Hot Cocoa Bombs
Updated: May 5
Last month my daughter turned 13 and I made hot chocolate bombs for her small at-home birthday party. It seems that this winter hot chocolate bombs have become all the rage and boy did the girls have a lot of fun drinking them! I’ve been asked a lot about them so in today’s episode I’m going to show you exactly how I make them. I’m even sharing a variety of flavors I’ve made so you can get inspired for variations you could try as well.
The most essential part of a chocolate bomb are the molds. I ordered them off of the internet, or maybe you can find them at a local kitchen shop. For the chocolate I used chocolate chips or melting chocolate, powdered hot chocolate mix, and lots of cute sprinkles and items for toppings. Once you get the hang of making these you can try all sorts of items from the candy aisle!
The key to making a great hot chocolate bomb is melting the chocolate really well and making sure it covers the entire mold, then letting it set completely. One the shell is complete you can fill it with nearly anything you want. Since the outer shell is chocolate that will melt into the milk I don’t use too much hot cocoa powder. Otherwise the chocolate chocolate gets too rich. I also always make sure to use a wide mug that can hold at least 10-ounces of hot milk. This is needed to truly mix the hot chocolate well and make it smooth and drinkable.
As you all know, I’m all about presentation when it comes to homemade treats! This is why I love setting up a full hot chocolate bar to go with our chocolate bombs. The hot chocolate bar is filled with yummy toppings and a few stir-ins. As you can see in the video, whipped cream is my children’s favorite, along with extra marshmallows. The bar is super fun to serve at kids parties, when adults come over, or just on a snow day when you’re in the mood to make things extra cozy.
I hope you like these as much as we do - enjoy!
HOT CHOCOLATE BOMBS
These have become all the rage this winter and I had a lot of fun making them for my daughter’s birthday. Once I got the hang of the method I started experimenting with all kinds of flavors and add-ins. Have fun with your hot chocolate bombs - they should be a lot of fun!
12 ounces melting chocolate - either chocolate chips or melting chocolate
4 ounces decorative melting chocolate if using (i.e. white chocolate chips, or colorful melting chocolate)
6 teaspoons powdered hot chocolate mix
6 teaspoons caramel sauce or hot fudge sauce if using
1 ½ cups mini marshmallows
½ cup decorative toppings - like sprinkles, crushed cookies, etc
Set your hot chocolate bomb molds on a countertop. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl in a microwave or a double-boiler.
Use a spoon and divide the chocolate evenly between all 12 half-cups in the molds. Using the back of the spoon, paint the chocolate up on the sides of the molds so they are all evenly coated. Reserve any remaining chocolate for decorating later.
Place the molds in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, or until completely set.
Gently remove the chocolate cups from the molds and set them on the lined baking sheet.
Fill 6 of the half-cups with 1 teaspoon of caramel or fudge sauce if using, powdered hot chocolate mix, a few marshmallows, and any other flavorings you might be using.
Heat a skillet over medium heat and briefly touch the edges of an unfilled cup to the heated pan so the edges melt. Then take the unfilled cup and affix it on top of a filled cup, holding it in place for about 30 seconds, or until the bomb is fully closed. Let the completed ball rest for 10 minutes so the chocolate fully hardens.
Melt any decorating chocolate you’ll be using and drizzle the bombs in a decorative fashion, then top with any toppings you’ve prepared (sprinkles, salt flakes, crushed cookies, etc)
TO MAKE THE HOT CHOCOLATE
Place a hot chocolate bomb in an empty mug. Heat about 12 ounce of milk on the stovetop or microwave. Pour it over the bombs so it melts completely and stir vigorously so everything is completely dissolved. Enjoy!
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