Bake Off is obviously pre-recorded and despite getting her hands on that coveted trophy, Candice had to keep her win on the down low until it aired on BBC.
That meant hiding her trophy away from friends and family, and carrying on with her day job until she could finally come clean that she was crowned champ. Speaking to The Sun, Candice admitted: "I questioned whether it happened."
She said: "I went straight to bed and got up for work early the next morning, I couldn't talk about it and nothing had changed. I questioned whether it happened. I kept [the trophy] well hidden, even though I would have liked to wear it round my neck all the time."
Recalling the moment, she found out she had beaten her rivals Jane Beedle and Andrew Smyth, Candice added: "When they announced the winner, I almost didn't hear it, and was in complete and utter disbelief. I was aware of it but I couldn't take it in. Mary and Paul came over and I thought my knees would give way, I was trembling so much."
Now, Candice is free to revel in her GBBO win and taking to Twitter after this year's series finale aired, Candice told fans: "I am grateful thankful and honoured! What a crazy few months! You will never know what's this means to me! 12 bakers now friends #GBBO."
I am grateful thankful and honoured! What a crazy few months! You will never know what's this means to me! 12bakers now friends #GBBO— Candice Brown (@CJ_Brownie) October 26, 2016
On the show, viewers saw Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood praise this year's winner for her efforts in the final and throughout the series. Mary said: "Candice has determination and passion. She has really excelled and everything always looked gorgeous!" Paul added: "When she nails it, she's one of the best."
It was revealed at the end of the episode that Candice had teamed up with Jane and together they had planned a baking road trip.
As well as hitting the road, Candice is predicted to see a slew of other opportunities coming her way, with reports claiming she could earn up to £1 million following her win.
According to the Daily Mail, sources suggested that Candice could go on to secure TV work, book deals and even a make-up range, thanks to her love of lipstick.
Candice addressed the speculation in her recent interview and added: "Let's wait and see what will come my way but I will be grabbing it with both hands and running with it, that's for sure. It would be crazy not to, wouldn't it?"
Candice became the last person to win the Bake Off while it's still airing on the BBC. As of next year, the show will move to Channel 4, after it bought the rights to the show. The BBC had failed to reach an agreement with Bake Off's production company - Love Productions.
While Paul will continue as a judge on Bake Off following its channel move, hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins and Mary have decided to quit the show out of loyalty to the BBC.
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