All Aboard The Jolly Express Gingerbread Train!

December 17, 2007 · 14 comments · Print This Post

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All Aboard

I’ve had the Avon Jolly Express cookie cutter set since 1992. When I first used the kit (way back when I was 12 years old) it came with prepackaged gingerbread mix and icing. Pretty revolting stuff, but you better believe I made that train and then ate the whole thing while watching Home Alone on VHS. You can’t find these cookie cutters anywhere. Not even on eBay. Believe me I’ve tried. For the last three years the Jolly Express has been M.I.A — with my mother claiming that she had given the kit to me, and me proclaiming that she most certainly hadn’t. So guess what we found in my mother’s attic when I was home in Maine a few months ago? Need a hint? See below.

Practically an Antique
Practically an Antique
Complete With Old Icing Stains
Complete With Old Icing Stains
Too Lazy to Make Proper Dough
Too Lazy to Make Proper Dough
Cut Out Cookies
Cut Out Cookies
Make Icing
Make Icing
Fill the Bag
Fill the Bag
So Many Choices
So Many Choices
The Naked Train
The Naked Train
Chugga Chugga
Chugga Chugga
Chugga Chugga
Chugga Chugga
Chugga Chugga
Chugga Chugga
Chugga Chugga
Chugga Chugga
Chugga Chugga
Chugga Chugga
Chugga Chugga
Chugga Chugga
Chugga Chugga
Chugga Chugga
Choo Choo!
Choo Choo!

Obviously I had to enter my little creation into YumSugar’s Gingerbread House Contest. Hopefully they don’t mean “house” in the literal sense? We’ll see!

1 teeth whitener December 17, 2007 at 7:03 am

That is a nice looking train! I am just not creative enough to make things like this. Whenever I try they turn out all wrong.

2 wummy December 17, 2007 at 7:49 am

love the train!!!
been years since I have seen the train
the mia train is now out in public once again!!!

3 Anna December 17, 2007 at 9:47 am

That is amazing. I love it. I totally don’t have the patience for that kind of decorating. Good job!!

4 Erin December 17, 2007 at 3:22 pm

OMG that is exactly what I’ve been looking for! I can’t find a trail-house anywhere! Mason would DIE looking at that … he is all about the trains right now. I’m so sad to hear that they’re not available anywhere … must do more googling!!

5 Erin December 17, 2007 at 3:23 pm

um, yeah, sorry to muddy up your comment section.

trail-house = train-house, obviously.

6 NIKI December 17, 2007 at 3:26 pm

loveee it!!!! Looks great!!!

7 Erin December 17, 2007 at 3:29 pm

Erin S – Yeah sorry! I know…there’s like one hit for it on this desley.net place. But I emailed the woman about it and she never wrote me back so I wouldn’t feel comfortable purchasing anything with a credit card from the site without some sort or correspondence. You could see if you can find a local Avon Rep in your area? Sometimes they keep old product.

8 Amber December 17, 2007 at 8:50 pm

DROOL…that really does look good enough to eat. And gingerbread houses never look appetizing to me. OH so hungry!

9 Erin December 17, 2007 at 9:32 pm

Thanks so much Amber! What a great compliment! It was a lot of fun to make and I can smell the gingerbread right now as I type in the kitchen. Do you suppose anyone would notice if I just nibbled on a wheel?

10 Cate O'Malley December 17, 2007 at 9:32 pm

So adorable!

11 RobynT December 20, 2007 at 10:25 am

so cute!
so is the pre-made gingerbread dough good for eating? or mostly just for making cute trains?

i have seen train-shaped cake pans–in a catalog called Solutions I think. not quite the same, but still cute.

12 Erin December 20, 2007 at 12:51 pm

Robin,

The pre-made dough is ok. I was really just being lazy and I knew I didn’t want to make and decorate a huge batch of homemade gingerbread. In the end though I honestly wish that I had because the dough was very hard to work with and required a ton of flour to make it stay stiff enough to cut out the shapes for the train. Plus it kept sticking to my counter no matter what I tried. It was pretty annoying. Taste wise, it’s actually very similar to homemade dough.

13 arfi December 21, 2007 at 7:53 pm

lovely train. i’d love to try those with my kids one day. happy holidays!

14 blair December 22, 2007 at 11:11 am

I love that kit, it is fabulous! I am glad you found it because it looks like tons of fun!

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