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Lord of the Rings battle -- in candy

Filed Under: food, kids, weekend projects, Crafts

I wrote about gingerbread houses a few times last month, what with them being seasonally-appropriate and all, but one thing I noticed is that people who love building with food will do it whenever they want, not just in the last month or two of the year. There was a Valentine house, several houses that people mentioned waiting until January to build, and a few houses that, for one reason or another, didn't look "wintry" at all.

I think I have just found the ne plus ultra of cookie-and-candy building. Behold, friends, the Battle of Pelennor Fields from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Return of the King, done almost entirely in candy. This isn't technically a "gingerbread house": the base is made of cardboard and covered with icing. The only cookies involved seem to be the wafers used as the stones in the walls of Minas Tirith.

Gasp at the gummi bear Orcs and Uruk-hai. Marvel at the attention to detail, with the "kingly head" statue over the door to the White Tower of Ecthelion and the White Tree of Gondor made out of white chocolate-covered pretzels. Weep as Gummi King Theoden dies at the hands of the Licorice Lord of the Nazgul and his licorice rope Fell Beast. Be astounded as the gummi-frog-mounted Riders of Rohan tackle Mumakil (giant elephants, also called Oliphaunts) made out of gumdrops, marshmallow "circus peanuts," and licorice nibs (for the trunks).

Last year, the creator's gang built a Battle of Helm's Deep scene, with techniques similar to those used here (except instead of color-coding gummi bears, as in the Pelennor Fields model, he used Sour Patch Kids to represent the good guys in the battle). Between the two, you'll probably get a pretty good idea of how to do something like this on your own. Start hoarding candy now for the next snow day!

(Those of you sensitive to strong language might want to skip this one. But I have to say: the creator is totally justified in calling his stuff *bleeping* awesome.)

[via Techdigest]


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