Hot Chocolate bombs are so much fun to make, and even more fun to give to friends and family this holiday season!
How to make hot chocolate bombs
- Step one: melt chocolate
- Step two: scoop melted chocolate into mold to the fill line
- Step three: press liner to spread out the chocolate
- Step four: put in the freezer for 3-4 minutes or until the liner and chocolate pull out easily.
- Step five: add the cocoa mix and toppings into one half of the chocolate shell
- Step six: melt one end of the half spheres on a pan
- Step seven: connect the two half spheres
- Step eight: pipe melted chocolate across the top of the bomb and add sprinkles if desired.
- Find more detailed instructions below
I love to make treats for friends at Christmas time, but each year I have found myself wanting to do something other than Christmas cookies! These perfect chocolate spheres are a great way to spread the holiday cheer during Christmas time, but they can also be made for Valentines day or just for fall as well! Just switch out the Christmas sprinkles for valentine’s day sprinkles and you’re good to go!
I will give you very specific step by step instructions to make these so you can make them too! They really are super easy. Check out the video for a visual on how to make these tasty hot chocolate bombs! Use these FREE PRINTABLE GIft TAGS to put on your bomb. They are super cute and have the instructions of how to use the bomb on them.
What supplies do I need for hot chocolate Bombs?
- Mold – Some people use a silicone mold, but I use, and give instructions for, this mold. I find these hot chocolate bomb molds much easier to use and it is very affordable! I use the 70mm size.
- Hot chocolate mix- You can get really creative here. Really any mix that you like will work!
- Small skillet or pan
- Compound chocolate- This type of chocolate doesn’t have to be tempered so it will always be shiny! You can get white chocolate, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, etc. Some brands like Guittard or Wilton work. Guittard is a high-quality chocolate, but more pricey. In my example I am using Wilton chocolate apeels and they still look and taste amazing.
- Microwave safe bowl
- Baggies for piping chocolate decorations on the top. I just use sandwich bags but you can use piping bags too.
- Sprinkles (optional)
- marshmallows or any toppings you want to put inside. (optional)
- Cellophane bags
- Cup cake liners
- Microwave- I use the microwave to melt the chocolate candy melts, but you can also use the double broiler method
How long do homemade hot chocolate bombs last?
What if I want to make my hot chocolate bombs ahead of time? What if I receive a hot chocolate bomb and haven’t eaten it in a few months?
It is a good Idea to know how long these will last! If the hot chocolate bombs are stored in an airtight container in cool conditions, it will last for up to four months. They can stay at room temperature as long as your home doesn’t get too hot.
You could probably safely eat them for up to six months after that, but if you put any marshmallows inside they may be pretty stale by then.
What can I put inside a hot chocolate bomb?
You can get creative in what you put inside your hot chocolate bomb. If you want to stay safe and do classic mini marshmallows, that is a great option. You fill for sure put in a scoop of hot cocoa mix. You can put in any mix that you think will go well together.
The chocolate shell is a pretty basic flavor, so if you wanted to put a mint, raspberry, candy cane, dark chocolate, or vanilla hot cocoa mix inside it would be delicious! Other things that can be put into a bomb are: crushed candy canes, pumpkin spice or chocolate chips! Try different combinations until you have your favorite.
When I am giving hot cocoa bombs as a gift I like to give them a few options so it is good to try a few flavors. I usually give a dark chocolate bomb, milk chocolate bomb (sometimes with mint cocoa mix inside and then sprinkle crushed mint chocolates on top), and white chocolate bombs with milk chocolate hot cocoa mix or candy cane mix inside (sprinkled with crushed candy canes on top of the bomb).
Do you use hot water or hot milk for chocolate bombs?
There is no right answer for this one. It really comes down to preference. These bombs are super rich and still taste incredible when you use water.
So if you are trying to cut back on calories or you don’t have enough milk, go ahead and use water. Otherwise you can use milk for a more creamy taste in your hot chocolate. Either way you will still end up with a delicious cup of hot cocoa!
How do you package hot chocolate bombs?
The best way to package your hot cocoa bomb is by putting them inside cupcake liners and putting them inside a cellophane bag. The cup cake liners aren’t totally necessary, but do add to the overall look and presentation to your gift.
To complete the look, us some cute string or ribbon to tie around the bag. THIS IS IMPORTANT. Some people don’t know what to do with their hot cocoa bomb so it is important to include instructions on your gift. I have made THESE gift tags that give instructions on how to make the hot chocolate using the cocoa bomb.
They will also add to the overall look of you hot chocolate bomb gift. If you want to ship your cocoa bomb, you will need to put it in a container to make it so they don’t get crushed. Last year we used cute Christmas tins that we picked up at the dollar store.
We put the bombs inside there while still being wrapped in the cellophane bag. Then we were able to ship the bombs to friend and family knowing that they wouldn’t get crushed but still looked pretty.
How do you make a hot chocolate bomb?
Follow this easy hot chocolate bomb recipe
- Remove the top piece and liner part of your mold so all that’s left is the bottom part of the mold. You will know it is the bottom because it has a little line near the bottom of the sphere. That is the fill line. Using a spoon, scoop your melted chocolate into the mold until it reaches the fill line.
- Use the liner (thin/flimsy part of the mold that fits just inside the half sphere) to put inside the bottom part of the mold and press down a little bit to spread out the chocolate.
- Then put the top part of the mold on and press each sphere of the mold again. Make sure that the melted chocolate reaches the top of the sphere.
- Place the entire mold into the freezer. Let it sit for 3-4 minutes or until the liner with the chocolate on it pulls out easily. IF IT DOESN’T PULL OUT EASILY, PUT IT BACK IN THE FREEZER.
- Once the liner pulls out of the mold with the chocolate attached to it, you then carefully pull the liner out from inside the chocolate sphere. I usually loosen up all around the sides and then pull the whole thing out. If you end up braking one you can re-melt it and use it again. If your chocolate has rough edges where the chocolate didn’t quite make it to the top, you will need to re-do that one. It will NOT connect to another half sphere. Just make sure you are filling the mold with enough chocolate and that won’t happen.
- Fill one half sphere chocolate piece with one tablespoon scoop of your hot chocolate mix. Then add any toppings that you want to put in (optional) See above for toppings ideas.
- Heat up a small skillet or pan on medium heat and melt the opening side of the un filled shells. It only takes a few seconds for it to melt enough. Then press the two spheres together and the melted chocolate will act as glue and keep them together.
- Place the hot chocolate bomb on a piece of parchment paper while you make your other bombs.
- Use your extra chocolate to scoop into a piping bag or sandwich bag (I use sandwich bags and it works fine) and drizzle across the top of your hot chocolate bomb. Add sprinkles to the top quickly before the drizzled chocolate doesn’t harden. You may want to use a different color of chocolate to drizzle across the top for a more pretty appearance.
- Once the bombs are dry, place them in cupcake liners and put into cellophane gift bags. Tie the top with cute ribbon or string. Make sure to add your cute INSTRUCTIONS label on to the string so that your gift recipients know how to make hot chocolate from your hot cocoa bomb!
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