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Pot of Gold

I've been wanting to make chocolate bowls for quite awhile. What better excuse than St. Patrick's day?
 Blow up a balloon to the desired size; in my case, 2 1/2" in diameter. It's about as small as you can blow a balloon. Obviously, if you have dessert eaters with hearty appetites, blow more and go bigger. Spray the balloon with Pam. Melt a cup of candy melts or chocolate chips for about 1 1/2 minutes in the microwave. We want it just melted, not boiling hot. Dunk the balloon into the chocolate.
Pull the balloon out of the chocolate and let it drip for a few seconds then place it on some parchment or waxed paper. Hold it for a few minutes until the chocolate sets a bit and the balloon stands upright by itself. Place it in the refrigerator until completely set.

Cut a tiny hole in the top of the balloon and let the air slowly escape. Carefully pull the balloon out of the  chocolate shell. The chocolate, especially near the top may crack. You can repair small cracks with more melted chocolate. I suggest making extra shells to allow for mistakes. 
 If the top is ragged, place a piece of parchment or waxed paper in a skillet over a hot burner. Rest the open end of the bowl on the paper for a few seconds until the top has melted and evened out.
What good is a pot if you don't have some gold? I found some gold pearl dust at a kitchen speciality shop. (Sur le Table) It's available online too.
I put two scoops of pistachio ice cream (mint chocolate chip would do as well) into my bowl then, with a paint brush, added some of the gold dust.  You can make these bowls a day or two ahead and freeze them.

Serve with rainbow cookies. The directions are here.

Erin Go Bragh!

77 comments:

NanaDiana said...

Gail-What a cute idea. Love it..I have never made them and would love to give it a try. The link to the rainbow cookies doesn't work though...it doesn't go anywhere...just thought you might want to know~ thanks for the tutorial...Hugs- Diana

RACHELLE said...

love the "green" idea! my kids will freak if i make these with them!

thankyou!

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To Sew With Love said...

what a great and yummy idea! ^^)

Katie said...

So, this project blew my mind a little. Great job, this is so creative!

Maggie said...

What a fabulous idea! My kids would love this.

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

That is so cute! love it!

Gail said...

Thanks Nana-Diana. I fixed the link.

Wendi said...

YUMMO! I want one :)
what a GREAT idea!
I found you on I <3 Naptime.
Thanks for posting!
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Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

Love this. Such a great idea with so many options for filling. ~~Sherry~~

TheCraftInMe said...

That looks so good and so easy! Thanks for sharing!

Amanda Kuzak said...

How cool is this! Thanks for linking up to Sister Sister, now I am going to imagine all of the things I can put into a chocolate bowl, yum!

Shannon said...

I am so doing this! The balloon is genius! I think I'll fill mine ... with chocolate ;)

maryann said...

SOOOOOOOOOOOO clever!! Thanks!

Erin Go Bragh!!

Wax Beach Artist said...

Yum!

Janiece said...

cute!

Peggy said...

Aren't these great! I used to make them all the time (before children) and fill them with chocolate mousse and top w/ strawberries fans. It made for a really romantic dessert. A couple of years ago we made chocolate bags for a youth group valentine's dinner. They were placed on the table with strawberries spilling out. The kids loved them!

Erin said...

So cool! I tried to do this years ago and the balloons popped and chocolate went everywhere. I haven't tried again since =o)

Julie said...

Oh my kids would love this! Thanks for sharing I can't wait to try it :)

The Farm Girl at The Farm Girl Recipes

creativejewishmom.com said...

wow! love that idea with the balloons! thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday, great to see you!

Shelly said...

YUM!!! This looks like so much fun!! Thanks for this idea!

Angie said...

That is so much fun!!!!!!
Thanks!

Becca said...

Yum. I want to make this right now!

ferrellgraph-x said...

Oh, awesome! I will totally have to try this! Thanks.
Kind regards,
Jennifer

Melinda said...

Oh my gosh! How simple and cute! I want to make one now!

Wendy said...

Yummy!!!

Jocelyn Christensen said...

Oh my word, this is awesome!

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I linked up at Tip Junkie Today too! :) - Jocelyn

Kelly @livingcraftilyeverafter said...

I had to laugh at the comment above from Erin- I had the same problem! It looked liked I murdered a chocolate monster or something! I am still finding chocolate splatter in my kitchen and my mishap happened months ago! LOL

Found you through Sugar Bee!

