I recently made this chocolate tree for a Christmas in July. It looked great as the centrepiece for my table (although it didn't last long!) and tasted great! For a rocky-road variation, simply add a few jelly lollies to the melted chocolate and a sprinkle of coconut to the chocolate crosses while they are still soft.
Preparation Time: 30 minutes plus setting time
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Makes: One tree
Ingredients 300g milk chocolate (or chocolate of your choice)
1 cup roasted almonds (or nuts of your choice)
6 large marsh mallows
Line two trays with baking paper and mark out six crosses (a 19, 16, 13, 10, 7 and 4cm).
Chop roasted nuts roughly.
Cut marshmallows into pieces roughly the same size as the nuts.
Break chocolate into a saucepan and sit over a steaming pot of water.
Melt chocolate, siring gently until completely smooth.
Remove chocolate from heat. Stir in nuts and marshmallows.
Leave chocolate to cool slightly (until it is able to be spooned onto crosses and not spread), then spoon onto crosses. Keep any remaining chocolate in a separate bowl.
Refrigerate crosses until set.
Once set, remelt remaining chocolate and stack crosses from biggest to smallest, using the melted chocolate to stick crosses together. Stick the first cross on whatever you wish to display the tree on, and watch that branches don't overlap too much.
Wait for chocolate to set completely then dust tree with icing sugar.