Chocolate “Hunny Pots” with Honey Mousse

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I was one of those weird kids who didn’t watch “normal” tv. When I was younger, we had a PBS-only rule in my house, so I could tell you all about what was happening on 3,2,1…Contact or Square One, but couldn’t begin to tell you what The Simpsons were about, or what a “cowabunga” was. And those fancy cable kid’s shows? Fuggedaboutit. [Now, when my youngest brother was growing up? That’s a different story. The rules were so relaxed for him, he was practically watching The Godfather in first grade. But I’m not still holding a grudge about it or anything…] We did have a stash of movies I was allowed to watch, and one of my favorites was The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. I loved Pooh. I had the classic editions of the books that I read over and over again, and for some time I collected Eeyore memorabilia, in the way that little girls always seem to have a collection of some sort.

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I hadn’t seen the movie in many, many years, but when I received a copy of the movie to help inspire this post, it all came flooding back. Even the theme song was familiar, the words lodged deep in my subconscious. I may not remember any high school math, but darned if I couldn’t sing along to every word from the opening credits.

Now that I’m a parent, I think much more about children’s entertainment, and how our kids are formed by what media they consume. (And I have a little more sympathy for my parents’ strict rules, as well.) I’m looking forward to sharing The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh with my own son. It’s sweet and fun and full of wonderful characters and gentle lessons about love and friendship.

To celebrate the movie, I decided to make a dessert version of one of Winnie the Pooh’s favorite treats: hunny pots.

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These pots are entirely edible, made of chocolate and decorated with a Pooh-inspired “HUNNY” label. The filling is a quick and simple honey-white chocolate mousse. I think of this as a “cheater’s” mousse because it’s so dang easy—no separating eggs or whipping yolks and whites required!  The pots are finished with a smackerel of honey on top, so they look like they’re filled to the brim and overflowing with honey.

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These chocolate bowls are one of my favorite ways to fancy up dessert. They’re easy to make—Pooh might say they’re very little bother—but they look elegant and always impress people! If honey-white chocolate mousse isn’t your thing, you can fill them with ice cream, whipped cream, curds, or other mousses instead. They can even be used to hold candies or other treats at parties. There’s a picture tutorial and full recipe below—give them a try!

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The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and HD Digital August 27th. For more Pooh news, hop on over to the Winnie the Pooh facebook page.

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Quick Honey-White Chocolate Mousse
Adapted from Bon Appetit
yield: 8 3/4-cup servings

12 oz white chocolate, chopped (I used Lindt)
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups heavy cream, divided use
6 tbsp honey
2 tsp unflavored powdered gelatin
2 TBSP + 2 tsp cold water

Combine the chopped white chocolate, salt, 3/4 cup heavy cream, and honey in a medium saucepan. Place the pan over low heat and gently warm it up, stirring frequently, until the white chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth. Remove from the heat, pour it into a large bowl, and let it cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally.

While you wait for the white chocolate mixture to cool, prepare the gelatin. Whisk together the gelatin and the cold water in a small bowl, and set it aside to let the gelatin absorb the water. When the white chocolate is at room temperature, microwave the bowl of gelatin for 15 seconds, until it is melted. Whisk the melted gelatin and white chocolate together.

Whip the remaining 1 1/4 cups heavy cream to firm peaks. Fold half of the whipped cream into the white chocolate, and once it’s incorporated, fold in the remaining whipped cream. Pour the mousse into 8 3/4-cup chocolate pots, ramekins, or other serving containers. Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving. Mousse can be made several days in advance and kept in the refrigerator until ready to serve. If desired, top “hunny pots” with a thin layer of honey on top of the mousse, for visual appeal.

Chocolate “Hunny Pots”
yield: 10 or more hunny pots (make as many as you can, in case some break!)

