Meet His Royal Sweetness
I bought the first Noble Nutcrackers ornament when it came out in 2019. Then, I passed on the second, concluding I wasn’t going to be continuing the series. And yet, here I am taking a look at that second ornament, Confectionery King.
As the name implies, this ornament is inspired by sweets. Instead of a crown, this king has a cupcake on his head. His shoulders are gumdrops. He’s got peppermint stripes on his legs, and his scepter is a gumball bubble (the gumballs inside don’t move). Don’t worry, his face is human, not a conglomerate of candy, and it looks very nice. This is not an over-the-top sweets ornament like some of the ones I collect, but it is still obvious just from looking at it that this is a sweets theme.
As with the first in the series, the nutcracker element is below the face. It’s painted a couple of different shades of green, which sets it apart from the mostly red and white ornament. The handle in the back moves this opening very easily, although it isn’t strong enough to actually crack any nuts.
So why did I wind up getting this ornament? I bought the third on a whim after Christmas on sale, so I went back to get this one. It still doesn’t quite have the appeal of the first in the series for me, but it has certainly grown on me from my first impression in 2020.
And I do appreciate the creative touches. This isn’t a traditional nutcracker, but it still looks like a great nutcracker. I’m glad I’m getting back into this series.
The nutcracker is standing on a yellow-green circle, which gives him a nice platform, so you can easily set him out to enjoy year-round. The 2 in a Christmas tree is on the bottom as well.
The ornaments in this series are one of the rare ones that come with a string to hang them by. In this case, that string is red and white striped, fitting in with the theme for the ornament. If you are paying attention, you’ll notice that he tips slightly to the left, but you have to be really watching for it to notice it.
I’m glad I went back and got Confectionery King. As I mentioned, I have the third in the series already. I have a feeling I’ll still decide on a case-by-case basis going forward, although sales will certainly help.
Here are the rest of the Noble Nutcrackers.