Serious Chocolate: Balloon Bowls (Not a Hoax)

[Photographs: Melody Kramer]

Making bowls out of chocolate and balloons may not pave the way for your own reality show, but they will certainly grab your guests' attention. Water balloons, in particular, are the perfect size for dipping into tempered chocolate—and harden in just ten in the fridge. You can then fill the chocolate balloon-sized molds with candy, ice cream or whipped cream. (And don't worry, they're too small for any children to fit inside.)

These balloon bowls are easy, fun, and so delicious they may make you want to float away. Recipe and detailed instructions, after the jump.

Chocolate Balloon Bowls

Adapted from Gourmet Mom on the Go.

Note: You can use both white and milk chocolate in your dipping bowl. Feel free to experiment with as many different chocolates as you'd like. I imagine coconut or crushed walnuts would also be a nice addition.

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About the author: Melody Kramer is a chocoholic living in Philadelphia. She writes for a variety of publications in order to fuel her sweet tooth.

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Serious Chocolate: Balloon Bowls (Not a Hoax)

About This Recipe

This recipe appears in: This Week's Tasty 10

Ingredients

  • 1 container microwavable milk chocolate candy melts
  • 1 sheet Wax Paper
  • 5 to 10 latex balloons (Note: If you are allergic to latex balloons, use non-latex balloons in this recipe. Most balloons in party stores are latex, so be sure to check.)
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Procedures

  1. 1

    Attach balloons to faucet and fill with water until half full. Tie balloons and set aside.

  2. 2

    Follow instructions on microwavable chocolate candy melt box. I poured the candy melts into a microwavable-safe bowl and microwaved for 30 seconds, making sure to continually stir the chocolate. You do not want the chocolate to burn.

  3. 3

    Lay a sheet of wax paper on a baking tray.

  4. 4

    Spoon a dollop of chocolate on the baking tray. This will form the base of your balloon bowl.

  5. 5

    Dip one of your balloons into the bowl of chocolate, rotating it so that all sides are covered evenly. Remove and place on top of the chocolate dollop on your baking tray.

  6. 6

    Repeat until all balloons are coated.

  7. 7

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  8. 8

    Place the baking tray full of balloons in the fridge until they harden. This took 15 minutes.

  9. 9

    Remove balloons from fridge. Over sink, very carefully poke tiny hole in the balloon neck (near the knot) with a pin. Slowly drain the water out of the balloon into the sink.

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    9. Fill with candy, chocolate, or whipped cream. Enjoy!

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