Taking time with nature is a vital part of my life. I love to hike, walk my dogs, and ride my bike along the river. Just sitting on my front porch is one of my favorite things to do. My neighbors across the street all have beautiful flowers and trees for us to look at while we just relax and enjoy the fresh air. To celebrate the warm porch sitting weather, the new life of spring, and Earth Day, I created some chocolate trees topped with white chocolate popcorn leaves. Some even are adorned with candy fruit.
Immediately spoon green popcorn over the branches of your trees. If you don’t work quickly, and the popcorn hardens in the bowl, heat it in the microwave for 10 seconds, then stir. Heat more if needed.
While the popcorn is still wet, add colored candy pieces to create fruit trees if desired. Refrigerate your trees for about 5 minutes until hardened. I used yellow candy coated sunflower seeds to make lemon trees, and jumbo candy buttons to make the apples and oranges. You could use M&M’s, Reese’s Pieces, confetti decorations, or even make your own using candy melts.
You can make your trees more sturdy by turning them over and piping chocolate on the back of the tree trunk and adding more popcorn to the backside too.
Note: To create the grass in my scene, I colored coconut using green food coloring.
In 2003, I created my first chocolate popcorn tree to be part of a Peeps on the Farm in Ohio basket. Just Born, the maker of Peeps, was hosting a contest asking entrants to use Peeps to create a scene featuring their home state. It was Ohio’s bicentennial and all over the state white barns were painted with the bicentennial logo, so I chose to create a fun day on the farm scene out of chocolate, candy and Peeps. The only things in this entire scene that aren’t edible are the basket, the pole holding the airplane, and the toothpick fishing poles. The buckeye tree, the official state tree, has tiny peanut butter fudge buckeyes sitting among it’s white chocolate popcorn leaves. I didn’t win the $10,000 grand prize, but I did win first prize in my state and received a year’s supply of Peeps – 365 packages of Peeps arrived on my doorstep in several huge boxes. I was passing out Peeps for months.
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