Have you ever wanted to decorate your Christmas tree in bacon? Well now you can! These bacon “ornaments” are fun AND edible! Gather your family and friends together to cook up a batch of the most delicious ornaments you’ve ever seen. The best part about these holiday ornaments is you can eat them when you’re done!
Ingredients you will need:
various kinds of sprinkles or other edible decorations (use your favorites)
Step 1: Cook your bacon! Lay your strips evenly on a foil-lined baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in the over, then turn it on to 375 F. Cook your bacon for 17-25 minutes while the oven gets to temperature. Cook times may vary depending on how thick the bacon is. Once the bacon is done cooking, you’ll want to lay the strips on a few layers of paper towel to absorb any excess oils. Make sure you pat the oil off when it’s cool enough to handle. You don’t want your chocolate to run off the strips!
Step 2: Melt your chocolates! Fill a pot with about an inch or two of water, bring to a boil. After the water boils, place a glass or metal bowl on top of the pot making sure the water doesn’t touch the bowl. Dump your melting chocolates into the bowl and the steam from the hot water will start to melt the chocolates. It may take a few minutes for it to melt all the way.
Step 3: Cover that Bacon! I used a spoon to drop the melted chocolate right onto the top side of my bacon strip, then spread it around so the one side is completely covered. If you want to get crazy, you can try dunking your strips right into the bowl, but it will probably get lumpy. After you coat your bacon, sprinkle your sprinkles onto the still-warm chocolate. Decorate them however you please. Let the chocolate harden at room temperature for best result. I stuck mine in the fridge for a couple moments just to speed the process up.
Step 4: Decorate Your Tree! Using something with a point, carefully poke a hole near the top of each strip, but not too close to the top that your ribbon will rib the hole. Add a piece of decorative ribbon or an ornament hook into the hole, and Voila! Time to put it on the tree.
Now, we don’t recommend actually leaving these on your tree as, yes, they WILL go bad. But for a fun photo op, it’s worth the effort! You can eat your strips right away, or store them in an airtight container in the fridge for a few days.