This is one of my favorite Christmas traditions. It still shocks me that our mom ever did this with us – she’s crafty, but hates messy things. These Candy Christmas Trees are messy, but so cute and so fun to put together. Among other things, Christmas is about giving, so I’m giving you this lovely tradition from our family! Enjoy 🙂
Btw, these pictures are from last year with my nephews and niece.
To make your own trees, lay a bunch of newspaper down on the kitchen table, and gather up:
- Ice cream cones
- A variety of hard candies and gum drops – not too big or they’ll fall off right away. Remove any wrappers.
- 3 egg whites (separate the eggs carefully – any yolk and this won’t work), at room temp
- 1 lb powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
- If you want to add a scent, 1 tsp clear vanilla or other extract. I didn’t bother with that.
Whip together the egg whites, powdered sugar and cream of tartar. Beat with electric mixer 7-10 minutes or till frosting is very stiff. This will make about 3 cups. Keep a damp paper towel handy to cover the frosting while you’re not using it, as it starts to dry quickly.
While you’re making the icing, have the kids pick out some candies for their tree. You’ll all have to work a little quickly once things get going, so that the trees get decorated before the icing dries.
Carefully move finished trees to a sheet of waxed paper and let them dry overnight. If you have pets, make sure these are out of reach for them!
Try to keep a little icing left over to store in the fridge (covered with a damp paper towel and plastic wrap) as “glue” for any candies that fall off over night. My mom also suggested using some of the leftover icing to pipe some stars or their names on wax paper, so that when it dries they could hang them on the Christmas tree.
These trees would look great with a gingerbread house. The kids gave some as gifts to their Bible School teachers. Ours often went up on shelves where mom’s trinkets were kept the rest of the year.
In case I’m not back on here before the holidays arrive, I want to take the time now to wish you a very merry Christmas! Thanks for stopping by 🙂