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Gingerbread Landscaping: Ponds, Pools, Rivers, and More!

Updated: Oct 12

There are several ways to create the look of a pool, pond, river or stream for your Gingerbread House landscaping.

My favorite method for creating water features in my gingerbread landscaping is using the Hard Candy Recipe method.

Place a piece of blue construction paper onto a non-stick cookie sheet; or place blue paper directly onto your gingerbread house base/yard. Cook a batch of clear hard candy as below (please note - this hard candy is VERY hot and not recommended for children to make):

1 cup granulated cane sugar

1/3 cup hot water

1/3 cup light com syrup

  • Combine sugar, hot water and corn syrup in a heavy saucepan.

  • Place on high heat and stir with a wooden spoon until all sugar crystals are dissolved. Clip on thermometer.

  • Continue cooking, without stirring, to 290F, then remove from heat.

  • Entire cooking process takes about ten minute.

  • While the hard candy syrup is hot, pour a puddle of clear hard candy onto the blue paper. This provides the look of depth, as you look through the clear candy onto the blue paper.

  • Let harden (about 20 minutes).

  • If using a cookie-sheet remove the paper/hard-candy pond from your cookie sheet and place on your gingerbread base/yard.

  • Spread frosting around the edges of the clear hard candy to form the desired shape.

The house in the photo's above is the Cal Young gingerbread house. This is a fairly simple house and makes for a large gingerbread display.


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