Gingerbreads are typical medieval sweeties that are used a lot of spices to add flavour, the amount and types of which determine the taste of the gingerbreads. Sometimes the gingerbread dough is fermented, and, earlier, for important occasions, the dough has been fermented for several or even a dozen years. Gingerbreads are also characterized by the fact that if kept for a long time, do not lose their taste, even become more delicious. Gingerbreads are sweetened with honey, so ordinary people of Lithuania could taste them. However, their mass production and consumption, covering the inhabitants of all social levels in villages and towns, is most closely linked to the tradition of a church festival.
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