Stacked Christmas Tree Chocolate Project
By Bob Sherman
This fun Christmas tree project looks great and may be decorated in a variety of ways. The stacking assembly is quite simple to do and is much easier than using a 2 piece mold. These make great gifts and may be incorporated into larger centerpieces.
In its simplest form this mold can be used by pouring the five pieces in chocolate then assembling them with melted chocolate, however for this article a more ornamental appearance was desired and they have quite a bit of embellishment.
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PLEASE NOTE!! - Although chocolate making is relatively safe for the entire family to participate, adult supervision is required.
I prefer to use chocolate wafers designed for molding chocolate. My preferred brand is Merckens which works well with all chocolate molding projects, is available in a wide selection of colors, and tastes great.
Either melting method may be used.
Double Boiler - See Double Boiler Usage Instructions.
A microwave may also be used but care must be taken not to overheat the chocolate.
- Place the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl.
- Heat for 30 seconds.
- Remove and stir.
- Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the chocolate is creamy.
- Optimum pouring temperature is about 90 degrees F. Do not place the thermometer in the microwave!
Chocolate Making Supplies And Materials
The following chocolate making supplies and other materials were used to make this project. Clicking on the item name will bring you to that item's page with a full description and ordering information.
- Stack Tree Chocolate Mold - One needed.
- Chocolate Coating - Milk, green, and white chocolate was used here.
- Candy Canes Edible Confetti - One jar will be enough for many trees.
- Rainbow Non-Pareils - One jar will make many trees.
- Pastry Brush - One needed.
- Paint Brush - One needed.
- Gusseted Cello Bags - One per tree.
- Twist Tie - One per tree. Several are popular for Christmas - Snowflake, Happy Holidays, Candy Cane, Red, Gold. Alternately use curling ribbon.
- Thermometer - One.
- Double Boiler - For melting chocolate.
Step By Step Instructions
The mold is used with no modifications.
Paint the 4 tree sections with green chocolate. Colored coatings have a tendency to be thicker and adding a bit of Paramount Crystals when melting them makes them easier to paint. If you prefer the taste of white chocolate, just pour these in solid green - colored chocolate is white chocolate flavor.
Allow the green to harden before proceeding.
Melt some milk chocolate and fill all 5 cavities of the mold.
Place in the freezer just long enough to de mold easily.
Starting at the base, apply melted chocolate and assemble the pieces making sure to center them.
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Disclaimer: The information presented here is accurate to the best of my knowledge and common chocolate making practices as of the time of this writing - originally published in October 2006 and updated in November 2010. The author and the publisher accept no liability for the use or misuse of any of the information presented in this article. This article is presented for informational purposes and is used at your own risk.
Author: Bob Sherman
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