Behind the scenes:
Choo Choo Cheer
The board gets painted first
Mountains of Krispy Treats
Fondant on the mountains, pretzel rods begin the trestle 'glued' in melted hard candies for structure
Poured melted peppermint candies (the house smells amazing and sinuses are CLEAR!) make the river with rock candy 'ice' along the banks of the river
The bridge tracks laid on a base of gingerbread
ROUND GINGERBREAD! Baked around a tomato paste can and slid off as soon as it came out of the oven.
The engine taking shape
Many, many wheels of Necco wafers, melting chocolates and tiny non-pareil candies.
Gingerbread man spokes on the engine wheels made from stroopwaffles.
The man himself
The Man of the Hour
tinted fondant, royal icing