This sweet display is easy to make -- each house is built with candy bars, using melted chocolate to hold it together. Add other edible embellishments before arranging houses in a tiny village.
Start to Finish: 1 hour
Makes: 1 house
Create Chocolate House as directed, except use melted chocolate to attach different candies for decoration. For example, use two sticks of chewing gum for door. Frame with small red, green, and white candies; attach a starlight mint above door. Use a peppermint stick for top of roof; peppermint pillows along roof for trim; and pastel wafer candies (such as Necco wafers) for shingles. Break the ¿hook¿ off candy canes and use for the windows on sides and back of house; use the straight part to cover corner seams.
Create Chocolate House as directed, except use melted chocolate to attach different nuts for decoration. For example, use a graham cracker for door with an end piece of a sliced almond as a doorknob. Attach slivered almonds and pepitas (e.g. pumpkin seeds) around base of house and use sliced almonds as shingles, with pepitas for color accents. Use a chocolate-covered pretzel rod for a chimney; whole almonds for windows on side of house, accented with small red candies. Use two pecan halves for windows on front of house, accented with pine nuts. Use cashews as decoration above door and peanuts along roof for trim.
Place a wire rack over waxed paper. Dip two large marshmallows in melted vanilla-flavor candy coating. Let stand on rack until set. Attach the two marshmallows with a toothpick for the snowman body. Add pretzel sticks for arms. If desired, use melted candy coating to attach one white chocolate kiss with stripes for a hat and miniature chocolate chips for eyes, mouth, and buttons.
Place a wire rack over waxed paper. Dip desired number of rolled sugar ice cream cones in melted chocolate, coating completely. If desired, sprinkle with white edible glitter, chocolate sprinkles, or nonpareils. Let stand on rack until set.