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DIY fruit-filled cornucopias make the cutest Thanksgiving place settings

Diana Johnson is a professional recipe developer, food photographer, freelance writer and cooking instructor. She's also a mother who believes that kids can love healthy food, and that no child should have to experience food insecurity. ...

These ice cream cones transform into adorable Thanksgiving fruit-filled cornucopias

Turn a simple ice cream cone into an elegant horn of plenty filled with fresh fruit and labeled with your guests' initials. These edible cornucopias make unique place settings for your Thanksgiving table and provide something for people to snack on as they await the main event.

These ice cream cones transform into adorable Thanksgiving fruit-filled cornucopias

The first step to creating your cornucopias is to steam the ice cream cones. Place the cones into a steamer basket above boiling water. Make sure the water level is low enough that it won't touch the cones. I like to work with just 2 or 3 cones at a time because they harden quickly once removed from the steam.

These ice cream cones transform into adorable Thanksgiving fruit-filled cornucopias

Once the tips of the cones feel slightly soft and pliable, remove them from the basket, and gently bend the tip up toward the seam of the cone.

These ice cream cones transform into adorable Thanksgiving fruit-filled cornucopias

You also want to make sure the cone doesn't come apart, so carefully press the opening of the cone back into place if necessary.

These ice cream cones transform into adorable Thanksgiving fruit-filled cornucopias

Next, you need to melt some chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl.

These ice cream cones transform into adorable Thanksgiving fruit-filled cornucopias

Microwave the chocolate for 1 minute. When you first stir it, you might think it needs to microwave longer, but just keep stirring for a few minutes.

These ice cream cones transform into adorable Thanksgiving fruit-filled cornucopias

The chocolate will continue to melt in the hot bowl as you stir.

These ice cream cones transform into adorable Thanksgiving fruit-filled cornucopias

Once the chocolate has completely melted, use a rubber spatula to transfer it to a zip-top plastic bag. Squeeze out the air, seal the bag, and then cut off the very tip of 1 corner.

These ice cream cones transform into adorable Thanksgiving fruit-filled cornucopias

Use the chocolate to write your guests' initials on each cone. If you would like the chocolate to harden, then you can put the cones in the refrigerator for 5 to 10 minutes or let them sit out for an hour.

These ice cream cones transform into adorable Thanksgiving fruit-filled cornucopias

Gather the fruit you would like to use for your starter. I chose fruit in a variety of colors.

These ice cream cones transform into adorable Thanksgiving fruit-filled cornucopias

Cut up the fruit into bite-sized pieces. If you're using grapes, then they are easier to arrange if they're cut in half so they don't roll around on the plate.

These ice cream cones transform into adorable Thanksgiving fruit-filled cornucopias

Before your guests arrive, set your table. Place the initialed cornucopias onto each plate. Arrange the chopped fruit in and around each cone. As guests arrive, let them know to look for their initials and to feel free to enjoy eating their fruit and cones as they wait for the meal.

These ice cream cones transform into adorable Thanksgiving fruit-filled cornucopias

Fruit-filled ice cream cone cornucopias recipe

These edible place markers make a great starter for your Thanksgiving meal. You can also fill them with dried fruits or even candy.

Serves 6

Prep time: 30 minutes | Cook time: 5 minutes | Total time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 6 sugar ice cream cones
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tangerine
  • 1 red apple
  • 1 green pear
  • 12 green grapes
  • 12 red grapes

Directions:

  1. Place the ice cream cones into a steamer basket in a pot of boiling water. Make sure the water is low enough that it can't touch the cones. Steam them for 3 to 5 minutes, until the tips are just softened and pliable. I suggest steaming 2 to 3 cones at a time.
  2. Remove the cones from the basket, and gently bend the tips into a cornucopia shape. Check the opening of the cone as well to see if it needs some reshaping before the cone cools and hardens.
  3. Place the chocolate chips into a ceramic or glass bowl, and microwave them for 1 minute. Stir well until completely melted.
  4. Scoop the melted chocolate into a zip-top, plastic bag. Press out the air, seal the bag, and then cut off a tiny bit of 1 corner.
  5. Squeeze the chocolate out to write the initials on each cone.
  6. Peel and segment the tangerine.
  7. Cut the apple and pear into bite-sized pieces.
  8. Slice the grapes in half.
  9. Set your table, and place the cones on a plate at each place setting.
  10. Arrange the fruit in and around each cone up to 1 hour before your guests will arrive.

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