How to make chocalate shells to hold ice cream?

by Ruth

Does anyone know how to make chocalate shells to hold ice cream?

I want to make chocalate shells to fill with a scoop of ice cream and decorate.

Hi Ruth,

I think making chocolate shells to hold ice cream is a simply scrumptious idea! If you are willing to go to the trouble, I think the end result is well worth the effort.

Making chocolate shells or cones can be a bit tricky, but once you get the hang of it, you'll love them, I'm sure.

This question came up once before and we had some discussion and tossed a few ideas around for the easiest and most practical way to create these chocolate ice cream shells and you'll find the ideas on our page about chocolate cones that are fillable.

Unfortunately, Sandi never came back to report on how her chocolate shells turned out, so I hope you will remember to report back. If you take a few photos of the process, I'd love to add them to this page for everyone to see!

Just send them to me via email at angie(at)

Have fun!

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Nov 22, 2009
Chocolate Bowl For Ice Cream
by: Angie

Hi Lyn,

I love the description of how you make a chocolate bowl for ice cream. Ingenious, really! :) I can just picture you standing there precariously holding four balloons loaded with melted chocolate.

Thanks so much for taking the time to share!

Nov 22, 2009
chocolate shells
by: lyn

I blow up a ballon just big enough to hold in the palm of my hand and tie it. You don't want it too large. Melt almond bark in the microwave, let it cool a couple of mins. and roll the balloon in the choc. about 2/3 way up. Then hold it up and let it drip for a couple mins. and roll in chocolate again. Hold it up by the tie again till it's not sticky then place it in the freezer for about 3 minutes. Take it out, pop the balloon and peel the ballon out very carefully. The edges of the candy shell with be rough and jagged, not smooth but that makes it look better. Some may even kind of lay on their sides and not stand straight upright. That's OK too cause everyone will know that they are handmade and they're originals.These are great for putting ice cream and mousse in. I always dribble chocolate syrup around the plate, drag a toothpick thru it to make a design, place the choc. shell in the middle, and fill. My guests think they're at a fancy rest. I always gets oohs and ahhs. It's time consuming but worth it. I've gotten to the point that I can do four at a time and stand and hold them with my fingers at weird angles. :)

Aug 05, 2009
Making Chocolate Shells
by: Mike


I watched Paula Deane on the Food Network and she said to blow up a balloon, tie it and quickly dip in in your melted chocolate and roll side to side. After it has dried throughly, Pop the Balloon and you will have a nice size bowl for serving Ice Cream or other deserts. I hope that this helps you out.

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