12 oz dark chocolate candy coating (I like Merckens brand)
Small round water balloons
6 oz light chocolate candy coating
3 oz white candy coating

Melt the dark chocolate candy coating in a microwave-safe bowl, stirring after every 30 seconds to prevent overheating. Once it’s completely melted and smooth, set it aside to cool until it is just barely warm, stirring occasionally. If the coating is too hot, it will cause the balloons to burst, so it’s important that it be nearly room temperature, but still fluid enough to dip.

Blow up the water balloons until they’re about 4” tall. They should be well inflated but not stretched to their maximum. Your hunny pots will be about the size of the bottom half of the balloon, so use this to judge how much you should inflate them.

Cover a baking sheet with waxed paper. Holding a balloon by the knot at the top, dip it into the barely warm candy coating. I find it easiest to press it down until it’s half-submerged, then twirl it around while pressing down so that the coating comes up around the sides in an even layer. Remove the balloon from the chocolate and let the excess drip back in the bowl, then set it down on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with as many balloons as you can make with your candy coating. Refrigerate the tray to set the coating, for about 30 minutes.

Once the coating is set, grip a balloon just below the knot, and cut a small hole in the balloon above your fingers. Slowly and steadily let the air out, controlling it with your grip. If you let the air out too fast, it’s more likely that the bowl will crack or the balloon will burst or tear, making it harder to remove. When most of the air is out of the balloon, hold it by the bottom and gently pull the balloon from the inside of the bowl. Repeat with the remaining bowls.

Melt the light chocolate candy coating, stir it until smooth, and let it cool until it’s just barely warm. Hold a bowl by the bottom lip and dip the top of the bowl into the coating, covering 1/4-1/2” of the top rim. Once all of the bowls are dipped, refrigerate them again to set the light chocolate coating.

Finally, melt the white coating. Pour it into a piping bag fitted with a small round tip, or a paper cone. (A small plastic bag with a hole cut in the corner might also work, or you can try using a toothpick.) Write the word “HUNNY” on the front of the bowls. Let the coating set one final time before filling the pots.

Disclosure: this is a sponsored post from Disney and Blueprint Social. I received a copy of the movie and compensation for writing it. All opinions expressed are my own.

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65 Responses to Chocolate “Hunny Pots” with Honey Mousse
  1. Oh my goodness, these are the cutest things ever!!! Absolutely love this post! :)

  2. I was exactly the same as you – PBS, can I get a Sesame Street? :) I didn’t watch Winnie the Pooh, but we had lots of books about him. Your step by step is super helpful and the end result is so cute and well done. Way to go on this one! Looks delicious!

  3. Awwwww – Pooh would love those! Very cute!!!

  4. OMG OMG OMG!! Can I just OMG one more time about how absolutely freaking adorable these are?!? Because they are about the cutest thing ever!! I remember watching a lot of Winnie the Pooh when I was little. And funnily enough one of the songs my dad sang to me was Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s “House on Pooh Corner”. But I’m going back to these hunny pots…. I adore them. And I adore white chocolate and honey so that mousse is like a dream!!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Oh that’s so sweet about your dad! It’s funny how those things stick with us–music has a crazy way of lodging itself into our memory. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  5. Oh my goodness.. these are the cutest!

  6. Danguole says:

    Excuse me while I lose my mind over: (1) the CUTENESS and (2) the genius of using balloons to do this! Bravo.

  7. Cuteness overload. Although, I have not watched Winnie the Pooh in a thousand years, this dessert is making me long to watch it again.

  8. Kelly Tang says:

    I LOVE THESE. They’re so creative and cute and look like they taste delicious! I wish I could come up with such an awesome dessert!

  9. SQUEAL. These are adorable. I loved Pooh when I was little!

  10. Liz says:

    You are SO talented! We have a soft spot for Pooh in our household and your honey pots and their decadent mousse filling are simply amazing!!!

