Although the tale was not an original work, in May of 1875, “The Gingerbread Boy” was printed for the first time in St. Nicholas Magazine. Before this print copy, “The Gingerbread Boy” was a traditional tale that was spread verbally from one to another.
As the years have passed many authors have put their own spin on “The Gingerbread Boy” to create inventive children tales. Today, the story is commonly referred to as “The Gingerbread Man.” The tale is of a couple who has no kids and bakes a gingerbread boy only for him to dash away. The boy likes bragging and is certain he can escape every obstacle.