To kick-off the festive season and get everyone in the Christmas spirit after a difficult year, here at Chums we wanted to come up with a way that families everywhere could carry on yuletide traditions despite the COVID-19 restrictions. That’s why earlier this month we launched our inaugural Gingerbread House Project.
The rules were simple - bake and decorate your very own gingerbread house with the help of your family and friends, either in person or online via video chat, and send us a photo to be in with the chance of winning a fantastic Christmas hamper worth £100.It’s safe to say our fantastic social media following rose to the challenge! From traditional gingerbread house designs straight from the pages of festive fairy tales to innovative creations based on the artistic blueprints of young ones, we have been blown away by the high standard of baking and decorating skills. However, most of all, we have been truly moved and touched by the fantastic displays of goodwill and Christmas spirit exhibited throughout the Gingerbread House Project - something everyone has desperately needed after a challenging year.
Without further ado, here are our winners, runners-up, and some honourable mentions we just had to share…
It gives us great pleasure to announce that the winner of this year’s Gingerbread House Project is Chris Hunt. Entering her delicious-looking creation via Facebook, we were genuinely blown away by the attention to detail and additional extras - including an edible log roof, starry night sky backdrop and entire gingerbread family - that came with this winning entry. Not only can you now tuck into your stunning gingerbread creation, you’re also walking away with a fantastic Christmas hamper worth £100, courtesy of all of us here at Chums, and (perhaps most importantly of all) the satisfaction that comes with being the inaugural winner of our Gingerbread House Project. Bravo, Chris!
Our first runner-up is Facebook follower, Anna Bery. Narrowly missing out on top spot, Anna’s culinary-baking delight wouldn’t look out of place on a festive edition GBBO. With a subtle tip of the hat to COVID-19’s impact on Christmas this year - see the gingerbread man’s correctly applied facial PPE - and working ‘indoor lighting’ that turns this scrumptious treat into a practical decoration at night, this is an outstanding effort. Well done, Anna - a brilliant runner-up prize is on its way!
With this stunning gingerbread creation, Yvette Pinnington and her two girls (aged 7 and 9) are our second runners-up. Using some universal favourites to add that extra layer of wonderful detail - Wine Gums, licorice pencils, Smarties and Jelly Babies - this beautiful Christmas treat has something for everyone with a sweet tooth! Congrats, Pinnington family, a runner-up prize will also find its way to you!
Not even being part of two separate bubbles stopped the Walker family from coming together this Christmas to create their dream gingerbread houses! Connected via video chat, Geoffrey and Pauline Walker happily created their Christmassy treat while the grandkids cracked on with their own at the other end of the screen. ‘Stay safe, stay home, make a gingerbread house with Grandma!’ - we couldn’t have put it any better ourselves, Geoffrey!
‘Tis the season to be jolly (and eat loads of sweets)! We love Violet’s commitment to covering every square inch of her gingerbread house with festive sweeties and biscuits. After all, nothing goes better with gingerbread than fried eggs and party rings! Great job, guys!