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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603425489
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603425483
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #617,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...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.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Especially Happy TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 8, 2011
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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 By Booklover on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fairy Godmother's Bookshelf on September 3, 2011
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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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By dragonviolet on June 29, 2012
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Book has been source of much enjoyment for members of my extended family. My children are grown up but I have many cousins with birthdays and occasions worth celebrating. The recipes in this book make it easy to delight them for the smallest to the greatest accomplishment.

Bought the book on blind instinct. Would like to have seen one of recipes to see how easy they are to construct. Would like to have seen list of tools necessary to see if the projects would be expensive because of tools I would find it necessary to buy before using the book.
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By ruby chimera on December 30, 2011
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This is wonderfully fun! It's pretty easy stuff too. Using ingredients that are easy to find or things like rice crispies, which are easy to make.
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By Albert Kisselburg on May 4, 2013
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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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The ideas and recipes in this book are creative and tasty - and I love the way the book is wriiten, as if it's a genuine construction field manual. My civil engineering designer / sculptor husband got a real kick out of the book and he's as excited as I am about trying a few of the candy construction projects for our grandchildren.
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