Who could resist making a bowl made out of chocolate? and filling it with ice cream and other yummy toppings!
I’ll bet you have seen photos of chocolate bowls that are on the internet. I immediately knew I had to find a reason to make them! The perfect excuse recently came along! My daughter invited a couple of girlfriends over to celebrate her birthday. “It’s not a party!!”, is what she said, just some girlfriends hanging out, eating pizza and having ice cream in CHOCOLATE BOWLS. Hello! that sounds awesome!
I did my research… it didn’t look that hard. I started out making some bowls and then the next day I made a few more. The second day was more successful because I knew what to do and what to change to make the bowls better. I will share what I did and then at the end I will share some advice of DOs and DON’Ts.
Steps for Making Chocolate Bowls
You will need chocolate used for making candy and balloons.
Blow up the balloons to the size of a small bowl and have them ready to go before you melt your chocolate.
Melt the chocolate in the microwave. Stir it after every 20 seconds or so until it is smooth. Do not get water in the chocolate.
Here I go, about to dip the balloon!!
I gave it a spray with cooking spray first because I read that it would help unstick the balloon from the chocolate. Also,I should have used a deeper bowl to make it easier. I used a spoon to sort of cover the balloon as I turned it.
Set it on a wax papered lined cookie sheet. I put a dab of chocolate on the tray before setting the balloon down to make a stronger base. Let it set in the fridge (and then dip it in chocolate again –which I did NOT do with my first attempt!) It doesn’t take that long to set, I would allow about 1/2 an hour or so.
I put some sprinkles around the edges on this one. I know, I am getting fancy!
Once the bowls are set, put a small hole in the top and let them deflate. Give it a bit of time and then you can gently help pull the balloon away.This was the hard part because I put a few holes in the bowls by doing this (Seriously, if you are a more patient person than me this could be helpful because I think over time the balloon would just come unstuck and that might be the best way). Some of the balloons came away with no problems and a few got holes in them. I believe the light marks on the inside of the chocolate bowls may have been caused from the cooking spray.( my guess, but I am not certain).
So, a few bowls had holes! I just filled them in with extra melted chocolate by pouring or spreading it on and letting it reset.This worked fine but it was hard to keep a smooth look inside the bowl, but it still tasted the same.
Now let me tell you about my 2nd attempt. For these bowls I made them smaller and I dipped them more than once and I did not spray them with cooking spray. They turned out much better. There were no marks on the inside of the bowls and the balloons came away much easier.
***MY ADVICE WHEN MAKING CHOCOLATE BOWLS***
- Make the bowls small
- Dip the bowls in the chocolate more than once to make them thicker and less likely for holes and cracks.
- I read that you should not use chocolate chips because they are not strong enough when they are melted.
- I read to spray the balloons with Cooking Spray but I think it left streaks inside the bowl. On my 2nd attempt I forgot to use the spray and the chocolate looked much smoother.
- Make a few extra bowls in case some don’t work.
Do you have any other questions? Just let me know and I will try to help! I used lots of sources when I was figuring out how to make the bowls. It really isn’t that hard, its just a matter of finding out what works. I did use this site as a resource; http://www.chocoley.com/recipes/artistic/chocolate_bowls.htm It was a good source of advice.
Now onto the party! My daughter had some girlfriends over and they made their own Ice Cream Sundaes in the Chocolate Bowls.
Here are the bowls all lined up and ready! May I just say, my daughter chose the bowls from the first batch that I made because they were BIGGER and would hold more ice cream! They were not as perfect looking as my 2nd batch, but she did not care.
Now that I have perfected how to make these bowls, I would certainly make them again. Sometimes you have to just get in there and try something for yourself to really see how to do it!
Chocolate and my daughter seem to be an ongoing theme! Last year I threw her a Chocolate Extravaganza Party that you can read about here! I share our party ideas and the Chocolate Dipped Marshmallow treats that the guests made.
My daughter and her friends really loved the chocolate bowls. When the friends say “you are a cool Mom”, then you know you were successful!