Our white chocolate trees are a chic interpretation of a Christmas tree. There is no limit to how they can be decorated or colored and they can be sized as large or small as you like. To make them, you’ll need one parchment paper piping bag per tree. It’s nice to vary the trees a bit, so pull some of your parchment bags a bit tighter to form a more narrow cone shape.
YOU WILL NEED
white chocolate (My absolute favorite brand is Callebaut, and I use it in all my recipes, but here I just used Wilton white candy melts. Alternatively, you could use colored candy melts, like green and red.)
narrow glasses (or something that will hold your piping bags upright)
Before you melt your chocolate, you want to be completely set up. Make as many parchment bags as needed. It’s always nice to have a few extra. Insert one bag into each glass.
STEP ONE: MELT CHOCOLATE
Melt white chocolate. For small amounts, I like the microwave method best: Put white chocolate into heatproof container and heat in microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and allow to sit. Chocolate will continue to warm after it has been removed from the microwave. If after about 10 seconds it is not completely melted, repeat at 30 second intervals, stirring and allowing to sit after each. Be careful not to burn or scorch your chocolate or it will seize up. Chocolate should be smooth and pourable.
STEP TWO: POUR
When chocolate is completely melted, pour into parchment bags. Fill each bag to a different depth (some with less, some with more) to ensure that chocolate trees are different heights. It’s nice to have some really little ones to fill in gaps. Gently tap bags on bottom of glass to eliminate air bubbles. Allow to cool completely, either overnight in the fridge or, to speed things up, for several hours in the freezer.
STEP THREE: MAKE ‘EM PRETTY
After trees have cooled and are completely hard, unwrap parchment. The bottoms will be ragged. Use zester to smooth the bottoms so that trees stand straight. Save your chocolate shavings to use to decorate trees! If you find you don’t have enough variety in height, you can trim the bottom of the tree. Allow the tree to warm to room temperature to reduce the chance of it cracking, lie on its side, and cut as straight as possible with a sharp knife.