These Hot Chocolate Bombs have a thick, chocolate shell with a hot cocoa mix and marshmallows packed inside just waiting for some hot milk to be poured on top of it. These cocoa bombs make the perfect Christmas gifts this year and are all the rage!
When I started seeing these hot chocolate bombs on the internet, I knew I needed to share them with all of you. They are so awesome and don't need to be made overly complicated.
What are Hot Chocolate Bombs
They're tasty little chocolate treats that you can drink during the cold months!
Hot Chocolate Bombs are hollow spheres of chocolate that are made in silicone molds that have hot cocoa mix and sometimes marshmallows inside it.
They're then placed in a mug and melt when hot milk is poured over the top of them. Stir in the melted chocolate and hot cocoa mix and drink up.
Hot Chocolate Bomb Recipe Ingredients
Because these are hot chocolate bombs with marshmallows, there are 3 ingredients instead of two. If you want to skip the marshmallows, this is a 2 ingredient DIY treat.
- Chocolate Almond Bark - I've used both chocolate almond bark, candy melts, and chocolate chips to make these bombs. They both have their pros and cons that I talk about down below. I have never used
- Hot Cocoa Mix - Use your favorite homemade or store-bought hot cocoa mix. Ghirardelli is delicious.
- Dehydrated Marshmallows - If you can't find dehydrated marshmallows, mini marshmallows work well too. You can also make your own dehydrated marshmallows.
How to make Hot Chocolate Bombs
There are a few tricky parts to making these cocoa bombs. The first is figuring out how to seal the two pieces together and the second would be doing it without getting fingerprints all over your bombs.
Melt your chocolate in the microwave. Chop the almond bark up and place it in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave it in 30 second intervals and stir after each interval until the chocolate is completely smooth.
Cover the silicone mold cavities with the melted chocolate. Using these two molds, add about 1 to 2 tablespoons of chocolate to a cavity. Using the back of the spoon or a pastry brush, coat each cavity so it's thoroughly coated with chocolate including the top edge. Let the chocolate sit until it's completely hardened.
Fill 6 of the 12 half spheres with hot cocoa mix and marshmallows. I like to throw on a pair of gloves and remove the chocolate from the molds. Place the shells on a piece of parchment paper or wax paper. Fill half of the shells with the cocoa and marshmallows.
Seal the hot chocolate bombs shut. I've tried a few different ways and they all went decently. Keep your gloves on while doing this part to prevent any fingerprints.
#1 I added some additional melted chocolate to a sandwich bag and cut a small hole in the corner. I carefully piped chocolate on the edge of the half-sphere staying close to the inner edge so it would fall inside instead of out. Place the top on and use a spoon or the side of a skewer to remove any excess chocolate from the outside of the shell. Let it sit until the chocolate sets up.
#2 Pop a plate in the microwave for about 45 seconds to 1 minute until it's very warm. Place the top of the sphere on the place for 3 to 5 seconds until it begins to melt and then immediately set it on top of the filled bottom half. Using a spoon or the side of a skewer, remove the excess chocolate from the outside of the shell. Let it sit until the chocolate has set up.
#3 Never take the bottom of the sphere out of the mold. So you'll only remove 6 of the shells and I would stagger the ones that you remove so they're easier to work with in the mold. Fill it with cocoa mix and marshmallows while it's still in the mold. Adding melted chocolate to a sandwich bag and cutting a small hole in the corner of the bag, pipe along the edge of the bottom half. Set the top half of the shell on the piped chocolate and use a paper towel to carefully remove any excess chocolate.
Decorate the hot chocolate bombs however you want. Melt some extra chocolate or white chocolate in the microwave in 30 second intervals and stirring until smooth. Add it to a new sandwich bag and cut a small hole in one of the corners. Leaving the bombs on the parchment paper, use even pressure and move the bag of chocolate back and forth over top of the bombs.
How to use a Hot Chocolate Bomb
I read on a post in a Facebook group a joke about someone thinking this was a bath bomb instead of something you drink. That's when I thought it was probably best to share how to use a hot chocolate bomb. No one really wants to make that mistake and waste a delicious drink by throwing it in their bath tub.
