Christmas Candy Tree

  • Downhome Magazine
  • Posted: Nov 22, 2010 8:09 PM
This Christmas, Downhome is challenging you to get crafting! Here's one fun, festive (and down-right mouthwatering!) craft to get you started this holiday season. Send in a photo of you with your Christmas Candy Tree creation, for a chance to appear in an upcoming issue of Downhome!

You will need:
3 cups royal frosting
Icing sugar
Assorted candies
2 small Styrofoam tree-shaped cones
Plastic wrap
Christmas mug
Candy stick
Craft glue
Small bowl
Green food colouring
Shredded coconut
Aluminum foil

Royal Frosting
4 cups icing sugar
2 tbsp meringue powder
6 tbsp water

Combine ingredients in large, clean mixing bowl and blend for seven min. at medium-medium-high speed. (Note: Ensure that mixing bowl and beater are completely free of any grease or residue before adding ingredients, as frosting is easily spoiled.)

Decorate Tree
Make royal frosting using the recipe, above. Keep covered with a damp cloth to prevent drying out. Working from the top of one Styrofoam cone, spread a large amount of icing down the side. Stick candies to the icing (refer to photo for pattern). Repeat steps until cone is covered with candies. Work quickly, as the royal frosting dries fast and the candies will not stick. Put cone on a plastic wrap-lined plate to dry overnight.

Create Base
Cut the top off the second cone and wedge the wide bottom into mug; secure with frosting. Gently push candy stick into centre of decorated cone (you could make a "drill hole" using a pencil the width of the candy stick, to lessen strain on stick). Remove stick and push into centre of cone in mug (again, you could use the pencil). Put glue in the hole in the mug. Place candy stick in glue and let dry.

Plant Some Grass
In a small bowl, mix ¼ cup of water and a few drops of green food colouring. Add ½ cup coconut and stir to distribute green colour. Spread on a piece of foil and bake at 200°F for 20-30 minutes, checking frequently until dry.

Put it all Together
Pour glue into bottom of hole you made in decorated cone and place cone over candy stick. Prop up if necessary until set. Fill mug with coloured coconut. Adorn handle of mug with ribbon.

Alternate design: You can also create this craft without using the mug, the candy stick and the second cone. Decorate one cone with frosting, green spearmint leaf candy and red licorice laces to resemble a Christmas tree. The finished cone can be placed on a foil cake plate, wrapped with basket wrap and given as a gift.