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How to Make Graham Cracker Beach Huts

What does gingerbread-house expert and winner of Haunted Gingerbread Showdown, Steve Konopelski, do in summer? Take a look!

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After pastry chef Steve Konopelski took home the $25,000 grand prize for his gingerbread construction skills in last fall’s Haunted Gingerbread Showdown, he put the money toward a real-life building project: a new roof for a bed-and-breakfast he and his husband own in Denton, MD. He also treated himself to a getaway to Mexico, a trip that inspired him to build these colorful candy-coated huts. “I got into a vacationy mood while I was putting this together,” says Steve. “It’s like I extended my trip with candy!” Try making some yourself: It’s a great project for a summer day!

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Use a small serrated knife to trim 8 graham crackers so that the top one-quarter comes to a point (A). Cut off a one-quarter rectangle from 10 more graham crackers (B). Save 4 of the quarters (C). Cut off one-quarter from 2 more crackers, then cut the big pieces in half lengthwise — you'll need 3 of these narrow pieces (D).

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Arrange 4 whole graham crackers side by side, placing each about a quarter-cracker length in front of the other as shown; attach with white candy melts. Attach an (A) piece to the back edge of each cracker and use 2 (B) pieces to form the sides of each. Hold each piece in place until it is secure.

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Attach the remaining 4 (A) crackers onto the fronts. Use the 3 (D) pieces to fill in the gaps between the front walls and the sides. Let the candy melts set completely.

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