It’s the most wonderful time of the year - our chocolatier is back! Helping you impress this Christmas, Paul is showing you how to make his delicious white chocolate snowman centerpiece.
And you can even hide your favourite festive treats inside his tummy!
Christmas chocolate snowman
Makes: 1 snowman
For the snowman
450g white chocolate for mixing into the rice krispies
225g Rice Krispies / puffed rice cereal
Sweets of your choice, to fill
To decorate and assemble
750g white chocolate
½ tsp edible silver shimmer powder
150g dark chocolate, melted
1 large size marshmallow
Small piece of orange coloured fondant icing for the nose
2 Matchmakers – any flavour
You will also need two bowls, about 150mm diameter and 2 small bowls or tea cups
To make the snowman, line the inside of the bowls and / or tea cups with two layers of cling film
Melt the white chocolate in a glass bowl over hot water until fully melted. Take off the heat. Mix in the puffed rice until fully coated in chocolate.
Spoon 300g of the chocolate coated puffed rice into each of the larger bowls, pressing firmly until full to the top. Refrigerate for 10 minutes then scoop out a hole in each half, then return to the fridge for a further 20 minutes.
Divide the remaining chocolate coated puffed rice between the tea cups or small bowls and press down, to form the two halves of the head (check the size against the body). Push the two halves together to make a round ball and refrigerate for 30 minutes until set.
Once set, take the bowls out of the fridge and remove them by lifting the cling film upwards - they will come away easily from the chocolate puffed rice
Hide a small gift, a festive message or some sweets in the hollows in the snowman’s body then stick the two halves together with melted white chocolate and leave to set for 30 minutes
Place 250g of the white chocolate into a heatproof bowl and sit over a pan of barely simmering water and leave to melt. Leave to cool before using your hands to dip the snowman’s head into the melted chocolate so it looks like a snowball, then repeat this with the body. Alternatively, use a pastry brush to paint the chocolate onto the snowman.
Stick the snowman’s head onto the body using a spoonful of cooled melted white chocolate and allow to set solid
To make the white chocolate snow, refrigerate 200g of white chocolate for 15 minutes, then put into a food processor and blitz until it’s in small pieces. Add the silver shimmer powder and mix lightly.
Melt the remaining 300g of white chocolate as above and then leave to cool. Spoon most of it onto your presentation plate or tray and then plunge your snowman into the chocolate. While the chocolate is still soft cover with your chocolate snow to create a just snowed effect.
Now to make your snowman come alive - melt the dark chocolate in a heatproof bowl over hot water
To make the hat, spoon a disc of dark chocolate onto baking paper and spread to form a large chocolate button. Push a cocktail stick into the marshmallow and coat with dark chocolate and place onto the chocolate button. Remove the stick and refrigerate for 15 minutes. Stick the hat onto the snowman with melted chocolate.
To make the snowman’s eyes, mouth and buttons, use a small spoon to make small discs of the remaining melted plain chocolate onto a piece of baking paper, or pipe using a small piping bag
Roll the fondant into a cone shape for a carrot nose and stick onto your snowman’s face
To make the arms use Matchmakers and cut to size. Use a sharp knife or skewer to make holes to push the matchmakers in, use some melted chocolate to hold them in place if needed.
You now have a finished edible snowman to display and enjoy nibbling on. Who will find the hidden surprise?