Twinkie Trees & Ding Dong Ornaments

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TwinkieTreesSo let’s get one thing straight, shall we? I love me some Hostess! Growing up, I was pretty much on a strict Twinkie-a-day diet… and they’re still one of my absolute favorite guilty-pleasure foods!

And if there’s one thing I love more than Hostess Snacks, it’s transforming these classic cakes into fantastic, delicious desserts that use Hostess products as the base. I’ve made Tiramisu and Truffles using Twinkies, and now I’m making Christmas trees and ornaments! (And between you and me, these may be my favorite Twinkie and Ding Dong treats yet!)

If there’s one memory from the holidays that I love, it’s the times I would decorate cookies and gingerbread houses with my family. We’d play Elvis Christmas music and sprinkle, frost, dip and eat to our heart’s content. Decorating these Hostess Snacks brought me back to my childhood and instantly reminded me of the fun I had decorating, and the best part: eating my masterpiece after it was all said & done 🙂 But whether or not you eat these immediately or keep them around a little bit as a gorgeous, unexpected (edible) centerpiece or star of the dessert table is totally up to you!

First up, let’s talk Twinkie Trees. Aren’t they adorable?!

Twinkie1For these, simply slide a cake pop or lollipop stick into an unwrapped Twinkie. The Twinkie is the perfect vertical vessel for these picture-perfect chocolate trees. Freeze the Twinkies while you make your trees using green candy coating, sprinkles and other assorted candies — this is the most fun part for the kids! You could make your trees bright and colorful like I did, or use simpler colors like sparkling silver or gold, for something more classic and refined. Then simply squiggle on some leftover candy melts directly onto the Twinkie, attach the tree, and voila! Easy as pie.. er, as Twinkie. 🙂

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DingDong1As for the Ding Dong Ornaments? Simple!

DSC_1582APop some unwrapped Ding Dongs into the freezer to harden a bit. Once they’re nice and solid, melt some white candy coating and give the Ding Dongs a nice, hot bath in the white chocolate coating. Lift them out to allow excess coating to drip off, then return them to a baking sheet to decorate! Attach a Rolo candy for the top of the ornament, then use candies and sprinkles to create magical, one-of-a-kind ornaments that you can eat! 

Are you hungry yet?!

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Twinkie Trees & Ding Dong Ornaments (& A #HostessHoliday Sweeps!)
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These adorable Twinkie Trees and Ding Dong Ornaments are simple to make and taste fabulous! Wow your guests with these impressive treats that are a blast to make with the kids!
Ingredients
  • FOR TWINKIE TREES:
  • Hostess Twinkies
  • Green Candy Coating/Candy Melts
  • Assorted Sprinkles and Candies (like Mini M&M's)
  • Lollipop Sticks
  • FOR DING DONG ORNAMENTS:
  • Hostess Ding Dongs
  • White Candy Coating (like CandiQuik)
  • Assorted Sprinkles and Candies (like Mini M&M's)
  • Rolo Candies
Instructions
  1. FOR TWINKIE TREES:
  2. Gently slide a lollipop stick into the bottom of an unwrapped Twinkie about ½ way through. Place the Twinkie pops onto a foil-lined baking sheet and place them in the freezer until firm, about 1-2 hours.
  3. While the Twinkies firm up, make your trees. Melt the green candy coating according to package directions, until smooth & melted. Place the melted green candy into a piping bag attached with a small circular tip, or in a squeeze bottle (recommended). Pipe Christmas-tree shapes onto a piece of wax paper, then fill them in with the green candy coating. Use a toothpick to smooth out the trees or add more definition and texture. Immediately top with candies, sprinkles, etc. to decorate the trees. Allow the trees to harden, then gently peel off from the wax paper. *Note: you could trace tree shapes onto the wax paper prior to piping to help with a uniform shape. Consider using a tree-shaped cookie cutter to help act as a template.
  4. Once Twinkies are firm, pipe the remaining green candy coating on top of the Twinkie lengthwise. Gently attach the Christmas tree to the Twinkie and allow it to set.
  5. FOR DING DONG ORNAMENTS:
  6. Place unwrapped Ding Dongs onto a foil-lined baking sheet. Place in freezer to briefly firm up the Ding Dongs, about 1 hour.
  7. Melt the white chocolate candy coating according to package directions, or until smooth and melted. Dunk the Ding Dongs completely into the melted white chocolate, then lift up the Ding Dongs with a fork and allow excess chocolate to drip off. Place on the baking sheet. Attach a Rolo to the top of the ornament, and use candies and sprinkles to decorate the ornament to your liking. Allow the chocolate to set before serving.

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Have a super sweet day!!

xo, Hayley

 

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Comments

  1. The Ding Dong edible ornaments and Twinkie trees are so cute. Awesome ideas.

  2. keshakeke says:

    I love twinkles too! I love how cute the Twinkie trees are!

  3. The Ding Dong Ornaments are so cute and both would be great for any Christmas party.

  4. These are the cutest! I love how festive they are. They would be so perfect for a school Christmas party!

  5. Emily Zurn says:

    WOO! so excited to make these!

  6. This seems like it would be good to do with a class of young children.

  7. OMG they’re soooo pretty girl!!! you’re awesome

  8. Love these, thanks

  9. Awesome idea!

  10. Kelley Jose says:

    Oh my goodness! Zingers and Twinkies were my favorite lunch box treat when I was growing up 🙂 These are adorable! I have a 10 year old daughter who also loves Twinkies..I think I just found our next fun project 🙂

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Kelley, right?! I loved Twinkies as a kid and still do! If you and your daughter make them, I’d love to see pictures! 🙂

  11. Stacey Seeley says:

    These are so cute and festive! I might have to make these to give out with presents for the nieces and nephews.

  12. Auntiepatch says:

    Those are as cute as can be! I’ll bet the neighborhood kids would like to help me make some! And then eat them!

  13. now I’m craving twinkies – thanks for that 🙂 SO cute Hayley

  14. The name makes me laugh, the treats make me coo, the flavors make me feel DESIRE. Thank you!!!

  15. These are super cute, thanks for sharing!

  16. Fun!

  17. I just happen to have a box of Twinkies in my cabinet! This would be such a fun project to make with the kids! Great idea, Hayley! PINNED!

  18. I love all you wonderful ideas and recipes. I tried your Soft Chewy white chocolate chip and cranberry recipe last night, they are wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing with all of us.

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Angie, I am SO glad you loved them! Those cookies are my favorite and I could not stop snacking on them 🙂 Merry Christmas!

  19. Looks good!! Trying this very soon! Twinkies are so good

  20. What cute ideas! I especially like the ornaments with the blue snowflakes and white pearls.

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