The whole premise of making your own dessert cups isn’t something new; it’s been around for ages. You can use pretty much any plastic/silicone/latex type mold to make a chocolate shape. I used to always make these but hadn’t made them in eons. They are cute and whimsical, seriously one of the simplest things ever to make and okay let’s face it.. Who doesn’t love A BOWL… YOU CAN EAT!!! Dude, seriously… this gives a whole new meaning to ‘lick your plate clean!’ Hell not only will I lick it clean but I’ll eat it too! LOL Know what I mean jellybean?
Not only can you eat the filling BUT you can eat the bowl! Who’s going to turn these gorgeous beauties down??
I would advise making these in the cooler temps only because if you make them in the summer you have a tendency for them to melt or not set properly. Though if you’re indoors and your house is cool enough you should be fine.
These bowls can be made as big or as little as you like. These would be awesome for a kids birthday party to serve their cake and ice cream in, on a buffet table full of desserts or served at your fancy schmancy dinner party where eat person gets a rich decadent dessert in it (maybe a 4 layer mousse trifle with ganache). No matter what the age of the person is, they will instantly turn into a little kid when they realize they can eat the bowl. Well unless they hate chocolate (is that even possible???).
So the other day I decided to make these for Christmas. Balloons are not something I normally keep in my house but for some reason we had 3 bags of them. Not sure why or how they got there but hey… bonus! So I blew up 4 balloons, which is honestly probably one of the most painful things EVER for me to do! I have asthma and TMJ (jaw issues) and it KILLS ME to blow up a balloon. So literally after I blew them up I had to sit at the table for 30 minutes, in tears with ice on my jaw. Mr. Fantabulous came out, saw me and got scared. He thought I cut myself or something. When I explained what I did he said to me “Honey, you just don’t know how to blow up a balloon right.” Okay wait what??? “Blow up a balloon right??? Like there are actual instructions??? Did he just say that to me out loud??? Are you serious?” Yeah.. that all went through my head as I gave him THE LOOK with ice on my jaw and tears in my eyes. He knew all too well that looked, hugged me and walked away.
He came back a few minutes later and said “Um, wait.. why do you have balloons and chocolate?” So I put down the ice and explained what I was doing. Well of course Mr. Know-It-All said that the balloons would pop and chocolate would go EVERYWHERE. I scoffed at him saying that that had never happened to me; that I did this all the time without fail. And then I made that fateful mistake and told him to watch…
I dipped the first balloon in and went to turn it on it’s side to make the petal and POP! I made the “OMG face!!!” then glared at my husband telling him that he jinxed me! Don’t you just love it how us women can easily shift the blame!? He smirked but said not a word. So I picked up the next 2 and POP POP they both went. By this time I’m getting mad – not so much at them popping but him…standing over there getting read to gloat trying (not so hard) to contain his laughter. I pick up the last one and look him dead in the eyes. He then just starts to chuckle a little louder saying in his mocking girl voice “Ohhhhhhhhh I NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEVER had one pop. EVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR! I’ve been making these for umpteen years and they are always perfect… just like me”. Okay seriously I was ready to beat that man with my pan in front of me but I couldn’t stop laughing as he was pretending to twirl his hair and act all ‘like me’. I swear one of these days it’s gonna be me-him-a pillowcase full of soap bars and him sleeping. LOL
So anyway, I decided that instead of dipping the last balloon in that I would kind of spoon it on, form the petals that way. Maybe help lower the amount of heat of the chocolate on the balloon. Well I got all the way around without problem. YEAH ME! HOWEVER…
yes… there’s a however… there’s ALWAYS A HOWEVER!
I allowed the petals to dry and then decided “Okay, it’s safe to dip” as I wanted a thicker coating.
Um.. WRONG!!! The balloon popped and exploded EVERYWHERE! I mean EVERYWHERE!!! I had chocolate dripping off of my eyelashes, my face, my hair, my clothes, off the walls, the tv, the counters, the floors, the table, the curtains, the bowls, in my ear (yes.. in my ear!). I just sat there in shock. I mean complete and utter shock! It was so quiet for a moment that literally you could hear my heart beating and then… and then HE let loose this belly laughter that I swear came from the depths of his toes all the way up and out of his beautiful face. He was crying so hard from laughing. I mean we’re talking snorting laughter… that type of laughter where you use up all of your oxygen and you can’t breathe but yet you’re still making those laughing sounds/moves. Well my husband being the ever-so-loving man that he is didn’t offer to grab a towel or something to help clean up or get it off of my face or ear. Noooooooooo what does he do??? He grabs the *&^%$#@! camera and starts taking pictures of ME! LOL such a jackass! I just sat there still in shock and then started to bust out laughing. Why get mad, seriously ya know?! So he finally put down the camera and went to grab me clean clothes (yes both my pants and shirt got it) while I cleaned up the walls, floor, table, tv and everything else that got covered.
I threw away the mess and decided to check out those bags of balloons. This bugged me as to why it didn’t work. As I pulled out the bag that I used I figured out why. They were friggen water balloons balloons! DUH! No wonder! Those type of balloons are very, VERY thin and are meant to break easily. I then found the bag of latex ones and decided that this was NOT going to get the best of me. So I called him out to the kitchen, handed him 4 more to blow up and as he went to make a comment I did the George Costanza “SHUUUUUUUUUUUUSH” gesture and sound so he obliged quietly. He did, however, have one small request. I said “What babe?” he said “Could you wear some protective gear? I don’t want to get you another set of clothes.” and then he ran out of the kitchen. I’m serious… that pillow case is getting embroidered with his name on it soon *wink* Lil brat!
Once you use the CORRECT balloons you should have no problems with this. Just be sure to not blow them up fully. You want the balloon to be thick and not see-through.Print
- 10 Latex balloons
- 1 lb melting milk chocolate
- 1–2 cups white melting chocolate
- With a wet, clean towel, wipe off each balloon. This will remove any powder residue that may be on them.
- Temper your chocolates to where they are a smooth, shiny consistency.
- Line a pan with parchment paper.
- Blow up your balloons to the size you want. I left mine more on the individual portion size. The balloon should not be see-through or you risk the chance of it popping.
- Tie a knot in the top of each balloon.
- Take a tsp of the chocolate and form a 1″ round circle on your parchment paper. This will help form the ‘base’.
- Holding a balloon by the knot, dip it in a few inches. Work fast here as you don’t want the balloon to sit in the heat.
- Pull the balloon up and slowly start to swirl it around. You want to build up the sides.
- If you want petals you can put the balloon back in on an angle one ‘side’ at a time to form some petals. Again, work fast here.
- When barely any drips remain, place the balloon down in the center of the chocolate disk on the pan.
- Hold the balloon for 30 seconds or so just until the chocolate is set enough for the balloon to stand upright.
- Repeat the above steps for the remaining balloons.
- When the first one is dry, you can re-dip again if you want it thicker OR you can then drizzle white chocolate on it for a decorative lace effect.
- Allow to cool completely (about 20 minutes or so). If you want you place them in the fridge to speed up the time.
- Once the chocolate is completely set, take a pin and pop each balloon.
- Working slowly, gently peel the popped balloon away leaving the chocolate shell intact. Don’t fret if you crack one. If it’s just cracked you can ‘glue’ the crack with chocolate. If it crumbles apart, just eat it!
- Keep in the fridge until ready to fill with your favorite dessert!
Here’s a step-by-step tutorial (sorry no shots of me covered from head to toe in chocolate. no way, no how! LOL)