Just before Thanksgiving, I received an email from a representative of the Wrigley Jr. Company. You know Wrigley, as in the company that makes all that wonderful gum. As in the company that makes Big Red, which I can’t go a day without having at least two pieces.
Anyway, I was asked if I would be interested in receiving a box of their product and doing some kind of fun food art with it. No compensation, other than the box of goodies, is involved in this – it is all voluntary.
So of course I said yes. I’m a little crazy that way.
When the box arrived a few days later, I first pulled out the letter:
Then I quickly got sidetracked by the box full of sweet treats.
There were Starbursts, Skittles, rolls of Life Savers, Life Saver Gummies, Altoids mints and gum. Lots and lots of gum from 5 Vortex to Orbit Bubblemint.
My head started spinning with ideas. What to do with all these fun things? The first thought I had was to make a tree out of the 5 Vortex gum.
But the tree needed something to go with it.
So I decided to make a gingerbread house using the rest of the goodies.
And being short on time with 36 projects going on at the same time, I cheated and bought a gingerbread kit.
Sometimes cheating is a good thing. This kit comes with a gingerbread house and a frosting mix that serves as glue to hold everything together. It also had candy, but I set it aside, instead focusing on the candies sent by Wrigley. Captain Cavedweller found me a piece of wood to use and I wrapped the whole thing in foil to serve as a base for the project.
I made gum bushes by using the 5 Vortex gum. I cut each piece in half then, using kitchen shears, cut thin strips not quite to the end of the piece. I wrapped the piece around itself and then fanned out the cut pieces.
Again, cut the gum sticks in half, then cut the halves into triangles. These will become the tree branches.
Although I failed to take photos of it, we (we being Captain Cavedweller) placed Skittles around for a sidewalk and pathway.
As a final touch, I made a little sled to sit on a pile of snow in the yard using a stick of Big Red and a stick of 5 Vortex. Again, get them wet to make them easier to work with.
I think my favorite part of the whole thing is the tree. Probably because I spent the most time working on it!
So to make this you need:
a board to set it on
1 styrofoam cone
a gingerbread house (I highly recommend the kit!)
3 packages 5 Vortex Gum
1 package Extra Smooth Mint Gum
5 sticks Big Red Gum
1 package Life Savers Gummies
1 roll 5 flavor Live Savers
1 family sized bag Skittles
1 package Starbursts
She Who Likes Wrigley Gum