  11. This is so incredibly awesome! You did an amazing job on this sweet treat. They are {almost} too cute to eat :)

    • Elizabeth says:

      Thanks Kirsten! That’s what we said–”They’re almost too cute…aaaalmost…” {commence eating all of them…}

  12. These are over-the-top cute!!! Pinning! I think this is my favorite cute dessert I have seen in a long time!

  13. Um, these are pretty much the cutest things ever. I’m a huge fan of making the chocolate bowls with balloons… But taking them over the top and turning them into honey pots? AH!!! Squeals of cuteness. I love the way the honey looks on top, too. So decadent!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Thanks so much Rachel! I’ve been making chocolate bowls for awhile, but I’m usually pretty boring with them. Now that I’ve turned them into hunny pots, I can’t wait to experiment a little more! Thanks for stopping by. :)

  14. Dina says:

    they are adorable and sound yummy too!

  15. Quinn says:

    My extended family called me “Quinny the Pooh” when I was a kid. I HATED it! haha Still have some raw native honey from Texas, and I love the baloon trick! Will be doing this soon.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Oh man, I totally sympathize. That’s a killer nickname…which I am now going to proceed to use all the time.

      Let me know how it goes if you try it! The chocolate bowls are a good trick to have in your back pocket, and work for tons of stuff.

  16. Soops says:

    I absolutely loved the idea of these. I’d like them bite size, so I can’t imagine how to write on them when they’re little, but I see a plate of tiny honey pots ready to pop into your mouth, drool. Keep them coming!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Oh my gosh, bite-sized honey pots is too much! You might be able to do it by using really small balloons and barely inflating them, but I can only imagine how long it would take to make a big tray of them. If you try it, you’re a more patient person than I! They would be too cute, though.

  17. That is all cuter than I don’t know what!!!

  18. Liz says:

    I’ve always loved Winnie the Pooh too….he’s just so dang cute! These are incredibly cute and perfect for little ones (and big ones too!).

  19. Wow! I love the way you make the “hunny” bowl! : )

  20. I LOVE these “hunny” posts. So darling!

  21. These are so adorable I can hardly stand it! I pinned it to my Cute Food board …and these are cute to the core. Can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Thanks Kathy, and thanks for pinning! I think I need to check out your cute food pin board–sounds like my kind of place. :)

  22. How incredibly charming! It brings me right back to all my imaginary adventures in the Hundred Acre Woods when I was little.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Thanks so much Nikki! The books really were magical, weren’t they? To me that’s the sign of a great book–something that stands the test of time and stays in memory for decades.

  23. Amanda says:

    Is there a way to make the honey mousse with something other then white chocolate? It makes me very sick. But I love Winne The Pooh :)

    • Elizabeth says:

      Hi Amanda! You can use another type of chocolate (milk or dark) instead of white–does that help? Otherwise, you’ll probably need to use another recipe entirely…the good news is, you can fill these bowls with anything, so you could always substitute your favorite pudding or ice cream instead. :)

  24. WOW! These Winnie the Pooh Honey pots do look amazing!

  25. Elaina says:

    Hi there, Im attempting to make these for my daughters birthday & have had no success so far. Any tips you can share? Why water balloons? Do you fill with water or air? I tried regular balloons & they didnt work. Also how do you get the balloon out of the chocolate? The chocolate stuck to my balloons but I used candy melts. Could that be the problem? These are beyond adorable, love your post. Elaina

    • Elizabeth says:

      Hi Elaina, Sorry to hear you’re having trouble. I use water balloons because they’re much smaller than regular balloons. You want the surface of the balloons to be stretched fairly tight, and if you just blew up regular balloons a small amount, they would still be fairly soft and wrinkly. I believe water balloons are also made of a thinner material which helps with the deflation/peeling. I filled them with air, not water.

      I used candy melts for this recipe as well (Merckens brand, but other brands should work too). I think if you’re using water balloons, letting the coating set until it’s very firm, and then carefully, VERY slowly letting the air out and peeling the balloon away, you might have more success. Are there any other specific points in the recipe that could be clarified? Good luck!

