Gingerbread represents just one of many food lures that are symbolically pervasive in folktales, fairy tales, and cautionary tales—one that can serve as analogous to all symbols of temptation in industrializing and consumerist cultures, representing the move in such cultural climates toward pacifying (or, better, “passifying”) children by projecting agency onto the lures rather than onto the children themselves.
Honeyman, Susan. "Gingerbread Wishes and Candy(land) Dreams: The Lure of Food in Cautionary Tales of Consumption." Marvels & Tales 21.2 (2007). Web. <http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/marvels/vol21/iss2/1>.