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Trader Joe’s Really Big Gingerbread Man Kit, reviewed

Trader Joe's Giant Gingerbread Man!
It is fun to make and decorate gingerbread men around the Christmas holidays. For some, the baking is the best part. For others, it is the decorating. If you fall into this latter category – or have some kids around your house during the holidays that need something to do – you might want to pick up a Really Big Gingerbread Man Kit from Trader Joe’s. This kit includes one really big gingerbread man (no surprise, given the name of the product!) that is about 9 inches long, ready-made frosting for icing him and plenty of candies for decorating.

The gingerbread man came out easily in one piece and is a softer, slightly chewier type of gingerbread. This makes it less likely to break in the box, so you don’t have to worry that your man will call to pieces unless you’ve let something very heavy or sharp fall on him. I zapped the frosting in the microwave for a few seconds to warm it up, and was then able to pipe it on easily. I liked the m&m-like candies that came in the package, as well as the fact that they didn’t skimp on the candy decorations; you will definitely have leftover sprinkles and chocolate candies unless you really go crazy decorating your man!

TJ's Big Gingerbread Man

The gingerbread itself has a nice spiciness to it, and a chewy texture. In all honesty, it is not my favorite consistency for gingerbread in terms of eating it (I like crisper men!), but it doesn’t taste bad at all – especially once the sweet frosting is in place. This is a kit that you primarily buy for the activity of decorating, not just for eating, and I think it’s perfect for that. The inexpensive kit (only $3.99) is a great stocking stuffer, as well as being a fun and low maintenance activity for a holiday afternoon. I still recommend baking a batch of your own if you want to eat the cookies, but I wouldn’t mind having a few more of these giant gingerbread men to play with during the holidays, either.

Gingerbread man, bitten!

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  • Lauren at KeepItSweet
    December 5, 2010

    your gingerbread man turned out adorable!

  • erica @ fashionmeetsfood
    December 5, 2010

    What an adorable gingerbread man! You have a wonderful blog. I am your newest follower.


  • Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)
    December 5, 2010

    So cute! Much better than the one on the cover of the kit, if you ask me. I love decorating gingerbread men and gingerbread houses over the holidays 🙂

  • Cheryl
    December 6, 2010

    Glad to see this review. We picked up 2 of these last week for our girls to decorate. We haven’t done the activity yet but they are looking forward to it.

  • Sandy T.
    December 6, 2010

    I used to enjoy your blog before it became one big commercial. I stopped reading it when it changed. Today I decided to drop in to see if the concept had changed back, but sadly it hasn’t. I’m outa here!

  • Shelley
    December 6, 2010

    Good. I don’t want to have to worry that my man will fall to pieces if I let something heavy fall on him.

  • Tara
    December 11, 2011

    Tara @ http://www.secretsofamomaholic.com/
    I’m making one with my 4 year old daughter & 2 year old son this afternoon! I have been making one with my daughter since shes 2. Its adorable & an easier version of baking actual gingerbread men. My daughter requested a tutu on her gingerbread GIRL this year! Happy Holidays!

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