The first time I spent Thanksgiving with Pat’s family in Chicago, I woke up to a smorgasbord of … candy. Sure, there was a turkey in the oven and stuffing on the stove, but the kitchen table was laden with every confection you could possibly imagination. 

Every Thanksgiving morning, Pat’s extended family would gather to make candy houses out of graham crackers, frosting, and candy. It’s a tradition we’ve carried on with our own kids (and I especially love it because — if we’re honest — that whole gingerbread thing can be tricky…).

Older kids can build their own houses out of graham crackers. Younger kids will love decorating houses that are already constructed. My cheat for the roof? “Glue” graham cracker squares to pre-cut cardstock with frosting. Helps stability and gives more decorating space! We also use thick paper plates as a base for the houses and create a whole yard landscape with frosting and candy, too.

Shhh…. don’t tell the kids they’re learning about architecture…

The question I’m always asked: what candy should I buy? Honestly, you can’t go wrong with any candy, but we have a few that we buy every year. Nerd Rope, pull-and-peel licorice, Mike and Ikes, and holiday-themed Peeps are always favorites with our crew.

Grab some icing and get creative!