Chocolate tea cups are a great way to add a dash of class and uniqueness to a dessert. They take little time and effort to make and are an excellent serving size for ice cream or other treats. These chocolate tea cups can also be used for many other purposes, including decorations or even take-home party favours.
Cut or break the melting chocolate into smaller pieces and melt the chocolate in a microwaveable dish. Keep an eye on the chocolate so that it does not burn, and melt it in a microwave using 15 to 20 second intervals. Alternately, you can melt chocolate on the hob using a double boiler. This will take a bit longer, though it is easier to watch. If melting using a double boiler keep it on a low heat and do not let the water come to a boil.
Fill a small plastic cup with chocolate using the soup ladle. Place the cup in a refrigerator for 1 to 2 minutes in order for the chocolate to cool. You want a coating of chocolate to set on the inside of the cup, but you still want some of the chocolate to pour out. Save this chocolate to make the tea cup handles later.
Turn the cup upside down on waxed paper once the chocolate has hardened slightly, letting all of the melted chocolate pour out. Turn the cup over several times to ensure all of the sides are evenly coated with chocolate, then place the cup back in the refrigerator to harden.
Take the cup from the refrigerator after about 10 minutes, and use your fingers to remove hardened chocolate from the edges. Gently slide the chocolate mould out of the cup and onto a piece of waxed paper.
Put the leftover chocolate from Step 2, which may need to be softened a bit, into a pastry bag to make the tea cup handles. If you do not have a pastry bag, you can cut a small hole in the corner of a plastic sandwich bag and use that instead. Make a small handle on a piece of waxed paper using the pastry bag and place it in the refrigerator to set.
Remove the hardened chocolate handle from the refrigerator after a few minutes and fix it to the side of the tea cup using melted chocolate. Using a small brush or your fingers, put melted chocolate on both the tea cup and the handle, then press the two together until they stick. Place the finished tea cup in the refrigerator to set.