2tablespoonsdried cranberries unsweetened or dried berries
Melt the chocolate in the microwave in bursts, stirring well in between bursts. Add all other ingredients and stir until combined.
Create your cone shaped mold by taping a large piece of baking paper onto a large piece of cardboard like a cereal box that is approximately 60 -70 cm wide/23-27 " and about 40 cm/15 " deep. Create a slight fold along the bottom edge on the mid line, ensuring the baking paper is sitting along the bottom edge as well. Create a tight cone starting from the mid line in the shape you desire. It could be short and squat or long and narrow. Ensure the pointy end of the cone is sealed off tight by twisting the cone. You can add some tape over the pointy end to prevent any chocolate dripping from the mold. Find a container, vase or jar that will hold your cone pointy side down, without touching the base of the container.
Slowly spoon some of the chocolate mix into the mold, tapping it down so that it goes down to the very ends of the pointy part of the cone. Spoon mix in carefully ensuring it is touching the baking paper, not the cardboard.
Add the remainder of the chocolate mix and tap gently on the top of the mixture to make sure it fills the cone entirely without gaps. Spoon the top of the mixture off so that is level.
Allow the tree to set, either on the bench or in the fridge. Do not unwrap the cone until the chocolate has set hard.
Once set, remove the cardboard and paper. Don't decorate until it has set properly.
Decorate your tree.
Store in fridge or in a cool place.
Drizzle with white and dark chocolate.
Decorate the tree with edible treats.
Use ribbons and beading to decorate the tree.
Use chocolate to glue a star on top of the tree.
Place on a base and wrap in cellophane paper, decorating in a Christmas theme for gift giving.
Note that you can make 1 large tree or 2 smaller trees from this mix. The total weight of 1 tree will be approximately 675 gms/23.8 oz. Simply make smaller cones to make smaller trees. They look great when graduated in height. Optional low carb additions- almonds, macadamias, pistachio, goji berries, dried blueberries, dried raspberries or dried strawberries