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Apr 30, 2008 01:43 PM

To give you all a laugh at my expense...

Well, here is the laugh of the day (or tears, if you are compassionate!)

I just decided to try making chocolate bowls for the first time, using a method I saw online on another site... they said to melt the chocolate, then dunk a small balloon in and coat the bottom, then sit it in a mug to cool...

So I decide to attempt making 2 to start... I will need 6 for this Saturday, but I thought I would play around a bit and experiment....

So I dunk my first balloon, and things look pretty good. I dunk the next, and again, I am impressed. I sit it in the mug by my stove, and take a moment to admire my work...

POP! One of the balloons explodes, completly covering me and my entire kitchen in splattered dark chocolate... And I mean covered... I have chocolate in my eyelashes. I have chocolate splatters all over my white kitchen blinds. I have super high ceilings in my kitchen that I cant reach unless I stand on my tippy toes on the counter, and yet there is chocolate there too... Really, if you could have seen me, you would have peed your pants...

So, thank goodness I attempted this before the day of the party... I cant imagine having to scrub blinds, ceilings, etc. while Im in the midst of preparing for a dinner party!

Ok, well now that you have laughed at me, does anyone have any chocolate bowl making advice, of the non-exploding variety???

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  1. i think what i've seen done on tv before is that you take small bowls, cover the outside with plastic wrap, and "paint" the outside of the bowls in chocolate. place in the refrigerator to cool, and they should come off with little problem since the plastic wrap is touching the bowl and not the chocolate.

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    1. re: marina13

      Wha? If you cover the bowls with plastic wrap and then paint it with can the plastic wrap NOT be touching the chocolate?

      Finsmom: What a tale of woe! We should have (actually there probably have already posts) threads about disasters because ALL of us have suffered from awful mishaps, miscalculations and mistakes!

      1. re: oakjoan

        I think marina means that the plastic is against the bowl and will come away easily, rather than having the chocolate painted on the bowl directly.

        1. re: TorontoJo

          Ah, I didn't understand since she'd been painting on balloons before (which also could be peeled away). Thanks for clarification.

    2. So sorry! This sounds like it should be an old episode of the Dick Van Dyke Show, with you being Laura, sobbing "Oooooh Roooob." LOL!

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      1. re: danhole

        danhole, if the OP's story didn't have me almost wetting myself, your OOOOH ROOOOB, did!
        (We've all been there, haven't we?)


      2. That's pretty funny - but I assure you its been done before. My boyfriend took my handblender and stuck it into a thing to tomato sauce to blend... Of course, he turned it on before putting it in and he sprayed hot tomato sauce everywhere. I had to take a toothpick to clean it out of the cracks of the vent above the stove. Like the chocolate, it was on a bunch of white things so it looked like a crazed axed murderer had just gone through. I feel your pain!

        1. worked ok for me. not one pop. I flash cooled them int he freezer.

          the key was not to blow up the balloons all.

          get the biggest balloons, and just blow them up a little.

          some pics

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          1. re: RPMcMurphy

            I've done it also but you need heavy-duty balloons (culinary grade - just kidding) and only inflate them partway. The first few I did also blew up but somehow didn't explode the way it sounds like yours did. Hilarious - I'll bet you laughed and laughed....

            1. re: RPMcMurphy

              Hah...blowing up balloons can even be tricky...I was blowing some up in our office last year to help decorate and the one I was blowing up burst while I was first blowing it up and it snapped back into my right eye...I had a laceration of my cornea that was not funny...very freaky accident to be sure but drat those balloons!!!!

            2. I had an incident involving meatloaf glaze that ended with me cleaning it out of crevices with a large number of Q-tips ... It got the walls, but thankfully not the ceiling. I feel your pain ... sounds like enough to put one off chocolate, and I didn't think that was possible!