Man Makes – Chocolate Pinecones

I got a little bit of help for this post. In my naivety I thought making chocolate pinecones would be the easiest thing in the world – this is not true in any way.
It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life…I’ve had a pretty easy life…

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The basic idea was to use chocolate buttons to create pinecones, because .. wine not?! ehhh…

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We used Cadburys giant buttons, because why go for regular size buttons when giant is available!
We melted a bowl of cheap chocolate that would be used as the glue the hold the pinecone chocolate messes together.

Now I have to say, I didn’t fully think this through before I started it… so I spent a while doing pointless things with chocolate buttons (including eating A LOT) before I had an epiphany…

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…Yorkshire Pudding tray!! I popped a puddle of chocolate in the base and built up ‘pinecones’ using the sides to create the right angle. Unfortunately I got so caught up in my own genius that I didn’t stop to think how I was going to get my pinecones out the the pan… I realised this as I was about to put the second layer on…

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So I added parchment paper…but it just wasn’t working right. I was getting annoyed that this point… & eating more of the buttons than I should have been. The very definition of Hangry.

At this point my husband came home and schooled me in how to make pinecones out of chocolate.
You start with a single button flat on a flat surface and build up from there, using almost set melted chocolate as glue. You’ll want to angle your buttons upwards to create a real pinecone look!

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Once he had the base layer in place he started cutting the bottoms of the buttons into triangles, so that the pieces fit together more easily; hopefully you can see what I mean in the pictures!

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Just keep building up and building up until you have to squeeze two vertical buttons at the top and you’re left with this..

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I know it’s difficult to  tell but the chocolate one is in the centre…

I thought this would be an easy Christmas DIY but boy was I wrong… definitely don’t drink wine while doing this one, but you will need it afterwards…to calm down your fury.

I thought they’d be great to use as place settings for Christmas dinner parties, just slot a name card in the top!

I’d love it if other people would try this DI-Wine and post pictures, let me know if y’all find it as hard as I did!!

shay

 

 

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  1. If he can make your engagement ring I guess a chocolate pine cone is a bit of a breeze! Practical husbands are the best.

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