Trimming the tree…

For Christmas last year I set myself the task of creating a table centrepiece using brussels sprouts.

finished

Blog Post December 2013

There were both Pros and Cons to this endeavor.

The Pros: the sprouts box was ticked for Christmas dinner and (the best bit in my opinion) they did not have to be eaten.

The Cons: it took a fair bit of time to do it and (sadly) it deteriorated pretty quickly over the following few days, ending up in the compost!

This year I wanted to create another centrepiece for the table but one that was

  1. Quick
  2. Edible!

Chocolate was an obvious choice (what’s not to like?) so I set about creating a simple and speedy Christmas tree out of Maltesers.

malteasers

The ingredients were simple:

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Maltesers

milk choc

Milk Chocolate

white choc

White Chocolate

silver

Silver chocolate pearls (I’m sure there must be a technical terms for these but if there is, I don’t know it!)

The idea was to simply melt the milk chocolate over a pot of water and to dip each Malteser into it in order to be able to stick them together. I was unsure regarding the stability of the structure and decided to cheat by using a vase which would give a shape to work to.

cling film

This I wrapped in cling film as shown above before placing on a plate.

saucepan

The chocolate was then melted.

dipping

Each Malteser was then dipped into the melted chocolate before placing it on the plate, working around the vase starting from the bottom up.

work in progress

To maintain stability it was necessary to stop after every couple of rows to allow to set a little. The silver decorations were added as it progressed and was still soft.

thieves

The most difficult challenge was to keep the thieves at bay!

choc

When the tower was complete the white chocolate was then melted and poured over to create a light dusting of snow!

finished

Ta dah!

 

Happy Holidays to all.

Nicki