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Candy Construction: Edible Crafts    by Sharon Bowers order for
Candy Construction
by Sharon Bowers
Order:  USA  Can
Storey, 2010 (2010)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Sharon Bowers encourages the reader to play with his or her food in this clever book that features 40 projects that use store-bought candy and cookies as the primary building blocks. Whether they are special treats for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and other occasions, or actual edible toys like race cars, a complete train, a biplane or series of woodland creatures, these items are lots of fun to make (and eat!)

Bowers provides complete instructions accompanied by illustrations so your home construction crew will know exactly how to make the castle, pirate ship or pilgrim's hat they'd like to create.

Besides mortar or glue made from frosting or peanut butter, some of the other basic building materials include Oreo and wafer cookies, graham crackers, gumdrops and jellybeans, marshmallows, Rice Krispies Treats, and Swiss Rolls or Ho Hos.

Not only is it important that your crew follow the instructions, but the site foreman (mom or dad) will also want to make sure everyone follows the On-Site Rules listed at the beginning of the book:

'Absolutely no eating while building. What construction worker snacks on the job?

One item can be chosen from among the supplies, or one piece of what was built, but it's to be eaten after cleanup.

Candy construction workers always brush their teeth after work.

To get the hang of candy construction, I'd suggest you begin with something simple like a Thanksgiving turkey (Nutter Butter and Fudge-striped Shortbread cookies, marshmallows, chocolate chips and candy corn or candy snakes (Bubble-gum tape, Necco wafers, Life Savers and licorice string).

Once you get the hang of it, then you can take on a more ambitious project like a castle, spaceship, race car or a full construction site with a dump truck, little workers, and crane.

Bon appétit!

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