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Chocolate Christmas Trees – Homemade Christmas Presents

by Adina 05/12/2015 9 comments

Chocolate Christmas Trees

So? Are you already in the Christmas mode? We certainly are, the house is all set up, lights and candles everywhere, the advent calendars with chocolate are on the wall and the kids get to eat a small piece of chocolate first thing when they wake up in the morning, the chimney is on every day, I bake bread more often than during the rest of the year and we drink a lot of tea. That, for me, is the prelude to Christmas.

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That and the ever growing need to find the right presents for all the loved ones. It is quite easy to do that for the children, they have huge lists of things the Christkind (that is the child Jesus, which brings presents on Christmas Eve, no Santa Clause in Germany) should bring them, so we only have to pick. But I find it more difficult to find the right presents for the adults. And what makes things even more difficult is that in three cases I have to think of a double present. My brother-in-law had his birthday at the end of November, my mother-in-law will have her on the 15th of December and my husband on the 2nd of January. That overwhelms me sometimes, it is quite a challenge to find so many interesting and nice things in a such short period of time. And then all the other dear friends that deserve a little something as well.

So this year I decided to make more homemade presents for my dear ones. That has also something to do with this blogging thing, I spent so much time looking at what other people blog and I see so many wonderful things that I want to make myself for the people in my life.

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I found the idea for these trees on a German cooking site and just loved it from the first. It was such a great project to make with my children, they were so keen to start and they were able to make their own trees almost entirely. We made a total of 10 trees: two for my own children, three for my god-children and a few extras as additional presents for some other people. Needless to say, 2 of the trees were gone as soon as they were finished, so there are only 3 extras left.

I have to mention though that the trees were not meant as Christmas presents in our case, I do not think that they will taste so good after lying around for 3 weeks. We have actually made them as Nikolaus presents and the Nikolaus comes tomorrow. The Nikolaus in Germany kind of looks like the American Santa Claus and he brings chocolate and maybe a small present for the kids who have behaved well throughout the year or a birch for those who have not behaved so well. So one of the extra trees is for the Nikolaus, both my kids think it a great idea to have something for the Nikolaus as well.

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The trees might seem difficult to make at first sight, but they really aren’t. Like I said, both my children, 7 and 4 were able to help from the beginning to the end. The only part they found a bit difficult, was the sticking of the Christmas baubles on the tree, I suppose their fine motor skills still need a bit more development.

I used Milka plain chocolate because that is what my kids like. Be sure to use really good chocolate, the brand you like best.

 

Start by making the paper cones.

I used grease-proof paper: 30 cm/12 inch x 24 cm/9.5 cm. From one piece of paper I got 2 trees about 10 cm/4 inch tall.

Cut the paper in two pieces. Take one piece and fold it as well. Form a cone from each piece of folded paper and stick it with sellotape. Repeat the procedure until you have all the cones you need. Take some empty egg cardboard boxes and place the cones into the holes, so that they stand up.

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Chop the chocolate into small pieces and place them into a waterproof bowl. Find a taller pot where the bowl fits comfortably and fill it about halfway with water. Make sure that the water doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl containing the chocolate. Heat the water gently and melt the chocolate while stirring very often. Make sure that the water doesn’t start to boil, that would ruin the chocolate. If it gets too hot, turn off the heat and continue stirring the chocolate until it is shiny and completely melted.

Carefully pour a little bit of the chocolate into each prepared cone. Place some M&Ms or some Smarties into each cone and fill them with the rest of the chocolate. Shake each cone gently to make sure that the chocolate on top is leveled. Place the cones back to their egg holes and leave until the chocolate is completely set again. I left them harden overnight.

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The next day carefully remove the paper and place the cones on plates or wooden boards. If the chocolate at the base of the trees is not level, cut a thin slice of the chocolate using a very sharp knife. Make sure the trees are able to stand straight and properly.

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Place the ground almonds on a large plate and mix them with some drops of the green color and mix with your hands until the almonds turn green. Add more color as necessary. Make sure to use gloves if you don’t want your hands to turn green as well.

In a small bowl mix some of the powdered sugar with 1 or 2 tablespoon of the lemon juice. Add food coloring to make it green as well. The consistency of this mixture should be on the runny side. Try it with a first chocolate cone to make sure that the icing stays on it without being too thick either. Add more sugar or lemon juice as necessary.

Brush the cones with the sugar icing one by one and immediately turn them into the ground almonds. Turn them around until completely coated in almonds. Place them back on their boards.

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While they set prepare the white sugar icing. Place some more powdered sugar into another small bowl and mix with some lemon juice to obtain a thicker paste this time. Fill a small amount of the paste into a small piping bag with a very small nozzle. Pipe a tiny amount of this paste on each Christmas bauble and press the bauble onto the tree. The mixture should be thick enough to stay on the bauble so adjust the consistency if necessary. You will need some patience for this step, the baubles are very small and you have to be careful not to press too hard on the trees. Clean your hands from time to time if the sugar comes on your fingers, otherwise you will find the baubles sticking to your fingers instead to the tree. If you don’t want to use a piping bag, you could use a wooden skewer instead. I just dipped that in the sugar icing and put a small drop of it on the bauble.

Place the round chocolate biscuits on a board. Stick the other chocolate rounds on the biscuits (not in the middle) using some sugar icing. Smear a bit more icing on the base of the trees and stick them on top of this chocolate round. Stick the chocolate bear to the tree using the icing as well.

Using a teaspoon or another, larger nozzle pour some of the remaining sugar paste on top of the trees to imitate snow. Immediately sprinkle some white, ice-like sprinkles on top (you can omit this step if you cannot find such sprinkles). Pour the rest of the sugar icing on the biscuits, in front of the trees to imitate snow as well. Stick Smarties or other small sweets on top of the snow. Leave to set.

