Valentine's Day is just around the corner. This is a fancy way to serve ice cream or mousse or just about anything you'd typically serve in a bowl. This is even a fun project you could do with your kids! It's really not too difficult. Go on… give it a try!
Chocolate Bowls How-To
What you'll need…
16 ounces chocolate, chopped or chocolate chips (2-3 cups)
5 or 6 small balloons (depending on how many bowls you want to make)
Blow up a few small balloons. Small balloons work best for dessert.
Also line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Melt chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl on 50% power at intervals of 30 seconds, stirring after each interval, until chocolate is melted and smooth. Be sure that your balloons are smaller than the bowl because you'll be dipping them into the bowl.
When your chocolate is melted, quickly dip each balloon into the melted chocolate. Lift the balloon and allow excess to drip off. Immediately place the coated balloon on the parchment paper and press down lightly. This will form a flat bottom for your bowl. Hold the balloon for a few seconds until the chocolate starts to set a bit. The balloon should stay upright. Repeat the process with remaining balloons and chocolate.
Allow the chocolate to harden. The timing will depend on the temperature of your kitchen. You can place the baking sheet in the refrigerator to speed up the process if desired.
When the chocolate has hardened, carefully use a pair of scissors to snip each balloon. Allow the air to escape each balloon. The balloons will pull away from the edges of the chocolate bowl.
Remove each balloon carefully from the chocolate bowls. Voila!! You did it!!! Now fill them with whatever your heart desires. I used vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. Oh - I also topped the dessert with these fun (and extremely easy) chocolate decorations.
Simply add melted chocolate to a ziplock bag. Use scissors to snip off a very small piece of the bag on a corner. Squeeze chocolate in overlapping circles (squiggles?) onto a piece of parchment paper. Allow the chocolate to harden. Carefully peel away the parchment paper and place on top of your ice cream.