December 9, 2015

Just look what we found sitting on our book shelf, a little cake in the shape of an elf! Guess he is keeping an eye on us for Santa this holiday season. And we’re sure he’d want us to remind you that our books make the SWEETEST holiday gifts! And all FOUR are still available online at Amazon (click here) and Barnes and Noble (click here).

In the meantime, if you’d like your own Candy Lab Elf sitting on your book shelves, here’s how to make it:

Before you begin, lay out a sheet of waxed paper. As you make the parts, place them on the sheet.

The body is a Twinkie with the two rounded ends trimmed. The arms and legs are plain bread sticks cut to 2 1/4 inch lengths. The hat is an ice cream cone trimmed down to 2 1/2 inches. All of these parts are dipped in melted red candy melts. Refrigerate until set.

For the head push a thin pretzel stick 1 inch into a doughnut hole and holding onto the pretzel stick, dip the head in melted pink candy melts. Refrigerate until set.

Once the parts are set, dip two of the rounded breadstick ends, and the tip of the ice cream cone in melted green candy melts.

Using vanilla frosting in a ziplock bag pipe the white collar with pointed tabs onto the Twinkie. Pipe the mittens on the rounded end of two coated bread sticks. Pipe a white border at the bottom edge of the hat. Sprinkle all of the white piped details with white decorating sugar and use a clean brush to remove any excess sugar.

For the socks, pipe white lines of frosting on the green candy melt at the end of the bread sticks.

To make the head, use melted chocolate candy melts to paint the hair on the pink coated doughnut hole. Attach 1/2 of a large candy decor on either side for the ears. Refrigerate until set.

For the eyes, use a dot of vanilla frosting, topped with a blue decor, topped with a dot of chocolate frosting, and a white nonpariel for the highlight.

Paint the eyebrows with a toothpick dipped in black food coloring, and the mouth with a toothpick dipped in red food coloring. Add a red candy decor for the lips, and a pink andy decor for the nose. Accent each check with a blush of red food coloring.

Now for the assembly:

Reheat the red candy melts and place them in a ziplock bag. Place the Twinkie, white collar side up, on your serving plate. Add a dot of red candy melt to the lower front area of the Twinkie. Place two candy coated breadsticks that have no added decoration against the Twinkie secured by the dot of chocolate for the thighs

Place a golden Oreo in front of the Twinkie for support, and using more red candy melt as glue, attach the two breadsticks with the green striped socks to the top of the breadstick thighs and the Golden Oreo support.

Using more red candy melt attach the arms to either side of the Twinkie just below the collar.

Pipe a few dots of vanilla frosting to the ends of the collar tabs and attach the green Pearls for the balls.

Use a toothpick to make an opening in the top of the Twinkie and push the pretzel end of the doughnut hole into the opening and push it down to attach the head to the Twinkie body.

Place the ice cream cone hat on top of the head.

And there you have it: your own version of Santa’s little helper!!

Happy decorating and Happy Holidays!

Alan and Karen

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