Want something different and new for the Christmas tree? Try making these delicious, edible chocolate ornaments and hang them for natural decor!
These chocolate Christmas tree ornaments are fun to make. They’re beautiful to look at. And they’re a tasty treat you and your family can enjoy from Christmas to New Year’s eve!
With dark chocolate and your choice of nuts, they’re healthier than candy canes and just might taste better too.
How to Make Edible Chocolate Ornaments
It’s not difficult to make these tasty chocolate Christmas tree ornaments. Here’s what you need to get the job done!
Tools You’ll Need
- silicone mold with cavities 1 inch wide by 3/4 inch deep
- double boiler
- a cutlery spoon
- cutting board
- large needle
- small string
- 2 dark chocolate bars
- your choice of soft nuts (cashews, walnuts, etc)
Directions for Making Chocolate and Nut Ornaments
Break up your dark chocolate bar and place it in a double boiler under medium heat. Stir occasionally with a spatula as chocolate melts.
In the meantime, measure out your nuts of choice and chop them into approximately 1/4 inch pieces. Don’t obsess over getting your nuts to the perfect size. Just a rough estimate is good enough!
When your chocolate has melted and turned to liquid, take a spoon and dribble a bit in the bottom of your first silicone cavity, until the base is covered.
Immediately after, drop 1-2 layers of nuts, trying to leave a small nut-free space at the very center (this makes it easier to string your chocolates for hanging). Cover these with another layer of chocolate. Then another layer of nuts. Finish with a layer of melted chocolate.
Follow this layering procedure for all the cavities in your mold.
Always put the nuts down while the chocolate is still runny and warm, so things will stick together!
Tips: these are easier to make if you have 2 people on the job. If one person looks after the chocolate and one person tends to the chopped nuts, things go much faster!
Once you’ve filled your cavities (or have run out of chocolate), leave the silicone mold on the countertop to cool. When it has reached room temperature, pop the chocolates out of their cavities.
Thread a large needle with thin string. Knot the tail end and push the needle through the center of a chocolates. You may have to insert it more than once to get through.
If you hit a nut, pull it out and try again. Forcing your way though usually results in a cracked chocolate. And cracked chocolates aren’t suitable for Christmas tree ornaments!
You can put 1, 2 or even 3 chocolates on a single string. Just remember they are heavy and will need a string twig to support them. I found that 2 chocolates were just about right in weight.
After stringing your chocolate/s, you can create a bow just above them. Then tie off the top of the string, making a loop for hanging.
Hang these beauties on your Christmas tree and let the children get one after dinner during the days leading up to Christmas. They also make wonderful New Year’s Eve snacks as well!
Edible Chocolate Ornaments for the Christmas Tree
- a small double boiler
- silicone mold
- large needle
- small string
- 200 grams 70% dark chocolate
- 1/2-3/4 cup soft nuts (cashews, walnuts, etc)
- Break up chocolate bars and melt in double boiler over medium heat.
- Stir occasionally to help chocolate melt faster.
- Chop nuts into approximately 1/4 inch pieces.
- When chocolate has melted and is runny, take a cutlery spoon and pour chocolate into a mold cavity, until the bottom is just covered.
- Using your fingertips, drop a layer or two of nuts on top of the chocolate. Try to leave the center nut-free, so it's easy to thread it onto a string.
- Top the nuts with a layer of chocolate.
- Immediately add another 1-2 layers of nuts and top the mold with chocolate, leaving a relatively smooth top.
- Continue filling molds until you run out of chocolate or nuts.
- Leave mold at the back of the kitchen counter until chocolate has set and is firm at room temperature.
- Pop chocolates from their silicone mold.
- Thread your needle with small string and knot the tail.
- Pierce the center of chocolates and string on 1-2 per ornament.
- Tie a bow with the string if you like, then knot the loose top, creating a loop for hanging on the tree.
- Continue threading chocolates and create a dozen or more edible chocolate ornaments for your tree!