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How to Make Chocolate Bowls

Chocolate cups!  Chocolate-orange mousse!  Strawberries!  It all adds up to an amazing dessert that will impress your friends and family – yet they’ll never have to know how crazy easy it was to throw together. If you’ve ever wondered how to make a chocolate bowl, follow the steps below for your next dinner party (or just on a rainy afternoon with your kids)!


How to make a Chocolate Bowl

* A good quality semi-sweet chocolate
* Balloons, on the smaller side with no writing

Melt chocolate, either in a double boiler or in the microwave. LET IT COOL. Seriously, this step can’t be overlooked, or your balloons will explode all over your kitchen! Let it cool, and when you think it’s cool enough, let it cool some more. It should be warm but no more than that. Then…dip the bottom of your balloon in the chocolate, as high as you’d like your cups to be.


Now, just sit back and let them harden. This will take a while, and you can tell they’re hard enough when they’re no longer shiny. I let mine sit for a couple of hours, although you could speed this up by putting them in the fridge. When it’s time, take a pin and prick the balloons at the top; you don’t want them to pop, you just want to slowly let the air out. The air will come out and the balloons will release from the chocolate.


That’s it! Now you know how to make a chocolate bowl! Just fill them and serve!

Again, you can fill them with just about anything you can come up with. We love this chocolate-orange mousse, so if you’re lacking imagination at the moment, by all means use this recipe. I like to top it with a bit of orange zest for color and serve with a fanned strawberry or two on the side – the strawberry flavor is great with the mousse.

Chocolate-Orange Mousse (serve in chocolate bowls)

* 1 cup heavy cream
* 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
* 3/4 cup sugar
* 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
* 1 tablespoon orange zest, grated

In a medium bowl with electric mixer on high speed, beat cream to stiff peaks; set aside. In another bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar together on medium speed until smooth. With the mixer on low speed, beat in cocoa powder and orange zest. Gently beat in half the whipped cream. Remove mixer and fold in remaining whipped cream by hand. Using a plastic bag, pipe mousse into chocolate cups, garnish with orange zest and strawberries, and listen to the oooh’s and aaah’s from your adoring fans!

You can also see my guest post for this recipe at bellalimento.

Like the chocolate bowls?  Serve them as the dessert to my braided salmon and you’ve got one impressive – but easy – dinner for guests!
Kristy Bernardo
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Monday 16th of November 2015

the chocolate bowls tasted delicious. i found a way to spend time with my g-ma. thank you

Kristy Bernardo

Monday 16th of November 2015

That is wonderful, I'm so glad!

Francesca S.

Thursday 1st of December 2011

Oh wow!!!! What a great idea!! I never in my life would have thought that balloons could be used for that! Really impressive!!! Oh my kids are going to love this; can't wait to get in the kitchen. Thanks!!


Sunday 15th of May 2011

Do they have a laytex taste?? Just curious... 


Monday 16th of May 2011

Hi Amy! Definitely not...I wouldn't want to eat anything that tastes like latex! It just tastes like yummy chocolate :-)


Friday 11th of February 2011

This is the cutest!!! Love it!!


Tuesday 11th of January 2011

Will these chocolate bowls keep in the deep freezer? Do they need to be wrapped up?


Wednesday 12th of January 2011

I've never tried to keep them in the freezer so I'm not certain about that. I would definitely wrap them if you try it, though. I'm making them at a kids cooking class I'm teaching next week; I'll try it then and update you!