When you think about it, edible crockery is not such a stupid concept. No longer do you have to stop your children from licking the bowl when now you won’t be able to stop them from eating it instead! Imagine how great at the end of a meal to know that you’ll only have a few bits of cutlery to clean and nothing else. The more you begin to think about the idea, the more it becomes a great theme for a dinner party, or even kids’ birthday party. We wonder if you can get hold of rice paper plates or sugar glass cups that would go really well with these great chocolate bowls we want to show you how to make. Of course if kids are involved, beware of the subsequent ‘sugar rush’ if you decide to create an edible dinner service!
So, what do you reckon goes well with strawberries and ice cream, other than more strawberries and more ice cream? Chocolate perhaps? Now that sounds like a perfect combination, so what do you need to do? First melt some dark chocolate, about 12oz, in a glass bowl using a ‘bain Marie’ – a glass bowl resting in a saucepan of hot water. This indirect heating allows the chocolate to melt, but without splitting. It also ensures the chocolate doesn’t get too hot. Once melted, blow up a small balloon, tie it off and then take a small spoon of chocolate and dab it onto a sheet of greaseproof paper to make the bowl’s base. Then dip and roll the balloon in the molten chocolate to cover the bottom half, ensuring it has an even lip. Lift the balloon out of the chocolate and roll it in the air a couple of times to cool the chocolate a fraction and then rest it on the chocolate disc on the greaseproof paper. Repeat the process for as many bowls as you wish to create. Leave in a cool place for an hour, and then to complete the bowl-making process, simply burst the balloons!