The 2015 display was loosely modeled after a traditional upstate New York Adirondack mountain town with an old-fashioned grand lodge resort. The twist for this display was that in lieu of gingerbread, our primary building material was pretzels! We used over 30 unique pretzel shapes on various parts of the display. Other edible construction materials included 120 sheets of gingerbread and 40 gallons of icing produced by the Lancaster County Career and Technology Center, as well as 20 pounds of rock candy, 15 pounds of salt, and 50 pounds of miscellaneous colored candies! Another important “building material” was 10-plus pounds of fondant which was used to mold a variety of objects, animals and people populating our Adirondack village, camp, and lodge.
The annual tradition, which began in 1988, involves employees, family, and friends who volunteer for hours of creative confectionery construction. Beginning just before Thanksgiving, participants spent many evenings and weekends pulling everything together in time for our client party in early December.