Holiday Hot Cocoa Bombs
Nothing says Christmas like a hot cup of Cocoa am I right?!
This year I tried something new & this is quite possibly my new favorite for the Holidays.
Hot Cocoa Bombs are all the new rage for Hot Chocolate (even coffee) lovers and seriously SO magical! If you're on Tik Tok you probably saw it there first but when I was presented with this idea I couldn't pass it up.
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What is a Hot Chocolate Bomb?
Hot Chocolate Bombs are made with melted/tempered chocolate shaped into a sphere that's filled with hot cocoa mix, marshmallows & fun sprinkles
They open when hot milk is poured over them in your mug of choice and honestly Its the sweetest surprise E-V-E-R! I tried different methods to find which worked best for us when working with the chocolate so hopefully this is easy to follow along with. You can also pretty much find them anywhere if making them isn't your thing but I definitely recommend joining in on the fun either way!
Where do I start?
I grabbed everything we needed from Target that you can find here but honestly you can find these ingredients almost anywhere. For the Chocolate I recommend using Ghirardelli White Chocolate Vanilla Flavored Melts. Your favorite Hot Cocoa Mix ,Mini Marshmallows and Toppings of your choice. We went with festive sprinkles and crushed peppermint ! This Cocoa Bar Set we found was pretty awesome as well. For the Chocolate Mold I highly recommend using a Silicone Mold that can be found on Amazon. I made these originally with Bath Bomb Molds and while they worked in the end after many attempts, it was a lot easier with the Silicone.
You'll need to create a Double Boiler to melt your Chocolate so here's how! Start by placing a medium sized pot filled with about 2 inches of water on your stove then place a glass bowl on top of your pot.
The most important part about this step is Tempering your Chocolate. I've linked a video [HERE] that will be very helpful in showing you how to do this. When you Temper Chocolate you are basically heating and cooling it in a specific way. It allows the crystals in Cocoa Butter to arrange themselves in a particular order when the Chocolate cools down giving you the perfect snap. Don't worry ,I'm here to help if you have any questions!
Turn your burner on low
Melt your Chocolate and Temper to 87 degrees. Be sure to not stir the Chocolate too much. When the Chocolate is Tempered correctly it will be shiny and have that snap I talked about above.
Take a spoon and add melted chocolate into your mold, make sure it is evenly coated. After I did this I let them sit Chocolate side up for about a minute on a baking sheet then I flip them over right before putting them into the refrigerator. This allows any excess chocolate you missed to drip out! You'll let them sit in there for about 2-3 min, checking periodically. Take them out and place them in the freezer for about a min. Seriously that is all they need, if you Temper your chocolate right you may not have to do the freezer part.
Take the Chocolate Spheres out of your Silicone Mold and place them open side down. Still be very careful as the warmth of your hands could melt them should you handle them too much.
Now is the fun part: Filling the Hot Cocoa Bombs
The flavor combinations are endless and so are the filler ingredients.
For these we used crushed Peppermint, Snowflake/Snowman Sprinkles & Mini Marshmallows.
-You will fill each sphere with about 1.5 Tbsp. of Hot Cocoa Mix-
Once you have filled your spheres with your choice of toppings use the rest of the melted chocolate to stick your two spheres together. You can also warm up a plate and place your sphere on it allowing the chocolate to slightly melt. This is what is going to keep your Bombs together, it acts as a glue! Once I had all of them put together I then put the leftover melted chocolate into a bag and piped it over the top of the Bomb, topping it off with sprinkles.
How Do You Store Them?
I like to store mine in an airtight container in the freezer but you can also keep them in the refrigerator. These would make great gifts as well!
If you have any questions please feel free to drop me a comment or send me a DM !
I hope you Enjoy your weekend & I look forward to sharing more of my Holiday Recipes with you all.