According to Wikipedia, gingerbread first appeared in Europe in 992 when Armenian monk Gregory of Nicopolis arrived in France to teach gingerbread cooking the French priests. Some sources claim that the first gingerbread “man” was actually commissioned by Queen Elizabeth I and portrayed a likeness of her highness.
Museums in Torun, Poland, and Ulm, Germany, contain collections of antique molds depicting kings, emperors, religious symbols and are believed to have been used with a gingerbread “paste.” Other accounts suggest that in 17thcentury Europe, only professional gingerbread bakers were allowed to bake the delicacy, but this ban was lifted during Christmas which may be why gingerbread remains a Christmas tradition.
One thing is for sure, gingerbread has been around for a long, long time and it is going nowhere. As one of the season’s most cherished traditions, gingerbread is the star of our Magical Memories program here at Resort at Squaw Creek. Our pastry team spends weeks building the gingerbread village, and this year guests will have the opportunity to take a sneak peek behind the scenes at what exactly it takes to build this magical village. Join us this Thursday, December 20, at 4pm in the Resort Bakery for a live demonstration of the making of our gingerbread village. The demonstration is free and open to the public but space is limited, so run, run, run as fast as you can to this special event!