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December 16th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

Gingerbread Houses

in: Crafts


Gumdrop Pops

Gum drop Santa
For Santa
Use top half of 1 small
gumdrop for hat. Trim
2 oblong candies for
arms. Use candy-coated
seeds for buttons and
pom-pom. Poke candy
where facial features will
go with a skewer; use
sticky tip to pick up and
place nonpareils for eyes
and nose.
gum drop tree
For Tree
Use 1 flattened gumdrop
for base of tree. Use 1
small gumdrop for trunk.
Cut sides from 1 gumdrop;
press sides around top of
stick, for treetop. Flatten 1
gumdrop; using an aspic
cutter, cut out star. Insert
sprinkles for lights.
For Snowman
Trim top of head; top with
1 candy wafer and half of
1 small gumdrop for hat.
Using a skewer (see “For
Santa”), place nonpareils
for eyes, mouth, and
buttons. Insert sprinkle
for nose.
Use 1 small gumdrop for
stem. Use sequin sprinkles
for dots.


Mortar = caramel syrup

Ingredients: 1 1/3 cups sugar and 3/4 cup water
Directions: Bring sugar and the water to a boil in a medium saucepan; reduce heat, and simmer until thickened and light brown, about 10 minutes. Use immediately. To assemble: Dip one edge of front piece in caramel, and allow excess to drip off. Coat only the edge that will be joined.


These merry snowmen get their roly-poly forms, red scarves, and carrot noses from rolled fondant, a thick, pliable sugar mixture often used to give wedding cakes a smooth finish (you’ll find it at baking-supply stores). Chocolate sprinkles stand in for coal eyes and buttons; licorice drops make the hats.

  • White fondant (No. 710-2076), from
  • Gel-paste food coloring (No. 601-5127), from
  • Chocolate sprinkles
  • Toothpicks
  • Licorice dot for hat
  • Sanding sugar

  1. On a cornstarch-dusted surface, roll balls of white fondant to form the three parts of a snowman.
  2. Glue balls with royal icing if needed. Using gel-paste food coloring, tint a tiny bit of fondant orange; shape into carrot noses. Tint a small amount red for scarves.
  3. Make toothpick holes for noses, eyes, and buttons; push in carrots and sprinkles. Add scarves, and top with licorice hats. Display on a platter that has been “snowed” on with sanding sugar, or set in front of a gingerbread house.

Gingerbread facade
Peppermint House
Candy Snails and Mushrooms

Sprinkles on gumdrops and sweet gummy rings — these are a few of kids’ favorite things. It’s easy to turn candy into lively decorations.

When you cut into a gummy candy using a plastic knife, you expose the sticky interior; this built-in adhesive is the primary tool for assembling these creatures. The larger the sticky surface, the better the parts will hold. Set up a table with bowls of candy, and let kids bring the colorful treats to life.

These mushrooms were created by joining a red gumdrop to a white spice drop. Yellow sour gumdrops make up the polka dots on the top.

These slowpokes can’t wait for the holiday rush to be over. Their shells are hard peppermint candies; their faces are spice drops fitted with licorice-twist antennae and nonpareil eyes.

Christmas Candy Carolers

Candy Carolers


  • Sour gummy worms
  • Uncoated red gumdrops, such as Dots
  • White gumdrops
  • Striped soft peppermint candy, from
  • Nonpareils in black and red
  • Plastic knife
  • Toothpick

Simply Recipes:
How to Make a Gingerbread House

Kung Foodie:
Construction Gingerbread recipe

Inspiration house

Eggless Royal Icing

Free Patterns

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