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If you’ve been on social media recently you have probably seen all the hype this year for buying local and supporting small businesses. I’ve seen so many cool crafts, services, and products that I typically wouldn’t see or think about in a standard Christmas season. One of the things that caught my eye a while back and then very suddenly blew up on to the scene—hot cocoa bombs.
Hot chocolate bombs are a fun spin on a classic drink. They consist of hollow shells of chocolate filled with hot chocolate mix, marshmallows, and anything else you’d like to include that would make hot chocolate a little more delicious. The bombs are placed into (or under) hot milk to melt and empty out their contents—this releases not only the most tasty treat, but lots of happiness and fun as well.
They are tiny, they are aesthetic, and they are the trend for this holiday season. They are a great homemade gift for friends or family and so much fun to make!! So gather up your PJs, grab your hallmark Christmas movie watching mugs, and lets make some hot cocoa bombs.
What you will need
- Hot chocolate mix
- Mini Marshmallows (check out these cuties from Target)
- Sprinkles if desired
- Peppermint if desired
- A silicone sphere chocolate mold
- Food thermometer
- Chocolate for melting, it is best to use decent quality bar chocolate for this as opposed to the candy melts you see in stores or chocolate chips. Higher quality chocolate will be easier to work with, and when used/temped correctly, will be shiny which will make your cocoa bomb look even better.
- A paintbrush or spoon
How to assemble
- Melt your chocolate according to the instructions on the package. Each type of chocolate and its melting conditions vary. You’ll want to use a thermometer and make sure that is melted to the appropriate temperature to keep it in ideal condition.
- After laying your silicone sphere mold on a flat surface, use your paintbrush to paint in the molds, or use a spoon to put chocolate in and cover the space.
- Allow chocolate to cool (it can go in the refrigerator to help it along)
- Once chocolate has cooled you will want to take two of the halves out for each bomb. Place a spoonful or two of the hot chocolate mix in each one, along with mini marshmallows, peppermint, or any other ingredients you would love in your hot chocolate. Then apply more melted chocolate to the top rim of the half sphere, and place the other one on top to create a full sphere of chocolaty delight.
- Once the hot chocolate bomb is all sealed and ready to go, you can add a little more melted chocolate on top to make it a more festive. Sprinkles will also help this right along. You could also try: white chocolate, crushed up peppermint, caramel, or sea salt. I’ve even seen some with carefully toasted little marshmallows and graham cracker crumbs to make smores hot chocolate, yum.
How to enjoy
Grab your favorite mug and warm some milk, drop the bomb in and stir. Or, you can drop the bomb in first and pour in the milk. Either way you are sure to have a delicious explosion of amazing hot chocolate, happy holidays!!