Revelers with Dietary Restrictions, Rejoice: A and J Bakery’s Gingerbread House Kits are Allergy-Friendly

The Cranston bakery also offers gluten-, nut-, egg- and dairy-free gingerbread people and Advent calendars.

If you’re looking for something special to occupy the space between now and gift time, grab some family members and friends, sit around the table and open a few build-it-yourself gingerbread house kits from A and J Bakery in Cranston. The best part? Everyone in your crew — including those with allergies — can partake in the fun.

The delightful gingerbread house packages ($39.99) come with spiced gingerbread house pieces, edible candy decorations, some non-edible details and two allergy-friendly frosting recipes. New this year, the kits are free from artificial flavors and dyes, says bakery owner Joe Hitzemann. Shoppers can also purchase a package of pre-made gingerbread house icing for $3.49.

The gingerbread is made in-store and is gluten-, nut-, egg- and dairy-free. The candy is also free of major allergens. There are a few kits available in the store, but you can also order online.

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A and J Bakery’s allergy-friendly gingerbread house.


Owners Amy and Joe Hitzemann don’t just make gingerbread kits that are allergen-friendly. A and J Bakery is a dedicated nut- and gluten-free bakery that creates treats for guests with dietary limitations. The Hitzemanns attended Johnson and Wales University and brought their passion and expertise to life through their own shop. It was a nut-free bakery when they began in 2007, but as time passed, they experimented and broadened their offerings to include gluten-free products. Now they have altered many traditional baked goods, avoiding egg, dairy or soy without sacrificing flavor.

A and J Bakery makes finding tasty allergy-friendly sweets much easier through in-store displays, take-home bakes and prepackaged goods that are sold in store and online. Among the selections are gluten-free sugar cookies, nut- and gluten- free cupcakes and nut- and gluten-free muffins. The bakery also serves regular sweets such as vanilla pound cake, angel food cake and cookie trays. Bread, pizza, pies and pasta also make their long list of products. For the holidays, A and J also offers cookie decorating kits with frosting, gingerbread men and a vegan and gluten-free Advent calendar.

The Details: Gingerbread house kits $39.99. Use code GINGERBREAD for free ground shipping. Store hours: Mon.–Fri. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.–5 p.m. A and J Bakery, 1458 Park Ave., Cranston, 401-228-8696,


Editor’s note: This story was updated from a previously published version.