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Cowie Kaunweigh said...

LOVE IT !!!

Fazemos de Conta said...

What a great and delicious idea!
Love it!
Lúcia

Gail said...

My sympathies are with you girls who experienced chocolate pot disasters. I'm a total slob especially in the kitchen and I was able to make about 12 of these without a hitch. Try,try, try once more.

Ashley Sinatra said...

Yummy! I love the creativity of it!

Ashley
www.TheThriftyWife.com

Sachiko said...

That looks so yummy! You always have such fun ideas!

Bella said...

Oh my gosh, you are killing me. This is so cute. How can you keep coming up with such cool ideas,,, this looks like soooooo much fun!!!

I'm featuring it on my facebook page, lol, you are awesome Gail!!!

Hugs,

Bella :)

Catherine said...

What an awesome idea! I love the complete dessert with the rainbow cookies. Perfect!

Jenn Erickson said...

Awesome, artful, and perfect tutorial for making a chocolate bowl...and I love the way you customized it with the green ice cream and gold dust for St. Patty's!

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Kelley said...

What fun! Thanks for sharing.

Mamaof3Cuties said...

Awesome idea!! im a new follower!!!!!

Sarah said...

You made me crave ice cream... at 11:30 in the morning! This looks awesome!

I am a new follower from Chic on a Shoestring, I would love if you could stop by www.mooseandtater.com

CM said...

Cute result! Slightly concerned about using non-food rated balloon against warm chocolate, so I would grease up the bottom of a tiny prep bowl or thick glass. Glass would be reuseable, no plastic waste.

Gail said...

While I love your concern about the foodworthiness (is that a word?) of the balloon, I think you may be a little too concerned, after all, it is made for us to put in our mouths to blow up. In any case, I sprayed the balloon with Pam so that is what came in contact with the chocolate.

I would be very interested to see if your suggestion of using a bowl or glass would work. If you greased it up enough, I'm wondering if the chocolate would cling to the surface or just pool off. If you didn't grease it enough, the chocolate would cling too well and the glass wouldn't slip out.

Megan said...

I've never seen anything like this before. What a great idea!

megan
craftycpa.blogspot.com

Katrina said...

I have been wanting to make them too... what a great idea. I think I have a new plan for St. Patty's day! I think I will fill mine with gold coins tho :)

Mary said...

I love your project and I've featured it on "My Top Ten Fav Picks" at Boogieboard Cottage. Thank you for sharing it! Mary :O)

shannon i olson said...

well that is just fun! I made an edible cookie bowl so I am thinking it needs a chocolate liner!!!

Mary Ellen said...

Love this idea and am showing it off on my Discovering Beauty this week post. Thank you!

crazy for chocolate said...

All I can say is "WOW!" and I am going to try this one for sure!!!

Victoria said...

What a great idea! My boys and hubby would love this!

AllieMakes! said...

That is AWESOME! How cool are you!?!?
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

Fazemos de Conta said...

Hi dear, this is amazing and delicious!! My God!! I love it :)
Bye
Lúcia

malia said...

GENIUS! Lovely idea and the sparkly gold makes it extra fab. xoxo Malia

Huggs and Kisses xo said...

This looks so yummy. I'm a follower now...and just so happened I was your 1000th follower! Yeah to you. I loved this idea so much that I showcased it on my blog and linked it back to your blog. Thanks so much for sharing and can't wait to try it!

Naturally Me Creations said...

What an interesting idea on how to make a chocolate bowl! :)

Nancy Ward said...

Hi!

Wanted you to know I posted a link to this recipe today on my blog.

Nancy Ward
PaperFriendly
http://www.nancywardcrafts.com

HOMEmomMADE said...

yeah I just want the bowl, lol

great idea that could work great for bday parties or mommy time.

Feel free to stop by and link up to my Make & Share 1st edition Fridays if you like.

~ Christy

CM said...

To follow up on using glass, I found these instructions which involve shot glasses: http://www.ehow.com/how_5084100_make-chocolate-shot-glasses.html

I just tried a smooth frozen jar from the freezer. Turned it upside down (without oiling) and daubed on melted dipping chocolate with a knife. It hardened and slid off easily. I planned to pour lukewarm water inside the jar to help pop off the chocolate, but that wasn't necessary.

Thanks for the initial inspiration!

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