Chocolate nativity scene

How to Make a Chocolate Nativity Scene

Back in August I was asked by a food blogger to write a guest post sharing my favourite recipe. A month ago, I realized I hadn’t done anything about submitting a post and I had this crazy idea of creating a Christmas Nativity scene out of chocolate. Anyway, I went to work on my idea and went to submit it to the food blogger, only to be told they were no longer receiving guest posts.

So I was left with a heap of photos and a rough looking Nativity scene. I decided to share what I built here.

Chocolate Nativity Scene the Plumbette

If I’m honest, I’m no food blogger. Earlier this week I shared a photo of my Christmas shortbread and it was black as the ace of spades. This is what happens when I multi-task in the kitchen. I didn’t realize I’d put a last batch of shortbread in the oven and while I was cooking dinner, those shortbread turned a deep shade of black. They were completely buggered.

Anyway, when I thought up my crazy chocolate Nativity scene idea, I visualized in my head what I’d need and went with the flow in creating it while my girls were napping. I emptied my top freezer so that I could set the components. If you do give this a go with the kids, try and pick a cool day or have the air con cranked up so the chocolate doesn’t melt when you work with it.

A month later, my Nativity scene is still sitting in the fridge and it’s still standing, so that’s proof that I built good.

The ingredients you will need are:

1 Block of Cadbury Chocolate (or a ribbed chocolate block)

3 thin Blocks of Dark Chocolate

1 Packet of Starburst Babies – for Baby Jesus

1 pack of Mini Flakes – for Jesus manger and decoration

1 Packet of Jelly Babies for Mary, Joseph and the Three Wise Men (you could also use Chico Babies, but I chose the colours so you could see them better against the chocolate)

1 Packet of Chocolate Melts

1 Packet of Changs Noodles – for the hay

1 Pretzel Star or Frozen Cereal Star

Chocolate Nativity Scene Ingredients

Firstly, you need to melt half a pack of chocolate melts. You then need to use 2 large platters to conscruct the base of your nativity scene and the roof. You will need to make sure the platter can fit into your freezer.

Fix the walls of the nativity scene by placing the thin dark chocolate blocks into the grooves of the Cadbury block chocolate.

Don’t worry about how messy the melted chocolate looks. It will be covered with noodles later.

base of chocolate nativity scene

base of chocolate nativity scene

chocolate base of nativity scene Christmas

Place the base in the freeze to set.

Meanwhile, break two blocks of the dark chocolate and place together to create the roof. Use two ramekins to keep the chocolate roof in place. Then place this in the freezer.

chocolate roof of nativity scene

Remove the base of the nativity scene and drizzle melted chocolate on the floor of your Nativity Scene to add the Jelly Babies. You can also add the back walls using the broken off ends of the dark chocolate blocks which were used for the roof.

Again don’t worry if there is melted chocolate all over the place, the noodles will soon cover  it over.

chocolate nativity scene

Mary and Joseph in Navity Scene

chocolate natitivity scene

Quickly place this in the freezer for the Jelly Babies to set in place. Once set, attach the roof onto the base and sprinkle the noodles.

chocolate nativity scene

Add the cereal or pretzel star to the front edge of the roof and sprinkle flake over the top of the roof to hide the adhesion.

chocolate nativity scene

The chocolate Nativity scene is meant to look rustic. It’s a fun way to teach kids the real meaning of Christmas.

Chocolate Christmas Nativity Scene

This Nativity scene would look great in the middle of a food table for a church Christmas party or even at home on the dessert table. Or it could be simply done as a craft at home with the kids these school holidays.

Have you ever ‘built’ something out of food? Do you get your bake on at Christmas time?

I’m linking up with With Some Grace for FYBF.

  • Well look at that!! That’s very clever. And a great step-by-step set of photographic instructions. Makes it almost foolproof!

