8/01/2009

Balloon Chocolate Bowls

FINALLY! Here's my tutorial on how to make super-impressive, super-easy chocolate bowls out of water balloons! (Or any balloons, for that matter). I had a little extra chocolate, so I dipped these yummy strawberries, too! Didn't they turn out cute!?
With a few helpful tips, you can whip these out in 10 minutes or less and you can store them in a cool place up to 3 weeks. Fill these little gems with mousse, ice cream, pudding, fresh fruit, whatever you want! I LOVE things that look gorgeous, gourmet, and artsy but you can make without much fuss. Let's get started!

Artsy Chocolate Bowls
Ingredients:
White and Dark chocolate candy melts
Balloons, any size (Water balloons are the perfect size for individual-serving bowls)
Wax Paper

(Notes: You can also use white/dark chocolate bark from the baking aisle. Candy melts can be found at Wal-Mart in the craft section. DO NOT USE chocolate chips. They will not set up hard enough.)

Directions:
Blow up desired amount of balloons. Fill a microwave-safe bowl (I like a 2 quart casserole dish) with a bag of white candy melts (about 2 cups). Microwave for 60 seconds, stir. Continue to microwave at 20-second intervals and stirring until melted.
In a seperate small bowl, place about 1 cup dark chocolate and melt as above.
Drizzle a small amount of the dark chocolate over the white chocolate. DO NOT STIR. This is the key to great-looking bowls. The less you stir, the more they will be striped. People tend to use dark chocolate as the base or they mix it too much and it all mixes together into a light brown. So, just drizzle and get ready to dip!
ip a balloon into your chocolate (as deep as you want), pull out and let extras drip back into the bowl, then place on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper to dry. Continue with all the balloons. Drizzle more dark chocolate on top as you need/want it. You can pop them in the fridge if you want and they'll set up in just a couple minutes.
Here's my gorgeous and super-fun friend DeAnn trying it out...
When set, gently push against the sides of the balloon to release from the chocolate. Using a pin or scissors, make a small hole in the top of the balloon so the air can leak out. As the air leaks, out, peel balloon off of chocolate bowl. You're ready to fill and serve! Or, you can place in a single layer and store in a cool place up to 3 weeks.
Want an easy video tutorial? You've got it!

video

29 comments:

MommyAmy said...

Those are so fun! Dipping chocolate is such a fun thing to work with, and usually with yummy results! :)

Bridget said...

Great idea! I'm glad you mentioned about not using chocolate chips...I probably would have done that.

Hmmmm...I think I have some candy melts tucked away after making cake truffles. I'm going to find them. :)

Mammatalk said...

Wow! You are quite the artist!

Jill said...

I am SO excited that you posted this! I've been waiting for it since you first said you would show us- I can't wait to make them! They're beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing :)

Anonymous said...

So they not taste like balloon / latex?

Minny said...

This sounds so yummy!!! I have different colors of the candy melts & could make some really pretty bowls. Thanks for posting this.

Melody said...

I love those strawberries too. Beautiful!

Mandy said...

As long as you make a small hole in the top of the balloon so the air leaks out as you peel it off, you will not have any latex/balloon residue on your bowl. Sometimes if you pop the balloon, it will leave residue or it will break the bowl. Hope that helps!

Rebeca @All Vegged Out said...

omigosh that's the cooles thing ever!

Jessica said...

These are beautiful! It looks so simple to make...!

Seriously fabulous tutorial. I'm really happy.

One Happy Family said...

You are fabulous!! Thanks for sharing such wonderful ideas. I'm a BIG fan!

La Pixie said...

this looks really cool and best of all, really easy. I cant wait to try it!

Mandy and Jack said...

Wonderful idea! I love this! Thank you thank you thank you for sharing!!

Pink Flip Flops said...

Oh wow! I'm totally going to try this! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Great tip on starting with the white chocolate. If you melt in a bit of paraffin wax, you should be able to use chocolate chips. Melties already have a waxy additive to help them hold a shape.

EverydayMe said...

how can I say it... but oh so clever!!! Will have to try this at my next bday party...

Marie {Make and Takes} said...

Those are GREAT!! What a fun idea.

Nate and Jen Poulson said...

That is SO cool Mandy! I am going to try this for our chocolate book club month. Miss you guys.

Tammy said...

I am having trouble with the balloons popping- I think the chocolate is too hot.
I would definatly suggest adding the parafin or using chocolate melts. I tried JUST chocolate chips and after setting on the counter for about 10 min. the finished bowls colapsed on themselves - frustrating! Maybe the AZ heat is too much? Maybe the wax will help it hold?
Anyone stuggle with this? I am supposed to be teaching this in a class at church on Tuesday...

Angie said...

Fun! Thanks for the video!

Anonymous said...

Any ideas for popping balloons? I just tried four of them and every single one of them popped. Does it have to cool down to a certain temperature?

Mandy said...

1) Make sure the chocolate has complete set and hardened. You can put them in the fridge to speed up the process

2) Loosen the balloon a little by pressing into each of the balloon sides (it should release a little from the edge of your bowls)

3) Poke a small hole in the top of the balloon (near where you tied the knot). The air should slowly leak out and you can peel the balloon off as the air leaks out.

Hope that helps!

Sarah said...

I made some mini versions of these with white, dark, and pink candy melts. I used some long skinny balloons and only blew them up a little to make kind of skinny cups. They were easy to loosen and pull out without having to let the air out of the balloon since they weren't really full. I filled them with raspberry mousse and my coworkers practically fell over they were so impressed!

The Petunia said...

I just found your site and I am in love! I featured three of your ideas, come on over and check it out!
http://petuniasescape.blogspot.com/2011/07/some-crazy-awesome-ideas.html

Becky Joy said...

What a fabulous idea. They are so cool. I have to tell my daughter about this one. thanks

von Hand zu Hand said...

great! all the kids will love this!


I linked to your tutorial on my blog - thanks for sharing!

doro K.

Anonymous said...

Im allergic to latex, what can i use instead of balloons please?

They look lovely

Yukibar said...

I bought those cute grenade type water balloons thinking they are the perfect size for filling with strawberries. I blew up the balloons, wash them gently and then coated with some oil. The first one came out easy while the others all got stuck with balloon pieces. I had to ditch those three.

I did make a small hole in the top but when they deflated they were real difficult to release.

Any hints/suggestions?

Mandy said...

Le bonbon est nommé "Wilton Candy Melts", voici une photo:
http://www.pintsizedbaker.com/2011/08/merckens-chocolate-vs-wilton-candy.html