Summer has definitely given way to winter. For now, it’s time to say good bye to our beloved treats in a cone. Or is it? Here are three edible crafts you can make with the kids. Use them as table decor in time for your holiday party or wrap them up in pretty bags and give away as little gifts. Either way, by the time you’re done with these projects, you’ll be pleased to know, you don’t have to wait for summer to enjoy a cone. Let’s get started.
What you need:
-Marshmallow (any size)
-White frosting (in a party bag or ziplock bag with a corner snipped off)
-Fruit snack or Runts
Fill the sugar cone halfway up with mini marshmallows or stuff the cone with one large marshmallow. Fill in the rest of the cone by piping white frosting up to the rim of the cone. Place the fruit shaped candies partway into the frosting and you are done. Place each mini cornucopia in a clear bag and tie with a ribbon. If you’d like, add a tag with a loved one’s name and place it on their plate. They make pretty place card holders for your Thanksgiving party and they can take them home as a gift. They’ll have their very own horn of plenty to remind them of the many things for which they should be thankful.
What you need:
-Green chocolate/candy melts
-Powdered sugar (prepare
Put powdered sugar into a small strainer or sifter and set aside. Melt the green candy in a double boiler until smooth. Hold the cone by its rim and dip into the melted candy making sure the entire surface is coated. Work quickly as the melted candy will set fast. Sprinkle with powdered sugar until the dipped cones resemble little snow-dusted pine trees. You can experiment stacking two or three cones for trees with different heights. Let set on wax paper. Once set, line along your table or make a grouping of the little ‘treets’ for a pretty winter table scape or wrap in pretty bags and stuff those stockings. While you’re at it, mix it up this year and leave some out for Santa.
New Year’s Eve Noisemakers
What you need:
-Black chocolate/candy melts
-White chocolate/candy melts
-Candy sprinkles (in bright colors or gold or silver)
Melt the black candy in a double boiler until smooth. Hold the cone by its tip and dip in the melted candy until coated evenly. It’s okay to leave the tip of the cone undipped for now. Sprinkle with your choice of sprinkles. Set upside down on wax paper. Be sure to dip then sprinkle one cone at a time or the candy will set and the sprinkles will not stick to your dipped cone. Let the cones set in a cool, dry place or in the refrigerator to speed up the cooling process. In the meantime, let the double boiler simmer and remove from heat. Add the white candy melts into the heated double boiler pan and stir slowly without beating or it will lose its consistency. Dip the candy cone tip in the melted white candy. This will resemble the mouthpiece of the noisemaker. Next, dip the rim of the cone in the white candy melt and dip generously in sprinkles. Set aside. Share with friends before the countdown. It’s up to them to eat it before or after the clock strikes twelve.
These children’s coney craftables are guaranteed to make Grandma’s sweet tooth happy, but if they just won’t cut it as a gift for the boss, check out Austin’s artisanal chocolates from Chocolaterie Tessa. Master chocolatier and owner Tessa Halstead does not disappoint. If your chocolate craving is not strong enough to drag you outdoors in the cold you can shop online at www.chocolaterietessa.com, but wouldn’t you love to see the chocolate being made? Visit the shop at 7425 Burnet Rd. Austin, TX 78757. They are open Mon. – Fri. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 11-4. If you have something in mind that you don’t see in the shop, Chocolaterie Tessa makes custom artisanal chocolate. Just send them a note at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (512) 200-2837.