Utah Department of Corrections

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The talented culinary artists at Timpanogos Women’s facility are bringing their holiday magic back to the Festival of Trees fundraiser with another set of gingerbread masterpieces. This year, the displays feature Disney movie favorites and a salute to Veterans.

2017 11 gingerbread 1For the past 15 years incarcerated women at the facility have volunteered their time to make intricate gingerbread houses to donate to the Festival of Trees fundraiser for Primary Children’s Hospital. The incarcerated women look forward to designing and decorating the project as a way they can use their talents to support a worthy cause.

In the main 2017 display, the women created a three-foot replica of a Disney castle, which is surrounded by all the princesses and other beloved characters. Another display features Moana, Maui and characters from the Moana movie along with a delicate ocean wave crafted from hard candy. The final display pays respect to the Armed Forces and Veterans with patriotic signs and replicas of aircraft and American Flags.2017 11 gingerbread 3

The houses take months to design and create. Every part of the display is edible. The houses are made of a variety of materials including hard tack candy, home-made fondant, icing, edible paint, rice Krispy treats and, of course, gingerbread. Lt. Rod Villiamil has supervised the gingerbread project since it started and says the houses are a labor of love for the women.

The houses will be on display at the Festival of Trees at the Southtowne Expo Center this week before going home with a lucky bidder at the fundraiser’s silent auction.

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To see more of these remarkable creations please see this video on YouTube 


- Public Information Office, November 29, 2017