DIY Chocolate Pine-Cone – Top Cheap Healthy Christmas Party Food Design Idea

  1. Combine the chocolate chips, condensed milk, butter, salt, and almond extract in a large microwave-safe bowl. If some of the chocolate chips haven’t melted, microwave it again in 20-second increments, stirring every time, until the mixture is entirely melted and smooth.
  2. Press a piece of plastic wrap directly on top of the chocolate, and let it sit and firm up until it’s firm enough enough to roll—about 2 hours at cool room temperature, or 45 minutes in the refrigerator.
  3. Use a cookie scoop to form balls of dough about 1 1/2-inches—you should get about 36 pine cones of this size. If you want to use a 1/4-cup scoop, you’ll get pine cones about 3-4 inches long, and you should get about 15 of this size. You can also vary the sizes and make an assortment! Whichever size you choose, place your scoops on a baking sheet covered with waxed paper or parchment.
  4. Roll the fudge between your palms into an oval shape. Gently pinch one end so that it comes to a subtle point and has a pine cone shape.
  5. Melt the milk chocolate wafers in the microwave, and stir until smooth. Dip one side of the bottom of a sliced almond in the melted coating, and press it against the back of one of the fudge pine cones. Dip a second sliced almond, then place it next to the first one, overlapping it slightly. The back should look sort of like a peacock’s tail.
  6. Continue to add sliced almonds in an overlapping pattern, working back to front, until your fudge pine cone is covered with almonds. For the most realistic look, use only whole pieces of almond, and try to tilt them forward (instead of having them stick straight up and down). Once all of the pine cones are decorated, refrigerate the tray to set them briefly, for about 15 minutes.

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