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The hunt is on! Valentine’s Day is in the rear view mirror and after we chase leprechauns in a few weeks, Easter will be right around the corner. Why not make these fun chocolate bowls for your Easter candy!
Easter egg hunts are one of the best things about Easter and I’m already planning ours. When I was shopping at Sam’s Club last week, I came across a big display of Mars Chocolate Spring Mixed Mini Bags and I grabbed a couple, knowing they’d be perfect for filling our eggs.
The bag has all our favorite candies in one: Peanut Butter M&M’S® (the BEST M&M’S candies ever, if you ask me!), TWIX®, SNICKERS®, MILKY WAY® and Marshmallow THREE MUSKETEERS®.
I love using these candies for dessert recipes but this time I had something a little different in mind. I’d found a cute bunny butt mold at the craft store and I was trying to come up with a fun way to use it. Everybody makes cupcakes with them so I wanted something different. That’s when I thought of making chocolate bowls. How fun (and yummy) would these be?!
What You’ll Need:
For the bunny butts:
For the bowls:
4 small balloons
1 20 oz bag of white candy melts
Easter or spring colored sprinkles
2 cups coconut
How To Make Chocolate Bowls
If you don’t know how to make a chocolate bowl, don’t worry. It’s a lot easier than it looks and I’ll walk you through all the steps! First you’ll need white chocolate. You can always use white chocolate chips but when it comes to white chocolate, I find candy melts much easier to work with.
Since these are chocolate balloon bowls, you’ll need to blow up some balloons. I used small balloons and only partly inflated them. You’ll also want to line a cookie sheet with wax paper. Now you’re ready to melt the chocolate.
Microwave 20 ounces of white chocolate melts for approximately two minutes, stirring every thirty seconds. Once the chocolate has melted, let it cool slightly for a minute or two. If you dip the balloon while the chocolate is too hot, it’ll be harder to remove the balloon at the end. Stir again and dip a balloon halfway into the mixture.
Push the balloon into the chocolate and pull it straight out, then sprinkle with spring or Easter themed decor. If you’re anything like me, you’re going to find making chocolate bowls with balloons is a lot of fun!
Spoon a dollop of chocolate on the wax paper and place the balloon on top of it.
The extra chocolate creates a flat bottom, keeping the finished bowl from rolling around.
After making a second bowl with Easter sprinkles, I thought it would be fun to try something different.
I dipped another balloon into the white chocolate, then I put it in the refrigerator to harden for a few minutes. This balloon would need two layers of chocolate for what I had in mind. While it was hardening, I melted pink, blue and green candy melts, about five of each. Once the chocolate bowl was firm, I took the balloon out and dipped it in white chocolate again.
This time I swirled spring colors through the chocolate. I took a fork and dipped it in pink chocolate, then swirled it around the bowl.
After swirling pink around the bowl, I did the same with green and blue. Once I’d finished with all three colors, I made a second swirled bowl and put them both back in the fridge to harden.
To make the bunny butts, I filled the tails with white chocolate.
Then I added pink for the pads of their feet and filled the rest of the mold with chocolate.
I put the mold in the refrigerator to harden but noticed that I still had white chocolate left over. Since it’s a terrible thing to waste chocolate, I came up with one more idea.
I thought it would be fun to experiment with the colors to make striped chocolate bowls. This would be the perfect “candy bowl”! I dipped another balloon in white chocolate and refrigerated it for a couple minutes. While it was hardening, I melted pink chocolate and mixed it into the white. Then I dipped the balloon, covering the white halfway.
Finally I melted blue chocolate and mixed it into the pink, creating a pretty purple. After adding one more layer to the bottom, the balloon went back in the fridge for a bit. I pulled the other bowls out and it was time for the fun part!
I cut a balloon at the top and let it deflate.
Next, I pulled the balloon away from the sides of the bowl, but I was sure to do it slowly. The bowls are delicate and can break if you get impatient and pull too hard.
Once the balloons have been taken out, it’s time to fill the bowls.
The bowl looked pretty as is but I had another plan for it. Breaking small pieces off the top of the bowl would give it a kind of shattered egg look. I started to do this by hand but found it was easier (and looked better) when I snipped it with scissors.
I got just the look I was going for!
Now it was time to fill the bowls. Using green food coloring, I dyed two cups of coconut to make the “grass”.
A little goes a long way and four drops gave me just the color I wanted.
After putting the “grass” in the bowls, I added the bunny butts and some M&M’S to resemble Easter eggs. How cute are these? We’re totally ready for Easter now!
I love these for an Easter party and think they’d also make a fun table decoration for Easter brunch!
The bunny was missing a few M&M’s candies though! The peanut butter flavored ones are my new favorite! Luckily, there were plenty of them in the bag of Spring Mixed Minis.
Which one is your favorite? I still can’t decide!
While the bunny butts were pretty cute, I loved using these for a candy bowl too.
Not only did these minis look pretty in the candy bowl, they’re going to be perfect for our Easter egg hunt. They’re just the right size for those little plastic eggs.
Which of these Spring Mix Minis would you be most excited to find in your Easter eggs?
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