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Project

Christmas Candy Carolers

These jaunty candy Christmas carolers can be set on a windowsill or shelf amid a windfall of sugary snow, hung from the tree, or placed by the front door of a gingerbread house.

Materials

  • Sour gummy worms
  • Uncoated red gumdrops, such as Dots
  • White gumdrops
  • Striped soft peppermint candy, from candywarehouse.com
  • Nonpareils in black and red
  • Plastic knife
  • Toothpick

Steps

  1. Step 1

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    Assemble candy: Each caroler will have a striped peppermint body, a gumdrop face, uncoated gumdrop hat, and a sour gummy worm as a scarf.

  2. Step 2

    Use a plastic knife to cut the uncoated red gumdrop in half horizontally. Discard (or eat) the bottom half; the top will serve as the hat. Slice off the top and bottom of the white gumdrop or poke tiny holes in it to expose the sticky interior -- the bond will be more secure when you join the other candy pieces. Repeat for the chewy striped peppermint candy. Cut the worm in half across the middle.

  3. Step 3

    Apply the sticky parts of the candy together to form the caroler and wrap the worm around his "neck" to look like a scarf.

  4. Step 4

    Use a toothpick to poke tiny holes in the face before adding black nonpareil eyes and red nonpareils for the mouth. (The toothpick's tip will turn sticky -- helpful when transporting the nonpareil.) Use a clean toothpick to remove the nonpareil from the sticky toothpick.

  5. Step 5

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    If desired, help kids attach wires for hanging. Insert wire (we used 24-gauge) through ornament, from top to bottom, until end pokes out. Using your fingers, or needle-nosed pliers, bend the bottom at a right angle and clip off the extra with a nail clipper. Bend the top end into a hook. If ornament is heavy, let it set for three days before hanging; it will harden, tightening around the wires.