Children, parents build houses out of candy

By JB Clark/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – There was more than enough butter-cream icing to satisfy the sugar cravings of hundreds of kids and their parents at the BancorpSouth Conference Center’s gingerbread house event Saturday.
Alyssa Freeman stood next to Jack Loving and covered their graham crackers with icing so they would stick to an empty milk carton.
Freeman said her house was going to be the best because she planned to cover it in candy. She also said she planned to eat all of the candy off the house.
This was the seventh year the conference center hosted the family-friendly activity after the Christmas parade. Josh Simpson, the center’s chef, said the event is something free for families during the holidays.
Children picked up a plate with graham crackers and a carton of milk at the front of the room and took them to a construction table. Once they drank their milk, they glued the graham crackers to the carton with icing and added candy and marshmallows for decoration.
“We made sure to provide fruit upfront for the kids to have healthy snacks,” Simpson said. “But it’s just a great way to get kids and parents involved in having fun in a free community event.”
This year, Simpson and his team provided healthy activities like the banana octopus and orange smile to offset the gingerbread house sugar rush.
jb.clark@journalinc.com