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The Candy Man

frame of the houseAs I mentioned I made the mistake of telling him that there was a Gingerbread contest a few Christmases back (2011).   He dove into it with the usual excitement he has for the holiday.  It was exhausting to me.  We were at least allowed to do some of the work before we got there.  Hence the poured sugar windows and putting the main structure together the night before.  And as usual he went for bigger and badder.  A three storied house with windows and slanted roofs.

But the finishing touches. .  the actual application of the candy had to be done onsite.  He had just one hour to cram all the candy on to decorate this huge house.

workingI loved all of the kids watching him work.  Sitting at the front of the store all of the kids stopped to watch (big kids too).  And all of the customers that day got to vote on which Gingerbread house they liked the best.

And lo and behold . . . he won!!

For the Win


Experiments with Melted Sugar

I’m not sure if the plan was genius or insanity.  Heck maybe a bit of both.

A few Christmases ago, I made the mention of a Gingerbread House contest at our local JoAnn’s and Randy was off.  A chance to play with candy!  A chance to show off!  It was too good to pass up.

I’ll be talking more about this amazing house on it’s own. . but this is about a technique he just had to play with.  Could he pour melted, colored sugar candies and create windows?

pouring windows

You’ll notice the oven mitt – it takes a lot of heat in that little pan to melt sugar candies.  Oh that little pan – it was a gag gift of a child’s toy camping set.  Who knew the pans would actually work.  (I expect you’ll see more of those later.)

gingerbread side






Not only did it work for the windows, but it worked to pour into cookie molds to make some sugar Christmas trees as well!

We’ll have to see what else we can create with this technique.

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