Valentine's Day Chocolate Cups

Surprise your sweetheart with Valentine’s Day Chocolate Cups! Serve each chocolate cup filled with about 1 cup of your favorite mousse, pudding, or ice cream, and garnished for Valentine’s Day or any special day.
Ingredients: 
  • 2 (12-ounce) cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening
  • 8 small round balloons (see Note)
Method:
1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper.
2. In a medium saucepan, melt the chocolate and shortening over low heat for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring just until the chocolate melts and the mixture is smooth. Allow to cool to the point where the chocolate is not hot enough to pop a balloon, but is still pourable.
3. Inflate the balloons to about the size of an orange; tie knots to seal. Starting halfway from the knotted end, spoon the chocolate over the outside of the balloons, completely covering the outside bottom half of each. Allow the excess chocolate to drip off the bottom of the balloons and place them on the lined baking sheet.
4. Chill 25 to 30 minutes, until the chocolate is firm. Carefully pop the balloons and remove them from the chocolate cups. Chill the cups until ready to serve (see suggestions above).

Note
Anyone with an allergy or sensitivity to latex should NOT make or consume these dessert cups.

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