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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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Yesterday, creativity struck in my house. (Run!) My daughter and I huddled in the kitchen to make candy crafts—and spend a near-final summer hour together before the school bell rings.

Now, I’m not a crafty mom, but that’s what makes this exercise all the better. If I can turn out a few candy masterpieces, you can, too! My 9-year-old daughter is artistic, but as genes would have it, I turned out to be the antithesis of Martha Stewart. (Notice my globs of frosting on photos below.)

So, a quick Google search is all we needed to get the following three easy and inexpensive (beautiful words in the Great Recession) candy projects flowing.

Candy Airplane
Inspiration:
Family Fun

Materials:
- Sticks of gum (I used Wrigley’s Extra)
- Smarties (Did you know Smarties now comes in chocolate, bubble gum, and X-treme sour varieties? I did not. What rock have I been living under?)
- Peppermint Life Savers
- White paper
- Small, colored rubber bands (I bought tiny Goody brand hair rubber bands at Target)

Super simple instructions:
1. Thread rubber band through the holes of two Life Savers, then balance the roll of Smarties between them, across the rubber band.
2. For wings, balance stick of gum on top, perpendicular to the Smarties, and pull the rubber band up and over each side of the gum to hold it all in place.
3. Decorate wings with tiny stickers, drawings, or messages.

Candy Boat
Inspiration: National Confectioners Association‘s downloadable
Candy Craft Booklet
Materials:
- Orange slices
- Peppermint Lifesavers
- Pretzel sticks
- Rips licorice squares (a fairly new product, but I found it at Target.)
- Gummy bears
- Can of white icing
Super Simple Instructions:
1. Turn each orange slice curve side down (like a boat).
2. Place pretzel stick in center of each orange slice.
3. Cut Rips licorice square diagonally to create two triangles. (Instead of Rips to make the sail, you can wrap a fruit roll cut into triangular shape around pretzel.)
4. Attach licorice “sail” to pretzel with frosting.
5. Attach lifesaver to side of orange slice with frosting.
6. Add gummy bear on top of orange slice and attach with frosting.
Candy Automobile
Inspiration:
The Stir
Materials:
- Hostess Ho Hos snack cakes
- Smarties
- Lifesavers
- Bunny Peeps or Teddy Grahams
- Peach rings
Super Simple Instructions:
1. “Glue” the following treats together with frosting:

- Car body: Hostess Ho Hos snack cake
- Driver: Teddy Graham (Bunny Peeps work better, but I had to improvise since it’s August.)
- Seat back: Peach ring (I used mini Nutter Butter cookies, which were a decent stand-in.)
- Tires and Steering Wheel: Life Savers
- Car lights: Smarties

Have you made any easy candy crafts lately?
Upload your finished product pics at Facebook.com/candydotcom.

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A very peculiar novelty candy item arrived in my mailbox last week: Gummy Shotz (edible gummy shot glasses). The “shot glasses” ship six individual flavors per pack and flavors include cherry, grape, orange, lemon, lime, cola, blue raspberry, green apple, pink bubble gum, and pineapple.

I’m guessing these colorful, two-inch-tall sticky vessels were dreamed up for gimmicky 1 oz. drinks like Lemon Drops, Kamikazes, and B-52s … and for more mature events like bachelorette parties, Mardi Gras, luaus, etc.

I get that, but I took these super sweet and somewhat rubbery shot glasses in a more juvenile direction. (How many adults really want to eat a gooey gummy “glass” after downing a shot of Jäger? It’s a heck of a chaser.)

I spent a morning in my kitchen concocting candy crafts by inserting a mini baking cup in each shot glass and filling the mini cups with colorful candies like peanut M&M’s, Reese’s Pieces, sour crawlers, gummy bears, and Skittles to play off of the primary gummy colors.

My craft project turned out to be something I would use as a kid’s party favor wrapped in cello and tied with a bow (Candy Land theme anyone?), or as eye candy on a candy buffet.

Per my 14-year-old neighbor’s brilliant suggestion, I also filled some of the shot glasses with whipped cream and topped them with fruit and sprinkles. I don’t think I’d serve these to guests older than 14, though, but they do look pretty on a tray.

I photographed some of my final products with my low-budget 35 mm, so my apologies in advance for the following lackluster visuals:

Now it’s your turn to think outside of the box. What would you fill these gummy shot glasses with?

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It’s official. The folks at Wonka announced today that two of 10 golden tickets placed in Wonka Exceptionals chocolate bars have been found.

The two winners—Eva E. of San Francisco and Jason C. of Southaven, Miss.—will be jetting off on a trip around the world with three guests. Luckies.

According to Wonka, Eva found her golden ticket in a Wonka Exceptionals Chocolate Waterfall Bar purchased at a Target store in Colma, Calif. Jason found his in a Wonka Exceptionals Domed Dark Chocolate Bar at a Walmart in his hometown.

Wonder what the odds are of me finding a golden ticket if I pick up a Wonka Exceptionals Scrumdiddlyumptious Bar in Chicago?

In other news, the makers of M&M’s, Mars Chocolate North America, announced today that Sean “Diddy” Combs is throwing a party for Ms. Green, who was crowned America’s favorite M&M’s character. (An announcement about America’s love affair with the “I melt for no one” Ms. Green is going to be made this evening on Entertainment Tonight.)

Apparently, Ms. Green captured 23% of 3.4 million votes cast by fans at www.mms.com. She beat out Red, Yellow, Orange, and Blue. (I am a Mr. Yellow fan. How about you?)

The party with Diddy, which will be held in NYC in September, is part of Mars’ “Party Like Diddy Sweepstakes.”

The odds of scoring an invite to this soiree are probably slimmer than winning a golden ticket.

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