Make these festive sprinkle-coated Valentine's Day Chocolate Bowls using a silicone mold, not a balloon, then fill them with ice cream, mousse, pudding, or candy.
Over the Christmas holidays, I made some chocolate bowls using balloons and several of you expressed concerns about having someone with latex allergies eat the bowls, so I thought I'd share with you an alternative method of making a chocolate bowl using a mold.
To make them look similar to bowls made using balloons, I used silicone semi-sphere molds to shape the bowls.
You can use this method to make plain chocolate bowls in white, milk, or dark chocolate or you can make them festive for any holiday by adding sprinkles.
Being I wanted to dress up these Valentine's Day chocolate bowls by coating them in sprinkles, like Amy Christie, from This Heart of Mine, did, I had to come up with a way to accomplish that.
When you dip a balloon in chocolate you can easily dip it in sprinkles, nuts, or peppermint bits.
I used that simple technique to make the Peppermint Bark Chocolate Bowls, pictured above.
Unfortunately, this doesn't work the same when making chocolate bowls using silicone molds, so let me show you how to make this work.
Start by spooning a heaping tablespoon of melted and tempered pure white chocolate or melted white confectionery coating into a cavity in the semi-sphere silicone mold. Brush the chocolate up the sides of the mold creating a thin shell.
Fill all the cavities in the mold then pop the mold in the refrigerator, if using pure white chocolate, or in the freezer, if using confectionery coating (candy melts,) for 8-14 minutes until the chocolate hardens.
For detailed information about selecting the right chocolate and melting and working with it, see my Chocolate Making Tips page.
If the walls of the bowls are really thin, use a pastry brush to add another layer of white chocolate once the bowls have warmed up to room temperature then allow that layer to dry.
If the chocolate bowls look good, un-mold them by turning the mold upside down and pressing on the backside of the mold while peeling the chocolate out.
Allow the bowl to warm up to room temperature then brush a thin layer of white chocolate over the backside of the bowl and immediately roll into a bowl filled with sprinkles.
For these Valentine's Day, Sprinkle-Coated White Chocolate Bowls use red, white, and pink jimmies and heart sprinkles.
Allow the bowl to dry then turn right side up before filling with your favorite treats.
If you prefer, you can simply add a rim of sprinkles to the top edge of each white chocolate bowl.
Brush some white chocolate around the outer and inner rim of the chocolate bowl then dip in a bowl of sprinkles.
Remove and allow the chocolate to dry.
You can even make heart-shaped chocolate bowls.
To do so, use a heart-shaped silicone mold instead of the semi-sphere mold. Be sure to add a second layer of white chocolate to these bowls to make them nice and sturdy.
You can fill the chocolate bowls with candy to use as party favors or to give as Valentine's Day gifts.
There are so many types of Valentine's Day candy available these days that you can create a nice variety of gifts.
Or, you can fill them with your favorite ice cream.
Don't these sprinkle-coated bowls just make the cutest vessels to serve ice cream?
These would make fun desserts to serve after your Valentine's Day dinner. They are the perfect individual-sized dessert.
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This Valentine's Day make white chocolate bowls using a mold, not a balloon, then dress them up by coating them in festive holiday sprinkles and fill them with ice cream, mousse, pudding or candy.
- 12 ounces melted and tempered pure white chocolate or
- melted white confectionery coating
- 6 ounces assorted sprinkles*
- *Each bowl will be coated in less than ½ ounce of sprinkles but you need more to fill a bowl so that you can roll the white chocolate bowl in them.
Spoon a heaping tablespoonful of melted white chocolate into one cavity in a semi-sphere silicone mold.
Brush the white chocolate up the sides of the cavity.
Refrigerate is using pure white chocolate or freeze if using confectionery coating for 8-14 minutes until the chocolate hardens.
Un-mold and allow them to warm to room temperature.
Brush a thin layer of chocolate over the entire backside of the bowl or just around the outer and inner rim of the bowl then immediately roll in a bowl of sprinkles.
Once dry you can fill the bowls with your favorite treats.
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