Leave it up to me to mess up every recipe in the world... but on the flipside, by experiencing everything that goes wrong, I end up learning the most.
I had seen these bowls from Stephanie's Kitchen, and decided it was a fantastic idea for my food independent study.
ingredients: chocolate, and balloons!
first, a giant bar of chocolate
all the way from taiwan! and it's -special- grade, whatever that means.
(i actually tried to pipe pretty lacy chocolate bowls first, but uh, that completely failed so i moved on. plus i don't like that pink fake chocolate.)
balloons! tip number one, get plain balloons. if you get ones that say "Happy Birthday!" like I did, you will end up with chocolate bowls that say "Happy Birthday!" on the inside. Not good.
tip number 2, after you have melted your chocolate in a double broiler and poured it into a bowl for dipping, let it cool before you dip your balloons. because although you are really excited to dip them and set them down like this...
five seconds later you shall hear a POP and you (as well as your kitchen) will be covered in chocolate because apparently latex doesn't like heat.
edit: thanks to a lovely comment, there is a reason that makes more sense! according to snowpeech, "I'll bet that that the air inside the balloons expanded once they were heated, making them pop" - there's a reason why i'm not a science major! thank you :)
and once chocolate hardens and cools, it is not fun to clean off! I thought, perhaps it was a fluke, so I dipped another one... but I made sure to stand far away this time, and waited... and sure enough, POP! Another splattering of chocolate. Third time was the charm, as I decided to be patient and let the chocolate cool a bit before dipping.
lots of balloons sitting and cooling on parchment paper. once the chocolate isn't shiny, the balloons are ready to be removed!
tip number 3, don't cut too big a hole. because the air will escape too fast and your bowl will collapse :(
tip number 4, cut a tiny hole and let it gradually deflate. then, you can carefully peel out the remaining balloon!
and yet another piece of advice from a commenter, Atalaya, "Also try spraying the balloons with oil so they release easier from the chocolate shells " - i'll definitely try it next time!
then you should have beautiful bowls that you can fill with delicious goodies!