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Candy Construction: How to Build Race Cars, Castles, and Other Cool Stuff out of Store-Bought Candy Paperback – October 1, 2010

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

About the Author

Sharon Bowers contributes to iVillage and Parents magazine, and is the author of Ghoulish Goodies, Candy Construction, and The Idiot’s Guide to Cooking Chicken.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • 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 (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,223,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Hello Happy TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
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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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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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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Have you ever seen a cute baking project on Pinterest and failed miserably in your recreation? Do you wish you could create cute, edible snacks for the people in your life? If so, this might be exactly what you're looking for.

Although I love a good baking project, I don't always have countless hours to spend on them. Making multi-layered cakes with 5 different colors or frosting or fondant can be really time-consuming. Working with candy, on the other hand, is much faster. There's also a much greater margin for error, since most of the important pieces are pre-made.

The one caution with this book is that you can't just open it up and expect to be able to make everything with a quick trip to the store. Most things are pretty easy to find, but there are some candies you might need to hunt for (or order online in advance). Some recipes do include a little bit of advance baking or prep work. Don't wait until the last minute, or you'll be very limited in which items you can make. It's not that any of them are super time-consuming, it's just a matter of availability at your store of choice.
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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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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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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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This is a wonderful book for parents/grandparents to use with theyounger ones. Most of the projects aren't that difficult, they are fun, and the creativity is endless. Highly recommend it.
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