How to Make Chocolate Bowls

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    Gather Your Ingredients

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    For an easily printable recipe, please see this Chocolate Bowls recipe page.

    To make chocolate bowls, first gather your ingredients. You will need:

    • Small "water bomb" balloons, or the smallest balloons you can find
    • Chocolate candy coating or tempered chocolate
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  • 02 of 10

    Melt the Candy Coating

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    Start by melting the chocolate candy coating or tempering the chocolate. You don't want to use untempered chocolate, because it will get soft at room temperature and your bowls might not hold their shape nicely. Set the melted coating or tempered chocolate aside to cool so that it is no longer warm to the touch. If the chocolate is too warm when you're dipping the balloons, they might pop, which is not only disappointing, but annoying to clean up! So let that chocolate cool until...MORE it's barely warm, but not so cool that it starts to set.

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  • 03 of 10

    Blow Up the Balloons

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    While the chocolate is cooling, blow up the balloons to the size you want your bowls to be and tie them off. There's a chance some balloons might pop or some chocolate bowls might break, so blow up a few extra just in case. Cover a baking sheet with waxed paper or foil.

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    Dip the Balloon in Chocolate

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    Hold a balloon by the knot on top and slowly dip the bottom of a balloon in the room temperature chocolate. Move gently to acclimatize the balloon to the temperature. Dip it until the chocolate is the depth you want your bowls to be--it's easiest to remove the balloons later if the chocolate only comes about halfway up the sides of the balloon.

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  • 05 of 10

    Place the Balloon On the Tray

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    Gently remove the balloon from the chocolate, and set it carefully on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat until you've dipped all of your balloons, plus your extras.

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    Let the Chocolate Set

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    Let the balloons sit at room temperature until the chocolate or coating is entirely set. Once the coating is set, refrigerate the tray briefly to make the chocolate even harder—this will make it easier to remove the balloons.

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  • 07 of 10

    Loosen the Chocolate Around the Balloon

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    To get the balloons out, first press around the sides gently, breaking the seal between the balloon and the chocolate.

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  • 08 of 10

    Make A Small Snip at the Top of the Balloon

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    Hold a balloon below the knot with your fingertips, and gently cut a slit above your fingertips, so that you can control the flow of air as it escapes. Slowly release the air from the balloon, and as you do, the balloon will pull away from the sides of the bowl.

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  • 09 of 10

    Pull the Balloon from the Inside of the Chocolate Bowl

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    Gently peel the balloon away from the inside of the bowl. If it pops, peel off a portion of it still stuck to the balloon and continue gently pulling it away. If you have difficulty, let it sit and come back to it later—the balloon will often start peeling away on its own after it sits.

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    Your Chocolate Bowls Are Now Finished!

    Chocolate Bowls with Ice Cream
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    Once all your chocolate bowls have had the balloons removed, they're now ready to be used! Fill them with ice cream, mousse, whipped cream, cold dessert soup, or candies, like in this Pot of Gold recipe. Store chocolate bowls between layers of waxed paper at cool room temperature.