The Cutest DIY Snow Globe Ever -- And It's Edible, Too!

A snow globe you can eat? Yes, please!
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Who doesn’t love a snow globe? A dreamy scene under glass is made even more so with a flick of the wrist to start a snowstorm. Invented by Erwin Perzy in Vienna, Austria in 1900, Perzy’s Original Vienna Snow Globes company started production in 1905 and still creates globes today. You can see their “work” in the famous “Rosebud” opening of Orson Welles’ 1941 film classic Citizen Kane, in which an Original Vienna snow globe shatters on the floor. Snow globes = drama.

Edible Snow Globe

Edible Snow Globe

A tiny gingerbread house and rosemary "trees" create a world under glass in this edible snow globe.

This edible snow globe brings a little of that Viennese magic to the holiday table and is a special surprise for children, who can lift the globe and enjoy dessert after admiring the scene under glass. I was inspired by the lovely edible globe project on La Receta de la Felicidad, which hides the surprise of chocolate pudding beneath a layer of whipped cream.

A Pair of Edible Snow Globes

A Pair of Edible Snow Globes

Make an edible snow globe this holiday, with a surprise cake beneath and a sweet winter scene on top.

An edible snow globe reminds me of the hollow sugar eggs (a holdover from Victorian times) my mother used to get me every Easter which you could peek into to see the Easter scene within. I loved them: a tableau you can eat, what’s better than that?

For my edible snow globe project I wanted to go a bit bigger than the mini globes featured on Felicidad and cram in more details, so I created two snow globes, one medium sized and one tiny. I used a small 6-inch cake pan and an even tinier 4-inch one and found two globe vases at a home goods store to fit them.

I cheated by buying a mini-gingerbread house kit which I then shaved down to make even smaller. 

A North Pole Snow Globe

A North Pole Snow Globe

I settled on a North Pole theme for this wintry snow globe, featuring a deer, a gingerbread house and a North Pole crafted from a drinking straw and topped with marshmallow fluff.

Instead of pudding, I baked a white cake (but any flavor would work, as long as you create a snowy surface on top) in the pans and spread a buttercream icing on top. Silver sugar gave a glittery look when sprinkled around the gingerbread house. A red and white straw topped with marshmallow fluff did service as a North Pole and my usual kit bag of tiny trees, mushrooms and deer completed the wintry scene. But go wild. You could choose a theme near and dear to your child’s heart: trains, teddy bears, bunnies, a favorite movie.

Deer in the Forest Edible Snow Globe

Deer in the Forest Edible Snow Globe

Fill your edible snow globes with winter scenes or with elements your children love: a snowman, action figures, trains or whatever makes their hearts go pitter patter.

And if edible projects—and advance planning—float your boat, contributor Melissa Caughey has a great edible Easter terrarium project on HGTVGardens you can see here.

A Snow Globe You Can Eat

A Snow Globe You Can Eat

A dusting of silver sugar, drifts of icing snow and glitter-topped mushrooms give a wintry touch to this edible snow globe.

3 Easy Gingerbread House Designs

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One Basic Dough Can Make Three Stunning Houses

Make a Victorian-Style Gingerbread House

Cut Out Gingerbread Pieces

Bake Pieces and Re-Cut

Construct House With Candy Melts

Cover House With Royal Icing

Use Chocolate Fondant as Roof

Create Scalloped Shingles

Create Front Door

You're Finished!

Make a Log Cabin-Style Gingerbread House

Cut Out Gingerbread Pieces

Construct House With Candy Melts

Attach Chocolate Fondant Shingles to Roof

Measure Pretzel Rods Against House

Attach Pretzel Rods to Royal Icing

Add Chocolate Fondant Planks

Add Chocolate Fondant Doors

Attach a Fondant Wreath

You're Finished!

Make a Cape Cod-Style Gingerbread House

Cut Out Gingerbread Pieces

Bake Pieces and Re-Cut

Construct House With Candy Melts

Cover House With Royal Icing

Use Chocolate Fondant as Roof

Create Front Door

Create Holiday Wreath

You're Finished!

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