DIY Ice Cream (Balloon) Bowls!

DIY Ice Cream (Balloon) Bowls!

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I don't even like sprinkles (shocker, right?!), but I swear, these sprinkle ice cream bowls are the most amazing special occasion snacks in the world.  It's that pairing of melted chocolate, sprinkles and ice cream that will bring a smile to your face and have you (and your kids) begging for more, more, more!! They are truly just as much fun to make as they are to eat - and because of that - I need to show you how to make them!!  Let's get started.

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Here's what you need...  

1.  Wilton Candy Melts (any color)

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2.  Sprinkles (try a variety, mixing stars and sprinkles always looks good!)

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3.  Balloons (you can use regular sized balloons or water balloons for smaller bowls)

Here's how you do it...

1.  Wash your balloon and blow it up -- not too big -- then set aside.

2.  In a double-boiler, melt your chocolate candies until smooth.  Remove from heat, and allow to cool to room temperature.  *THIS IS A MANDATORY STEP!!  If you don't wait for the chocolate to cool, then it will cause the balloon to pop and you will not only get colored chocolate all over your kitchen, but you could burn yourself with the hot chocolate.  You need to let it cool - don't worry, it won't get hard!  (It took 35 minutes for mine to cool.)

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3.  In a separate bowl, add a variety of sprinkles.  You can also use some mini-marshmallows.  Really, anything that will stick to chocolate would work out well!

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4.  Once the chocolate has cooled, grab your balloon and brush it onto the bottom of the balloon, creating the shape of the bowl.  Promptly dip your chocolate-covered balloon into the sprinkle mixture.  Be sure to cover all of the chocolate!

5.  Lay your balloon bowl onto a sheet of wax paper and place into the refrigerator.  It only takes about 10-15 minutes to harden.  

6.  Using scissors, cut a small slit at the top of the balloon.  It will deflate very quickly (this is the fun part!!!).  Then carefully peel away the remaining part of the balloon.  Now, your ice cream bowl is ready to go!!

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7.  You can store the bowls in the refrigerator or freezer -- just use wax paper to prevent them from sticking to each other.  When you are ready to use them, add ice cream, and enjoy!

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