My creation is almost complete, but I wanted to give you a look at what I came up with. I tried a few ways to keep him lower the ground, but I didn't like it.
So, I came across a few wire woven stands that I created several yrs back and were sitting up on the shelf. It was a perfect match. By the looks of him, you would think he was top heavy, but he's not.
I will have to admit the backside of his head has clay to cover up the opening and so his head will not slide backward to push a piece of candy out. The center part of the body still pulls all the way up. I struggled with leaving the opening so the head could work, but it just kept bugging me and so I felt compelled to cover it up.