This is a simple and quick dessert to make, but it is a bit fancier. Kids will love to smash the chocolate dome and see what is inside. The chocolate mousse inside the dome is sugar-free, gluten-free, and vegan.
How to make a chocolate dome
Melt 100 grams of dark chocolate. You can also use white chocolate. Melt the chocolate in a water bath.
Put some water in a pan and place a bowl on top of it. Make sure the bowl does not touch the water since if it boils, the chocolate can burn. Let the water simmer. It takes 2-5 minutes for the chocolate to melt. Stir around gently, do not whisk, so it does not form air bubbles.
Blow up 4 small air balloons. Fit them in your serving bowls so you know what size chocolate domes you should make.
Dip the balloon in the melted chocolate. Use a spoon to help spread out the chocolate if you need to. Place the balloon on a mug and put it in the fridge or freezer. Let it sit for approx 20 minutes in cold so the chocolate hardens.
Pop the balloon with scissors and remove the balloon from chocolate. If the balloon sticks in the chocolate and is hard to remove, just wait for some minutes, it will peel itself away after a while.
How to make a chocolate dome without a balloon
To make a perfectly round and smooth dome, then it is good to use a mold. You can use a mold that is meant for round balls. In those, you put chocolate and roll it inside the mold, then place it in the freezer for 20 minutes. This is simple, for 4 desserts, you need to have 2 round ball molds. To get the chocolate ball in half nicely, just cut it with a hot, sharp knife very gently.
You can also use silicone molds. Just choose a large enough mold for this. They are handy, and you can make all kinds of different desserts in these.
I also played around with other molds, round objects you can find around the house. This glass ball was covered in cling film and dipped halfway with chocolate, but I did not get the chocolate dome out nicely, and it broke down. The cling film sat quite hard on the chocolate. The balloons were the best option.
What chocolate can you use
You can use different types of chocolate. I follow a plant-based diet, so I wanted my chocolate to have a low sugar amount and no milk, so I used 70% cocoa dark chocolate. To make a sugar-free version, you can use sugar-free chocolate. For a vegan dome, use chocolate that does not have milk. Dark chocolates are usually milk-free. There are also vegan white chocolates.
How many calories are in a chocolate dome
1 chocolate dome has about 140-160 calories. Chocolate mousse has 165 calories, so the total dessert portion with berry topping has 340 calories.
How to make a simple chocolate mousse
To make a simple sugar free chocolate mousse you need coconut milk that has been in the fridge overnight. You use the thick part of it. You need cocoa powder and something to sweeten the mousse. I like using dates but also maple syrup, stevia or xylitol are natural sweetening options.
You whisk the coconut cream, and then add in rest of the ingredients. Ready!
Let it cool in the fridge for a while.
See the complete detailed recipe for the chocolate mousse HERE.
You can also use an avocado chocolate mousse if you don´t want to use coconut milk.
Decorations inside the dome
I used some chocolate eggs, coconut flakes and pineapple ground cherries
Other toppings you can use:
- Small biscuits
- Cut mango
- Roasted nuts
- Condensed coconut milk
- Cocoa nibs
- Chocolate bites
- Candied fruits