- Add the chocolate bomb to a mug.
2. Pour hot milk on it.
3. Stir until everything is combined.
Hot Chocolate Bomb Variations
Okay, so you may see this on the blog soon actually. I'm sharing all of my recipe ideas before I actually make them.
- Peppermint - Crush up some soft peppermints to mix into the hot cocoa mix and sprinkle a few larger pieces on the outside of the bomb.
- Peanut Butter - Add peanut butter powder to the hot cocoa mix and add peanut butter chips to the chocolate shell
- Cookies and Cream - a White chocolate shell with Oreo crumbs mixed into it and oreo crumbs mixed into the hot cocoa mix
- S'mores - A chocolate shell with graham crackers sprinkled on top and additional graham crackers mixed into the hot cocoa mix
What if I don’t have a silicone mold?
If you don't have a silicone mold, you need to buy one. I can't of anything that would work in place of the mold. Here's the one that I use and really like.
What size mold do you have?
The molds I used have cavities that are 2 ½ inches in diameter. The link to mine is right above.
What kind of chocolate did you use for the hot chocolate bombs?
I've used every kind of chocolate except for couverture chocolate, because I didn't want to temper the chocolate first. Almond bark, chocolate chips, or chocolate candy melts will work. I linked to each one that I would recommend.
How to keep finger prints off the chocolate bombs?
Use food safe gloves for this. Keep them clean and handle the hot chocolate bombs as little as possible.
Can I use homemade hot cocoa inside?
Yes! Homemade hot cocoa will work great in the bombs.
Can I use mini marshmallows?
Yes! Mini marshmallows will work great if you can't find any mallow bits.
What else can I add in these hot cocoa bombs?
- mini chocolate chips
- regular chocolate chips (cinnamon, peanut butter, white chocolate, funfetti, etc.)
- soft peppermint candies
- andes mints
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Hot Chocolate Bombs
- 2 cups chocolate almond bark 6 squares, chocolate chips or Ghirardelli melting wafers would work as well
- 6 tablespoons heaping hot cocoa mix
- 12 tablespoons dehydrated marshmallows
- ¼ cup chocolate or white chocolate almond bark chocolate chips or melting wafers would work too, for garnish
Hot Chocolate Bombs
- Add the chocolate to a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat microwaving for 30 seconds and stirring after each interval until the chocolate is completely melted.
- Add 2 spoonfuls of the chocolate to each cavity of the chocolate mold and coat the cavity wall well with the back of the spoon making it thick on the sides and edges. If any chocolate goes over the edge, wipe it clean. You'll want a clean straight edge.
- Let the chocolate sit for a few minutes. If you see any thin spots or spots that need chocolate, add additional chocolate to cover the spots. Let harden.
- Remove the chocolate from the molds. Use gloves to avoid fingerprints.
- In each of 6 of the half spheres, add a heaping tablespoon of hot cocoa mix and 2 tablespoons of mini dehydrated marshmallows.
- Warm any remaining melted chocolate back up by microwaving for 30 seconds and stirring.
- Add the melted chocolate to a sandwich bag. Cut a small hole in the corner of the sandwich bag.
- Pipe the chocolate on the edge of one of the half spheres that's filled with hot cocoa and marshmallows.
- Place an empty half-sphere on the top.
- Using a spoon or a paper towel, carefully wipe any excess chocolate off the hot chocolate bombs.
- Melt the ¼ cup of chocolate that's for garnish in the microwave in 30-second intervals and stir after each interval until completely melted.
- Add to a new sandwich bag. Cut a small hole in the corner of the sandwich bag.
- Quickly moving the bag back and forth, pipe strips on top of the hot chocolate bomb. Let harden.
To use Hot Chocolate Bomb
- Place a hot chocolate bomb in a mug.
- Pour hot milk over top of the hot chocolate bomb. Stir until the chocolate shell is completely melted and the hot cocoa mix is incorporated.
(Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.)