Monday, April 7, 2014

Dark Chocolate Cups with Fresh Fruit

We celebrated Gabrielle's 3rd birthday last week and I needed a snack to bring into her classroom for a mini party with her school friends.  There are a few kids in Gabby's class with severe nut allergies, and as you know, I like to make food that everyone can eat together regardless of food allergies.   I thought of these cups and I knew that they would be perfect!  I bought the Enjoy Life mini dark chocolate   chips, which are free of the most common allergies, and melted them over a double broiler.  Next, I blew up balloons to an 1/8 or a 1/4 full, washed them off and dipped them into the chocolate.  I placed the chocolate balloons onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and put them in the freezer for 30 minutes.  After 30 minutes or so, take them out, pop the balloon and you have a cute little chocolate cup.  If you don't have a dairy allergy, you can put a small dollop of whipped cream on top (see my kitchen tips on homemade whipped cream).  These are so great.  Tasty and healthy - I love them and the best part is that everyone can eat them and celebrate together!  

La Recette:

Bag of ballons (at least 10)
2 baking sheets
Parchment paper
1 - 10 oz. bag semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
Fresh fruit of your choice

-Put the chocolate in a heat proof bowl that will sit on top of the sauce pan.
-Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
-Fill a medium sauce pan 1/3 full of water and bring it to a boil.
-Put the bowl with the chocolate on top of the saucepan and turn the heat off.
-Stir occasionally until the chocolate is melted.
-While the chocolate is melting, blow up the balloons to an 1/8 or 1/4 full.  Rinse them off and dry completely.
-Dip them into the chocolate (you can play with the size) and gently place the balloons on the baking sheet.
-Put them in the freezer for at least 30 minutes.
-After 30 minutes, gently pop the balloon and slowly peel the popped balloon out of the chocolate shell.  I recommend keeping the chocolate in the freezer until you want to use them.
-Cut up your fruit of choice and fill the cup about 3/4 full.

*makes 10-12 cups
*one baking sheet holds about 6 balloons

FYI…these are super delicious

Happy Birthday Gabby girl!

Gabby's friends Devin and Isabella

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