Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Toot your own edible horn this New Year's eve.

Many (oh, so many) years ago, my siblings and I would sneak out of bed, sit on the stairs, and watch the festivities during our parent's New Year's Eve parties.  If we were lucky someone would bring us a plate of food to share before we were hurried off to our beds. The noise would keep us up for a while but inevitably we'd fall asleep before the ball dropped in Time Square, missing out on all of the fun. Before we knew it the sun  was peaking in through our windows awaking us with the hope of a wonderful new year.

I knew that there were treasures to be found downstairs amidst the party mess, so I would hop out of bed to see what I could find. Hats, horns, blowers, beads, poppers, and confetti, which had all been used to ring in the new year, were now left abandoned on tables, chairs, and even the floor. I'd search for the prettiest tiara and the most colorful beads to wear with my pajamas then would spend the day  having fun tooting horns, rattling noise makers, and throwing confetti. Oh, to be a kid again!

For New Year's this year we are invited to a friend's house and their will be  young children, teens, and adults celebrating together so I decided to create a sweet treat that everyone will enjoy.  Being I have such fond memories surrounding New Year's party favors, I decided to make an edible version of a colorful party horn by dipping a sugar cone into white chocolate then sprinkling on colorful sanding sugar. Each horn is completed by adding a white modeling chocolate blower. Yep, I'm using modeling chocolate again. It is just so versatile. I hope many of you have, by this point, tried your hand at making it and are comfortable with it. If not, you can always use store bought fondant. For this recipe you can even use vanilla Tootsie Rolls or any kind of white taffy.

These edible horns will, I am sure, be a huge hit with kids, and adults who love sweets. You can  serve them for dessert on New Year's eve or wrap them in cellophane bags, and give them as party favors to your guests. For an extra special treat, why not fill them with some candies or nuts.

Edible party horns for New Year's eve (makes 12)


12 sugar cones (ice cream cones)
22 ounces melted and tempered pure white chocolate (with cocoa butter)
                or melted white confectionery coating/candy melts
variety of colored sanding sugars
white modeling chocolate (recipe here -  you'll need a 1/4 recipe)*

* you can also use 1/3 pound white fondant or 12 vanilla Tootsie Rolls or white taffy

Special equipment needed:

tall glass (a little wider than a sugar cone)
parchment paper or wax paper
rimmed baking sheet (helps to keep the colored sugar contained)


Pour melted and tempered white chocolate or melted confectionery coating/candy melts into a tall glass. Hold onto the tip of a sugar cone and dip it into the glass. Coat all but the very tip of the sugar cone with white chocolate. Remove the cone from the glass and allow the excess chocolate to drip off. While wet, sprinkle colorful sanding sugar all over the cone (inside too, if you'd like.) Set on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Place the dipped cones in the refrigerator is using pure white chocolate and into the freezer if using confectionery coating for about 10 minutes until the white chocolate hardens. Refill glass as needed. When you start to run out of white chocolate, you'll need to use a spoon or spatula to get the chocolate up to the tip of the cone. You will have left over white chocolate. This could be used to make your modeling chocolate or you can spread it on a parchment lined baking sheet, harden it, and use it for another project.

Create your modeling chocolate blowers. Pinch off pieces of white modeling chocolate and roll them into 1 1/4"-1 1/2" long logs. Insert a skewer into the log, creating a hole. Move the skewer around making the hole a bit bigger. Remove the skewer. Press one log onto each dipped cone. It is helpful if you stick the modeling chocolate log on the tip of the cone then twist it upwards until the white modeling chocolate touches the colorful sugar on the cone. Reshape the log, if needed.

A few tips here: Work over a rimmed baking sheet so the sanding sugar doesn't go all over your floor. As you work with these horns and touch the sugar, some of it will come off, so be careful where you place your modeling chocolate, as you don't want the sugar to stick to it. The sanding sugar  may color your fingers (temporarily, until you wash your hands.) So, as to not turn your white modeling chocolate a color, use one hand to hold the white modeling chocolate and the other to hold the cone. Wash or wipe your hands after handing each cone and keep the work surface clean. I used a variety of colorful sanding sugars, and when I was finished , I mixed the sugars that had fallen onto my baking sheet all together and sprinkled this mixture over one of my horns (upper left.)

