How to make chocolate dessert bowls with only two ingredients. This easy dessert recipe can be used to create ice cream sundae chocolate bowls, to fill with mousse or fresh fruit.
Summer is almost here! The kids are looking forward to our annual ice cream sundae party to kick off the summer season. In anticipation of our family tradition, I tested out a couple of ways to make chocolate bowls for ice cream sundaes.
I used the same mold from our Lucky Charms Hot Cocoa Bombs to create this festive summer treat.
Today I’m going to share how to make chocolate bowls without balloons. I have two different chocolate mold methods you can use to create your own dessert bowls at home. This step-by-step tutorial is easy to follow and perfect for a small family ice cream sundae party.
Ingredients to make a chocolate dessert bowl
How to make chocolate bowls (VIDEO TUTORIAL)
- Melt the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl or on a double boiler
- Fill the mold with chocolate
- Chill in the refrigerator
- Remove the chocolate bowl from the mold
- Dip the top of the bowl into melted chocolate and cover in sprinkles
- Create an ice cream sundae with the chocolate bowl
Tips for using a silicone mold to make chocolate dessert bowls
- Temper the chocolate before pouring it into the mold. I’ve found that the chocolate will be less likely to slide down the mold once it has slightly cooled down.
- Once the chocolate has chilled in the refrigerator, add another layer of chocolate to the silicone mold especially around the edges. This will help create a thick layer around the edges to decorate with sprinkles.
- Work quickly! Try to work in a cool kitchen to avoid having the chocolate bowls melt while decorating.
- Use tempered melted chocolate when dipping the top of the bowl. Try to avoid having your chocolate be too warm or this may cause the bowl to start melting.
- Quickly dip the top, shake off the excess chocolate, and place in a bowl of sprinkles. Let it sit in the sprinkles for about 20 seconds. This will prevent the sprinkles from sliding down and give the chocolate a chance to set before flipping the bowl over.
Plastic chocolate bowl mold method
The plastic chocolate bowl mold is from Hobby Lobby. I’ve had it for a few years, but I picked it up in their candy-making section. The plastic mold is a little more tedious to use than the silicone mold but with a little practice, it’s easy to get the hang of.
- Fill each mold cavity ¾ of the way with melted chocolate.
- Gently tap the mold on your counter to release any air bubbles.
- Place the top half of the mold and snap it into place. The chocolate will press up filling the rest of the mold.
- Chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes or until chocolate is firm.
- Flip the mold over and carefully release the cups from the mold. Remove any excess chocolate that may have overflowed.
- Note: I had a few chocolate bowls break while trying to release them from the plastic mold. If this happens simply reheat the chocolate and try again.
What can you put in chocolate bowls?
- Ice cream
- Fresh fruit
More easy dessert recipes:
- 2 cups chocolate
- 1 cup sprinkles
- Melt the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl for 30 seconds at a time or over a double boiler. Stir and heat until melted. Remove from heat and temper the chocolate.
- Pour about 2 tbsp of melted chocolate into the silicone mold. Use a spatula or silicone brush to cover the sides of the mold with chocolate.
- Refrigerate for 15 minutes or until chocolate is firm.
- Reheat excess chocolate if needed. Add another thin layer of chocolate around the edges of the mold. Place back in the refrigerate to set.
- Carefully pop the chocolate bowls out of the silicone mold.
- Melt leftover chocolate in a shallow dish and cool for a few minutes.
- Quickly dip the top of the chocolate bowl in the melted chocolate and shake off the excess.
- Dip into a bowl of sprinkles. Let the chocolate bowl sit in the sprinkles for 15-20 seconds before shaking off excess. Place in the refrigerator until ready to use
- Fill the chocolate bowl with a scoop of ice cream and toppings.