    • Of course it’s foolproof. And if you stuff it up, you have chocolate to make you feel better. 😉

  • I think this is just amazing Bec, you did such a great job! I think you could totally be a food blogger 😉

    • Thanks sweet. I had fun making it. And eating it. x

  • So so clever Bec. I LOVE this! xx

    • Thanks Amanda. I loved your antipasto wreath. Looking to make similar for Christmas day. x

  • writeofthemiddle

    Brilliant Bec! Not to mention – yum! I’m going to send the link to this post to my sister who is a day care mum and always looking for activities to do with the kids. This would make a great xmas activity to do with them – they love cooking/baking and eating later. xo

    • She would love this, although the kids will immediately want to eat it after it’s made. I hope they enjoy making it. x

  • This is genius, Bec! Am totally going to share this down the Rabbit Hole. You are totes a food blogger!

    • Aww sweet… I wouldn’t say I’m a food blogger. I did tell some other bloggers that I’m quite good working with the brown stuff…. 😉

  • Delicious!

  • Cool idea, it looks amazing! Although I think I’d end up with a half completed project as I’d eat too much of the chocolate along the way 🙂

    • This is why you buy double the blocks… to taste test as you go along! 😉

  • That looks so simple! (Having said that, I can’t see myself having the patience haha).

    • Yes, I had a bit of patience, but I was working to a time limit of completing it within nap times which is usually 1.5 hours.

  • Bec, you are a total genius. This looks amazing!

    • Thanks Rebecca. That is awesome coming from a creative soul like yourself. xx

  • yum yum yum love it!! That said, I would never actually end up with a finished product because I’d eat it all before it was finished 🙂

    • Haha Lu, I was surprised it was still in one piece after I finished it. I could have knocked the whole lot in one go. I am a huge chocoholic!

  • My boys will love this idea.

  • What a great idea! I will have to give this a try one year. I can’t believe you’ve had it in your fridge that long. Apart from not eating it, space always seems a premium in my fridge!!!

    • Yes, it was pushed at the back. Lately I’ve been making an effort to eat all our fresh fruit and veggies and it seems to ensure our fridge has space… for more food. x

  • Lucy @ Bake Play Smile

    BEC!!!!! This is the cleverest thing ever!!! I love, love, LOVE it!!!! Thanks so much for linking up with our Fabulous Foodie Fridays party! xx

    • Aww you are the sweetest. I can imagine you saying this to me. Can I admit I wasn’t sure how it was going to be received online? I’m blown away by the response. And thank you for letting me link up. x

  • This is the best idea I have seen in a long time, how easy and effective…yummy too!!

    • Thanks Mandy. Glad you like it. I’m wondering if I should turn into a food blogger? 😉

  • It looks fantastic! I really love it. You’re so clever 🙂 x

    • Thanks hon. We’ve been slowing attacking it since it’s been made. Need to make another one for Christmas day. x

  • Such a great idea – good one Bec! x

  • Lara at This Charming Mum

    That is just so adorable! The noodle hay is so effective! I think I may have a twinge of guilt if I ate baby Jesus though 😉

    • Esther ate Jesus with no guilt. I guess kids have no idea. LOL! I’m glad the noodles made it look effective. I doubted myself over this project. x

  • This is such a cute idea. we have a playmobil nativity set which the boys love the play with {and baby Jesus has to come everywhere with us}.

    • Love it Shari. I went to Renee’s (mummy wife me) house on Sat night and her kids have a Little People nativity set. I so want to get one for my girls.

  • This is the coolest idea! How clever are you. xx

    • Aww thanks hon. It just came to me. I’m surprised I didn’t eat it while I was making it! x

  • That is so gorgeous – I bet your kids are so excited about it. I have been building gingerbread houses this year which is very exciting and my little girl is so excited by them. Perhaps this will be another year’s project – though I worry about chocolate in summer!

    BTW – real food bloggers do share their failures as well as successes – that is what I love about blogging

    • Thanks JohannaGGG, Yes my kids have been super excited to eat it. Esther loved eating baby Jesus. Not sure what to think of that?! 🙂

  • Thanks mum. xx

  • This looks amazing!!!!

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