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How to make a chocolate rice crispy tree

I’m writing this up to document an old family tradition, started when I saw a Darina Allen recipe to make a chocolate rice crispy tree. It’s simple and ideal to do with kids. A few friends asked how to make it and I couldn’t find any documented instructions online so I decided to write it up.

What you will need:

  • 200g Rice crispies
  • 450g cooking chocolate (save 75g to assemble the tree)
  • Chopped roasted hazelnuts (optional)
  • Parchment paper
  • Ruler and pencil (optional, you can just wing it!)
  • Icing sugar (for decoration)

The ingredient amounts above are just guidelines. You can go as large as you like with this. It’s all down to what supplies you have, how impressive you want to make it and how many people you intend to serve.

Lay out your parchment paper

Lay out your parchment paper on a table. Mark crosses on the paper at regular intervals. I started with a line 24cm by 24cm and reduced to 22cm and 20cm and so on. The smallest cross was 16cm by 16cm.

Crosses on parchment paper

You don’t have to be exact but I like to measure it, I know, nerdy!

measured cross on parchment paper

Melt your cooking chocolate and add rice crispies

Melt your chocolate in a bowl over hot water. When it’s melted add your rice crispies and hazelnuts (if using).

Line up your rice crispies on the crosses

Drop the chocolate covered rice crispies along the lines on your parchment paper to make a cross.

rice crispy cross on parchment paper to make a chocolate rice crispy tree

Keep going until you have covered all of your crosses on the paper.

rice crispy crosses on parchment paper

Finally create a little pile of rice crispies to make your topping for the tree.

chocolate rice crispy crosses on parchment paper

Let the rice crispies set

Give the rice crispies time to set before you assemble the tree.

Melt the extra chocolate

Melt the 75g of leftover chocolate to use to stick the crosses together.

bowl of melted chocolate to assemble the chocolate rice crispy tree

Assemble your rice crispy tree

Drop a little bit of melted chocolate onto the centre of the cross and stick the next smallest cross on top of it to build up the tree.

chocolate cross with melted chocolate
chocolate rice crispy tree

Keep building the tree up, layer by layer and add the crown on top.

finished chocolate rice crispy tree
finished chocolate rice crispy tree

Dust icing sugar over the top of your chocolate rice crispy tree

Dust some icing sugar on top and add whatever decorations you have to hand. And that’s it, enjoy your chocolate rice crispy tree.

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