Chocolate bowls

  11 December 2009

A chocolate bowl! That’s right it’s made of chocolate! And filled with cubes of brownie, a handful of blueberries, raspberries and blackberries, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and chocolate shavings mmm would you believe I made these bowls using balloons? I was totally fascinated after seeing this and thought hey that looks like fun without stopping to think about my dislike of popping balloons…

So I wanted about 20 chocolate bowls so grab some balloons and blow them up to the size you want your bowls to be. I used normal sized balloons. Water balloons may seem like a great idea if you want small bowls but they do not like being dipped in chocolate!

Melt some chocolate over a double boiler. I didn’t have 2 pots that were similar size so I heated the chocolate very very slowly over low heat stirring constantly to make sure the chocolate didn’t burn. I used about 1kg of chocolate for 20 bowls, made in 2 batches. Now the important part: leave the chocolate to cool! Pour into a bowl with a wide mouth and stir every couple of minutes. Do not attempt to dip balloon into chocolate that is hot or it will explode!

Lay out some baking paper.

Check your chocolate- is it still hot? Do not dip! I waited about 15mins for the chocolate to cool. Then grab a balloon and dip halfway and place on the paper. Don’t try and shake off excess chocolate because you want the excess chocolate to flow down and form a base for your bowl.

Hee balloons in a row. Let the chocolate on the balloons harden, if you’re short for time stick them in the fridge for 10minx MAX. Any longer and the chocolate will be hard to remove from balloon.

Time to stab your balloons! Using a knife didn’t really work and I had to use scissors which turned out to be good for my fear of the popping because it lets our the air with a whoosh than a pop. Carefully pull the balloon away from the bowl. Some of them disintegrated as soon as I stabbed them because the layer of chocolate wasn’t thick enough especially at the top edge.

Ack such a mess! But bowls galore! If there are any holes at the base of the bowl just patch them up with some chocolate

So fill your bowl with brownie pieces. I used this recipe

Add a handful of raspberries, blueberries and blackberries

A nice scoop of ice cream

And finally some chocolate shavings! Maybe next time (hah!) I would make a fudge or chocolate sauce mmm

Ahh so preeettty no? I used double cream at Ellie’s party

Heh last shot I promise

Remnants of balloon and chocolate explosion. After dipping 20 normal sized balloons successfully I thought I’d dip a water balloon for a mini bowl and POP the freaking balloon exploded and there was chocolate everywhere! This pic only shows the floor but ohmyfreakinggosh there was chocolate everywhere on the bench, on stove, on the walls and on me! Haha it just had to happen on the last balloon too! Ah wells it’s funny looking back I guess…

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