Gingerbread is a term used to describe a variety of ginger sweet treats, ranging from cakes to hard biscuits. Originating in Armenia, and brought to Europe in 992 by a monk who then went on to teach the French his recipes, gingerbread is loved by many people, especially at Christmas time.

Ginger biscuits were first sold in the 1500's. Before then, it had been customary to paint white biscuits and use them as window decorations. Ginger was then combined into the mixture and sold in monastery pharmacies and farmers markets to help ease digestion, combat colds and aid general health. In fact, the German government recommends eating 2-4g of ginger a day.