Posted by: Jason Wood | September 1, 2009

Chocolate bowls (the best kind!)

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What on earth could cause Supergirl to pull such a face? Read on and find out!!

We decided to make a dessert treat and decided to start with the bowls, and what better to make a bowl out of then chocolate! To do this, you need to start outside the kitchen, with a bunch of balloons.

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Notice the look of intense effort? After a few tries at this, we decided that a new approach was needed as we were both pretty close to passing out.

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now, look at my face in this next picture

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This is because Supergirl, using her super muscles, was REALLY good at pumping these balloons up and there were little shards of latex all over the living room. Great fun. Thanks to Z-man for taking time out to take these pictures.

One of the benefits of using balloons to make your bowls is that it ends up being very convenient keeping them handy for when you need them

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So once the balloons are ready to go, it is time to start tempering the chocolate. Cut up the chocolate and put it into a double boiler (or a steel bowl over a low boil water which is what I use)

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once this melts down, remove it from the heat and put about 1/4 of the original amount in and stir until it is melted

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Now it is time to start dipping balloons. Remember at the beginning I asked what could make Supergirl pull such a face? Well, dipping thin, cheap balloons in hot chocolate is what. I can honestly say that high-velocity chocolate splatter is one of the messiest things ever. Dip a balloon in the chocolate, hold it up to admire your work and BANG!!!! chocolate covered latex and chocolate spray all.over.the.kitchen.

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All over Supergirl

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and all over the side of my fridge (and SO many other places I did not bother to take a picture of). Of the 16 balloons we started with six survived and made it into the freezer. Once the bowls have set you need to take the balloons out.

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Be careful on how you puncture the balloons – if you simply pop them it will blow the bowl into shards. Best way to do it is to snip it on the soft squishy part of the neck and let it deflate.

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Starting to take shape.

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at this point, the bowls may have softened a bit, so you may need to pop them back in the freezer for a bit otherwise the bowl will peel apart in your hands. Now we need to think about what to make to FILL the bowls with! And what better to put in a chocolate bowl than more chocolate?! Chocolate pudding (pudding the way it should be, not Jello. yuck)

You will need cornstarch, sugar, salt, milk and chocolate

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Put the cornstarch, sugar and salt into a double boiler

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and slowly add milk, scraping the sides of the bowl to make sure everything mixes in, then whisk for about 15 – 20 minutes until it starts to thicken and coats the back of a spoon

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then add the chocolate and stir until it is melted and thoroughly mixed in

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Put this in the fridge for 30 minutes. If you do not want a skin to form you can press a piece of plastic wrap against the surface.

Then, spoon into the bowls, top with whip cream and serve. Try to keep this in your house for more than day. I bet you will not succeed!

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Chocolate Bowls

8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate + 2 ounces reserved, rough chopped

Balloons

Melt 8 ounces chocolate over low heat double boiler, remove from heat and stir in reserved 2 ounces chocolate

Chocolate Pudding

6-ounces semi-sweet chocolate

1/4 cornstarch

1/2 cup sugar

1/8 teaspoon salt

3 cups milk

Put cornstarch, sugar and salt in double boiler, slowly add milk, whisking for 15-20 minutes until it starts to thicken. Add chocolate and stir until fully melted. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30-minutes.

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