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ideas for empty chocolate cups

  • k

I am having a party next week and bought mini chocolate cups and I would love some ideas on with what I should fill them, if it were summer I would use berries, but I don't think they're quite so good right now. Any held would be appreciated.

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  1. - chocolate mousse
    - pastry cream
    - ice cream

    1. f

      pastry cream (maybe garnish with candied orange peel, as orange goes well with chocolate) or vanilla pudding.

      1. Chocolate mousse if always delicious. Or, for a holiday dessert, try peppermint ice cream and drizzle a fudge sauce over. Or, fill the cups with vanilla bean ice cream and top with brandied cherries. This is making me hungry...

        1. Make this! It's basically a mixture of melted milk chocolate, Nutella, and chopped hazelnuts with one roasted whole hazelnut in each up. (The recipe also has instructions for making the cups, which you can skip.)

          Link: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec...

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          1. re: Pia

            Thanks, this sounds great and I can do it in advance which is very important. I was thinking something with hazelnuts would be good, my other thought was peanut butter mousse...

          2. I love using those chocolate cups for dinner parties. I've filled them with:
            -poached bananas with cinnamon & raisens
            -vanilla ice cream with a strawberry fruit sauce & fresh berries on top (I love the combo of strawberry & chocolate)
            -a peanut brittle ice cream with caramel sauce drizzled on top

            1. Hi, At my son's rehearsal dinner last month we had a desert bar. They had some mini choc. cups on it that were wonderful. They were filled with a raspberry jam/jelly and then topped with one ripe raspberry. Easy, can be made well ahead of time, and really good. Fresh Raspberries are easy to find at this time of year and since you just need one for the top of each cup-not that expensive. Also the cups would be good with a no-bake cheese cake filling and then topped with a dollop of raspberry jelly and a fresh raspberry or strawbery jam and fresh strawberry. Even prettier and better if also topped with a small, fresh mint leaf. Please let us know what you decide to do.

              1. I can't believe no one's mentioned my favorite use for them! Liquor!

                Chill the cups and have one or more types of liquor available along with a can of whipped cream for a possible topping. Some of the types that I like in them are amaretto, blackberry brandy, bourbon, coffee liquors, whatever you like!

                Sooooooooo good!!!!

                1. Thanks for all the great ideas, as much as I love ice cream, this is a cocktail party (and not at my house) so I'm going to have to skip any ice cream suggestions this time (as the cups will be sitting out on a table all night) but the jam and hazelnut candy recipes sound great (and the liquor!) I'll let you know what I do and how it goes over.

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                  1. re: Keri T.

                    FWIW, I actually liked your peanut butter mousse idea the best--like Reese's cups for grown-ups. That w/ some chocolate shavings on top would be fabulous for a dinner party IMO. If you have a good recipe for the mousse, can you please post? Thanks.

                    1. re: Carb Lover

                      There's a good recipe for peanut butter mouse in the Little Pie Company of the Big Apple cookbook. I searched online, and, though it isn't attributed, I think the recipe I found has the same proportions:

                      3 oz cream cheese
                      1 c powdered sugar
                      3/4 peanut butter (all-natural stuff, not the sweetened kind, and I use salted, though you can of course add a bit of salt if you use unsalted)
                      1/4 cup milk
                      1 tsp vanilla

                      I've usually mixed these in a blender, though you could use a food processor or you could beat the sugar and cream cheese in the kitchenaid, then add the milk and peanut butter.

                      Then fold in

                      1 pint heavy cream, whipped.

                      I served this as the "kids' dessert" at Thanksgiving in small cups with caramelized peanuts on top (just salted peanuts thrown in some caramelized sugar, then allowed to cool in clumps). The kids loved them. So did the adults. The recipe seems a little tacky, I know, with the powdered sugar and the cream cheese and all, but it's really very tasty.

                      1. re: Carb Lover

                        Peanut butter and chocolate is my favorite combo! I thought of it after my original post. I was thinking I might use the filling for a peanut butter pie (I saw one on Paula Dean's Food Network show - although I've never made one of her receipes before) since it doesn't need to be baked and I can fill the cups and put them in the fridge to set overnight. But now I think I'll use the mousse recipe from curiousbaker and put a peanut half on top of each one.