Chocolate Balloon Cups

We’re going over to dinner at someone’s house tonight and bringing dessert …. so I figured it was the perfect excuse to try the super fun homemade chocolate bowls I’d seen Carol at Simply Gluten Free make.  She’s so fun, and so are these easy (but oh-so fancy looking) desserts!  By the way, her tutorial on how to make them is way more complete than mine, so go ahead and click the link over to her post if you want to try these yourself.

First off, I bought some water balloons.   It’s not often one of your key tools for a fancy dessert are balloons now is it? 

Next, take some melting chocolate — I used dark chocolate — and stick it in the microwave until it’s all runny and melted.

Then the fun begins.  Or in my case, the insanity.  If you are smart (unlike me) you will start out with a small balloon dipped and rolled all around in the chocolate.  Kinda like this.

To avoid my insanity, heed the warnings to make sure the chocolate is not too hot so your balloons covered in chocolate don’t explode all over the place.   I didn’t wait long enough, as you can see.

After about an hour of cleaning up the chocolate splatters that got all over my kitchen, the floor, the cabinets, and me (in my hair, on my face, all over my clothes) I tried again.  This time with success.  Here they are all ready to cool.

Once they are cooled, just snip the very top of the balloon and let them deflate.  

And then you fill with whatever you’d like.  I made chocolate mousse using an epicurious recipe and topped it with some homemade peppermint whipped cream and some chocolate shavings.  Delish and elegant! 


15 thoughts on “Chocolate Balloon Cups

  1. Dear Amy:
    I couldn’t help laughing. It was so much what I would have done, precisely. It always helps in life to have a mentor to guide you along the way. The cups looked fabulous, by the way. This is actually something I’d be tempted to do just because the presentation is so spectacular. I’d love to seem them filled with a peppermint mousse. Actually, filled with anything would be perfect.

  2. They look fantastic! I agree with Pat, it is good to have a guide. Blowing chocolate over everything is not that much fun to clean up. Glad you stuck with the project as they a gorgeous! I think I’ll try it with butterscotch chips.

  3. Great job Amy! Aren’t these so fun and easy? And I did exactly the same thing with the chocolate exploding all over me and the kitchen which is why I warned warm is good, hot is bad!

    That chocolate mousse and pepermint cream sounds utterly fabulous!

  4. That looks awesome. I smiled at the exploded balloons. That is something I would do 🙂

    The chocolate cups came out beautiful-what a creative way to make edible cups.

    Thanks for sharing.

  5. So glad to see it really works. I saw this on the new “Little Chocolatiers” show on TLC. They did it but the all melted and had to start over!

  6. Holy awesome! I’ve never head of using balloons in any kind of food prep – that’s so cool!!! I plan on saving this post for the day I decide to do something fancy – LOL.

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