Valentine's Day Chocolate Balloon Bowls - How to Make Chocolate Balloon Bowls at Home!!!
Recipe type: Dessert
Valentines day is just round the corner. Chocolate balloon cups are a novel way to present your special dessert. In this video we look at making the 3 Basic Shapes of Balloon Bowl, or cups.
- 250g Compound / cooking chocolate
- Mini-size water balloons
- Melt the chocolate in your melting pot, or in a double boiler. You can also do this in a microwave by heating it for 15 seconds at a time, stirring well between each heating.
- I am using compound chocolate, or cooking chocolate which is perfect for this as it does not require tempering.
- The chocolate will melt smooth at just over 40c or 104f. Pour the chocolate into a cold bowl and stir briefly. Allow the chocolate to cool to 28c or 83f.
- While the chocolate cools, line a baking sheet with parchment, and inflate as many miniature water balloons as you require.
- By this stage the chocolate will have cooled sufficiently.
- For the first and simplest shape, dunk a balloon into the chocolate end first. Use a teaspoon to spread a small circle of chocolate on the parchment then transfer the coated balloon to this spot.
- Use the teaspoon to make a second spot. Dunk another balloon in the chocolate end first. Holding it in the chocolate, tilt the balloon north, then south, then east then west. This will result in a petal shaped cup. Transfer the balloon to its spot.
- Use the teaspoon to make a slightly elongated spot on the parchment. Dunk the third balloon in the chocolate while holding it sideways. This will give you a pear shaped bowl.
- Transfer this to its spot.
- Place the tray in your refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes to set.
- Once set, you need to deflate the balloons. The trick is to deflate them slowly otherwise the chocolate will crack. Pinch some of the balloon near the and snip a hole in the balloon above your fingers. Let the air escape slowly and pull the balloon free. Repeat this with the remaining balloons.
- You can fill you cups with anything you like. Here I am simply piping whipped cream and adding strawberries.