Celebration, Everyday Life

Candycanes and Sugar Lanes

This past weekend I had the distinct pleasure of attending an annual Gingerbread House Party complete with a White Elephant Gift Exchange and enough sugary candy bits to construct some pretty wicked homes!

Without further ado, allow me to present to you:

“Chaos in Candyland.”

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We started out with about seven preset gingerbread packages – these packs came with a boatload of candy as well as these large pouches sugary frosting.

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It took a little time to unpack everything, but within about ten minutes, we were ready to build.  To make things interesting, a competition was set up.

The rules – one kit per team, 30 minutes to build and a candy free for all!

On your mark … get set … build!

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Things started out pretty innocent … standard Gingerbread House building – pretty cookie cutter if you will. 😉

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Then the first casualty of the night … but never fear!  The sugary frosting was used as a sort of mortar to patch the foundational issues.

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As you can see, two of our teams decided on a  very standard gingerbread home configuration.

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While one of our teams decided to go with more of a cow-tipped version.  Will the structural integrity hold?  Only time will tell.

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Here we have the makings of “home” that turns out to be quite strange and haunting – the Krumpas … but we’ll come back to this in a bit.

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Remember that foundational issue we had earlier – looks like this team has made good use of the mortar and managed to get their home vertical – will it stand?

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Maybe …

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Maybe Not …

This team decided to throw in the towel, grab a beer and retreat to the couch for some Sunday night football while the other teams scavenged the wreckage for spare parts.

T-minus 15 minutes until judging!

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We’ve got some Gumdrop and M&M sidewalk action going on here … looking pretty good so far!

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And here’s our cow-tipped home … it looks like the frosting is a little too wet, we might have a bit of a problem on our hands.  And are those Gumdrop teeth?!

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These two teams came up with a very creating and beautiful combination of candy and cookie, it looks like they may be pretty close to completion.

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Remember that home I said might turn out to be a little creepy … well, I don’t think you’re ready for what it becomes – I know I wasn’t.

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What are those Gummy-bears doing on that Kit Kat?

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Before we get into the creepy house – let’s just take a moment to talk about the Gingerbread man guarding this house, does it look to you that this team has made him, ahem, anatomically correct?

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Remember that house with the Gumdrop Teeth?  Yeah … that didn’t last very long.  Nice try, points for the attempt.

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Now on to the Gingerbread House of Torture … yes, you read that correctly.  Apparently, this team has gone to the dark.

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Allow me to elaborate – remember that Gummy-bear standing on the Kit Kat?  Well, it turns out this is actually a plan where the Gummy-bear king, seated in the back on his thrown made of Hersey’s Chocolate has condemned the Green Bear to the pit of torment depicted below.

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Apparently this pit of torment houses a vampire Gingerbread man along with a pile of his most recent victims.

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This image depicts a Gummy-bear trial, where the convicted are sent up to the Gummy-bear king for final judgment.

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From the back, this house doesn’t look so bad, but oh the trouble that awaits anyone who makes the mistake of knocking on their door.

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This team created a more traditional Gingerbread House, even providing it with additional support via Kit Kat beams – the toughed look of the roof makes it an instant classic.

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Again with the appendage … I’m not sure how the night devolved so quickly.

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As for the winners of this competition – the decision was made that this home, with its classic look and Gumdrop lined sidewalk most represented the traditional spirit of Gingerbread House building.

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So what about you – have you ever built a Gingerbread House?  I’d love to hear your stories, comment below!

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