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Candy Cauldron

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2006


Even if your party guests don't have a sweet tooth, they'll be drawn to this bubbling candy display.


  • Twig wreath

  • Orange tissue paper

  • Shallow glass bowl

  • Holiday lights

  • Drill

  • One-gallon storage bucket

  • Lobster pot

  • Newspaper

  • Water

  • 1/2 pound dry ice chunks

  • Candy


  1. Set a twig wreath on an end table or other flat surface; if the sticks are tightly woven, pull at their ends so the wreath appears slightly disheveled. Tuck a sheet of orange tissue paper in its center, and place a shallow glass bowl on top. Set a strand of small holiday lights in bowl, letting the cord dangle out.

  2. Drill holes in the lid of a one-gallon storage bucket. Position the bucket in the center of a large lobster pot (about 20 quarts), and nestle newspaper around it.Remove lid from bucket; fill bucket two-thirds with water. Add 1/2 pound of dry ice chunks to the water. (Handle dry ice with care; it should not come into contact with bare skin.)

  3. Replace lid, and arrange wrapped candy on top. Place pot on top of bowl in wreath, and plug in lights. This display should be set up in a well-ventilated area. The "smoke" will flow for a half hour.

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