To celebrate the DELICIOUS gingerbread men each and every customer is receiving in their box this week (thanks to the wonderful team at Gingerbread Folk - pictured above!), we did some research about the mysterious Gingerbread Man and where he comes from.### The truth may shock you

It’s likely that you’d remember this iconic scene. Don’t worry though, no gingerbread men were tortured in our investigation (unless you classify eating a few as torture!) Anyway, after misspelling his name and finding ourselves at a page dedicated to redhead men with beards, we soon got back on track and to the bottom of the Gingerbread Man’s history.The Gingerbread Man has crossed the world in his quest for...well we’re not quite sure what he’s looking for, but gingerbread itself can be traced back as early as the ancient Greeks and Egyptians. It first came to Europe when the 11th-century crusaders returned home from the Middle East with the spice.Earlier recipes contained ground almonds, stale breadcrumbs, sugar, rosewater and ginger. After mixing the ingredients, the paste was pressed into a wooden mould, then used to portray the news of the day, much like a storyboard. Some of the cookies were elaborately painted with gold or white icing.The English then replaced breadcrumbs with flour, eggs and alternate sweeteners, creating a lighter cookie. Queen Elizabeth I even decided to use gingerbread for entertaining important guests; she had gingerbread cookies crafted into the likeness of her visitors!In the first American cookbook, American Cookery, published in 1796, Amelia Simmons recommended that housewives mould and shape their dough to their liking. As this trend took off, so did bakers' entrepreneurial spirits. The gingerbread man we all have come to know, love and adore took shape!There is also an adorable fairytale about the Gingerbread Man, where he runs away from the oven and avoids being eaten by all manner of things...before being eaten by a fox :(Here it is (a perfect Christmas tale):