  26. Karen says:

    Hi there! First of all, I LOVE the HUNNY pot idea. It is so cute and adorable! My 11 month old son loves Winnie The Pooh and I wanted to make these Hunny chocolate pots for his 1 yr old birthday party this weekend. Unfortunately,I’m having a little trouble making the chocolate bowls. My water balloons keep bursting once I sat it on the wax paper. The melted chocolate is barely warm, almost solidifying again. And the balloons still pop. Only 9 survived out of 20 balloons. I don’t know what I did wrong. :( I was so excited to make this but now I’m almost giving up making it. Does the quality of the water balloon matters?
    Thanks!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Hi Karen, I’m so sorry to hear that you’re having a problem with the balloons! I have only ever had problems with balloons bursting when the chocolate is too warm, and I believe my water balloons are cheapies from Target. What is the temperature of the kitchen you’re working in? What kind of chocolate are you using? Can you try with the chocolate even cooler, or at that point is it too thick to dip at all? Could you figure out any pattern to the ones that didn’t pop?

      [PS Happy first birthday to your son! My 2-year old is obsessed with Winnie the Pooh too!]

      • Karen says:

        Thanks! I think I will be more excited with the Hunny pots than my son. :D :D
        Anyway, I bought these water balloons from Dollar Store. Not sure if that may be the problem. The temperature in my house is about 69F-70F. I bought the chocolate candy wafers from Hobby Lobby (Make N Mold brand). The chocolate was at the point where it became too thick to even dip in it many times and I ended up having to reheat it in the microwave again. I melt the chocolate using microwave since I don’t have a double boiler. At first I thought maybe I should use all the blue balloons (since the one that stayed intact and perfect was the hourglass shaped blue balloon) BUt I was wrong. It didn’t matter what color at that point. It’s pretty a hit and miss kinda thing.

        • Elizabeth says:

          Honestly, I’m a little stumped. When I have had problems with balloons popping, it is usually the first 1 or 2 that I dip, so I let the chocolate cool a bit and then it stops happening. (And you have my sincere sympathies! I know what a huge pain it is to clean up exploding chocolate.)

          It may be that the dollar store balloons are just too thin to be used in this way. Do you have any access to other balloons to give it a try? Otherwise, it sounds like your chocolate and your room temp are just about perfect. [I always use the microwave to melt my chocolate too--who has time for a double boiler?? :) ] I hope you’re able to try it with other balloons so we can get to the bottom of this! Good luck!

  27. […] I made “honey pots” by filling chocolate bowls with honey white chocolate mousse and decorating them. I got the idea from Sugar Hero. […]

  28. Brianne says:

    Hi,
    Can you use chocolate chips or bakers chocolate instead of the candy wafers?

    Thank you!

  29. Melissa says:

    Hello!

    I was wondering if you rinsed off the balloons before using them? To get off any powder that might be on them? I rinsed mine and then dried them. But the balloons are sticking to the chocolate when I try to pull them out. ..

    • Elizabeth says:

      Hi Melissa, I didn’t rinse my balloons off first, but if they were thoroughly dried I don’t think that rinsing/drying them would be a problem. Did you use chocolate coating or chocolate chips? Was the chocolate chilled before you started the balloon removal process?

      • Melissa says:

        I used the Wilton candy melts and chilled the pots before removing the balloons. I experimented a bit and finally figured out a successful way to get the balloon out without it tearing and sticking to the pot – i rubbed flour on each balloon before coating it with chocolate. Works great! Thanks so much for your quick response :)

        • Elizabeth says:

          Nice–the flour is a great idea! I wonder if powdered sugar would work as well? That’s a neat hack–glad they worked out for you in the end!

  30. Meg says:

    These look amazing! Could you possibly answer a question I have? Although I suspect the answer may be no. Would I be able to freeze this mousse? I really shouldn’t have that much mousse in the fridge whilst living alone! Thanks

    • Elizabeth says:

      Hi Meg! Sadly, you’re right–the mousse won’t freeze well. The texture will suffer after it defrosts and it might separate in a weird way. I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news! You could try quartering it?

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