Gingerbread House Craft: Chocolate Kiss Trees

Brighten dark corners with a holiday tree made from foil-wrapped Hershey's brand chocolate kiss candies. Add them to your gingerbread house for a pretty forest effect!

Pretty to look at and simple to make, chocolate kiss trees are an easy, kid-friendly holiday craft.

Toothpicks anchor shiny Hersheys-brand kisses to styrofoam cones, while bright-colored foil makes it easy to create stripes or patterns.

Materials

  • one 6" by 3" styrofoam cone
  • one box round toothpicks
  • one 13-ounce bag of foil-wrapped chocolate kiss candies
  • aluminum foil (optional)

Instructions:

If desired, wrap cone tightly in aluminum foil.

Beginning at the bottom of the cone, cover cone with kisses. Insert one end of a toothpick into candy kiss, then push the other end into the cone.

Overlap the kisses slightly for best effect. Continue covering the cone from bottom to top.

Cynthia's tips:

  • As you move toward the top of the cone, snap toothpicks in half before inserting them into the kiss. Shorter picks are easier to insert as the cone narrows.
  • Use round toothpicks rather than flat ones. The pointed end of the round toothpick is easier to push into the chocolate kiss, and round toothpicks are stronger and easier to work with than the flat variety.
  • Get creative with color! Alternate stripes of silver and gold kiss candies for an elegant tree, or create a zigzag pattern to simulate bargello work. Decorate completed trees with ribbon bows or small ornaments.
  • Chocolate kiss trees are fun to make, but don't eat them afterward! Toothpicks may splinter and pose a hazard.