I was on Pinterest and pinned this super cute Fast and Easy Christmas Treats image. I checked out the post and the chocolate Christmas trees seemed simple enough … but it wasn’t fast and easy. You melt chocolate, then pipe it, then decorate. Piping is never fast. It takes quite a bit of time, no matter how quickly I try to do it. Luckily, if you use candy melts for this project, they stay warm quickly so you have time to work with it even if your piping does take a while.
So, I would definitely keep the piping as an adult-only job. But the placing of the pretzels and the decorating can easily be done by kids. And that’s great. These are really cute treats for a bake sale or to take to grandma’s for Christmas dinner. Your kids will have such pride knowing that they helped with these chocolate Christmas trees — and you’ll be happy the piping was worth it.
And trust me, it’s worth it. When I was piping, I was cursing myself. And after, I was so happy I made these chocolate Christmas trees. They really are adorable.
Chocolate Christmas Trees
What You’ll Need:
- Mini pretzel sticks
- Parchment paper
- Ziploc bag
- Wilton candy melts (in green)
What You’ll Do:
Melt candy melts according to the package (1/4 of the package makes about 14 trees).
Scoop the melted chocolate into the Ziploc bag. Cut the tip off with your scissors. You’ll use this to pipe.
Pipe a triangle with a line down the center onto a piece of parchment paper.
Place the pretzel stick on top (or have your kid do this).
Traverse across the rod with the candy melt. Be sure to touch the triangle at the edges.
Decorate with sprinkles (or let your kid jump in and decorate).
I actually would pipe a few, then I could sprinkle them. Since you will, from time to time, smoosh the melted melts towards the hole in the Ziploc bag, the warmth from your hand will keep it melted. Once it’s out of the bag, though, it will chill quickly so be sure to sprinkle after you pipe three or four (depending on your speed).
You can leave them on the parchment paper and have them cool that way or pop them in the fridge for a minute. The only thing about the fridge is that they will discolor slightly.
In case you want an easier play by play, that photo above shows you all the steps.