Chocolate Bowls - using balloons

Maddy and I decided to make chocolate bowls for dessert. There were definitely a lot of giggles... especially when I successfully covered myself and the kitchen with melted chocolate... see CAUTION below.
Maddy is becoming quite the little foodie at the age of 11. For her, it is all about the presentation. I loved that she drizzled the plate with chocolate and added the cherry as a dramatic side. Here is a photo, which she took herself, of her dessert. She makes me smile!
waxed paper
cookie sheet
1. Melt chocolate, set aside to cool slightly.
2. Blow up balloons and tie off. Use more or less air to make different sized bowls. Use water balloons to create adorable mini bowls.
3. Dip balloon into chocolate. Place onto a cookie sheet covered in waxed paper. Caution: Basic science teaches us that air expands when it is heated. If you try to cover your balloon with hot to warm chocolate it will cause the air inside the balloon to expand causing it to pop and cover you and your kitchen with chocolate. I suggest trying this at least once for the giggle factor, but rule of thumb here... DO NOT dip or drizzle bottom half of balloon in melted chocolate unless it is cooled first.
4. Allow chocolate to harden. I usually place them in the freezer for a moment.
5. Poke a small hole into the top of the balloon, allowing the air to escape slowly. If the balloon pops quickly it may cause the chocolate to collapse.
6. Gently remove balloon.
7. Fill your chocolate bowl with anything you desire! I enjoy a simple scoop of vanilla ice cream and fresh berries.


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