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Visions of Sugar Creatures: Candy Snails and Mushrooms

Sprinkles on gumdrops and sweet gummy rings -- these are a few of kids' favorite things. It's easy to turn candy into lively decorations.

Source: Martha Stewart Kids


When you cut into a gummy candy using a plastic knife, you expose the sticky interior; this built-in adhesive is the primary tool for assembling these creatures. The larger the sticky surface, the better the parts will hold. Set up a table with bowls of candy, and let kids bring the colorful treats to life.


  • Large gumdrops

  • Small gumdrops

  • Peppermint candies

  • Licorice twists

  • Nonpareil


  1. Mushroom
    These mushrooms were created by joining a red gumdrop to a white spice drop. Yellow sour gumdrops make up the polka dots on the top.

  2. These slowpokes can't wait for the holiday rush to be over. Their shells are hard peppermint candies; their faces are spice drops fitted with licorice-twist antennae and nonpareil eyes.

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