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   Make your own chocolate baskets for Easter (and more!) Posted by Jo 
February 27, 2008 
Jo
 

Toolbox

  • chocolate chips or candy melts
  • gallon-sized Ziploc bag
  • scissors
  • balloons
  • bowl to hold blown-up balloons

For Easter, I wanted to make a unique and edible center piece for the tables and to give as gifts to friends and family. I decided chocolate baskets filled with goodies would be just the thing to keep with the traditional Easter gift but I wanted to give it my own spin. I looked online and found a few molds to make baskets but that wasn’t exactly what I was looking for, so I had to come up with something on my own. I needed a round form that could act as a mold for the melted chocolate that could easily be removed and it came to me… balloons!

First, blow up your balloons (I did two at a time) and place them in a bowl to hold them upright. I blew the balloons up to be between 6-8 inches tall. I wouldn’t make them too much bigger than that but you could definitely go smaller. Small balloons would make really cute individual chocolate baskets to set at a place setting or to give as a shower favor. Melt the chocolate of your choice (candy melts work best) however you wish (I used the microwave) and then put the melted chocolate inside of a gallon-sized Ziploc bag and twist the bag to get all the chocolate in the tip.

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Chica told me later that I could have saved some bowl-washing time by melting the chocolate directly inside the opened Ziploc bag. I think I will do that next time!

Wait a few minutes to let the chocolate cool just a bit and then snip off a tiny corner of the bag. Then cover the bottom of the balloon with the chocolate by going back and forth in one direction and then in the opposite way. Cover about half of the exposed balloon, filling in any holes along the bottom of the balloon so you have a nice, solid chocolate bottom. The chocolate will drip down the sides making a really neat drip effect when the balloon dries.

chocolate Easter baskets

Now move the chocolate-covered balloons immediately to a cold area so they can cool as fast as possible. If you fail to do this, and are unfortunate enough to have the balloon pop from the heat, you will end up with chocolate all over your kitchen! This makes a terrible mess, as the following picture shows, although it hardly does it justice. Days later, my daughter pointed out chocolate on the far wall that I hadn’t even noticed before!

chocolate Easter baskets

After the chocolate thoroughly hardens, remove the covered balloon from the bowl carefully. You might have to slide a knife around the edge to loosen the dripped chocolate from the sides of the bowl. Once you remove the balloon, cut a hole in the top of it to deflate it. The balloon will still be attached to the inside of the chocolate. Very slowly peel the balloon away from the chocolate.

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The bottom of your basket will have a nice texture to it from the back-and-forth motion you used with the melted chocolate before, so it will look like a basket. You may also choose to decorate it further by drizzling on more melted chocolate in a contrasting color, like I did with white.

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I also used the melted white chocolate to write messages inside of the bowls. You can write a person’s name, a message, draw a picture or make an interesting design. Try using chocolate of different colors to make the baskets, coordinating the colors with a wedding or baby shower.

chocolate Easter baskets

Your chocolate basket is now complete and ready to be filled! Fill it with shredded colored coconut and chocolate eggs to make an Easter basket, or pile it full of coordinating candy to make a shower gift or a Thank You gift. I made Chica a basket and filled it with her favorite, dark chocolate M&Ms!

chocolate Easter baskets

Finish the gift off by wrapping it in iridescent cellophane. Once the basket is wrapped, be sure that you only pick it up by the bottom and not by the tied cellophane because the chocolate edges are very delicate and will break off if you are not careful.

chocolate Easter baskets

For a chocolate fondue dessert party, make a bunch of the chocolate bowls to hold all of your dipping tidbits such as strawberries, sliced banana, cream puffs, pound cake, bite-sized cheesecake, raspberries and pretzel sticks.

WARNING! If you are giving these as a gift, please make sure that the recipient is not allergic to latex. Even a small amount of exposure to the balloons could be life-threatening if you are allergic.

11 comments so far:

  1. ashi said: (February 27th, 2008 at 6:38 am)

    hey the photos look cool…i think this Easter will be special for me..

  2. Jeanne said: (April 9th, 2009 at 4:07 pm)

    I made these one year for Christmas with much smaller balloons….but I dipped them in the chocolate and then set them chocolate down to form a type of “base”. I then filled them with chocolate mousse and raspberries and served them for desert. They went over VERY well! Everyone talked about them for days…..

  3. Jo said: (April 9th, 2009 at 5:19 pm)

    Jeanne, what a great idea to make a footed bowl! I am going to have to try this and fill them with a peanut butter pie filling that I really like. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Teresa said: (February 2nd, 2010 at 4:44 pm)

    If you are VERY careful when you make the footed bowls, Jo, you can also pipe out a curvy line and attach it to the bowl for a teacup. Then pipe a circle and flood it with melted chocolate for a teacup. I’ve done these for Ladies’ Teas and filled them with flavored mousse, or even sorbets. I typically put my largest pizze stone in the freezer for a few hours, then cover it with parchment paper (tape it to the underside to keep it from slipping). The chocolate hardens almost instantly.

  5. Jo said: (February 2nd, 2010 at 10:40 pm)

    Teresa, I love your idea! I really like the idea of using the pizza stone to cool the chocolate quickly. Do you happen to have any pictures of the ones you made to share with us?

  6. Josephine said: (February 8th, 2011 at 9:27 pm)

    This is one of my favorites. I did it last year and my kitchen didn’t get as messy. I will buy a huge pack of m&ms this year for my bowl!

  7. marlene said: (February 16th, 2011 at 12:41 am)

    HI
    It looks like you had lots of fun, I always would visit Hershery’s in Hershey PA. they make all the candy there and it was so much fun, and does it smell goooooooood. I’ll bet you would llike to go back there again? HA HA HA! I am sure. nice to see the ideas.
    thanks Marlene G

  8. caroline said: (September 15th, 2011 at 6:09 am)

    You could also dip the ballon into a bowl of melted chocolate, to get a nice even spread.
    Tip:you can put the leftover chocolate into a piping bag and use it to make designs on a sheet of baking paper. They turn out great once hard, when you can pull them off

  9. Tiffany said: (March 20th, 2012 at 1:51 am)

    Just a tip. IF you spray the balloon lightly with pan spray the balloon will come off the chocolate so much easier.

  10. Chica said: (March 20th, 2012 at 8:04 am)

    Great tip, Tiffany. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Denise said: (March 25th, 2013 at 6:02 pm)

    Great idea I’m going to try this for Easter.

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