Chocolate Dessert Bowls

I’m sharing my spring brunch Chocolate Dessert Bowls as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. #TargetCrowd

Chocolate Balloon Bowls with Fresh Fruit  | thegunnysack.com

Spring, oh glorious spring! The weather we’ve been waiting for all though the long, cold winter has finally arrived. During the past week, we met friends at the park, played tennis a couple of times and went for several walks. My kids have spent more time outside, than in the house. We are enjoying every minute of it! Along with the nice weather comes fun spring celebrations. Today, I am excited to show you how to make chocolate dessert bowls filled with fresh fruit that would perfect for serving at a spring brunch.

How To Make Chocolate Dipped Balloon Bowls | thegunnysack.com

I saw this Behind the Pin: #Adorabowl video from Target and knew I had to try to make the chocolate bowls. I found all of the ingredients at Target Grocery. I shop at Target at least once a week because I love how easy it is to get everything I need in one place and I like knowing that I am getting a great value.

Wash Balloons | thegunnysack.com

To make the chocolate dessert bowls, first wash and dry the Spritz balloons. I tried making the chocolate bowls with both water balloons and regular balloons. I found that the regular balloons worked better for me because they were easier to remove from hardened chocolate.

Balloon for Chocolate Bowls | thegunnysack.com

Blow up 12 balloons (or as many as you want), making sure they fit into the bowl you will be dipping them in. To make the balloons rounder on the bottom, I first blew them up so that they were large and then slowly let the air out until they were the size I wanted them to be. I squished and squeezed the air around, to help shape the balloons, before tying the top.

CandiQuik Chocolate Bowls | thegunnysack.com

Next, melt the chocolate CandiQuik in a small bowl. Melt as much chocolate as will fit into the bowl and melt more as needed. I found this super cute dip bowl at Target and since it is microwave safe, I used it for melting the chocolate and dipping the balloons.

Greased Balloons | thegunnysack.com

Spray the bottom of a balloon with a little cooking spray. This step is optional, but I found that it was easier to remove the balloons once the chocolate hardened. One thing I noticed is that the cooking spray left small spots in the bottom of the chocolate bowls (see picture below). Since the bowls are filled with fruit, it didn’t matter to me, but I wanted to give you a heads up.

Chocolate Dot | thegunnysack.com

Use the back of a spoon to make small circles of chocolate on a piece of parchment paper. This will help form the base of the chocolate bowls.

Chocolate Dipped Balloon Bowls | thegunnysack.com

Dip the balloons in the melted chocolate and set them on the chocolate circles on the parchment paper.

Chocolate Dessert Bowls | thegunnysack.com

Allow the chocolate to harden for at least one hour. Then, melt more chocolate and re-dip the balloons. Re-dipping the balloons helped to make the chocolate bowls more sturdy and less likely to break.

Pop Balloons | thegunnysack.com

Allow the chocolate to harden for at least one hour. Then, s-l-o-w-l-y let some of the air out of the balloons. Start by pulling up on the knot, use a pin to poke a hole near the knot and let some of the air out of the balloon. If you pop the balloon quickly, some of the chocolate bowls may break.

Chocolate Cups | thegunnysack.com

With the balloon slightly deflated, carefully pull the balloon away from the chocolate bowl. Remove more air if needed and then completely remove the balloon.

Chocolate Fruit Bowls | thegunnysack.com

(Here you can see the spots from the cooking spray in some of the chocolate bowls.)

Put the chocolate bowls on a tray. I found this pretty serving tray at Target. It is perfect for spring and Target is the perfect place for picking up everything you need for spring entertaining.

Strawberries | thegunnysack.com

Fruit is an essential ingredient for so many spring brunch ideas from main dishes to desserts. It is ideal for filling the chocolate bowls. The bright colors look pretty on display and the chocolate tastes great with both the strawberries and the blueberries. Once the chocolate bowls are ready to be filled, wash the strawberries and blueberries. Then, slice the larger strawberries into smaller pieces.

Chocolate Fruit Salad Bowls | thegunnysack.com

Fill the bowls with the blueberries and strawberries.

