House, Supplies & Utensils


Houses will be provided to the teams in assembled format. Front and back pieces will be approximately  3" x  6" with a peak of 4.5".  Side pieces will be approximately 3” x  5.5".  Roof pieces will be approximately 5" x 7". Teams will be allowed to disassemble their houses to utilize the pieces as they wish.

A platform measuring approximately 14” x 18” will be provided. Houses must be assembled on the platform.

Please note, the gingerbread houses are made by the University bakery. The bakery is not a nut free facility. We cannot guarantee the absence of cross contamination with other baked goods.

House Supplies

Side of House


Below is a list of items that have been supplied in the past. The list below was updated December 4, 2023.

Each team will be provided with 5 aprons, 5 bottles of water, a package of hand wipes, and a supply bin.

The supply bins will contain the following decorative supplies:

5 small paper bowls Candy Canes Sugar Ice Cream Cones (4) Sprinkles Milk Duds
5 plastic spoons Gum Drops Twizzlers Pretzel Sticks Fruit by the Foot
5 plastic knives Wheat Thins Charleston Chews Pretzel Rods Rice Crispy Treats
Royal Icing: 5 lbs. white Shredded Wheat Skittles Dots (new) Removed Sugar Cubes
Food coloring Graham Crackers York Peppermint Patties Tootsie Rolls
5 Pastry bags—no tips Coconut Sno-Caps Mike & Ike

Miscellaneous Supply Information

  • The quantity of the decorative supplies will not be provided ahead of time.
  • We reserve the right to make substitutions.
  • A number of “mystery” decorative items will be distributed to each team during the competition. Teams must fully utilize all mystery items in a visible, constructive manner in the decor of their houses.
  • Additional quantities of the decor supplies found in the bins may be made available to the teams during the competition.
  • Teams may barter, swap and borrow supplies from other teams.
Competitors working at their table
Competitors working at their table

Allowable Utensils

One per team member may be brought into the competition.

  • If a team is comprised of less than five members, five utensils are still allowed.  

Each utensil below counts as one item unless otherwise noted.

  • Scissors
  • Knife
  • Spatula or Spatula Knife
  • X-Acto Knife (with replacement blades, okay)
  • Multi-tool (Swiss Army knife)
  • Rolling Pin
  • Tweezers
  • Cookie Cutter
  • Paint Brush (one per person/not sets)
  • Meat Pounder
  • Large Bowl (each team will be provided with 5 small paper bowls)
  • A set of up to five frosting tips and couplers (the set counts as one utensil)

Utensils Not Allowed

  • Tape
  • Stencils
  • Power tools (i.e. drill)
  • Toothpicks
  • Lighters
  • Freeze spray
  • Paste food coloring

    Allowable Items NOT Counted as Utensils

    • Blueprints and notes.
    • One small fan or hairdryer per team to aid in the frosting drying process. We cannot guarantee access to power.
    • Extension cord for fan or hairdryer.
    • Pair of rubber gloves per team member.
    • Cell phones.