Keep your edible horns stored in an airtight container. They will keep for at least a month. Wrap in clear cellophane bags to give as party favors. These horns would also make great birthday party favors or sweet treats.

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  1. I love this idea - bookmarking it for the kids on New Years!

  2. Thanks Danielle, I hope your kids enjoy making and/or eating them!

  3. This is ingenious. Everyone has to love these.

  4. What a great idea! I have tons of extra white choclate left over from my holiday baking so i'm going to make these for new years eve. Thanks for posting!!

  5. you are so dang creative! I can't wait to share!

    hugs! Kim @ Party Frosting!

  6. I love your super creative party horns! My kids would love these and I love that you could use any color sugar to match any New Years theme!
    I would love it if you would share these at my "It's a Celebration" link party. I know my readers will love these too.

  7. Wow, thanks so much everyone. When I create an edible craft, I never know how people will react, but this idea is proving to be a big hit. I've had almost 700 visitors just from Pinterest postings already today with over 4,000 page views. I am so happy to read here and on Pinterests that so many people are planning to make these for their New Year's parties. I'd sure love to see pictures!!!

  8. Your project caught my eye over at "Mom Ideas for Busy Moms". Love these edible horns!! I'm pinning them to my New Year's board.

    Happy New Year!
    Jenn/Rook No. 17

  9. Super cute! I wanted to invite you to link up at TGIF Linky party - http://livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com/search/label/Linkey%20Parties - I know my readers would love this & any other kid friendly posts!
    Happy New Year,
    Beth =-)

  10. Oh my word those are AMAZING!!! Would you please share these with our readers for Fun Stuff Fridays? http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2011/12/fun-stuff-fridays-4-3-weeks-long-for.html

  11. These are too fun! I found you via pinterest and featured this on my facebook page today!


  12. Thanks for all the pins and Facebook posts. I really appreciate you sharing this idea. I linked up to several sites too. I wish I had much more time to link up to all the linky parties. I've been in the kitchen today making food for my friend's New Year's party.

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  14. I love these horns!

    Congrats! You were one of my most clicked blog post on the Mommy Solutions link up last week! http://www.crystalandcomp.com/2012/01/the-mommy-club-share-your-resources-and-solutions-25/

    You rock! Thanks for sharing and I look forward to more of your mommy solution link ups! I did feature you on my Facebook page! So love this!

    Have a super week, Crystal

  15. Thanks everyone!

    Crystal, I'm so happy to hear that this recipe was one of the most clicked posts on your site. How exciting. Thanks for featuring it on Facebook too.

    1. Do they actually make noise

    2. Only when you bite into them - you hear a nice "crunch!"

  16. Oh how cute! I'd love for you to share anything from your site :) at my new party:


    I hope to see you soon :)

  17. This is a great idea! I love it, not just for New Year's but for a cheer party too! Thanks for sharing on Crazy Sweet Tuesday. :)

  18. You make this look so easy.. I'm planning a baking "project" here in a couple of weeks and I'm really hoping that I don't mess up.. I might just have to ask you for some advice :) Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Sharing Saturday. Looking forward to seeing more of your posts.


    1. Mia if you have any questions just let me know. I'd be happy to help.

  19. This one looks easy compared to the other tedious ones you have made.. I will try this soon!!! If I get this right, then will I get the courage to try the more tedious ones you have here.. I am just amazed by your conceptual idea..


  20. Hi! I'm a Teenager with a knack for crafts & designing. I'm just starting out with my Blog and I'd really appreciate it if you'd follow my blog. Thanks!

  21. Beth, I'm doing a round up on my blog of fun food for kids on New Years Eve and wondered if I could include these? I'll have a picture and a link back to this post. Thanks!

    1. Yes, you may use a picture and link back to the post. Thanks for asking!

  22. Such a fabulous idea for New Year's Eve! We just featured it on our blog: http://bit.ly/SaveOnNewYearsEve



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