Special Dessert for Dad!


Father’s Day is this coming Sunday.  It was always one of my favorite days to celebrate and show my dad just how special he was to me.  We’d put on the old Big Band music, his favorite, and my sisters and I would all take turns dancing with our night and shining armor – OUR DAD!  He was the best, and for those of you still fortunate to share this day with him “do it up chocolate” as my daddy would say!
Since I always like to make a fuss about those near and dear to me, my dessert is sure to put a smile on your dads face and everyone else gathering around the table.
This dessert is so simple to prepare.  However, if you want to make it all from scratch (chocolate cups, ice cream, topping), then start several days ahead and assemble everything just before serving.
The results: A fun dessert with infinite possibilities. 
I hope you enjoy it!


Chocolate Cups Filled With Anything You Desire
dark chocolate chips
10 ounces dark chocolate chips
8 small balloons (water bomb style)
Set aside a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Blow up 8 balloons (about 4 to 5 inches in diameter when fully inflated).
In a medium microwave-safe bowl add the chocolate and microwave in 30-second intervals until melted. Stir until smooth.
Spoon 1 teaspoon melted chocolate onto prepared pan to form a small disk.
Dip balloon in the bowl of melted chocolate, coating about one-third of the balloon. Rock balloon from one side to another, going about 1/2 way up, forming a scalloped or tulip effect.
Place dipped end on chocolate disk. Repeat with remaining balloons and chocolate. Transfer the pan to the refrigerator to set, about 30 minutes.
To release air from the balloons, pinch each balloon just under the knot, and cut a small hole in the surface between your fingers and the knot. Gradually release the air; if air is released too quickly, the cups may break.
chocolate cups
Carefully peel the deflated balloons from the chocolate cups, and patch any holes with the remaining chocolate.
If desired, heat up some white chocolate to drizzle over the hardened chocolate cup for more pizazz!
Return the chocolate cups to the refrigerator until ready to use.
Note: You can make the chocolate cups up to 5 days ahead. Refrigerate until ready to use.
To Serve:
Fill chocolate cups with your favorite treat.  I’ve filled ours with frozen vanilla yogurt, Heath bar, non-pariels, topped with chocolate sauce and whipping cream.
Other variations:
Strawberry, Raspberry or Chocolate Mousse
Favorite Candy
Homemade ice cream
fresh berries
What will you fill yours with?


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  1. I love doing these such great fun! My dad would have loved them too~ I am glad I have to work that day, always a sad day for me.. like to stay busy… you did a great job and remembering the good times is always the best! these look great!

  2. Thanks Claudia. I’m with you, I also like to stay busy. I feel fortunate that I have great memories, those never go away!

  3. wow super treat for Dady.Great job.Luks adorable

  4. I love the water balloon idea to make the chocolate cups! You always come up with very creative and fun method. Unfortunately my dad is not in the same country to celebrate with me but I have my husband to take care of for father’s day… 🙂

  5. Vicki , what a lovely and delicious post ! I’m sure my Dad would really love this as he’s really fond of ice cream and chocolate !

  6. the water balloon idea is so creative! Love the simplicity of this delicious dessert. And you’re right. It has infinite possibilities.

  7. How fun! Perfect for Father’s Day! Love the scalloped chocolate bowls, Vicki! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  8. You did such a great job on your chocolate bowls, I have never seen them dipped so perfectly. Pretty cool that your dad liked chocolate. You really do have some wonderful memories of your time with him.
    To this day all the men in our family are savory eaters. Sometimes I wish they liked sweets, but it is the moments together that count.

  9. Vicki, you are always so creative. Balloons?! Very cool. I could see using these in so many ways. Thanks for sharing.

  10. I love the water balloon idea! Terrific way to make chocolate cups. Definitely have to give that a try sometime – thanks for a great tip.

  11. I love the chocolate cup idea, I have to give that a try. Very creative. Delicious way to celebrate special occasions.

  12. How fun Vicki, you’re right there would be a zillion ways to use these delicious edible bowls ……… now you got me going, oh dear!

  13. That’s a cool trick! Thanks for sharing it. I totally love it.

  14. Hi there, that’s a great idea – though my daughters probably wouldn’t be too happy about me chopping up all those balloons! Thanks for popping by on my blog.

  15. Nami, of course your husband would love these as well. Your kids can help you make them. Whether for your dad, hubby, brother in-law or family friends, all will love these sweet surprises.

  16. Thank you Tina, they’re so simple to make you won’t believe it. I just posted a video above this post for anyone to view.

    My dad love sweet and savory foods. He didn’t discriminate!

  17. Thank you for all your posts. I hope you enjoy making these.

    WokandSpoon – I don’t think your daughters will mind you using their balloons at all, especially when they get to reap the rewards of what’s prepared.

  18. I love the idea so simple and sifusticated! It makes everything look better

  19. What a great idea! I think I’ll fill my husband’s with ice cream for Father’s Day 🙂

    love it

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