Friday, December 11, 2009

Christmas Truffles, Part 2

That's right, Annie, they're Christmas trees!

 Again, credit must go to Bakerella as I got the idea from her.  Here is where I got my inspiration:

So cute!  As you can tell, mine are a little bit...heftier.  Also, her ornaments and topper are more to scale, but she is the pro after all.

Again, I choose to leave off the stick.  The process starts the same way as with the hats:  Make cones:

Melt chocolate:

And then dip!  Nothing fancy this time, because it is all one color.  To do this I used a bamboo skewer through the bottom (about halfway through).  After dipping, use a toothpick to make the "branches":  You can either work fast and do it while the coating is still wet, or you can add them later.

Once the chocolate has hardened, twist the skewer to loosen and then remove.  Be sure to plug the hole left by the skewer, or it will leak.  

Finding toppers and  "ornaments" was kind of difficult.  Were I to do these again, I would use the rainbow chip sprinkles like Bakerella suggested.  Instead, I used these little guys:

I like the colors of these, and I like their shape, but they are just too big I think.  For the topper, I used a star sprinkle-- if I could find the jumbo ones Bakerella used, I would have preferred them.  I really like the effect they had.

Even though they aren't quite as cute as Bakerella's, I think they turned out rather well, especially when paired with the little hats from Part 1:

Aww!  Success!  I hope my coworkers like them!

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