Every year I build a gingerbread creation. For the past few years I have made my own patterns which is fun and allows me to be very flexible in my design but much attention has to be paid to detail.
This year I created my version of Candy Land and I knew I wanted it to be overflowing with candy: candy flowers, candy walkways, cookie windows, ice cream pillars, candy roofs etc…
To facilitate all I wanted to do I fixed a 1″ thick Styrofoam layer to a thick cardboard base. The candy flowers were made of gum paste (dried for several days) and then attached to toothpicks with royal icing. The final touch was to insert the toothpicks into the Styrofoam. The standing “ice cream cones” were going to be another challenge to keep straight and sturdy. I used toothpicks as foundations and royal icing to secure to the top level.
All of the cottages and the castle were glued to the top layer with royal icing to keep in place. The walkways were made of chicklets (adhered with royal icing) and meant to (artistically) resemble the squares on the Candy Land game board.
It was fun to be a landscape architect for a few day and it will be even more fun to take a bite of at the end of the season (my niece and nephew patiently wait for that moment of destruction).
Enjoy and have a very happy holiday!
From all of us at Goric