Chocolate Bowls

Total Time:
1 hr 3 min
Prep:
30 min
Inactive:
30 min
Cook:
3 min

Yield:
8 to 10 bowls
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 10 ounces finely chopped dark chocolate, divided
  • Small balloons, filled with air
Directions

Grease a cookie sheet or line it with parchment paper.

Place 5 ounces of the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Stir until completely melted. Remove it from heat and stir in the remaining 5 ounces chocolate until thoroughly smooth. Spoon 1/2 teaspoon melted chocolate onto prepared pan to form a small disk. Dip the balloon into the disk of chocolate, coating about a third of the balloon. Place the dipped end of the balloon on the chocolate disk. Repeat with remaining chocolate and balloons. Place in the refrigerator to set, about 30 minutes.

In order to release the air from the balloon, pinch the balloon just under the knot and cut a small hole in the surface between fingers and knot. Very gradually release air; if air is released too quickly, the bowls may break. Carefully peel the deflated balloons from the chocolate bowls.


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    I made these chocolate bowls today for my cousins baby shower. I'm using this as treat bowls that I'm filling with home made truffles (recipe from Alton Brown. At first after reading the reviews here, I became real hesitant to try these. So I searched up on line to get ideas from other people who might've tried this and found several helpful reviews on how to get a good result. I used water balloons, instead of the heavy duty kind. First I tried to dip in chocolate about five minutes after taking it off the stove, but the balloon popped. It did not make a mess like the other reviews indicated, nor did it splatter me. After a total of about 25 mins the chocolate had cooled, I tried my balloons again and it worked perfectly! I made in small batches to do 6 balloons each time, so the chocolate would cool quickly. Then I took them out and made small holes on the top to let the air out slowly, and then put them in the freezer. It came out perfect and I loved the results:!!
    I love making chocolate bowls! Well, when you are about to dip the balloons into the chocolate, make sure that the chocolate is cool. Hot chocolate will definitely pop the balloons. After double-boiling the chocolate, let it cool a little. Just make sure you don't set it. The chocolate should cool down a little and then dip the balloons.
    i can relate to the mess and the burns. i was only able to successfully make 2 bowls, which i couldn't get the balloons out of after they set, so that equals no bowls. i only have myself to blame for the insane behavior of continuing to keep trying when balloon after balloon after balloon popped sending molten chocolate everywhere in my kitchen and all over me! did anyone happen to notice on the show that paula herself did not successfully make one of these...her balloon popped and she went right to the already completed ones...so someone must know the trick...let us in on it please!
    My Kids and I had soooo much fun making these and we have done them many times, all with great success.
    I followed Paula's recipe and my chocolate bowls turned out perfect! When I took them from the frig and popped the balloons.. the balloons did stick to the chocolate. Once the bowls are out of the frig for 5 to 10 minutes they began to sweat, this is when the balloons simply slid right out. Be patient and you will be rewarded! I put the bowls back into the frig until I was ready to fill and serve. I will be using this recipe again!
    wat do u do so stop the ballons for poping? i would dip them and a few secounds late "bust,boom,bam"
     

     

     

     
    no angry commenter plz thanks
    When we poped the balloons the chocolate just stuck to them. For those of you who got this to work can you let me know what we did wrong? Do you need to spray the balloons with nonstick first? We used good bitter sweet chocolate and regular balloons, all we could find at the time. For those of you who think this is great family fun to have with the kids, I would question your sanity after reading input from the burn victims.
    if you don't have anything nice to say, Don't say anything at all, change the channel, you have got to be kidding ! anyway I can't wait to try this out, looks like fun. I love everything you do, say and cook, love ya Paula
    My sister is a great and experienced cook, and is still recovering from the burns she received after the high quality balloon she used exploded, covering her and her entire kitchen and dining room with speckles of molten chocolate (ceiling included!). The inside of her eye was burned and she was sure she would get a blister. She was just glad the kids were not in the kitchen with her.
    A word of warning needs to be put in here... I attempted to make the balloons, and one of them exploded while setting after being dunked in the chocolate... melted chocolate covered me, my kitchen walls, roof, blinds, etc... I was almost blinded by melting chocolate shrapnel...
     

     
    This was with a high quality balloon, that was barely blown up at all, in chocolate that was only warm...
     

     
    Using a mold, or painting plastic wrap lined bowls as molds, works much better and is safer. I WOULD NOT reccommend doing this with kids, due to the shrapnel factor...
    wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    My kids & I had a blast doing this. We never knew!! And for all those who have nothing nice to say about the recipes, please keep your comments to yourself!! You DO NOT have to be rude!!
     
    Way to go Paula, we love ya!
    I was so excited to make the chocolate bowls for my upcoming bunco party. Luckily I took the time to try it out because it didn't work. I used regular melting chocolate, like that used for making candy. When I popped the balloon, the plastic just stuck to the hardened chocolate and I had to peel it off. In the process the "bowls" just crumbled to pieces or started to melt. I'm so disappointed. Perhaps the other chocolate firms up better?
    I couldn't find any place to complain about Paula's degradation into white trash humor and behavior. I'm tired of the infantile jokes about men's body parts, I'm tired of her obnoxious flirtation with the men on the show (how her husband even tolerates it is beyond me - let alone her two grown sons), and I'm tired of her slide from a classy Southern lady to something that is no better from a trailer park.
     

     
    I want the old Paula back!
     

     
    That aside, like another reviewer, I've been doing this for YEARS. Not original.
    I found that if you fill the balloons with water before dipping in chocolate, the balloons work better for you and the "bowl" seems to be more even.
    We've been doing this for 20 years - not very original, Paula.
    This give ice cream a whole new spin!!! My husband went nuts when i served his MOOSE TRACKS ice cream in these wonderful Chocolate bowls!!!!LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!!!!
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