Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Willy Wonka Meets Doctor Who
By Socrates Paparazzi
Arts & Entertainment Reporter
MIDDLETON, CONNECTICUT - The traditional gingerbread house is too mundane for the Miliks. In past years, this creative theater arts family has used holiday candy to build things such as the Eiffel Tower and Hogwart's school of magic. This year, they built a 14-inch-tall gingerbread Dalek.
For those who are not sci fi fans, the Daleks are the arch enemies of the BBC time traveler Doctor Who. The cyborgs are known for hysterically screaming, "EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE!" as they ride around in mechanized war machines that look like tricked out salt shakers. Despite their genocidal tendencies, the power crazed aliens just seem funny to little seven-year-old Aeris Milik.
"She's not scared of them at all," according to her father, Christian.
When they noticed that Lindt chocolate balls look like the bumpy grill of a Dalek war machine, the idea for this year's Milik holiday project was born. He said it took about five hours over one weekend to bake, build and decorate their unique creation. A candy cane serves as the Dalek's ray gun and a lollipop has been substituted for the cyborg's plunger-like arm. However, Christian said the greatest challenge was cementing together gingerbread panels to build the sides of the hollow war machine. They used royal icing. Christian said the whole sculpture is edible and is still being devoured.
"People have just been, kinda, breaking off pieces," he said.
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