Forget Gingerbread Houses, This Woman Made A Gingerbread Kingdom

12/18/13 10:41AM EST

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Reddit user IHaveAFluffyCat wanted to do something special this holiday season. She decided to recreate Adventure Time’s Candy Kingdom using actual candy. It took 30 hours over the course of a week, and she’s not even planning on eating it. She just wants one weekend to admire her creation, and then she’ll let others have a go at it.

Her first step was to buy a bunch of candy. She estimated the total cost of ingredients to be $108 CAD.

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She tried out a few techniques along the way. This glass sugar is supposed to be purple and round for the Candy Guardian’s head.

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She got it right by melting isomalt crystals and adding a touch of food coloring.

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She poured it into a silicone ball meant to make ice cubes.

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After about 10 minutes in

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the refrigerator, the outside of the sphere had cooled and hardened enough to work with. She drained out the inside, which was still liquid, to get a hollow ball.

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She used a lighter to melt away imperfections, leaving her with a translucent, edible ball.

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Here’s where it gets really tough.

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She pulled out some styrofoam and cut it into a mold for the round gingerbread walls.

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With a username like IHaveAFluffyCat, she had to include a cat photo.

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Here’s the final styrofoam mold, one of three.

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She mixed the first of four batches of gingerbread dough, which looks gooey and delicious already.

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She rolled out the dough, and then used stencils to cut out various parts of the scene.

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To get the right shape, she had to bake each piece first.

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And then put it onto the rounded mold.

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Here are stencils for a drawbridge and a leg.

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Baking in the oven.

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The pieces expanded during baking.

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So she grabbed a knife and recut all the baked gingerbread.

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She glued the guardians’ bodies together using melted sugar.
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Round walls are coming together.

This is a cupcake roof.

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It was made using the outside of a bowl.

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The centerpiece is coming together with a lot of sugar glue.

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Here’s the internal support system. Not so pretty but still probably tasty.

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The scene is starting to come together.

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Now it has a few more pieces.

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She linked together some Airheads.

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These became cascading waterfalls.

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She added icing to decorate the kingdom, didn’t like it and scraped it all off.

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She used fondant on her second attempt, which worked like a charm.

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This is the beginning of a tower.

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Adding a layer of fondant.

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Now it’s ready to go onto the castle.

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She melted yellow and green chocolate wafers.

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Then she used the goo to make grass.

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Everything seems to be coming together.

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Putting the finishing touches on the guardians. She dropped one of the heads, but realized she could repair it by melting it back together with a lighter.

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Here are the guardians’ bubble wands, made out of leftover melted sugar.

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Then she made the tree using melted sugar and cotton candy, with a little pink pearl dust sprinkled on top.

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Finally, the marvelous finished product. This picture’s complete with a Christmas scene and a fluffy cat in the background. I’ll assume the human is her husband.

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The creator wrote she plans to enjoy the Candy Kingdom for a weekend and then have her husband bring it to work for his coworkers to eat.

I think she just doesn’t want to see her baby get destroyed.