Christmas tree crunchy cake pops

Festive crunchy Christmas trees

A riot of festive green in my kitchen

I spotted this cool recipe in January’s Good Food mag as part of their festive kitchen projects spread. I needed something fun for our home-made goodies stand at the school Christmas Fair and this fitted the bill perfectly.

They really caught people’s eyes and sold well – so definitely a recommendation if you’ve got a similar event coming up.

They are VERY messy to make, but the final result was worth the sticky strands of melted marshmallow, splodges of green icing and the crunch of hundreds and thousands under my feet.

You can get your kids involved with making them – but perhaps put a groundsheet down first and put them in old clothes.

Crispy Christmas tree pops from BBC Good Food January

makes 12

200g marshmallows
3 tbsp golden syrup
100g rice krispies
12 waffle ice cream cones
500g icing sugar
green food colouring
assorted sprinkles and writing icing

useful equipment
cake pop sticks (I used wooden sticks lifted from a popular coffee shop chain)
block of florists oasis (still in its plastic wrapper or wrapped in cling film)

1. In a pan melt the marshmallows and syrup and then stir in the rice krispies until well coated.

2. Using a teaspoon quickly fill each cone with as much mixture as you can gently pack in without cracking them. Push a stick down into the centre of each filled cone and then place all of them in the fridge to chill for an hour.

3. In a large bowl, mix the icing sugar with about half a teaspoon of green food colouring (or as much as you need to get a good colour) and little splashes of water until you get a nice thick icing that’ll coat the cones easily.

4. One by one, dip your cones into the green icing tip first, swirl around to get a good coating and then wait for it to stop dripping off in large volumes and stick into your block of oasis. Loads more icing will run off so make sure your oasis is covered and sitting on something that can be wiped. Then sprinkle with decorations to your heart’s content.

Tip: You need to work quickly so the icing isn’t drying before you’ve decorated them – I did mine it two batches of six

5. Leave until dry to the touch and then loosely enclose with cellophane gift bags tied at the stick with ribbon.

The home-made goodies stall

The trees fitted in beautifully amongst the festive wares of the home-made goodies stall

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About Katie Bryson

Katie Bryson is a freelance food writer and blogger. She left a career in online news at the BBC to immerse herself in the culinary world, taking in courses at Leiths School of Food and Wine and an internship at Waitrose along the way. Her family food blog www.feedingboys.co.uk is bursting with recipes and tips for feeding hungry families that’ll help inspire all those frazzled parents out there wondering what on earth to cook for tea! She lives in West London with her two young boys and yes, her firefighter husband.
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8 Responses to Christmas tree crunchy cake pops

  1. these look fab…..now if I could work out how to make gluten/dairy free ice cream cones I could try these, the rest is grandson friendly

  2. Off to the shops to buy the ingredients NOW!!

  3. Emily McMillan says:

    Not sure I could make them so neatly! They look fantastic, would make a great gift too! x

  4. Katie Bryson says:

    they really weren’t that neat – and my kitchen was certainly not neat afterwards!!!!!

  5. Rosemary Hamilton says:

    WOW! those look good! Your stall must have been very popular, it all looked enticing in the photo, hope you made lots of money as you must have put a lot of time and effort into it all.

  6. Katie Bryson says:

    Thanks mum – yes the stall was very popular and made nearly £300 for the school 🙂

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