As I’m preparing for Thanksgiving and making the favors, I thought I’d write a post about which favors I chose and how to make them. These are my favorite Thanksgiving Day favors because they look great on the table. I found them online when searching for favor ideas years ago and use my own personal touch. This is the second year I’m making them for our guests. They’re so cute for the kids and fairly easy to make. The most tedious part is the final step, cutting the plastic and tying the bow.
1. Boil a pot of water over the stove. Once boiling, turn off the heat.
2. Using a cup, take some of the hot water and pour a small amount into the inside of a sugar cone until the water fills the cone about halfway. Then immediately dump the water out of the cone and back into the pot. Next, dip the bottom of the cone (the pointy tip) into the hot water in the pot up to the halfway mark and then immediately take it out of the water. (The point is to get the inside and outside of the bottom half of the cone wet with hot water so it can easily bend without breaking.)
3. Put the cone into the microwave for about 12 seconds so it gets even more soft.
4. Once you take it out of the microwave, use a pencil or marker to curl the end of the cone into the shape of a cornucopia.
5. Continue the above steps for the number of cones needed. I do three or four cones at a time to make it easier. You want to make sure the bottom of the cone is still warm when you’re bending it. You don’t want them to cool off until you’re done.
6. Set them face down to dry. (On a paper towel is best.)
7. Once completely dry inside and out (which can take a few hours) you can put the candy inside of the cone.
8. Cover the top with plastic wrap and then put a rubber band around it to keep it in place. Cut the fringy plastic that falls below the rubber band with scissors to clean it up a bit. You’re going to be covering the rubber band with the ribbon and you don’t want extra plastic hanging down.
9. Grab your ribbon, line it up with the rubber band and tie a bow to hide the rubber band completely.
10. Last but certainly not least, display 🙂
You can check out a YouTube video here. (You may find a slight variation in the way wetting the cone is done in the video compared to my instructions above but the end result is the same.)