This year, I decided I would try make all my Christmas presents, rather than buying them. So far, so good. I think I've made about 95% of the presents I needed to get (ironically, my mother, who pretty much always gets a handmade effort, got shop-bought this year...). By far and away, these have been the most impressive:
If I were a good blogger, I'd have taken photos of each stage of the process, but I'm not, so I didn't. The good news is it's so easy, you can do it without a visual aid.
Nuts (I used chopped nuts and whole almonds - you can decorate with whatever you like)
Cocktail sticks (to help with the dipping)
Baking parchment (to place them on post-dipping)
A bain-marie (pan of hot water, with a bowl balanced above)
NB: It helps to have your decorations set out cookery-programme style, in little bowls so you can grab and sprinkle them at will, before the chocolate sets.
Melt your chocolate
Either roll out your marzipan (mine was about half a cm thick) and cut into squares, or roll it into little balls.
Stab with cocktail stick
Dip into chocolate
Place on baking parchment
If you're not a fan of nuts, try cutting into squares and dipping half the square into the chocolate. Once they've set, flip them over, dip a fork or a whisk into the chocolate and flick across the marzipan side of your chocs for some stylish stripes.
I managed to find some mini bun cases which look lovely with a chocolate nestled in the middle. Mine are wrapped in cellophane and tied with a ribbon and a jingle-y bell for a festive touch.