Unfortunately I do not have a whole lot of time for chit-chat this week (you've probably figured that out already though). Never fear, I’ll be back to my Chatty-Cathy little self by next week. But this week has me getting things pulled together for both mini’s Valentine’s Party’s, getting ready for mini #1’s 5th Birthday party (which is Saturday), and doing a thorough cleaning in every corner and crevice of the house since our family will begin arriving on Friday morning. Top this off with another potential private school visit too. So this week is a little hectic for me, as it is every year.
At any rate, I realize today is Valentine’s day and while some of you like going overboard for this holiday, other’s of you are probably like me, and just prefer something low key. So I thought I’d give you a few really simple but memorable deserts you can whip up for your someone special. And don’t fret that you don’t have the ingredient’s sitting on your pantry shelf. One quick stop into the grocery on your way home from work will provide you with everything you need, but yet not leave you standing on your feet for hours attempting to make banana’s flambé.
5 Hershey‘s® (or a higher end brand such as Ghiradelli if you prefer) chocolate bars (1 cut in half)
Chocolate Balloon Bowls
1. Wash and sterilize a regular balloon. Blow up balloon to double the size of your fist and tie off (note: this picture shows smaller bowls than I recommend).
2. Melt any flavor chocolate and let cool to approximately 88 degrees. **Warning, if the chocolate is too hot the balloon will explode and create a mess*** I recommend melting chocolate in the microwave for 1 minute at 50% power. Always stir after each minute.
3. Hold balloon by the knot and dip halfway in chocolate. Roll balloon so it is coated well
4. Place dipped balloon on a wax paper or parchment paper covered tray and put in the fridge.
5. Once chocolate is hard 5 to 10 minutes, remove from fridge. Pop the balloon, which should peel right from chocolate and you have a beautiful bowl.