How to Make Chocolate Bowls

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In this post I will show you how to make seven chocolate bowls using 3 different techniques – balloons, ice and lined containers.

You will need to use chocolate melts or tempered chocolate to make these, if you are not sure how to temper chocolate it is explained here.  If you use melts they contain vegetable fat not cocoa butter so they do not need to be tempered.

Let’s start with making four different

chocolate bowls

using balloons as the mold.  This is not my favourite method and here’s why…

*As the balloon deflates the inward pull on the chocolate will break any intricate pieces.

*I find that balloons can leave a bit of a rubbery taste to the chocolate

* If your chocolate is too hot your balloon will pop – and yes, trust me that does make a mess in your kitchen!

But they do have a nice shape that can be tricky to recreate with other methods,watch the video below for how to make these four bowls.  If you make some bowls yourself remember that you can upload your photo in the comments section at the end of this post.

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You can make more intricate chocolate bowls using ice as a mold like the two below.  The larger the bowl, the less stable it becomes – this is because the ice starts to melt so as you are working you get little bits of water in the joins of your chocolate.

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Or in my opinion the best way is to make chocolate bowls using a lined container as a mold. Aluminium foil or waxed baking paper can be used to line a container that is the shape you are after, then pipe your design over the top.

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On the right is a chocolate bowl with white chocolate mousse, raspberries, mango sorbet and pashmak (iranian fairy floss).

If you have no time to bake a cake you can even make a chocolate bowl, cover it in smarties, sprinkles or anything festive looking. Fill it with lollies then invert it onto a plate an walaah you have pinyata birthday cake!  Boys love to smash things so why not karate chop the cake.
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You may also be interested in
* how to temper and chocoalte and what chocolate to use for decorations
* How to make a box out of chocolate
* chocolate decorations for desserts


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Hi I'm Ann, food scientist, dietitian, wife, mum to 3 boys. Join me each week for desserts, chocolate and cakes.
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88 Responses to How to Make Chocolate Bowls

  1. Andrea says:

    I made a bowl! It’s not even or pretty but I used the lined container mold. Thank you so much for the great tutorials!!

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  3. Dana says:

    I made the bowls with the foil and was unable to get the foil off without the bowl breaking. I also tried to use non stick foil. Also how long does it need to be refrigerated?

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  5. Joann says:

    Hi Ann,
    Question. When I did the ice mold, the chocolate ran off the ice.
    How do I stop this from happening? I really like this method but it took a while for it to finally take shape and stop running off the ice mold.



  6. Manisha says:

    Hi Ann,

    Oh I simply love the way you teach making things and turning them simple. I am vegetarian and I hardly eat eggs. Can u please help me in other cake recipes…

    Thank you so much.

  7. Eve says:

    I made this for a friend before I moved away. she said she loved it… thanks Ann, please keep up with the awesome things you create

  8. Ayelet says:

    Ann – we love your idea and the easy in which you present them. Thank you. I need to make a cake for a guy that is a long distance runner. Might you have an idea?

  9. Natalie says:

    I have attempted to make the chocolate bowels using the balloons a number of times now and each time when it comes to detaching them from the balloon it all falls apart. Why is this not working ??? how long do we refrigerate for ? Is this the problem ??
    Please email me and let me know since I would love to do these proper for Christmas this year

  10. tina says:

    hi Ann,

    Can I know what brand of chocolate that you used?

  11. Eka says:

    Hi Ann,
    Can you tell me which chocolate do you use? when i took them from refrigerator they have been melted

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