17 December 2013

Rice Crispy Treats: Edible Christmas Trees

I actually didn't have the time to make these Rice Crispy Treats (also known as Edible Christmas Trees) this weekend. But do you think I let that stop me?! And there's nothing like throwing another iron in the fire of an already busy weekend just to really spice things up in the time management department right?! I thought these would be fun to make so was determined to find the time to fit them in. This is also the first year I've seen mini MNM's sold in festive packs only containing red and green candy so there was an added incentive to put them to good use instead of having to buy multiple packs and having to sift through them all just to get the red and green ones.

Now I'm not going to lie to you and tell you that these were super easy and quick to make. They SO weren't. So if patience and precision is not your forte when you're crafting you may want to think again about making these right about now. However, I do promise you if you are prepared to stick with it (and silent cursing IS allowed along the way believe me!) you'll love the results.

Rice Crispy Treats: Edible Christmas Trees

What you'll need:

3 cups rice bubbles / rice crispies
1 cup dessicated coconut
1/4 cup icing sugar
250g block of white chocolate or white chocolate melts
5 heaped tsp of coconut oil or 50g kremelta
Silver cachous balls
2 packs of mini festive MNM's
Baking paper

How NOT to make these:

Before you even think about mixing up any ingredients, prepare the cone shapes. You'll thank me for this tip. Unlike me who thought I could multi-task and do everything at the same time and then found making the cones way more challenging than I had bargained on and was sitting with the mixture all ready to go still fighting a losing battle with the baking paper and worrying that it would all solidify en-masse before I could get them stuffed into the cones. This was not helped by the fact I DIDN'T have any staples. And in case you've never tried this at home, sellotape does NOT stick to baking paper. Not a jot. Nor does masking tape or any other kind of tape for that matter. I had to resort to the glue gun and I made a hell of a mess in the process and burnt my fingers several times. So now that we've got all my schoolboy errors out of the way let's focus on making this the right way!

How to actually make the Edible Christmas Tree Rice Crispy Treats:

1. Cut 4 30cm x 30cm squares of baking paper, then cut them diagonally so you have 8 triangles.
2. Join the baking paper pieces together and shape into a cone shape, being patient as you do this! Staple the baking paper together to hold in place.
3. Mix the rice bubbles, coconut, and icing sugar together in a bowl.
4. At the same time, put the coconut oil/kremelta and 200g of white chocolate over a low heat and heat until melted.
5. Mix the chocolate into the dry ingredients.
6. Take spoonfuls of the mixture and fill up the cones, pressing gently to pack down firmly as much as possible.
7. Lay the cones on a baking tray and put in the freezer for an hour to set.
8. Melt the remaining chocolate in the same bowl. Once this is cool, dip the MNM's and silver balls into this mixture and use the chocolate as a glue to attach the MNM's and balls to the tree.
9. Return to the freezer for an hour to ensure they set completely and then store in the fridge until ready to eat.

Be sure to check out some of my other great Christmas gift ideas: 

Cinnamon Scented Candles
Cookies in a Jar
Chocolate Lip Gloss
Fizzy Bath Bombs
Giant Hanging Snowflakes
Christmas Tinsel Wreath
NOEL Word Block Wall Art

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