Images and recipes from Sweet! Celebrations by Elise Strachan (Murdoch Books) $39.99
Snowmen Snow Globes
Makes 12 ‘snowmen’
100 g white compound chocolate
12 (1 pint capacity) mason jars with lids
24 Raffaello (coconut truffles with almond centres) (keep refrigerated until ready to use)
12 Lindt Lindor White Chocolate Truffles (keep refrigerated until ready to use)
55 g black candy melts
12 orange candy-coated sunflower seeds
6 Mini Oreo Cookies
6 mini peanut butter cups or Rolo Chewy Caramels (little cups)
Red candy straps
65 g shredded coconut
1 Melt the white chocolate (see page 220) and place a tablespoon of it onto the inside of each of the mason jar lids. Place one Raffaello into the white melted chocolate on each lid, and refrigerate to set.
2 Once set, place ¼ teaspoon of the white melted chocolate onto the Raffaello and glue a second Raffaello on top (for the snowman’s body). Allow to set. Use more melted chocolate to glue on one of the Lindor truffles (the snowman’s head) and allow to set.
3 Melt the black candy melts and use the flat end of a toothpick to fashion two black eyes and a line of black dots for a mouth. Place three black dots (buttons) down the front of the two bottom truffles.
4 Place a small dab of white melted chocolate on
the fat side of a sunflower seed and attach it to the top truffle; this is the snowman’s nose.
5 Split the Mini Oreo Cookies in half and scrape the cream filling off of the cookies.
6 Use a small amount of black melted candy to glue a mini peanut butter cup (or a Rolo) to one of the scraped cookies to make a hat. Use white melted chocolate to attach the hat to the snowman’s head.
7 Make the snowmen’s scarves: Cut a candy strap into a piece 13 cm long and 5 mm wide and use scissors to cut tassels on the ends. Wrap the scarf around each snowman’s neck. Secure with a little white melted chocolate.
8 Sprinkle the base of the lid with a little coconut “snow” and carefully invert the jar over the snowman, screwing it into the lid to create an edible snow globe.