Former Third-Place Winner Molli Dowd of New York City, who has made gingerbread houses for years, was urged by her sister to enter our annual contest. "She sent me the contest rules and told me I should enter," says Dowd, mother of Samantha, 2. So she built a brick home that resembles the venerable ones in her West Village neighborhood. Her secret ingredients: gum, for the roof; uncooked linguine noodles, frosted with diluted icing and cut, for the window trim; and popcorn, for the treetops.
Popcorn balls form the tree crowns cinnamon red hots are placed for apples. Lattice work is done with pretzels, shingles on roof are cinnamon toast crunch cereal. Notice hand modeled fondant on chimney and flag pole. The swing is licorice. Apple Drop Farm gingerbread and fondant house decorated by Tamara Stokes and Youth Group.