Monday, April 16, 2012

Balloon Chocolate Ice Cream Bowls

People come up with the darndest things, don’t you think? When I saw these, I knew I had to make them. Not just because they look incredibly delicious but also because they’re fun! You know that feeling you get when you get to pop the bubble packaging, or when you hear a balloon go POP! It’s just exciting, albeit slightly annoying to your fiancé and friends. You get butterflies in your tummy when you hear the pop even though you know the noise is coming. You don’t? Maybe it’s just the kid in me.

Anyways, when I saw these chocolate ice cream bowls that you make by dipping balloons in chocolate, the kid in me HAD to try them. Not to mention that after making chocolate ice cream bowls, you then HAVE to make an ice cream Sunday which then must be eaten immediately, because chocolate bowls melt and who would want that kind of a mess, right? That’s what I thought.

I found these on pinterest. If you haven’t heard of pinterest yet, you must be living under a rock. It’s this amazingly addictive site where people “pin” all these wonderful, crafty ideas that they find on the internet. These chocolate ice cream bowls are one of those wonderful ideas. They’re easy, fun, delicious and you must go make one yourself right now. Here’s how:

Chocolate Ice Cream Bowls
Water Balloons
Melting Chocolate (I used Hershey's Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips)
Canola Oil 
Wax Paper

Blow up water balloons so that they're slightly bigger than the size of a fist. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper. 

Pour your chocolate into a microwave safe bowl and microwave 1-2 minutes until the chocolate is melted. Add about 1-2 tablespoons of canola oil, enough that the chocolate  pours smoothly off of a spoon. Dip the bottom half of the balloons into the chocolate several times until the bottom of the balloon has a fairly thick covering. Set the balloons onto the wax paper. Once all of your balloons have a thick covering of chocolate, put the cookie sheet in the refrigerator to harden. (They only need about 30 minutes). 

Once your chocolate has hardened around the balloons, take them out of the refrigerator and pop each balloon. Peel the ballon out from the inside of the chocolate bowl. You'll have to do this quickly as the chocolate will start to melt from the heat of your hand. Fill each chocolate bowl with your favorite ice cream and top with your favorite toppings! 


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