Make a candy train for Christmas. This fun holiday craft uses candy and other goodies to make a holiday train.
Candy Bar Christmas
Easier than gingerbread houses, these trains can be part of your decor and a new tradition for your family to do together.
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Originally published on December 9, 2014. I’ve updated the post to include more detailed instructions to make this tutorial easier to follow.
Growing up, the holidays were always pretty low-key, but my mom always made sure Christmas was full of extra fun activities and traditions (like Panettone).
We did a candy train every year. They look super festive and make a great decoration for the holidays.
Candy Bar Christmas Trains are a fun thing to do with friends and family during the holiday season and are a super fun excuse to get everyone together.
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Since you’re using small amounts of different candies, it’s really not too expensive to make more than one. And they are not too stressful. (But you can still check out my Holiday Stress Management.)
I share a train of several cars, but you can easily make each child just one car to keep it simple.
While we do the Holiday Christmas Train over the holidays, DIY is really fun any time of the year.
This list of supplies is what my mom wrote with her instructions. But please use this as an idea and get what you prefer.
Christmas Candy Bar Train
You can also use thin slime to connect train cars. You should use it to make train tracks, but I’m too lazy for that. But it looks nice.
Just place long pieces wider than the width of the candy train. Then cut the slime to create steps and spread them every centimeter. You can use royal icing to glue them on.
*A note about the candy. I’ve linked them on Amazon so you can see the exact candies I’m talking about. You can find smaller bags of the stuff at CVS and they often get 50% off one.
Shopping at Amazon is great if you’re buying enough for a church group or large party, but CVS is great for buying supplies to make a few trains.
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And some special items, like licorice laces and edible snow, can only be found on Amazon.
Rectangular cake boards are great because you can build the train or train car right on them. They’re sturdy, but they’re also cheap and you can throw them away when you’re done.
Wrap the car and board well in plastic, and you can send the craft home to whoever made it.
Royal Icing acts as ‘glue’ to hold the candy together to your candy train and for this you will need:
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If a pastry bag is too hard to handle or too cumbersome to use (my mom has cake decorating experience, I don’t) you can also use a small pastry brush or put it in a Ziploc bag and cut off a corner.
Christmas themed plastic miniatures are the perfect way to make the candy train feel Christmas ready. If you can find a vintage one, they are much nicer. Check out Etsy or Ebay.
My mom found her handwritten candy assembly instructions years ago and copied them for me so I always have them.
We did a little mirroring before gluing things on with royal icing. In the process, we learned that candies have changed quite a bit since we first made them, like a hundred years ago.
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Use the pictures in this post as a guide to what the train might look like. But of course, do your job.
The first candy train car is really the most specific. The rest of the cars are simpler, you can just add sweets to them.
Make a batch of royal icing and put in a piping bag with a basic tip or use one of the other methods I mentioned above.
Choose which side you want the front of the car to be, then add 2 mints on each side at the front of the car and one on each side near the back of the car (and when I say car, I mean candy bar).
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Just use a small dot of frosting because when you press the candies to stick to the candy train, the excess will fall off the sides.
Add 4 hard Werther’s caramels on the side and stick them to the front of a fun candy bar. You can use Lifesavers instead for about the same amount. (I just had a hard time finding lifeguards the day we shot this).
A lone Jojo Bee is the leading light to Werther’s front.
The miniatures really add such a fun touch to the Christmas candy train. Be sure to check out the mini bunnies I used in my panoramic sugar eggs!
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Add the wheels (any car except the first car, just take two wheels from each side) and then get creative! The little plastic tree looks super cute.
You can also use liquor that goes from the first wheel of the car to the last wheel to make it look more like a train. I thought it was unnecessary for us.
For the last car, my mother always added “journals”. Some edible snow and miniatures give it the perfect finishing touch.
I only bought 6 of the large candies, but the decorating candies were plentiful. We could make a ton of train cars just by grabbing a few more full size Snickers bars.
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Which, again, is a great activity to do with an audience. Just put on a Christmas playlist and go to town.
Like the gingerbread houses, these candy trains are edible, but since all the candy is processed, I wouldn’t recommend eating them.
My kids kept asking for so much that I finally said they could eat the candy train cars they made.
It turns out that all the different candy flavors together aren’t that great. So they stopped eating them instead of taking out the candy separately…
Christmas Place Seating Candy Bar Place Seating Assembled
(Yes, I just called my kids cheaters. But as a joke. It’s kind of ironic. Especially because my 3rd grader had to go ask his teacher how to do one of his math homework problems because I couldn’t figure it out… ).
My son was almost 6 when we first made them and he had a really easy time. The brush worked really well for her to use the royal icing.
We had a last minute game after school the day we made them so my oldest son and his friend decided to make them too. It turns out that with a little imagination you can turn your “train” into a sports car as well.
This fun holiday tradition is easy to do with kids and great to do with a crowd. Make these candy trains instead of gingerbread houses every Christmas.
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Sharon lives in Southern California with her lovely family. She loves sharing ideas to make mom’s life easier and encouraging busy girls to take time for themselves. Sharon’s “me” time often includes watching Hallmark movies, drinking sauvignon blanc, trying not to eat salt and pepper fries, and planning a company vacation. This is a fashionista event and promotional material was provided to me by Chocolate Fry. The hosts of this event are still blonde and model chic after all these years.
Chocolate is the perfect gift for the holiday season. As a gift for a hard-to-buy-for relative, a treat for your best friend or a hostess, nothing is more appreciated than a premium chocolate gift. I used a selection of candies from Chocolat Frey to create this Candy Bar Christmas Tree, an elegant way to present a chocolate gift.
While chocolate is always appreciated, it’s nice to take some time and effort to make a gift a little more special. For this Christmas tree, I simply tied the chocolate bars to the styrofoam cone. I used a selection of Chocoblock Dark mini bars with a purple wrapper and Chocoblock Milk Mini bars with a blue wrapper.
To finish things off, I added some Aura Exquisite Dark Truffle to the star on top of the tree. The received gift can be presented for the holiday season before eating. Of course, the recipient of your gift can’t resist sampling it before Christmas, and that’s fine too.
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The tree only took me 20 minutes to make, so it’s a quick and easy project that looks impressive. I tried one of the chocolate bars while making the tree and I love the rich and creamy taste of the chocolate fry. However, my favorites are the Aura truffles that stand out. I especially like the almond truffles, which have a creamy center with just a hint of almond.
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