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Pudding Cauldrons

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These little cauldrons are perfect for serving pudding out of to make the occasion a little more magic. These work well for Halloween or any other magical occasion (Harry Potter related things). And they are easy to make.
 
 
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Step 1: Supplies

-Chocolate or candy melts of your choice (For mine I used Wilton Midnight Black candy melts as they were closer to a cauldron's color than brown)
-Balloons
-Vanilla instant pudding mix
-Milk
-Green (or whatever color you want your potion to be) food coloring
-Pretzels
-Cookie sheet
-Wax paper or a silicon baking sheet
thehbird6 months ago

cool

poofrabbit12 months ago
These are super cute!
your handles are upside down...
Tiktaky2 years ago
As as Aussie I have never heard of some of these products.
Candy-melts for example, Is it chocolate, or lollies? In Australia Candies are hard boiled lollies, but Candymelts look like chocolates XD

also, In the picture you have Jell-O, But you called it pudding, Pudding is a cake where I am from, And Jelly is cordial gelatin...Are you making vanilla junket?

Sorry for being a complete idiot, I'm new to international recipes.
ImJevin (author)  Tiktaky2 years ago
Candy melts are basically chocolate, but not actually chocolate. I don't know how to describe it. They are used for candies because it is easy to dip things in and it hardens pretty quickly.

Jell-O is just a brand of the pudding. They got the name from their gelatin desserts. But pudding here is sort of like a custard.

It's totally cool, I would be totally lost too if I was in your boat. I didn't know what vanilla junket was for example, so I had to look it up.

I hope I helped!
Tiktaky ImJevin2 years ago
That makes sense, though in Australia Custard is running like cream, so I'm still a bit confused, But from other Jello-O recepies that I googled it seems like a mix between junket and Panna Cotta.
I think I'll just play it safe and buy my ingredients as imports. I've seen Candy-melts and American Pudding in lots of other recipes that I'm keen to try, So I think it's worth buying the correct products.

Thanks :)
jsadams033 years ago
It might really help if you use water balloons. I made some parafin wax molds using this method and they never poopped once with the water balloons. I think wax has to get a lot hotter to melt as well... The only problem with that may be they might roll away or the weight might warp the shape of the cauldron.
Algag jsadams033 years ago
you spelled popped wrong :p tehe
Nelyan3 years ago
I'd add this: use somekind of soft licorice or candy-strings/ribbons of your liking dipped in the melted candy/chocolate and hang them the same way like the pretzel-handles are "glued".
This will make the top edge a little more firmer from breaking apart.

Also, great idea! :)
Nelyan Nelyan3 years ago
Oh, and if you happen to like the idea of licorice, (or if you even happen to like licorice) this is what I would use (this is from Finland) http://www.verkkoapteekki.fi/images/snore_laku.jpg , there's also red version of this. The picture is to define what kind of candystring I meant. :)
Musubii3 years ago
Super cute! :D
panks3 years ago
Brilliant!
One thing you can do to make removing / deflating the balloons easier is to put a piece of scotch tape on them, up near where you tied them off. When you're ready to deflate, use a pin to poke a hole through the taped portion. The tape will keep the balloon from popping.

Awesome project, all in all. I think I'll have to try these next Halloween.
ImJevin (author)  Chloramphenicol3 years ago
That does work very well. I didn't need to do that with these balloons though because I didn't make them very big so the rubber at the top was already very thick so they didn't pop.

And thank you very much.
Zarhail3 years ago
It might be useful, to use normal ballons, but to fill them with a bit of water, to prevent them from bursting when heated in whatever dip one may be using, althjough this might be a little late.
It ballons are filled partly with water, it is even possible, to put them over an open flame, so this would probably work here too, especiallt considering that if the air is released slowly, one is probably able, to pry them out, before the water starts leaking out.
ImJevin (author)  Zarhail3 years ago
I could see how would work, but you would have to be very careful getting the water out. Thanks for the suggestion. :)
krysteanuh3 years ago
This is genius! I've really never seen anything like this.
I am definitely going to try this out. Thanks for the the 'ible! :D
ImJevin (author)  krysteanuh3 years ago
Thank you!
Great idea! I'm definitely going to try this for next year's Halloween bash.
ImJevin (author)  starshipminivan3 years ago
Thanks! I hope they turn out well for you. :)
Batness3 years ago
This is a great idea! I've seen similar instructions on another site, and for the LIFE OF ME could NOT do them. Of course, that site recommended using WATER balloons.

DO NOT be like me and try water balloons; they are made to be thinner than normal balloons and burst SO easily that even lukewarm candy or chocolate makes them burst. I tried this months ago and I'm still trying to reach the chocolate that exploded onto my ceiling.
ImJevin (author)  Batness3 years ago
I thought about water balloons but luckily the thought process of them being thinner came into my mind (and I didn't want to search for them in Walmart).

That one explosion of mine was probably the most terrifying part of my Halloween. A week later I noticed there was still candy on my kitchen ceiling.
karossii3 years ago
Very creative, great idea! something you might look into in the future is the possibility spraying the balloons with cooking spray (like PAM) before dipping. I'm not sure how well it might work, but it could make the deflation/ removal smoother and easier...
ImJevin (author)  karossii3 years ago
Thank you! I considered spraying the balloons before dipping but with everything else going on around me it completely slipped my mind. I am definitely going to spray them next time.
Batness ImJevin3 years ago
It also might be a problem if you're using real chocolate; moisture is a no-no, but oil might be okay. Not entirely sure.
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