As we enter into the holiday season, the parties with friends and family are quickly approaching. And when I think Christmas parties, I think delicious indulgences! It’s a time to celebrate! I wanted to have a fun & festive dessert we could whip up on Christmas eve that was special and something the kiddos could be a part of. It’s a take on the traditional croquembouche. So here’s how to have some fun with the family and make a decadent creation together.
Cream puffs have always held a place in my heart. They are little pastries filled with delicious creamy goodness! And the only thing better is when this pretty little pastry is covered in luscious melted chocolate.
Since the holiday classic (sinfully delicious) TOBLERONE bar is popping up everywhere, why not pair these two together. I mean, I’ll just say it…Match made in HEAVEN! And if this isn’t special enough, how about we turn it up a notch, and make these two swirl into a Christmas tree, adorned with Christmas sprinkles and candy, topped with an edible star! Christmas deliciousness overload!
Toblerone Cream Puff Tree
To start, I took the cream puffs out of the freezer just before I began. It’s best to work with these frozen, since they are more stable. Keep in mind, you want to make this just before you serve it. The chilled cream with the warm melted chocolate is a real sensation on the taste buds.
I melted the chocolate chips with milk, (I did this the easy way – in the microwave, but you could do it on the stove with a double boiler too).
Using a pretty glass cake stand and melted chocolate, I made an outline of a circle the size I wanted the bottom layer of the tree to be, then filled it in with chocolate – it will be a circle full of melted chocolate. (I didn’t do this the first time, but this is the foundation and will help the tree stick together). Then placed the cream puffs along the outside, and filled it in. This will create the first layer of your cream puff tree. Let it stand for a about 5 minutes so that the chocolate starts to set.
Next we build the second layer on top, making it slightly smaller then the first. To make the cream puffs stick, just place a dab of melted chocolate on the bottom and place onto the bottom layer. Continue to do this for about 4-5 layers, each layer smaller the previous one, so it resembles the shape of a Christmas tree. This is a great way to get the older kids involved. Don’t worry about making this perfect, it won’t be, and that’s all part of the fun. Once you are ready to place the top one or two layers, it can be a little tricky to make the cream puffs stay in place. The trick to this is tooth picks. I inserted a tooth pick through the top two, just to get them to stay, until the chocolate sets a little. Remember this though when indulging, so no one bites into them.
Once you have all the cream puffs in place, it’s time for the Toblerone! Melt the Toblerone bars with a little milk. I put all the pieces of Toblerone in a bowl, added 1/4 cup – 1/2 cup of milk and melted it in the microwave for 45 seconds. Stir until the milk and Toblerone is a smooth consistency. Now it’s time to drizzle. The kids will definitely want to do this part. Everyone take a spoon, and go for it!
Once you are happy with the cream puff to Toblerone ratio, it’s time to decorate your delicious tree. I used these pretty peppermint white chocolate chips (found at the Bulk Barn), red and green sprinkles, and white sprinkle pearls. You can certainly get creative – you can use rainbow sprinkles, candies, crushed candy cane, really whatever you love. Once you’ve sprinkled the sweet magic, you can add a dusting of powered sugar for snow.
Now it’s time for the finishing touch – a pretty topper. I had this star lollipop leftover from a party, but you can find star gummies at your local bulk store, the options are endless, a few I thought of: hershey kisses, or two small candy canes to top your tree.
And there you have it. A decadent, easy, family friendly dessert you can share with your loved ones during the holidays!
4-5 Small Toblerone Swiss Milk Chocolate Bars or 2 Large (depending on how chocolatey you like it)
2-3 Cream Puff Packages (depending on the size you want to make) I used 2 packaged plus about 4 extra cream puffs. If you wanted to make your own I recommend French Choux Pastry
1 C Chocolate Chips. If you want to go all out check out Ghirardelli Chocolate Baking Chips
1/2 – 3/4 C of Milk (split into two portions. I used about 1/4 C for the chocolate chips, and the rest for the Toblerone) It’s about having the right consistency of chocolate – you want it to spread easily(
Sprinkles & Small candies to decorate the tree. These are awesome! Wilton 6 Color Christmas Sprinkle Mix
1/4 C Icing Sugar
A Candy/Chocolate Tree Topper. Check out some of these cute chocolate molds you can use! Crazy Egg Mold for Chocolate