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31 May

Candy Doodles! 0

What happens when you mix a handful of kids with candy, paper, and Sharpie pens?

Nope. Not a super sweet food fight, permanent graffiti, or paper spit balls. Nothing destructive like that.

Instead, think Candy Doodles.

What?!

Candy Doodles are an easy, fun project for kids’ parties, rainy days, art classes, and when you need a valid reason to sample a wide range of candy.

Here’s what you need:

Candy Doodle Ingredients

1. Colorful candies in obvious geometric shapes like M&M’s, Dots, and Good & Plenty.

2. White Paper or colored or drawing paper. Anything goes.

3. Sharpie pens  I found that Ultra Fine Sharpie pens work best. Of course, washable pens are perfectly fine to use, but I have an affinity toward Sharpies and their, um, sharpness. (Call me crazy, because my kids are known for writing on things other than paper.)

Here’s the how-to:

This is where imaginations should run wild. Let kids of all ages place candies on paper and start scribbling around each pieces to create animals, faces, insects, flowers, cartoon characters, landscapes, whatever.

When the scribbling is done, place a small piece of double-stick tape on each piece of candy to hold it in place … or skip the tape and eat the sweets. In this rare instance, body parts are totally replaceable and interchangeable.

Inspiration: (these candy doodles were made by an 11-year-old who shares my same last name)

Start Candy Doodling at your house … and send us photos of your masterpieces! (E-mail photos to Sue@Candy.com.) We’ll post your photos here and on our Facebook and Pinterest pages to create the world’s first Candy Doodle Gallery!

Need more inspiration? Check out Ed Emberley’s Funprint Drawing Books.  This author/artist is the king of simple, yet clever doodles.

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Have you ever wondered why it is that when you buy a box or bag of candy containing an assortment of flavors/colors (i.e., Skittles, Dum Dum Pops, gummy bears, salt water taffy, etc.), the ratio of your least favorite flavor/color to favorite seems like 10:1?

For example, when I smuggle in a box of Dots at the movie theater, I feel like I’m eating 10 lime Dots for every cherry.

Dots CandySince it was a slow Saturday afternoon at the Gillerlain corral, I decided to test Murphy’s Law.

I picked up two of each of the following candies: Jujyfruits by Farley’s & Sathers Candy Company (7.8-ounce box); Starburst by Mars Snackfood US (4-ounce box); and Chewy Spree by Wonka (1.7-ounce bag).

I dumped out the candy and started sorting by flavor/color. After much computation (I’m still not using my college calculus), here are my key findings:

Starburst Fruit Chews

– None of the boxes/bags of candies had a uniform number of flavors/colors. (In the photo above, the Starburst box on the left contained seven strawberry pink pieces, the other had two. One bag of Chewy Spree held four cherry red pieces, the other had seven.)

– When comparing like candies, no two boxes/bags had an equal number of pieces. (One box of Jujyfruits contained 80 pieces, the other had 75 pieces.)

– It is possible to strike gold. One of my boxes of Jujyfruits harvested 30 cherry red pieces and only 11 lime greens.

Based on my mind-numbing experiment, it appears to be luck of the draw as to which specific flavors/colors you’re going to get in any one container of candy. And, if weight has everything to do with the number of candy pieces per box or bag, some pieces must be smaller than others.

Bottom line: If you’re smuggling candy into a dark theater, bring a tiny flashlight to navigate around unfavorable flavors and colors. Better yet, smuggle in two boxes for better odds … or bring on the Goobers.

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Gulp. Right after Thanksgiving dinner at my house, I’m going to let all of the junior guests create gingerbread cottages.

I say “cottages” because I’m going to hot glue graham crackers together ahead of time, and if you’ve ever done it, it’s easiest to keep the structure modest: four short walls and one roof. Besides, McMansions are so 2002.

I’ve got green, white, and chocolate frosting at the ready along with Dots, Twizzlers, mini candy canes, holiday M&M’s, Skittles, Hershey Candy Kane Kisses, mini marshmallows, sprinkles, Peeps snowman, and Peeps Christmas trees.

Am I missing any items you’ve found successful in the construction/decoration of gingerbread houses?

I think I may need Tootsie Roll Midgees and cherry fruit rolls for campfires outside each cottage.

I plan on a follow-up blog post to show you the finished products, let you know which candies worked best for the build outs, and any interesting home decor/exterior items the kids dreamed up during construction.

In the meantime, please do send me any tips for creating killer gingerbread houses. I’m all ears!

(Speaking of tips, I recently came across the book No Bake Gingerbread Houses for Kids, which has some great examples of gingerbread houses constructed out of graham crackers, cookies, ice cream cones, and waffle bowls. Another good resource is Martha Stewart’s photo gallery of no-bake gingerbread houses and cookie cottages.)

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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