SOUTH BEND - Eight-year-old Annice Barber-Petroff almost gave up three
times, and when you see the detail in the gingerbread treehouse she
created for a local holiday competition up close, you understand why.
Instead of starting with a prebaked house from a kit, Annice used an
aluminum tin can to serve as the mold for the trunk of her homemade
“It sunk a little when it was baking,” Annice said, pointing to the
base of the tree as she rotated the Lazy Susan on which it rested
among a few dozen entries.
With marshmallow and Chicklet presents, taffy chairs, a woven licorice
rug and gingerbread men inside, Annice made her treehouse accessible
from a red rope licorice ladder leading to a dried vegetable chip
Pretzel rod limbs stick out of the tree, which is surrounded by and
covered with frosting snow. A ground coffee trail leads toward a blue
frosting pond filled with cheese cracker fish, above which you see a
dangling gummy ring tire swing.
“I thought about using a doughnut, but it was too heavy,” she said Sunday.
Annice also looked quite proud of the more traditional gingerbread