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Update 2019: We have decided to use these cookie cutters to make our own gingerbread houses this year. This way, we can control all of the ingredients. Many store bought frostings are vgan and will work to hold them together, and candies can be purchased from the Dollar Stores. Just be sure to check the ingredients!
Update: It was brought to my attention on Facebook (thanks guys for the info.!) that the confectioner’s glaze in these is not vegan. (It is in some of the candies.) Some alternatives were suggested, such as substituting the candies that contain the glaze, or not eating them. I was so excited initially to find these that did not have the egg whites in the frosting. You will have to decide what is right for your family, but I wanted to let you know about this new finding.
While I was at Target today picking up some Weekly Deals, I decided to check the ingredients on the Gingerbread Houses. And, lo and behold, some of the Wondershop ones are vegan! I was thrilled, as my daughter really wanted to make one this year. My Mom used to make them from scratch, and I was going to try, but quickly gave up that notion when I found these. 🙂
So, here’s the interesting part: the ones that are “pre-built” were NOT vegan (egg whites) but the ones that you have to assemble ARE vegan. So, watch out for that. Also, there were several different types of ready to assemble houses. I opted for the Small Village as shown in the photo above, as many of the larger ones were broken. You are able to see through the package on the larger ones, so you will want to inspect them carefully.
I thought the mini village ones would be great split up for a larger group, such as a classroom. They were on sale today for $9, (regular price is $10) so each house would cost just $2.25 if you bought them today, or $2.50 after today. I anticipate these will go on sale again as well.
If you can get to Target this evening, you can also take advantage of the last day of Save $5 off when you spend $25 in the Wondershop deal! I checked at the store, and the savings is automatic; no coupon is needed.
Here’s a deal idea:
Buy 3 ready to assemble Wondershop Gingerbread houses for $27 total ($9 each), and get $5 off (Ends today 12/1).
Pay just $7.33 per pack, or $1.83 ea. for the small house if you opt for the set of 4.
Photo of the ingredients from the one I bought today (pictured above):