The roadbed was made of Rice Krispie treats, and black licorice twists were the rails. The engine was built of Little Debbie Fudge Brownies and the boiler was a Swiss Roll. I cut the brownies to make the cab, and the engine’s undercarriage was made from a peanut butter bar. The tender was stacked and cut fudge brownies, with chopped black licorice for coal. A licorice all sort was cut to make the sand dome and the tender’s rear lamp, and another was used for the smokestack. One was cut in two to be the windows of the cab.
For a boxcar, the brownies were stacked one on the other, and the brownies were cut and stacked to make the caboose. By this time, the cake was out of the oven, and cooling. After it had cooled enough, it was frosted with chocolate frosting (bought from a can). The Rice Krispie treats were re-assembled on the top of the cake, and the train was replaced on the licorice tracks.
Then starlight mints were smeared with frosting and used as the pilot wheels, and the wheels for the tender, boxcar, and caboose. One was also used as a headlight. Chocolate coins were smeared with frosting and used for the driving wheels. (The engine was a 4-6-0). Green coconut was placed around the roadbed to simulate grass.
The whole megilla was taken to Loganberry Books. There were many good entries. You can see photos of all the entries on Harriett’s site. The Little Engine That Could was a hit with the children, and as the votes were tabulated there was a cluster of kids standing around it eyeing the train in a predatory fashion. When the call to eat was given, one little girl snatched the boiler off the engine immediately. Within five minutes the train was in ruins.
Now, of course, I have a God-awful amount of candy, and some of it is gawd awful candy. As it is tooth-rattlingly sweet and I’m a grown up, I’m taking the leftovers in to work. Medical and graduate students will eat anything.