July 06, 2011

How to Make an Edible Chocolate Bowl

by Barry C. Dobil Jr.


Summer is upon us, and everyone is celebrating something, from dad to grads, new babies to newlyweds. 'Tis the season for entertaining, and if you are scratching your head trying to figure out what unique dessert you can wow your friends and family with...look no further.

The chocolate bowl is perfect for holding an array of different contents, like your favorite ice cream or fresh berries and cream. The only thing more fun than eating the bowl is making them. Read on to see how my father came up with the ingenious process all on his own for using water balloons to make a whole slew of chocolate bowls for your next party.

Things you will need (makes approximately 12 chocolate bowls):
• 3 lbs of milk or dark chocolate
• 12 water balloons
• Double boiler
• Mixing Bowl (optional)

1) Blow up water balloons approximately 4 inches in diameter. I would play it safe and make more than you need, in case one breaks.

2) Temper chocolate by following our chocolate tempering steps here.

3) Dip the balloons in tempered chocolate and place on wax or parchment paper.

4) Set chocolate in cool/dry environment.

5) Pop balloons and remove balloon debris. Be very careful not to break the bowl. The chocolate is very fragile.

6) Fill with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and top off with fresh strawberries and blueberries.