What kid doesn’t like being in the kitchen for Christmas baking? I’ve never met one. Some of the most fun I have had in the kitchen has been baking and decorating for holiday meals and gifts; and my kids have always loved to have their hands in it. Nowadays, time is at a premium and we’re pulled in so many different directions that we just don’t seem to make the time for as many of those fun family moments in the kitchen. Wilton has some excellent kits ready to help you make those fantastic memories fit into your family’s busy schedule. I had the great good fortune to review three of them, recently. I shared the fun with our youngest daughter and one of her friends who had a blast helping me with two of the kits. We took lots of pictures, giggled and ate way too much frosting! It was perfect!
The first kit we tried was Wilton’s Pre-Baked Gingerbread Ornaments Kit. This was what I would consider a PERFECT kit for sharing with little helpers. How is it perfect for kids? Let me count the ways:
- The cookie ornaments have already been cut and baked. This leaves all your time for the decorating — the part the kids are most excited about, anyway.
- There are a limited number of colors to work with, so the kids are not overwhelmed with choices and can just confidently dig in and start decorating.
- The kit includes multiple decorator bags and tips, so each color can be going at the same time and multiple people can work at the same time.
- The kit included ideas for decorating, but left the creative decisions to the decorators. Everyone had their own ideas and techniques and there was no one “correct” way to complete an ornament.
- They were delicious and there was as much nibbling going on as decorating.
- The ornaments came with the holes pre-drilled, so it was easy to tie the ribbon on and hang them from the tree. (The ornaments were actually packed into the box wrapped in bubble wrap to protect them, but even so, one did have the “hanger” broken off. That immediately became a “practice” ornament and the first decoration to be eaten before it could make it to the tree.)
- Everything we needed was in the box. All we added was a few teaspoons of water!
We loved this kit! It was fun and simple and the ornaments were yummy!
The second kit we worked on that night was Wilton’s Gingerpops Cookie Kit. We had just as much fun with this kit, although I will say as far as being “kid friendly”, the ornaments were much easier. The Gingerpops Cookies are adorable and come pre-stamped with lines to decorate, which you can ignore if you are feeling creative, but most kids won’t be comfortable “going outside the lines”. Also, the stamped part of the images are small, because the cookies are small (about 1/3 to 1/2 the size of the ornaments.) Because the lines need to be narrower than on the ornaments, we were disappointed that the decorator tips included were too large a size to make the details of the gingerbread men look right. The girls were very creative and actually just spread the icing in some cases or squirted it like glue onto the many, many wonderful decorations included in the kit and used those for features. The gingerpops turned out so cute and were definitely tasty treats! If we changed anything about the kit, it would be to include a smaller decorating tip. Otherwise it was great!
We received one other kit from Wilton. It is a beautiful, pre-baked AND pre-assembled gingerbread house. I love that we don’t have to struggle with the “architecture”, but will just be able to decorate to our heart’s content. We haven’t had a chance to finish this kit, yet, though it is something we are definitely looking forward to. I’ll post pictures when it is complete.
Wilton has been incredibly generous and one lucky Busy-at-Home reader is going to win all three of these kits in our next giveaway! If you can’t wait, you’ll definitely want to visit the Wilton store online or pick up the kits that are liberally sprinkled throughout grocery and discount stores, this time of year. Either way, you will LOVE them! They’re fun, simple and delicious!
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We received the three kits listed above in order to conduct this review. Wilton will also provide the same three kits to our giveaway winner. No monetary compensation was received and a positive review was not required. As always, the views and opinions expressed are wholly my own.