Gingerbread Death Star celebrates the holidays in a galaxy far, far away

Kim Jones and her son, Theo Risdale, made a gingerbread Death Star and surrounded it with X-wings, TIE fighters and Star Destroyers to celebrate the holidays and final trilogy of the Skywalker saga.

'It's actually really fun having it be something our family can share'

Kim Jones and her son, Theo Risdale, built this gingerbread Death Star to celebrate the holidays and the final movie in Star Wars' sequel trilogy. (Christine Rankin)

Gingerbread and nougat X-wings, pretzel TIE fighters, and gingerbread Star Destroyers fly around a Death Star in a sugary sweet tribute to the Star Wars franchise. 

Every year, Dundas resident and McMaster University professor Kim Jones, and her eight-year-old son, Theo Risdale, make a gingerbread masterpiece. 

This holiday season, to celebrate their shared passion for Star Wars and the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Jones and Theo took on the infamous Death Star.

Theo came up with the idea, and the family spent three weekends creating a Star Wars scene, this week put on display at his school, Dundas Central, in suburban Hamilton.   

The Death Star is made out of gingerbread and filled with rice krispies to keep it strong. (Christine Rankin)

They made 'half' a Death Star out of gingerbread, which they baked over a bowl to get the right shape and filled with Rice Krispies — Theo's favourite part. The whole thing was covered in grey icing.

More than two dozen ships battle atop skewers and Darth Vader's TIE fighter, Theo's favourite ship, falls from the sky in the back. Candy canes shoot out of the Death Star's front, coming together in a beam that threatens to destroy a planet. 

It took a two-hour trip to Bulk Barn to get the best possible wings for the TIE fighters and proper nose for the X-wings.

"We played around with a few different iterations to make sure they were in the right scale, to make sure that they looked right," said Jones.

"We actually ended up with a fair bit of leftover candy because we tried to pilot a few different things and they weren't so successful."

The Millennium Falcon speeds through crashing Star Destroyers, which are ablaze in cheese puffs flames. (Christine Rankin)

For Jones, A New Hope was among the first movies she saw in theatres and sparked her lifelong love for R2-D2, its cantina scene, and "kick-butt" women like Princess Leia. 

"I've had a love of Star Wars for all my life," she said. "It's actually really fun having it be something our family can share and I'm pretty happy [my son and partner] like it as much as I do." 

Theo says he likes it because of all the fighting in space. But he also likes that it keeps him coming back every time. 

"It's a cliffhanger every movie," he said. "Once you watch the first, you gotta watch every single other one."

Jones said it took a two-hour trip to Bulk Barn to figure out what candies would work best so the ships were as accurate as possible. (Christine Rankin)

While the moral stories might be cut and dry, Jones said, there's something charming about entertainment where the audience knows who's evil. 

"It's very much a good versus evil universe," she said. "There's not a lot of shades of grey in it, which can be refreshing in times where it's harder to tell what's good and what's bad." 

The Death Star will succumb to Theo and his classmates, who will break it apart and eat it before heading on holiday break. 

Jones and Theo said hello to the holiday season and goodbye to the Skywalker saga with their gingerbread Death Star. (Christine Rankin)


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