Gluten Free Chocolate Bowls Recipe

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by Carol Kicinski on March 23, 2010

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Gluten Free Chocolate Bowls Recipe

Spring has sprung! It is popping up all over around these parts and after suffering through the coldest winter in recorded Floridian history (mind you, Floridians are the same people who can’t vote properly and who call 911 to take them to bars, so who knows how accurate those records really are) it is nice to see the sun shining, the flowers blooming and the birds bouncing around the yard.

Spring is a time for pretty things. With that in mind I thought I’d show you how to pretty up that simplest of all gluten-free desserts; ice cream. Instead of serving ice cream (or mousse, pudding, etc.) in a boring old dessert bowl, how about making a lovely chocolate bowl instead?

Your guests will think you are a freaking creative genius, your desserts will look tres chic and I guarantee you won’t have to wash the bowls afterwards. The best part? They are so much simpler to make than they look like they would be.

Think how pretty these would be on Easter made of white chocolate and filled with a variety of pastel ice creams.

Gluten Free Chocolate Bowls Recipe


Here’s a step-by-step how-to:

How To Chocolate Bowls: Step One
First take small balloons (water balloons work great) and wash them with some soap and water – you don’t want your bowls to taste like rubber.  I hold the tops so water doesn’t get inside.

How To Chocolate Bowls: Step Two
Take a deep breath and blow them up!  The size of the balloons determines the size of the bowls.  Tie knots at the top of the balloons.

How To Chocolate Bowls: Step Three
Put about 2 ounces (or 1/3 of a cup) of chocolate chips for each bowl in a microwavable bowl and melt for a minute or two.

How To Chocolate Bowls: Step Four
Stir the chocolate until smooth and glossy.

How To Chocolate Bowls: Step Five
Pour the melted chocolate into a plate or onto some parchment paper and let it cool a little – trust me on this one.  If the chocolate is too hot it will pop the balloon and you will end up wiping, scrubbing or licking chocolate off your kitchen and self!  Warm is good – hot is bad!

How To Chocolate Bowls: Step Six
Place the bottom of the balloon in the chocolate.

How To Chocolate Bowls: Step Seven
Slowly tip the balloon down covering it with a thick coating of chocolate.  For a straight top you can just roll the roll the balloon all the way around or …

How To Chocolate Bowls: Step Eight
for a pretty scalloped edge, bring the balloon back up straight, turn it a few degrees and

How To Chocolate Bowls: Step Nine
dip again.  Continue all around the balloon, turning and dipping.

How To Chocolate Bowls: Step Ten

The scallops don’t all have to be the same height so don’t obsess too much over this.

How To Chocolate Bowls: Step Eleven
Place the chocolate covered balloons on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper pressing down gently to form a flat bottom.  Refrigerate or freeze for about 30 minutes.

How To Chocolate Bowls: Step Twelve
When the bowls have chilled, grasp the balloon just under the knot and hold firmly.

How To Chocolate Bowls: Step Thirteen
Take a pair of scissors and snip off the knot but hold the balloon firmly to control how slowly you let out the air.

How To Chocolate Bowls: Step Fourteen
Slowly release the air, too fast and the bowl might break.  Take out the balloon and voila! a pretty little chocolate bowl.  If the deflated balloon sticks to the bottom of the bowl, just pop in the freezer for a few minutes and it will come right out.  These can be made ahead and stored in the fridge or freezer.

How To Chocolate Bowls: Step Fifteen

Fill with whatever your heart desires and be ready to take your bows at the dinner table!

For some ideas of what to put in them how about:

Simply Recipes Chai Ice Cream

David Lebovitz’s Vanilla Ice Cream

White on Rice Couple’s Silky Chocolate Mousse

Tasty Eats At Home Sweet Risotto

Use dairy free gluten free dark chocolate for the bowls and fill with dairy free ice cream if dairy is an issue.


This Gluten Free Chocolate Bowls recipe makes 1

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{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

Emi March 23, 2010 at 10:19 am

o.O it is a great idea!!! It's very beautiful!


Kate March 23, 2010 at 10:30 am

Fabulous tutorial! I've seen this before, but never tried them. The step-by-step makes it much less intimidating. They're beautiful, and so are your pics.!! Thanks for posting!


Allison the Meep March 23, 2010 at 10:34 am

Love this!


EmmaB March 23, 2010 at 11:02 am

So cute (and remarkably simple!)


Valen March 23, 2010 at 12:01 pm

I've seen this before and I love the idea, great step by step pictures!


Gala March 23, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Very nice pictures! That bowl looks so pretty, almost like an open flower.


Ciao Chow Linda March 23, 2010 at 1:52 pm

I can think of so many yummy things to fill this with.