Chocolate Balloon Bowls with Fresh Fruit | thegunnysack.com

Before serving, top the fruit with Market Pantry Whipped Cream. I am delighted with how these chocolate bowls turned out. I made a double batch of these mini fruit bowls and we shared them at a spring celebration last weekend. Everyone loved them, from the little kids to adults, and I even noticed several people go back for a second chocolate dessert bowl filled with fruit! The red, white and blue in this dessert, would make these perfect for 4th of July as well.

Chocolate Dessert Bowls
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • Chocolate CandiQuik
  • Spritz Balloons
  • Cooking spray
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Market Pantry Whipped Cream
Instructions
  1. Wash and dry the balloons.
  2. Blow up 12 Sprtiz balloons so that they will fit into the dipping bowl.
  3. Melt the chocolate CandiQuik in a small dipping bowl.
  4. Spray the bottom of a balloon with a little cooking spray.
  5. Use the back of a spoon to make a small circle of chocolate on a piece of parchment paper.
  6. Dip the balloons in the melted chocolate and set them on the chocolate circles on the parchment paper.
  7. Allow the chocolate to harden for at least one hour.
  8. Melt more chocolate CandiQuik and re-dip the chocolate bowls.
  9. Allow the chocolate to harden for at least one hour.
  10. S-l-o-w-l-y let some of the air out of the balloons.
  11. Carefully pull the balloon away from the chocolate bowl.
  12. Wash the strawberries and blueberries. Slice the larger strawberries into smaller pieces.
  13. Fill the chocolate bowls with the blueberries and strawberries.
  14. Before serving, top the fruit with Market Pantry Whipped Cream.

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Comments

  1. Sherrie D. says

    These are the best chocolate bowls made that I have seen. You did an amazing job. Can’t wait to
    Try after seeing yours.

  2. Debra Poulsen says

    I have made these in the past, putting green dyed coconut and candy eggs so they looked like nests. I wish I would have sprayed them with cooking spray, some of the balloons stuck to the chocolate. Do you think if I fill them with cheesecake filling they will hold up?

    • says

      They should hold up as long as your chocolate bowls are thick enough. I would wait as long as possible to fill them so that the cheesecake filling doesn’t start to react to the chocolate and make it get mushy.

  3. Crystal says

    Hi there just wondering if you think these need to be refrigerated if I make them the day ahead? Also I have Wilton candy melts in hand, will these work and not require tempering?

  4. Alicia says

    Hi tonia,

    I tried this with the water balloons and baking chocolate with some colourants to make it orange. As soon as i dip it in the chocolate, the balloon pops… 😒 Any advice on what im doing wrong?

    • says

      Hi Alicia! I have a couple of suggestions. Try cooling the baking chocolate for a while so that it isn’t so hot. And as I mentioned, I tried both water balloons and regular balloons and found that the regular ones worked better for me. I’m guessing they would be less likely to pop too, because they are stronger and thicker. Best of luck! ~Tonia

  5. says

    Thanks for sharing!!!
    Chocolate and berries is the best combination and these little bowls are so cute! Thanks for the tutorial. I never would have thought to use balloons to make the bowls!

  6. Shannon says

    I love this idea. Would it work if I just used regular melted chocolate chips? Or is there something special about the chocolate candiquik?

    • Tonia says

      Hi Shannon,
      Yes, you can use regular melted chocolate chips. I have not tried that method but have seen others do it. You will need to temper the chocolate and possibly add shortening to the chocolate chips. Also, be sure to let the chocolate cool a little before dipping so that the balloons don’t pop.
      Candiquik works great because it melts easily, does not need to be tempered and results in a smooth finished bowl.
      Best of luck,
      Tonia

    • Tonia says

      Greetings from America! I believe the Australian equivalent to Candiquik is called compound chocolate buttons or candy melts. Best of luck! ~Tonia

    • Erica says

      Most chocolate shops or baker’s supply stores (and some grocery stores) have melting chocolate of different forms, and these should work just fine. (and in my opinion are better than candiquick because the chocolate tends to be fresher)

  7. says

    These are so cute! I love the way they have a little base on the bottom. I thought you poured them into a mold or something, but it’s impressive how that happens on its own. Great party trick, Tonia! 🙂

  8. says

    I’m gonna say it again – these are awesome and tons of fun! When I saw the pic on FB, I thought you actually dipped a bowl somehow, but I love the actual method…that base is so cool. I am totally making these and filling ’em high w/ fruit and berries. And YES to target! 🙂

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