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Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.



  1. Dana says:

    Oh My GOD! I’m totally going to do that! I hope I can make it resistant enough to keep something in it! I could use it as a bowl on a plate to put strawberries in it! I know it will sound woman-like but: Kitchen, here I come!

  2. chartle says:

    Since there doesn’t appear to be words.

    On step 6 you should carefully deflate the balloon not pop it. Popping could break the bowl. It looks like they taped the balloon to the bowl so if you poke it through the tape it shouldn’t pop.

    1. hurlebaus says:

      Hi Chartle….
      please it is not with MAKE — I only want to know, how you made your “Avatar”….
      Please give me an answer!

  3. gjkglfdjgkldfjl says:

    but how do you make it stand? that’s not really clear.

    1. J. R. says:

      Looks like he put down waxed paper, then poured more melted chocolate. Then carefully set the chocobowl onto that and waited for it to set.

    2. noccy42 says:

      I made one last night, The bottom of the balloon was fairly flat, so I just used that.

  4. Wilson! says:

    It’s all fun and games until you use this to serve someone with a Latex allergy…

    1. Sandy says:

      My first thought too! So many people are allergic to latex. Make sure you tell your guests before they eat it! Rashes or worse on the inside of the body would be very bad.

      1. For those concerned with latex, try wrapping the balloon in plastic wrap before pouring the chocolate. It may also add some interesting design to the inside of the bowl.

        1. 4loyaltee says:

          Good idea!! Besides, wouldn’t the hot chocolate pop/melt/’pit’ the balloon if cellophane or ‘waxed paper’ (for cooking) wasn’t wrapping/ covering the balloon before the hot melted chocolate was poured onto the balloon (‘before’ the actually pouring of the chocolate)?! Specially made Waxed Paper, that is used to line metal cookie trays, could wrap the balloon, too. One may purchase this item at most grocery stores &/or crafts’ specialty stores, like ‘Michaels’ ‘.

  5. LS says:

    What chocolate do you recommend for this? I would love to do this but I don’t know anything about melting chocolate.

  6. Rahere says:

    Temper your chocolate by melting it in the microwave, slowly, to 45C, then drop it to 27C, stirring to form usable crystals in the cocoa butter (this is done by working it on marble by professional chocolatiers, who look for the thickening as it cools, but that’s not absolutely necessary), before finally raising it to 31C to leave just those crystals which form a glossy, stable chocolate. These temperatures are fairly precise

  7. rahere says:

    For a beginner, use street-quality chocolate, as it’s got a lot of cocoa butter in it (white chocolate is almost entirely cocoa butter and sugar). The reason chocolatiers use marble is because they use high cocoa content (ie low cocoa butter) which makes crystallisation a sensitive issue. But for a bowl which will hopefully be noshed inside of 24 hours, this will be fine. The reason for tempering the chocolate is that untempered chocolate will crumble, and lack sheen.

  8. P. Almonius says:

    Does the chocolate pick up any taste from the balloon?

    1. noccy42 says:

      Not that I can taste, but I did wash my balloon before I used it.

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  12. Damien says:

    I would do the exact same as above but cover the balloon in clingwrap to avoid the latex and other balloon issues.

    Can’t wait to try this!

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  14. swati says:

    please give me the detailed description.
    I had a flop show last night.

    1. hurlebaus says:

      Hello – it is not with Make —
      but please can you say me, how you made your Avatar….
      Please give me response to gerd.schenk at

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    How-Not-To: Make a Chocolate Bowl Using a Balloon

  21. Tara Lidell says:

    I love that!! I would never have thought about using a balloon to make a chocolate bowl! This will be a good project for my niece and I! Thank you, Tara Lidell

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    Cool! Thank you!

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