Chocolate Christmas Trees

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Serves: 10

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Ingredients
  • To make 10 Christmas tree:
  • grease-proof paper
  • scissors
  • sellotape
  • empty egg cardboard boxes
  • 450 g/ 1 pound of your favorite plain chocolate
  • mini M&Ms or Smarties, about 5-6 for each tree
  • 100 g/ 3.5 oz ground almonds
  • 250 g/ 8.8 oz icing sugar
  • liquid, green food coloring
  • lemon juice or water
  • 10 large, round, double biscuits with chocolate in between (Prinzenrolle)
  • 10 small, colorful chocolate rounds (can be omitted or replaced with some other small chocolate rounds)
  • small, edible Christmas baubles, the color of your choice
  • 10 small chocolate bears
  • white, ice-like sprinkles
  • some more mini Smarties or M&M or other small sweets of your choice
Instructions
  1. Start by making the paper cones.
  2. I used grease-proof paper: 30 cm/12 inch x 24 cm/9.5 cm. From one piece of paper I got 2 trees about 10 cm/4 inch tall.
  3. Cut the paper in two pieces. Take one piece and fold it as well. Form a cone from each piece of folded paper and stick it with sellotape. Repeat the procedure until you have all the cones you need. Take some empty egg cardboard boxes and place the cones into the holes, so that they stand up.
  4. Chop the chocolate into small pieces and place into a waterproof bowl. Find a taller pot where the bowl fits comfortably and fill it about halfway with water. Make sure that the water doesn't touch the bottom of the bowl containing the chocolate. Heat the water gently and melt the chocolate while stirring very often. Make sure that the water doesn't start to boil, that would ruin the chocolate. If it gets too hot, turn off the heat and continue stirring the chocolate until shiny and completely melted.
  5. Carefully pour a little bit of the chocolate into each prepared cone. Place some M&Ms or some Smarties into each cone and fill them with the rest of the chocolate. Shake each cone gently to make sure that the chocolate on top is leveled. Place the cones back to their egg holes and leave until the chocolate is completely set again. I left them harden overnight.
  6. The next day carefully remove the paper and place the cones on plates or wooden boards. If the chocolate at the base of the trees is not completely level, cut a thin slice of the chocolate using a very sharp knife. Make sure the trees are able to stand straight and properly.
  7. Place the ground almonds on a large plate and mix them with some drops of the green color and mix with your hands until the almonds turn green. Add more color as necessary. Make sure to use gloves if you don't want your hands to turn green as well.
  8. In a small bowl mix some of the powdered sugar with 1 or 2 tablespoon of the lemon juice. Add food coloring to make it green as well. The consistency of this mixture should be rather runny. Try it with a first chocolate cone to make sure that the icing stays on it without being too thick either. Add more sugar or lemon juice as necessary.
  9. Brush the cones with the sugar icing one by one and immediately turn them into the ground almonds. Turn them around until completely coated in almonds. Place them back on their boards.
  10. While they set prepare the white sugar icing. Place some more powdered sugar into another small bowl and mix with some lemon juice to obtain a thicker paste this time. Fill a small amount of the paste into a small piping bag with a very small nozzle. Pipe a tiny amount of this paste on each Christmas bauble and press the bauble onto the tree. The mixture should be thick enough to stay on the bauble so adjust the consistency if necessary. You will need some patience for this step, the baubles are very small and you have to be careful not to press too hard on the trees. Clean your hands from time to time if the sugar comes on your fingers, otherwise you will find the baubles sticking to your fingers instead to the tree. If you don't want to use a piping bag, you could use a wooden skewer instead. I just dipped that in the sugar icing and put a small drop of it on the bauble.
  11. Place the round chocolate biscuits on a board. Stick the other chocolate rounds on the biscuits (not in the middle) using some sugar icing. Smear a bit more icing on the base of the trees and stick them on top of this chocolate round. Stick the chocolate bear to the tree using the icing as well.
  12. Using a teaspoon or another, larger nozzle pour some of the remaining sugar paste on top of the trees to imitate snow. Immediately sprinkle some white, ice-like sprinkles on top (you can omit this step if you cannot find such sprinkles). Pour the rest of the sugar icing on the biscuits, on front of the trees to imitate snow as well. Stick Smarties or other small sweets on top of the snow. Leave to set.

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9 comments

[email protected]'s Recipes 06/12/2015 - 15:24

How adorable and festive! Your boy must have had lots of fun helping you with making them.

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Adina 07/12/2015 - 08:14

It was really great to make these trees with the children, they had so much fun and were so proud of their achievement in the end, I can recommend it to anyone. 🙂

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Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen 07/12/2015 - 13:38

What a fun idea to bake with kids. How festive and fun these are. Your little ones are adorable. These chocolate Christmas trees look fabulous.

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Adina 07/12/2015 - 14:52

Thank you, Anu. 🙂

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Monica 07/12/2015 - 20:22

It sounds so cozy at your house. These chocolate Christmas trees are so adorable! Love handmade treats and presents at this time of year. You had some amazing little helpers and they clearly did a fantastic job. Definitely made with love and it shows.

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Adina 08/12/2015 - 08:00

Thank you, Monica. They did have a lot of fun, my sweethearts, they are now keen on the next thing that we can build together, we were thinking about little huts.

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Heidi Kokborg 08/12/2015 - 21:26

This is such a cute idea! 🙂

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Petra @ CrumblesAndKale 11/12/2015 - 15:54

What a great idea! They look spectacular and what cute little helpers you got 🙂

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Adina 11/12/2015 - 18:41

Thank you, Petra. 🙂

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