NCA collaborates with White House for magical Christmas makeover

An impressive candy-enhanced winter wonderland has been forged with the White House’s holiday theme décor by First Lady Dr. Jill Biden in Washington, US, courtesy of the National Confectioners Association (NCA), writes Neill Barston.

With the festive season now in full flow, the President and his family have continued an established tradition of engaging creatively with key Christmas celebrations.

This year, under the banner of ‘magic, wonder and joy’ the NCA has collaborated with the White House to help craft custom, oversized candy sculptures, archways and striking displays throughout the executive residence, inspired by the First Lady.

In addition, the NCA and its member companies also provided chocolate and candy used to create wreaths, ornaments and other décor and custom chocolate bars that White House visitors will receive during the holiday season.
Providing a key confectionery highlight for the décor is an imaginative candy-inspired display in the East Wing of the White House, featuring Holiday candy canes and a magical mix of festive candies floating overhead in the lobby and colonnade.

This year, the China Room has been given a particularly memorable confectionery makeover, with its use as a display room dating back more than a century. Its latest transformation sees the creation of the White House’s very own sweet shop, packed full of cakes, cookies and other seasonal treats summing-up the spirit of Christmas.

Finally, another favourite centrepiece has been provided in the form of the annual Gingerbread White House. For 2023’s celebrations, this has been inspired by the 200th anniversary of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ poem with the confectionery model featuring a recreation of the classic tale in sugar-cookie form. It also features Santa’s sleigh depicted travelling over the White House.

The NCA commented: “We’re proud to be part of this unique collaboration with The White House that brings to life the magic of chocolate and candy and the joyous spirit of the winter holidays. From your house to The White House, chocolate and candy are always a treat.”

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