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Candy Construction: How to Build Race Cars, Castles, and Other Cool Stuff out of Store-Bought Candy [Kindle Edition]

Sharon Bowers
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Book Description

Kids passionately love everything about candy - the sweet satisfying taste, of course, but also the smells, the colors, the shapes, and the textures. So why settle for just eating it? In Candy Construction author Sharon Bowers reveals how inexpensive and readily available store-bought candy offers an irresistable treasure trove of crafting material.
Armed with a bedazzling variety of sugary shapes, from rolls and sticks to ropes and strips to rings and cubes, there is no limit to what kids can build -- with Candy Construction as inspiration. Imagine a chess set with Hershey's Kisses playing pieces! Candy snakes made from Necco Wafers and bubble-gum tape, with M&M's for eyes! There are spaceships, race cars, planes, woodland creatures, jewelry, and more -- all crafted from candy.

Perfect for birthday parties and rainy day activities, the more complex Candy Construction projects offer plans for complete tabletop scenes, including a construction site with dump truck and construction workers; a steam train with an engine, tanker cars, caboose, and boxcars; and a magical castle with stacked cookie towers. There are also fun projects for holiday decorations for Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and more. Every project is accompanied by full-color photos and easy-to-follow, step-by-step building instructions.
With small children of her own, Sharon Bowers knows the challenges of preventing excessive candy consumption. To her pleasant surprise, she found that offering kids an alternative use for candy actually cut back on the eating — without eliminating any of the fun!
Parents will welcome this creative new way of looking at candy and using it up, while watching their young construction workers put their imaginations and hands to work!

Editorial Reviews


...plenty of fabulous ideas using all kinds of colorful sweet treats.

About the Author

Sharon Bowers is the author of Ghoulish Goodies and Candy Construction. She has also been a producer at the Food Network's website, where she created many easy and stylish kid-friendly recipes for holidays and other special occasions.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3655 KB
  • Print Length: 145 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1603425489
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (October 8, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005HN0VSG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #754,116 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So much fun! January 8, 2011
I love the concept of Candy Construction: How to Build Race Cars, Castles, and Other Cool Stuff out of Store-Bought Candy. I think candy can look so cute, but it doesn't seem edible to me much of the time, it seems like more of a toy (ie. Runts!). So I appreciated the author's recommendation to enjoy candy and treats by making crafts with them vs. just eating them! She cites several good reasons for this, including you can buy tons of interesting candies inexpensively at the dollar store, and it will last for a really long time. In addition, you may find that your children have at least as much fun using candy as a medium for creative projects, as they do eating it.

One nice thing about all the projects, is they are all entirely edible, no toothpicks or other things you need to warn children about for safety reasons. And it includes several recipes for frosting "mortar" to hold everything together. The chapter on "Things that Go Vrroom" has ideas for fun and delicious vehicles. The race car and bi-plane made out of chocolate, candy and cookies were simple, yet turned out amazing! I thought that either of these would be excellent as a party favor for a young boy's birthday.

In the Flights of Fancy section, there are pyramids (perfect for a school project!), pirates, castles, and more. My daughter loved the board games made from cookies and candy in the Fun and Games area. Plus, it makes playing the game more fun when you get to eat what you capture:). All kinds of delightful creatures abound in the Unnatural Wonders chapter, including beautiful, stained glass butterflies!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute book February 12, 2011
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We made the candy train in this book for Christmas and it was adorable. Very creative and fun book to use! Thanks!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Was Looking For September 3, 2011
There are some cute ideas in this book, but I felt a lot of the finished products looked sloppy and unappetizing. This book might be good for kids, when the goal is the fun of constructing and the finished product doesn't really matter, but if you're an adult who wants to impress with great-looking goodies, skip it. If you're a good artist or cook, you may be able to use it for ideas and improve upon them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Purchasing February 5, 2014
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This book is full of all kinds of ideas to make candy creations. Lots of great pictures and information on how-to.
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4.0 out of 5 stars it is useful July 23, 2013
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I was hoping for more ideas. These ideas are good, but I guess I was just expecting more. It atleast has a good base for ideas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars cool book May 4, 2013
i got this book as a gift. i make cakes for a living, and yes the pics of the finished product they are kind of sloppy but you have to rememeber these are meant for kids. my kids love doing these projects. i have set up a table and let the kids play around with these at parties, cub scout meetings, and at daugthers school. all the kids lovedit,
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