Now, there's more chocolate than sugar in this but hopefully I've got the art bit covered in this Chocolate Christmas Tree.
[Makes 1 tree]
300 grams dark chocolate, melted
1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted
1/2 cup shredded coconut, lightly toasted
icing sugar, to dust
25 grams dark chocolate, melted, extra
Firstly, you need to draw the different sized crosses on sheets of baking paper. This tree goes from 18cm at the bottom to 7cm at the top with crosses at 1cm increments - you will make 12 crosses. For those using imperial measurements that's roughly 8 inches to 3 inches with half inch increments.
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler until runny then stir through the slivered almonds and coconut.
Using a spoon, dollop out the chocolate along the cross templates you've made. The best look comes in being a bit random in how your form these crosses.
Let the crosses cool until solid - don't rush to make the tree, you really do need the chocolate to be as hard as possible to avoid the chance of breakage.
You'll be using a little melted chocolate to clue the layers together.
Place the largest at the bottom of your serving dish, put a little melted chocolate in the centre and add the next size down cross, positioning at an angle to the bottom so the branch lies between the two arms of the cross. Then add a little melted chocolate to the centre of this branch and add the next cross. Continue the process until you've used all the crosses.
Dust with icing sugar.
To eat, just snap the branches from the tree.