Festive chocolate (Christmas) trees – easy homemade gifts!

Kipper has four teachers at pre-school. It occurred to me that we probably ought to give each of them a Christmas gift at the end of term. And for whatever insane reason (because really, I have LOADS of time on my hands) I decided the gifts should be homemade. 

There was a brief moment when I thought that DH and Kipper might run up some wooden reindeer on the bandsaw (we have a whole family of these that they have made on various quiet weekends – not sure why reindeer is the animal of choice, mind you) but there was no time to start getting out big machinery, so gift manufacture fell to me. 

Initially, I thought we could spread out some melted chocolate on a parchment-lined tray, Kipper could sprinkle it with goodies, then when it was set we could break it into chunks and put it in a fancy bag with a ribbon. Voila! Fancy chocolate bark! 

But not fancy enough. OK then, dollop circles of chocolate, Kipper sprinkles them with goodies, put them in bags etc etc. Voila! Mendiants!

But you know how it is. You’re browsing fancy chocolatiers’ websites late at night, and you catch sight of some sort of layered chocolate confection in the form of a decorated Christmas tree, and you think, $30?! For that?! It’s just decorated discs of chocolate, stacked up…

Next thing you know, you’re up to your elbows in melted chocolate and Kipper is getting high on multi-coloured sprinkles…

However, these were, actually, ridiculously easy to make. The main problems I had were a) preventing Kipper from eating all the goodies before they made it onto the chocolate discs, and b) encouraging her to sprinkle stuff a bit more quickly (rather than hand place every individual sprinkle) so that the chocolate wouldn’t set before they were decorated. If you’re doing these without the help of a child, you can whizz through in a matter of minutes.

I did wait till she’d gone to bed to assemble them into trees though. 

I hope you agree that these chocolate Christmas trees look the business, and not just for ‘homemade gifts’ either. I’m super-chuffed with these. I hope Kipper’s teachers are too. 

This made four small and very festive chocolate trees. 

Oh, don’t be put off by the lengthy list of ingredients and instructions – these are really VERY easy to make 🙂

Super-easy chocolate Christmas trees, made from a few simple ingredients. Spread circles of melted chocolate and get the kids to decorate before assembling into trees.

Festive chocolate trees
Yields 4
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Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
509 calories
43 g
12 g
35 g
6 g
19 g
89 g
9 g
29 g
0 g
14 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
89g
Yields
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 509
Calories from Fat 316
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 35g
54%
Saturated Fat 19g
94%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 12mg
4%
Sodium 9mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 43g
14%
Dietary Fiber 7g
27%
Sugars 29g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A
3%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
5%
Iron
28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 300g dark chocolate
  2. 3tsp soft butter
  3. 1-2 tbsp each of the following (or whatever else you fancy)
  4. - raisins/sultanas
  5. - dried cranberries
  6. - glace cherries, halved
  7. - pine nuts
  8. - flaked almonds
  9. - cocoa nibs
  10. - multi-coloured sprinkles
  11. - 'gingerbread men' sprinkles
  12. 109g pouch of Cadbury's twirl bites, or similar chunk-o-chocolate style confectionary
  13. Edible lustre powder (optional)
Instructions
  1. Line two baking sheets with greaseproof paper. On the back of the paper, draw four each of four sizes of circle - I used my round cutters as templates. The largest should be 9-10cm, the smallest about 4-5cm.
  2. Break up the chocolate into a microwaveable bowl, and heat on medium for a minute at a time, stirring well each time. When the chocolate is mostly melted, remove from the microwave and add the butter. Mix well until there are no lumps left in the mixture.
  3. Dollop the chocolate onto the greaseproof paper and spread to fill the marked circles. I used about 3 tbsp of chocolate in the large circles, and progressively less in the smaller circles. Place a twirl bite in the centre of each circle.
  4. Finally, make four 2-3cm circles by dolloping teaspoonfuls of chocolate onto the paper - these are the tops of your trees.
  5. Now, get decorating! Sprinkle your toppings over the chocolate circles. Go wild!
  6. Place the decorated chocolate discs into the fridge to set.
To assemble the trees
  1. Melt 1-2 tbsp of the twirl bites in a small bowl. Place a blob of the melted twirl onto the twirl bite in the centre of one of the largest size circles. Carefully position the next size circle on top and leave for a minute to firm up slightly. Continue to build the tree, adding melted twirl and another circle, until you reach the top.
  2. Repeat with the remaining circles to make four trees.
  3. Lightly dust with lustre powder, then return to the fridge to fully set.
Notes
  1. You will probably have some twirl bites leftover. Enjoy!
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calories
509
fat
35g
protein
6g
carbs
43g
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Easy festive chocolate Christmas trees

 Oh, one last thing. I was going to use Rolos for the trunks, until I realised that they’re made by Nestle. You can read why I don’t buy Nestle products here.

I’m sharing these yummy chocolate Christmas trees in these places:
Treat Petite, which has a Christmas theme this month, and is organised by Cakeyboi and The Baking Explorer (who is also hosting this month).
Cook, Blog, Share, organised by Lucy at Supergolden Bakes.
And Family Foodies, organised by Vanesther at Bangers & Mash and Lou at Eat Your Veg, which is after recipes for festive food. Yum.

  

20 Comments:

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  4. These are absolutely genius. My girls would so love making these – and scoffing them too! A perfect entry for our Festive Family Foodies challenge. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Cute and delicious. Wouldn’t last a minute in our house if the kids spotted them : ) thanks for linking to #CookBlogShare

  7. What a brilliant idea! Thank you for entering into Treat Petite!

  8. Aw what a sweet idea. I’m sure the teachers will love them

  9. These are lovely. What a very clever idea!

  10. My kids would love these, they are so sweet!

  11. What a great idea for handmade gifts!

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