of project. And what's cool about Smarties is that they are gluten free, vegan, low calorie and free of top allergens, which makes them a great treat for everyone. After some serious debating between cookies or cupcakes, Faith and I headed off to the store for ingredients when we passed a display for gingerbread haunted houses. And we knew. That was our project.
We purchased a pre-made gingerbread house form. I've made them before. They are fun, but they are hard to put together and involve a lot of work in terms of icing types and more hands than I have, so premade it is. On the flip side of that, I dislike the icing that comes with the standard gingerbread houses, so we bought chocolate icing in a tub to switch out the black icing, as well as orange and white canned icing with decorator tips. We also used a variety of Smarties for decorating, including Original Smarties, Tropical Smarties, X-Treme Sour Smarties, Smarties in a Pouch, and Smarties Candy Money. (Smarties are available at Target, Walmart, Dollar Tree, Dollar General, Family Dollar and other stores; we got ours at the supermarket.)
One of my favorite things to do with project like this is to let the kids do as much as they can, in their own way. I could create a perfect gingerbread house, but it's not as much fun as letting them decorate it their way. We divided the house down the middle, one side for Faith and one for Ben and got to work.
I opted to use regular chocolate icing for the roof (in lieu of black) and we did each section individually, working towards the center from the outsides. The kids used various Smarties to decorate this section.
After that, I piped orange icing onto the peaks of the roof, which they decorated again (along with some debate about how to decorate the center peak.
This was mostly the Original, Tropical, and X-treme Sour Smarties because the kids wanted them to stand up.
We used more orange icing to to the trim around the back and front of the house, then I added windows to the back and doors and windows to the front with some black decorator gel. The kids planned the look, I just drew to their specifications.
They also decided to add decorations to the yard. Ben built triangular bushes in the backyard using the Smarties Candy Money (the biggest size ones we had) with some white icing piped in to make them stick together, while Faith used the middle sized Smarties in a Pouch to make a front border and walkway.
We tried to use Smarties Pops to fashion trees, but couldn't figure out a way to make them stand up without glue, so we opted for a few cupcake picks to liven up the yard. F&B ate the lollipops instead.
Smarties is also letting me giveaway a prize pack featuring:
- 1 Theater box Smarties
- 1 small bag Original Smarties
- 1 small bag Tropical Smarties
- 1 small bag X-Treme Sour Smarties
- 1 small bag Smarties in a Pouch
- 1 small bag Seasonal Smarties
I'd also suggest following Smarties on Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook for more awesome Halloween ideas! Don't forget to check out the hashtag #IAmaSmartie for more Smarties fun!
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