Make Chocolate Jack-O-Lantern Bowls using a plastic bowl as a mold instead of a balloon. These cute pumpkin bowls can be filled with delicious no-churn orange ice cream or your favorite Halloween candy.
Last year, I showed you how to make Chocolate Jack Skellington Bowls using a balloon. You dip the balloon in white chocolate, allow the candy to harden, then pop and remove the balloon. This technique makes really wonderfully shaped chocolate bowls but many of you have expressed concerns about latex allergies so I've come up with a few other ways to make homemade chocolate bowls.
I've already shown you how to use a half-sphere silicone mold to make Chocolate Sprinkle Bowls, silicone shot glass molds to make Chocolate Heart Cups, Zombie Candy Cups, and Frankenstein Candy Cups, as well as, plastic cups to make Chocolate Turkey Cups.
For this project, I still wanted a bowl shape, as opposed to a cup shape, but I wanted something taller than the bowl that was created using the silicone mold.
Pumpkin Candy Bowls
It's a challenge finding a mold that makes a taller chocolate bowl, but when I spotted some nicely shaped plastic bowls at the dollar store I knew they would be perfect.
When you are looking for plastic bowls to make these chocolate pumpkins be sure to find some that curve out slightly at the top edge. That will make the chocolate much easier to remove. You want a smooth inner surface.
Do not use glass bowls. The chocolate will not release from the glass. Also, don't use bowls that curve inwards. You won't be able to remove the chocolate if the top edge curves inwards.
orange candy melts - You can purchase bags of pre-colored orange candy melts or you can color white candy melts using orange oil-based candy coloring.
black food coloring marker - You'll draw the Jack-O-Lantern faces onto the pumpkin bowls using black food coloring. Using a marker is the easiest. Be sure to check out my How To Use Food Coloring Markers tutorial for tips.
You can fill these cute chocolate Halloween bowls with candy, nuts, or something creamy like pumpkin cheesecake mousse or homemade orange ice cream.
Orange Ice Cream - To make an easy no-churn orange ice cream you just need heavy whipping cream, sweetened condensed milk, orange oil, and orange food coloring.
plastic bowls - I found my bowls at my local dollar store but then I saw some really cool bowls on Amazon that have vertical grooves in them. I've added the image link below.
You can find items needed to make these chocolate pumpkin bowls from amazon (commission earned for sales).
- Fill a small plastic bowl with orange candy melts or orange-colored pure white chocolate.
- If the candy melts are really thin, allow the bowl to rest for a few minutes.
- Then, turn the bowl upside down and allow some of the chocolate to drip out.
- You want just enough candy coating the sides of the bowl to form a nice shell (about ⅛th inch thick).
- Scrape the dripping chocolate off the edge of the bowl then invert the bowl and place it in the freezer for 5 minutes. If you made your bowls using pure white chocolate, chill them in the refrigerator instead.
- Repeat, making a total of 6 bowls.
- Let sit at room temperature for at least 10 minutes.
- Draw jack-o-lantern faces on the bowls using a food coloring marker.
Be sure to watch the video below to see the step-by-step process to make these pumpkin bowls using orange candy melts.
You will have leftover orange chocolate. Spread it out onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, chill it until hardened, and then break it into pieces. Save it for another project.
Store these orange candy bowls in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a month.
- 16 ounces white chocolate, melted and tempered and colored orange
- OR Orange Candy Melts, confectionery Coating, melted
- black food coloring marker
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 14 ounces (1 can) sweetened condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon orange candy oil
- orange food coloring
- optional chocolate fudge rolls (for stems)
Fill a small plastic bowl with orange chocolate.
Turn the bowl upside down and allow some of the chocolate to drip out.
You want just enough candy coating the sides of the bowl to form a nice shell (about ⅛th inch thick).
Scrape the dripping chocolate off the edge of the bowl then invert the bowl and place it in the freezer for 5 minutes.
Repeat, making a total of 6 bowls.
Let sit at room temperature for at least 10 minutes.
Draw jack-o-lantern faces on the bowls using a food coloring marker.
Beat heaving whipping cream until it holds stiff peaks.
Add sweetened condensed milk, orange oil, and orange food coloring.
Beat just until combined.
Pour into a plastic tub and freeze for at least 4 hours.
Scoop ice cream into chocolate jack-o-lantern bowls just before serving.
Optional: add a chocolate fudge roll stem if desired.
You can make the white chocolate pumpkin cups up to a month in advance. Store them in an airtight container at room temperature.
The ice cream can be stored in the freezer for up to one month.