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Gingerbread Men

Close your Eyes and imagine the Holidays. The comfort of a warm home as an escape from the cold winter, family and friends close by, and one of the most memorable smells, warm Gingerbread coming out of the oven. This image is forever with us thanks to 16th century crusaders returning from the Middle East with spices to make this age old classic. The so called spice road ran straight through Nuremberg, Germany giving monks the means necessary to make this age old classic. The cookie also reinforced religious teachings, using seven spices to symbolize the seven days in which God created the world. From the fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel to the bold character taunting, “Catch me if you can, I’m the Gingerbread Man!” Lebkuchen has been embodied in our culture. Surprise someone with a Gingerbread Man this year!

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