Lisa (bakebikeblog) March 23, 2010 at 3:05 pm

These look so amazing! I am going to try them for Easter for sure :)


The Cooking Photographer March 23, 2010 at 8:32 pm

You are so cool! I've seen this done before, but your's look like so much nicer.



Veronica M. March 23, 2010 at 9:48 pm

This is very cool–something I would love to try!


Niki March 24, 2010 at 1:46 am

This is awesome!! I'll tell my aunt about these so she can make some for her baby on her next birthday!


Jenn March 24, 2010 at 5:48 am

Gorgeous!! One question – do you have to worry about any off taste from the balloon diffusing into the chocolate? I know balloons always have a weird rubbery smell to them, and just wondering if this comes through or not.


Diane-The WHOLE Gang March 24, 2010 at 6:15 am

What a great idea! See people in FL can be smart, sometimes. Love it. I'll be making these for my husbands birthday next weekend. I'll have to raid my son's room for water balloons.


Heather in SF @HeatherHAL March 24, 2010 at 6:16 am

Oh what pretty photographs of the process! Years ago that cute Jacques Torres made these and I had forgotten how simple yet glamorous the presentation is. If only my teeny apt fridge had room for a cookie sheet.


Bryn March 24, 2010 at 6:50 am

I'm totally going to do this!!! Thanks for posting it with step by step directions and picutres!


Anonymous March 24, 2010 at 7:49 am



Christine March 24, 2010 at 7:57 am

Well I've never seen this before (must have been when I was living under a rock) and I think you are a genius. A gluten free genius. Such a fabulous idea!


gfe--gluten free easily March 24, 2010 at 8:32 am

You are a freaking genius!!! Gorgeous, Carol!

Love Diane's comment–hehe. ;-)



veggie wedgie March 24, 2010 at 8:42 am

This is so great! Thank you for the tutorial, what a lovely idea-the bowls look like flowers!


Naomi Devlin March 24, 2010 at 9:18 am

a wonderful idea! I might fill mine with some marzipan eggs. I love the step by step shots – very professional looking. x x x


Heather @CeliacFamily March 24, 2010 at 11:42 am

Ooooh, so tempting…. Yum!


GF Gidget March 24, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Balloons?! You are hilarious!


Jas. March 24, 2010 at 6:32 pm

Fabulous work – love that it looks so flower like!


Simply...Gluten-free March 25, 2010 at 10:07 am

Jenn – Washing the balloons with soap and water gets rid of that rubber taste – no one wants rubbery tasting chocolate :)


WizzyTheStick March 25, 2010 at 8:16 pm

This is such a fanatastic idea.


Amy @ Yard to Fork March 27, 2010 at 3:35 pm

You've inspired me again! I tried it: Yay! Thank you :)


Anonymous October 2, 2010 at 9:11 pm

You really have some great idea on how to making things look great. I love your gluten free diet recipes very much.


Junior Gluten Free Chefs February 20, 2011 at 12:32 am

We saw these on your website today and just had to try them!!!
It was fun to make them!
We made 6 but 3 broke because we couldn’t get the balloons out, even though we kept putting them back in the freezer. I think ours were too thin.
It was still a blast making them and they tasted so good! Thank you!

You can see what we filled them with here:


Velvet Liedkie October 2, 2011 at 8:49 pm

I love this idea! i tried it, but the balloon was stuck to the chocolate when i tried to deflate it. sad days! :/ Could I have possibly done something wrong?


Carol Kicinski October 4, 2011 at 9:04 am

Try putting them in the fridge first – if the chocolate is really cold, it won’t stick.


Elg July 19, 2012 at 1:08 am

Wouldn’t you not want the balloons to touch your food? Balloons aren’t food-safe. Do you have any suggestions as to which kind of balloon to use in order to minimize harmful toxins?


Carol Kicinski July 20, 2012 at 8:22 am

From my understanding tit is the powder on the balloons that is not good for you which is why it is important to wash them first.


Celine November 8, 2015 at 4:08 pm

What a colossal waste of time effort and money… The chocolate completely stuck to the balloons even after slowly deflating them… I was stuck with just serving ice cream in a bowl instead of the fancy chocolate bowls I was expecting.


Carol Kicinski November 24, 2015 at 12:15 pm

Celine, hmm, if they stuck than the chocolate didn’t get cold enough and I’m sorry that you didn’t have a good experience.


Aj March 20, 2017 at 7:19 am

You didnt have to try them hahhahaha


Rosie March 20, 2017 at 7:21 am

Any suggestion, my brother is alergic to latex (the rubber on balloons)… any other ideas what we culd use instead


Carol Kicinski May 15, 2017 at 2:54 pm

Thank you so much! Yes, you can just make sure it is superfine brown rice flour.


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