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DIY Chocolate Baskets


By Prev Info - January 08, 2023

 DIY Chocolate Baskets

I set out to make baskets or nets made out of lacy chocolate, based on a few DIY projects from around the Internet.

It was touch-and-go for a while, but in the end I succeeded. Pro tip: Don't skimp on the chocolate. If the lines are too weak, the basket won't hold up to the pressure of the balloon when it deflates.

Instructions

  1. I started by melting bittersweet chocolate over the stove, double boiler-style. You can do it in the microwave too, but there's a better chance of scorching it.
  2. Basically you just keep stirring the chocolate in a bowl (or double boiler) over simmering water until the chocolate melts. Takes about 5 minutes. Nothing to it!
  3. When it was completely melted, I ladled the chocolate into a plastic squeeze bottle (you can get them at any restaurant supply store).
  • I started by melting bittersweet chocolate over the stove, double boiler-style. You can do it in the microwave too, but there's a better chance of scorching it.
  • Basically you just keep stirring the chocolate in a bowl (or double boiler) over simmering water until the chocolate melts. Takes about 5 minutes. Nothing to it!
  • When it was completely melted, I ladled the chocolate into a plastic squeeze bottle (you can get them at any restaurant supply store).
  • And blew up some small balloons. I couldn't find any water balloons, so I had to make do with some heavier-duty balloons from a helicopter toy (you gotta make do with what you can find at the grocery store, sometimes).
  • Then I lined a baking sheet with parchment and spooned a puddle of chocolate on the bottom to use as a base.
  • Then I placed the finished balloon on the chocolate base.
  • Now came the fun part: squirting melted chocolate all over the balloons in a random lacy pattern to form the nest.
  • I repeated the process with more balloons and set them aside to dry for a few hours, until the chocolate was no longer glossy. (You could probably get away with 30 minutes, but I didn't want to take any chances.)
  • At long last, it was time for the moment of truth. I cut the balloons open at the knot. The balloon is supposed pull away from the chocolate as it deflates...
  • Instead it just slowly imploded on itself.
  • And collapsed into a sad little pile of shattered chocolate and latex.
  • The same thing happened with #2 and I started to get nervous.

  • The third time, I tried to give the chocolate a fighting chance by easing it away from the balloon before popping it.
  • It worked! This one had more chocolate surface area, which helped it resist the pressure of the balloon, I think.
  • Success!





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