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Have you watched the Holiday Baking Championship Show on HGTV? On one of the episodes, one of the contestants made chocolate jingle bells to decorate her dessert! I know I had to try it and when I got to do "5 Golden Rings" for our 12 Days of Christmas recipes, I knew that this was my chance! These bells don't ring exactly, but they DO shake, and when you break them open, lots of sprinkles pour out. They are a lot of fun!
To make them, you start with a round silicone mold. You can order one on Amazon similar to mine or buy one at Michael's like I did.
It is probably best to wear gloves to do this part. Have a warm pan ready that has a bit of your left over chocolate in it. Pick up an empty dome and rub the edge of it briefly in the chocolate of the warm pan. Place it on top of the dome filled with sprinkles like a lid to complete a sphere. Allow these to harden in the freezer.
The bells for this pie had golden sprinkles inside of them to carry on the idea of "5 Golden Rings." I also sprinkled the outside of the bells with golden sanding sugar.
Of course, I had to have a delicious pie to put the bells on! Here is my recipe for Chocolate Cream pie. I used a graham cracker crust for this pie, but I kind of wish I had used a regular crust. The pie was still a hit though. You do what ever you prefer.
You can always make your pie using a chocolate pudding mix. (The cooked variety is best.) Making it from scratch is simple though. Since I made this one from scratch, I had egg whites left over, so I used them to make meringue rather that using whipped cream on this pie.
To decorate the pie, I piled on the meringue and toasted it in the oven. My first idea was to make a fondant ribbon using my homemade fondant. But, I ended up making holly berries and a couple of leaves. The fondant helped to hold the bells in place.
I know that I put more than 5 bells on the pie! I wanted to be able to give everyone a bell when I sliced it! Then, they can hold it still with their fork and hit it with their knife and break it open. This is an interactive pie! Aren't those bells fun?
I think it would be fun to fill the bells with M&Ms or other small candies or how about a Lego guy? Just be careful no little ones choke on whatever you put inside!
Another idea I've been toying with is making smaller versions of Hot Cocoa Bombs inside the small spheres. Hot Cocoa Bombs make a Large cup of cocoa! For little ones, a smaller version might be nice. So, a piece of pie and a cup of hot milk to drop a Jingle Bell Cocoa Bomb into could be so much fun!
What ideas can you think of to use these Jingle Bells for? Let me know in the comments!
If you have missed the first 4 days of Christmas, go to our Home Page and scroll through the first four days! There is already so much great food there! I can't wait for days 6-12!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!