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.
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.
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.
Next, you need to melt some chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl.
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.
The chocolate will continue to melt in the hot bowl as you stir.
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.
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.
Gather the fruit you would like to use for your starter. I chose fruit in a variety of colors.
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.
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 edible place markers make a great starter for your Thanksgiving meal. You can also fill them with dried fruits or even candy.
Prep time: 30 minutes | Cook time: 5 minutes | Total time: 35 minutes
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