New Bow Ties listed! Coupon Code Inside & Oct. 30th Winner!!
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New Bow Tie!
CHRISTMAS GINGERBREAD MEN BOW TIE -BROWN & TAN SPARKLING GINGERBREAD MEN
A little gingerbread history:
According to sugarcraft scholar Steven Stellingwerf, gingerbread may have been introduced to Western Europe by 11th-century crusaders returning from the eastern Mediterranean. Its precise origin is murky, although it is clear that ginger itself originates in Asia.
By 1598, it was popular enough to merit a mention in a Shakespeare play (" An I had but one penny in the world, thou shouldst have it to buy ginger-bread...").
Some even considered it medicine: 16th-century writer John Baret described gingerbread as " A Kinde of cake or paste made to comfort the stomacke."
In Germany, gingerbread cookies called Lebkuchen have long been a fixture at street festivals, often in the shape of hearts frosted with sugary messages like "Alles was ich brauch bist du" (All I need is you) or "Du bist einfach super" (You're really super).
North Americans have been baking gingerbread for more than 200 years—even George Washington's mother gets credit for one recipe—in shapes that ranged from miniature kings (pre-revolution) to eagles (after independence).
German settlers in Pennsylvania shaped gingerbread by hand into men, often displaying the cookies in windows.