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Chocolate Bowl

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This is something I make on special occasions for my wife. My wife likes chocolate like representatives like their earmarks. Really this is fairly easy, there is only one thing (other than general cooking caution) that I must warn you about. That is, when you think the chocolate is cool enough to form let it cool more. This instructable uses a balloon to form the bowl, needless to say balloons do not like hot chocolate, at all. The first time I tried this, I rushed home to get everything done before my wife got home. I dipped the balloon in the chocolate to coat it and it instantaneously popped. That's when I found out chocolate loves to fly. I had chocolate over the counter, back splash, floor and my shirt. OK, so I changed my clothes waited a bit for it to cool and tried again. POP. At least this time it took a little longer the balloon was almost coated, so a lot more chocolate made the leap. To make a long story short (too late) cool to the touch but still semi liquid is better.
 
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Step 2: Set up your double boiler to melt the chocolate

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There are other ways to melt chocolate but this works pretty well. I just heard of using a heating pad and a metal bowl, but I can't personally recommend that, I've never tried it.

Step 3: Get ready to form

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Once it is good and melted pour it into a bowl. I find a rounded one works best. Oh yeah, you might want to blow up the balloons somewhere in these steps.
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CrayfishYAY made it!5 months ago

I did this a while back. When I lived in Morris.

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Would the bowl be too fragile or thin?
ewfw (author)  GentzKris1212 months ago
No, it holds up very nicely.
raljabali3 years ago
can you give me an idea of a strabari puding or yougert i can put in it
<3
mahdifargai3 years ago
Thanks for the great directions! I used this to make bowls for the chocolate moose we had for dessert this Thanksgiving. I even added white chocolate swirls to some of them. It was a big hit.
ewfw (author)  mahdifargai3 years ago
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I have tried to carry on the mantle from my mom who cooked for days to be ready for it. I am glad to have been a little part of your celebration.
SweetCali405 years ago
Instead of 'Popping' the balloon you can also pinch it where you tied it (the part that is not taught) and prick a small hole with a needle and slowly let the air out... I want to do this with white & brown chocolate and add some crystalized sugar.. make it all sparkly like diamonds!
You should make an instructable out of that. Call it, "How to Make a Sample of Heaven". Your idea is the AWESOME!!!
Nova_Logic5 years ago
HELL TO DA YEAH, now to found someway to combine this with a Tres Leche cake and im golden. or i can make the cake and this bowl separately, any suggestions anyone? i want to make this for my gf
The 1st choice.
LemonLily5 years ago
This is really cool! Seems likeyou have a lot of fun making them. Do we have to clean the balloons? Or is there a way to reuse them? We want to be green too, right?
ewfw (author)  LemonLily5 years ago
Thank you, Yes I washed the balloons. There is a way reuse them, you can untie the knot and let the air out. Hey, that would make this a green Instructable. Funny how many times we just need an extra step to be greener.
xd12c ewfw4 years ago
Or you could clamp them shut instead of knotting them
GENIUS!! :D
ScubaJanet4 years ago
Dude, I laughed out loud when I read this. You captured perfectly what happened to me the first time I tried to make chocolate bowls from a Martha Stewart recipe. The recipe did not state to cool the chocolate. It was everywhere! Like an explosive. On the ceiling, into the dining room, and on the slider doors to go outside. I had never seen anything like it.  I will try it again, your way, to make an Easter treat for my friends.  Thanks for the laugh and reminder of a crazy day!
Now I know that that part was fun! But I bet it was Hell when you had to clean it up. 8l
kingbidois4 years ago
That's primo, I'll be giving this a shot for my girlfriend birthday.

Just a side thought though, what about putting some not-very-sticky tape around the balloon where the top of the bowl would be and before setting them, peel the tape off to give it a clean lip?
KottonKandy4 years ago
That is SOOO cool! I cant wait to do this for my mom. . . .and myself! Very creative, and TOTALLY cool! A+ !
wurft5 years ago
doesn't it taste like rubber?
ewfw (author)  wurft5 years ago
Nope not at all.
bcclear105 years ago
i would love to take a bite out of that right about....NOW:-)
LemonLily5 years ago
What if the chocolate slips off the balloon?
ewfw (author)  LemonLily5 years ago
Not a problem if you let the chocolate cool enough before you dip it and promptly put it in the refrigerator after dipping.
hzleyes475 years ago
That looks so cool !! I'm going to try that for my mothers birthday. She loves chocolate alot.
finfan75 years ago
might be fun to use some white chocolate to make an interesting design on the balloon and hit it with cooling spray before doing the dip. That way you end up with a white chocolate design on the inside of the bowl.
ewfw (author)  finfan75 years ago
Possibly you could drizzle white chocolate on the bowl right after it is dipped.
finfan7 ewfw5 years ago
You could do the same thing to the base after it's poured. I really need to go get some balloons.
does the chocolate bowl taste like rubber balloon?
ewfw (author)  nevarxxxraven5 years ago
Not at all.
KentonLee255 years ago
maybe you should fill the balloons with cold water.....
Setting down a water-filled balloon greatly distorts the nice bowl shape.
true.........
Nice idea though... :-)
Fayce5 years ago
That is beautiful! I'm so gonna do that for my wife! You just made every man's wife a happy one. Well, those that eat chocolate anyway...lol
ewfw (author)  Fayce5 years ago
That is just about all of them isn't it?
ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!!! hank you so much xxx
my boyfriends in culinary school and he's making dinner for me this weekend...thanks for giving me an idea to one up him with ;p I'm going to make strawberry sorbet to fill it with and slice up fresh ones to go ontop maybe garnish with some mint...should be really pretty and tastey...MWAHAHAHAHAAA.....
Goz5 years ago
Yes, cooling is important if you don't want to clean chocolate from corner, floor,ceiling and one giggly girlfriend !
calicos5 years ago
This is so coool and I loved the humor in it! I was thinking that if I used a long skinny balloon and blew it up part way, it would make an excellent 'boat' for banana splits! I'm gonna try this but I will be very sensitive to the temp of the chocolate. Thanks for great and funny Instructable -- I love this website!!!
ewfw (author)  calicos5 years ago
Great idea, i thought of using a long balloon and making this in a champagne flute shape.
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