Christmas Craft – Candy Train

by Allison @ Alli 'n Son on December 23, 2010

It’s kind of crazy around here right now, traveling for the holidays, trying to keep our house from becoming over run with presents, attempting {and failing} to not eat all of the cookies in the house. So I’m digging into the past, vintage Alli ‘n Son if you will, and sharing a post from last year around this time. Back when I tried my best to be crafty. Because that’s what I thought stay-at-home moms did. Craft all day long. Actually, I can’t even take credit for this craft, since we made it as part of a mom’s group I had just joined. Regardless, it’s an awesome craft, so I just had to share it again this year.

Nothing says Christmas like candy. Oh wait, no, that’s Halloween. Nothing says Halloween like candy. But I guess that Christmas would be the second runner up. Oh wait, I forgot about Valentines day. Well, whatever. It’s Christmas time, which means kids are getting restless and need all of the distractions in the world to keep them calm until the big present-opening day. This candy train just might do the trick. Or it may get them all sugared up, I can’t remember.

The main ingredient in this candy train, is of course, candy. Three whole candy bars, gummy bears, M&Ms, peanut butter cups, red hots, frosting, and more. Much more. It is a sugar explosion. A delicious, delicious candy explosion that we may or may not have consumed in days {yes, we ate the entire thing in 2.5 days, no judging}.

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Holiday Candy Train

Ingerdients needed per train

  • 3 Full candy bars – milky way, 3 musketeer and snickers work well
  • 2 Gum drops
  • 1 Candy orange slice
  • 1 Hersey kiss
  • 18 Red hots glued to 18 peppermint candies
  • 1 Resse’s mini peanut butter cup
  • 3-5 Pieces of black licorice
  • 8-10 Gummy bears
  • 3-5 Starbursts
  • A handful of M&M’s
  • 1 Lifesave
  • 1 Red hot
  • 2 Pieces of rope licorice
  • White frosting (from a can or homemade) in a Ziploc bag with a tiny corner of one end snipped off

Simply assemble the train according to the diagram below (click to enlarge), using the frosting as the “glue” to hold everything together.

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  1. Glue down the train track first, then assemble the train cars on top.
  2. To create the wheels, glue the 18 red hots to the center of the 18 peppermeint wheels and let them dry while you put the rest of the train together.
  3. Have a younger kiddo help “glue” everything together. They can hold the bag and squeeze while you aim.
  4. Feel free to take more candy than is outlined above, you just might find yourself getting hungry as you work.

Do you have a favorite holiday craft to make with the kids?

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1 Khara December 23, 2010 at 8:58 pm

Very cute! Love the idea.

2 Jesica December 24, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Very original idea. A lot of sugar there. You really gave me a good idea for decoration on the main table for tonight, I wonder how much it took you completing the whole train. Today is Christmas eve so I still have time to carry out your idea.

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