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!
Bag of ballons (at least 10)
2 baking sheets
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