A Balloon You Can Eat?! Watch Fine Diners Turn Into Children

Sophie Miura

Chicago’s Alinea restaurant might appear to be a bustling birthday venue, but no, the helium-filled translucent balloons bobbing in the air aren’t for decoration—they’re dessert. 

The award-winning Michelin-star venue has been hailed as one of America’s most theatrical restaurants, thanks to its Green Apple Balloon. It mightn’t look appetizing, but the orb-like object is made from flavored taffy, filled with helium, and tied with a string made from dehydrated apple. 

So, how does one go about eating a balloon? Guests press their lips to the thin surface to suck the helium out as it deflates, then eat the taffy:

Have you tried Alinea’s Green Apple Balloon? Tell us about it, and shop Molecular Gastronomy at Home by Jozef Youssef ($20) to create your own culinary masterpiece.

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