Manischewitz Chanukah House

Families who celebrate Chanukah now have another reason to celebrate: Manischewitz's Chanukah House decorating kit!  It contains everything you need to assemble and decorate a Chanukah-themed house -- vanilla cookie panels, frosting and candy decorations.  What a great alternative to the regular red-and-green gingerbread house, especially for Jewish families who want a fun edible craft activity to celebrate their special holiday.

Here's more information about the Chanukah House:

The Manischewitz® Chanukah House Decorating Kit consists of a Vanilla cookie base for assembling your creation and an assortment of toppings and additions to outfit the house as your imagination envisions it! The toppings include blue, white, and yellow icing, sprinkles, mini beads, fondant, sugar, and custom sugar decorative pieces of a Star of David and a Menorah, both which are exclusive to Manischewitz®. SRP for the Chanukah House Decorating Kit is $14.99.

Raising my children to be global citizens with an appreciation for different cultures is very important to me, so I welcomed the chance to review a Manischewitz® Chanukah House Decorating Kit.  After a fun afternoon, we all agreed that assembling and decorating the Chanukah House could not have been  easier or more fun.

The kids had a blast putting this house together..  I suggested they decorate each panel (4 sides and 2 roof pieces) before assembling the house, and I think this made all the difference.  They were able to put much more detail on each piece, and they really went to town on the decorations.

Some things I loved about this kit:
1) There were 3 icing colors: dark blue, light blue, and white -- so the kids could come up with fancier designs.

2)  As long as the icing was kept sealed, it didn't dry up, so the kids didn't have to hurry.  They were busy for hours!

3)  The rolled fondant made it easy to achieve a neat finish.

4)  We like sugar cookies way better than gingerbread, so we are going to enjoy nibbling at our Chanukah House far more than a regular gingerbread house!

Just one thing to note: many of the pieces came out of the box already broken.  This is not unusual even with gingerbread house kits, and all you have to do is mend the broken pieces with icing, but the sugar cookie walls and roof did seem unusually prone to break.  Perhaps it's because sugar cookies are more brittle than gingerbread?  Whatever the case, handle with care!

Each child got to decorate 2 sides (The Pea did the front and back, while 3Po and Jammy each did a side and a roof piece), and each child chose to decorate it in his or her own way.  Each side came out looking unique and special.

I have to say, this is, hands down, the best looking candy house we've EVER decorated.  I swear, I did not help them!  Okay, I did do the white squiggly icing on the chimney and on the cookie base, and I did help cut a few of the fondant roof tiles, but only because I begged them to let me do it; I was dying to join in the fun.

Our activity also sparked a lot of discussion about the history of Chanukah and traditional symbols like the Star of David, the Menorah and the symbols on the dreidel.  It turned out to be a great way to learn about another culture!

Join the Chanukah House Decorating Contest for a chance to win $500
Bring out your inner architect and design a Chanukah House for a chance to win some great prizes. From November 12, 2012 to December 15, 2012, upload a photo of a hand built Chanukah House using the new Manischewitz® Chanukah House Decorating Kit. The Chanukah House Decorating Kit includes everything you need to build a creative and tasty house!

It’s easy to enter! Simply upload a photo of your Chanukah House to the Manischewitz® Facebook website ( There is a limit of one online entry per person. Additional materials such as sprinkles, extra frosting, cookies, candy, etcetera, can be used to enhance your design; the only limit is your imagination! Following the close of the contest, a panel of judges will determine One Grand Prize Winner and One Second Prize Winner. The judges will also select five finalists whose entries will be posted online for voting by the public; the entry with the most “likes” on Facebook will be named the Third Prize Winner.

The Grand Prize Winner will receive $500, Second Prize $200, and Third Prize receives $150 worth of Manischewitz® products. Additionally, there will be One Fourth Prize “Lucky Voting Participant” Winner, selected at random from a list of those who participate in the Facebook online voting, who will receive $100 in assorted Manischewitz® products. You must be 18 years of age or older to enter the contest, however, minors under the age of 18 can submit their entry with parental permission, using a parent or guardian’s e-mail address. For a complete list of rules, click here.

Disclosure: I received a Chanukah House Kit from Manischewitz to review.. Product information and contest description (in italics) are provided by Manischewitz. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

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