Yep, it’s the iconic Mount Rushmore, or Mount Twinkmore, as it’s now known. Creators Elie Roddy, Iris Roddy and Isabel Flores turned cut-up Twinkies into four presidents with just frosting and sprinkles. “Although this work was dangerous, no lives were lost during the sculpting of the mountain,” they told us. (One of three winners of a $50 gift card.)
Ginny Pilarz of Mission calls this regal entry “E Pluribus Twinkie.” The Great Seal of the United States features a Twinkie eagle body and wings, accented with fondant and food coloring. “God Bless the Twinkie!” (One of three winners of a $50 gift card.)
Hey, it’s a sand volleyball game! Lauren and Reed McCann of Kansas City used some Lego people in the background. The “volleyball” is actually a pingpong ball. And the sand? That’d be brown sugar. (One of three winners of a $50 gift card.)
Not sure we’ve ever seen “Uncle Sam” and “delicious” in the same sentence, but it applies here. Mary Kellogg of Blue Springs crafted the patriotic gent out of a Twinkie, whipping cream, strawberries and blueberries.
We can think of no greater tribute to soccer’s Team USA than a player made out of Twinkies. A whole bunch of Twinkies! Ashlyn Arnett of Shawnee says the guy alone took about a dozen Twinkies covered in red, white and blue frosting. Even the ball is made of Twinkies. As for the fireworks? That’d be candy (Kazoozles and Airheads).
Hey, it’s the father of our country! Math teacher Jan Berghaus of Lenexa used a chocolate-covered pretzel for George Washington’s hat, marshmallows for the hair and Fruit Roll-Ups for the sash and coat. Gold and silver sugar balls from Christmas cookie decorations line the hat and coat.
What do Santa and main reindeer Rudolph do during the offseason? Hang out at the beach, of course! Carole Tomlinson of Roeland Park used felt, pipe cleaners and cotton balls, among other materials.
Rhonda Baird of Excelsior Springs says you could think of this as Uncle Sam with a makeover. See the American flag reflected in his sunglasses? Her materials included coconut (for the hair), a strawberry (for the nose) and aluminum foil and Twizzlers (for the glasses).
Judy Stutler of Leavenworth calls this creation “Fireworks at the Fort.” You’ll notice a Twinkie cannon, but note that she also used cookies, stickers and card stock.
It’s a Twinkie cheerleader! Fourteen-year-old Audra Elford of Overland Park made her from, among other things, red writing gel, candy eyeballs, a mini chocolate chip, paper, a cupcake liner, toothpicks, mini marshmallows, rubber bands and frosting. “Yay, USA!” “Go Twinkies!”
Carol and Natalie Harner of Overland Park constructed their edible Uncle Sam using Twinkies, red licorice, Fruit Roll-Ups in blue and red, M&M’s, caramels, star sprinkles and vanilla frosting.
Just in case you don’t know a “hot bat” when you see one, look for the label! The dude in blue is Royals player Alex Gordon, of course, made by Anne Hooper of Overland Park. The bat is Swedish Fish candy, by the way.
What’s that up in the wild blue yonder? No, not the Spirit of St. Louis. Karen Jeffries of Wellington, Mo., decked out the plane with Life Savers candies, Teddy Grahams and cinnamon gum. As for the ocean? Some non-Twinkies snack cakes.
Who might this be? Little Red Riding Hood! Felicia Moline of Independence made the little miss with doll clothes, yarn, licorice and frosting. (Unfortunately, we happen to know that the Big Bad Wolf has a sweet tooth.)
Allison Moline of Independence created her Twinkie Uncle Sam with frosting, paper, felt and a wooden dowel.
The tap shoes put this one over the top. Hannah Parks of Baldwin City, Kan., was inspired by the 1942 James Cagney movie “Yankee Doodle Dandy.” Gotta love those Twizzlers arms and legs.
Kaboom! We appreciate the diversity of materials Dorri and Ian Partain of Kansas City used to build this Twinkie cannon. Among them: sugar cookies, striped Waffy Wafer Rolls (for axle and tongue), Tootsie Rolls (formed into cannonballs) and white cheddar puffs (for smoke). Ian, 9, handcrafted the cloud of smoke.
What’ll lift the spirits (and fill the bellies) of America’s fighting men and women? Twinkies and Donettes, of course, provided by the “Twinkie Girls.” Janel Preller of Leavenworth used foam stars, a matchbox, ribbon, play money and wooden ice cream spoons.
Well, hello, Soapbox Sally! The car is mostly Twinkie but the wheels are peppermint marshmallows. Donna Dolinger of Kansas City also used a marshmallow for Sally’s head.
Four-year-old Anna Scheibel of Overland Park made this “All-American Teddy Bear” with help from her mom, brother and sister. Our sources tell us that Anna enjoyed eating the bear after this picture was snapped. Twinkies and gobs of frosting — what’s not to like?
It’s a Fourth of July ice cream cone! Millie Queen, 9, of Prairie Village crafted the cool treat out of licorice, sprinkles, icing and sour ball candies.
Alice Snider of Lenexa used a Twinkie, Barbie crown and paper to create a cream-filled version of Lady Liberty.
It’s summertime, so we can’t forget about the Royals. Kent Baird of Excelsior Springs made his “Royal Twinkie” using a doll’s hat, macaroni, rice, paper and frosting.
Sure enough, those are Peeps you see aboard the Twinkie float. Paige Snider, 11, created a Fourth of July parade like the one she and her family go to every year right there in Lenexa.
Lyndi Stucky of Lenexa said she wanted to soar higher than the other Twinkies, so she created this majestic bald eagle. Twinkies (and pieces of Twinkies) make up the body, wings and tail. The feet and beak are made from Peeps. You also see chocolate, oatmeal, frosting and sparkles.
Today’s the day to wave the red, white and blue, although we’re not sure how waveable a Twinkie is. Ashlyn Maurice, 9, of Lenexa used paper, a Fruit Roll-Up, blue Airheads candy, silver stars and a lollipop stick.