Remember those hot cocoa bombs that went viral on social media not long ago? What if we showed you how to make hot cocoa bombs the easy way?
Contrary to popular belief, hot cocoa isn’t meant to be consumed in winter alone. It’s true that there’s something about this delicious chocolaty beverage that warms the heart when it’s freezing cold outside, but for those who enjoy hot cocoa in every season, we’ve got a great recipe in store for you.
What Is a Hot Cocoa Bomb?
If you’ve been on TikTok for at least one year, you’ve probably seen at least one videos of someone pouring hot milk over a chocolate sphere which melted to reveal yummy goodness in the form of cocoa, marshmallows, sprinkles, and other sweets that could be found in the perfect cup of hot cocoa. That’s exactly what a hot cocoa bomb is: a sphere made from tempered chocolate filled with hot cocoa mix and a bunch of other sweets.
According to The Washington Post, Eric Torres Garcia was the photographer to first share the viral hot cocoa bomb, after he went on to build a whole cocoa bomb company out of his passion for the beverage. Hot chocolate bombs are more than just a method of delivering hot cocoa; they are also a unique edible gift that you can have a lot of fun creating and giving away.
What Other Types of Beverage Bombs Can I Make?
Some other popular bomb recipes include eggnog hot chocolate bombs, sugar cookie hot chocolate bombs, and peppermint hot chocolate bombs.
Other Uses for Hot Cocoa Bombs
Hot cocoa bombs are often associated with a winter beverage that’s made to be consumed on really cold days, when hot cocoa sliding down your throat sounds like pure Heaven. The good thing about these treats is that they are so easy to make, you can give them out as holiday gifts, as favors at your Christmas party, and they would make a delicious Secret Santa gift for your office party.
What’s In a Hot Cocoa Bomb Recipe?
The basic cocoa bomb recipe implies using a cocoa ix and some marshmallows to fill the contents. However, adults can get really creative with this recipe and modify or add ingredients to make it more… adult-like. Baileys, Kahlua, and even cognac may all be used to create alcoholic chocolate bombs, which can be done in a variety of ways. Simply think up what you would want to drink with hot chocolate.
Add some Nutella, peanut butter, or caramel syrup on top of the cocoa powder and marshmallows to make a mocktail version of hot chocolate bombs that don’t include any alcohol.
How to Make Hot Cocoa Bombs
The following recipe and the given quantities will yield a total of three bombs.
- A bowl that is microwave-safe
- A spoon
- A mold with 6 cavities
- Piping bags or plastic Ziploc baggies
- Pair of scissors
- A plate or frying pan that you can heat up
- Pack of white candy melts
- Pack of green candy melts
- 1 cup of candy melts, almond bark, or chocolate chips
- 2 tbsp. of hot cocoa mix of your choice
- Optional: mini marshmallows
How to Make Hot Cocoa Bombs
Step 1: Melting the chocolate
To begin, place your plate in your freezer for a few minutes. Place the green colored candy melts into a microwave-safe bowl and heat on high heat for about 30 seconds, stirring halfway through. To check on how much chocolate has melted, remove the bowl from the microwave and stir it around a little. To continue, heat the your chocolates in 30 second increments, taking it from the heat each time to swirl it around a little more.
It is possible that you will have to repeat this process up to four times before the chocolate is melted (it should be smooth and without any lumps).
Melt most of your white candy in the same manner as the other candy melts. Once the chocolate has melted, take the molds out of the freezer and completely cover them with white chocolate to finish the project (you can use the curved side of the spoon to make the process easier). Remove any leftover chocolate with a damp cloth and place the molds back in the freezer for an additional 20 minutes.
Proceed to repeat this for all your chocolate types and melts until you have a nice variety of colored half spheres. If you’re unsure about melting times for each ingredient, here’s a handy guide.
Candy melts: 30 seconds on high, 3 stirring every 10 seconds.
Note that this is thicker than the other types of chocolate.
Dark chocolate: 30 seconds on high, stirring every 15 seconds.
Note that if there are soft lumps that’s okay. Leave them to melt in its own heat rather than put back in the microwave and risk burning.
Theo milk choc: 30 seconds on high, stirring every 10 seconds.
Not as sweet as regular milk chocolate.
Green Candy Melts Chocolate: 30 seconds on high, stirring every 10 seconds until melted.
Step 2: Preparing the contents
Take the mold and plate out of the freezer and set them aside. Carefully remove the bomb halves from the mold so that they don’t get broken. Place each half on a cool plate to prevent them from melting together during the assembly process.
Place some micro marshmallows in a basin with two spoons filled with cocoa mix and stir well to combine. Fill each of the three cocoa bombs with a quarter of this mixture, divided evenly. Additionally, you can place some larger marshmallow pieces on top of the cocoa mixture to make it more substantial. One of the following two procedures can be used to join two bomb parts together:
- The hot plate method requires you to place a plate in the microwave for two minutes to heat it up. The plate should be warm enough to gently melt the rims of the ball halves, allowing you to glue two halves together to make a sphere.
- The piping method calls for the use of any leftover melted chocolate that has been set aside. Add it to a piping bag by cutting a small portion of the corner from one of its corners. Use a pastry bag to squeeze melted chocolate out of it and onto the edge of a half-sphere half. This will make it possible for you to join two halves together. Using your finger, spread the chocolate evenly. If you drop hot chocolate on anything other than the rims of the half-spheres, it will burn and produce holes in the bombs. Be particularly careful with this step.
Step 3: Using the bombs
Ensure that you pour hot liquid (could be warmed milk or something else that tickles your fancy) over the seams of the hot cocoa bombs once they have been placed into the mug to ensure that they melt correctly. Please remember that whatever you put inside the cocoa bomb will wind up in your drink, and that some types of candy or other materials will not melt correctly, creating an immediate threat to the safety of your children.