Hot Chocolate Bombs

LAST UPDATED: Oct 19, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Oct 16, 2020 | By: Julie Blanner

Learn how to make hot chocolate bombs for gifting this holiday season! This hot chocolate bomb recipe is created with spheres of chocolate filled with hot cocoa powder and miniature marshmallows. They melt into an incredibly decadent mug of hot cocoa with a pour of warm milk.

These hot chocolate bombs are fun to make and even more fun to watch as they melt into a warm and cozy mug of chocolate indulgence! Watch the magic happen right before your eyes and learn just how easy it is to create these little treats yourself.

A clear glass pitcher of warm milk, clear mug in background, and a hot chocolate bomb.

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This indulgent hot chocolate bomb recipe is going to be the HIT of your holiday season! Simple to make with just a few ingredients and a couple little tricks, these chocolate bombs are sure to impress.

I’ve long loved a cozy mug of something warm and oh-so-cozy in the fall and winter. There’s just something about twinkling lights, cozy fires and the fragrance of something delicious in a warm mug.

A single hot chocolate bomb on a marble surface, drizzled with white chocolate and topped with crushed peppermint.

Hot cocoa mix is so easy to make yourself, eliminating all the extra additives from store bought packages.

You can check out my incredibly easy homemade hot cocoa mix for gifting, the best melting hot chocolate recipe, and this charming pink hot cocoa mix for more inspiration.

A marble surface with hot chocolate bombs in different colors and decorated styles.

A Cozy Food Sensation

When I realized that these hot chocolate bombs were gaining popularity on TikTok, Facebook and Pinterest, I knew I just had to share with you! The kids in your lives will be especially grateful that you’re ahead of the trend on this one, I promise!

Coming soon to a kitchen near you, I think you’re going to love them… making them, decorating them, gifting them, and enjoying them yourself, too! In addition to this step by step tutorial, you’ll find a video to help you navigate the process in the easiest possible way.

A clear glass mug with a hot chocolate bomb inside, warm milk in a pitcher being poured on top.

I decided to do a little series out of this incredibly decadent and fun treat, and it was such a blast to get creative!

In addition to this initial classic recipe, you can find Peppermint Hot Chocolate Bombs, White Hot Chocolate Bombs, Mexican Hot Chocolate Bombs, and even Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate Bombs.

Beyond the fact that these are so perfect for gifting to friends, family and neighbors, you won’t believe how cute they are and how much fun they are to make yourself. Hot chocolate bombs are melting their way into the hearts of everyone they meet, so let’s learn how to make them!

A clear glass mug with a single hot chocolate bomb inside, marshmallows surrounding mug on a marble surface.

What is a Hot Chocolate Bomb?

Hot chocolate bombs are really quite simple! They are spheres of chocolate that you create in a silicone mold with melted chocolate chips.

Before sealing to create the full sphere, they are filled with miniature marshmallows and hot cocoa mix. The “bomb” is then placed in a mug, with heated milk poured over the top.

The end result is an incredibly soothing, fun experience…there’s just something about watching that chocolate melt into a thick creamy mug of hot chocolate that is so wonderful, and a rich cup of creamy hot chocolate!

Fun Fact: Many of our local bakeries sell these little beauties for anywhere from $4-$8 each!

Three hot chocolate bombs on a marble surface, topped with crushed peppermint.

Why You’ll Love Hot Chocolate Bombs

  • Easy to make
  • Perfect for gifting
  • Delicious and decadent
  • Fun to decorate
  • So many incredible variations
  • So much fun to watch them melt in a mug!

Hot Chocolate Bomb Tools and Ingredients

Equipment

  • Chocolate Sphere Mold – You can use a truffle size but 2 inches and larger is ideal for filling and yields the most amazing cup of hot chocolate. I prefer a 2.5 inch mold. It’s the perfect amount of chocolate for 1 cup of hot milk. A marble surface with a silicone sphere mold.
  • Clear Glass Mugs – These are the perfect diameter for this size of hot chocolate bomb. Bonus! It’s so much fun to watch the melting happen before your eyes. You can wrap Hot Chocolate Bombs in mugs with cellophane and tie with a ribbon for gifting!A clear glass pitcher of warm milk, clear mug in background, and a hot chocolate bomb.
  • Baking Sheet – Any will do! It makes transferring them to and from the refrigerator or freezer easy, and makes a great surface to drip out the excess chocolate. A gold baking sheet with half spheres of hot chocolate bombs.

Ingredients

  • Chocolate – Milk chocolate melting wafers are my go-to for luxuriously silky chocolate, but chocolate chips and baking chocolate also work well.
  • Mini Marshmallows – Traditional work as well, but you can’t pack too many into the bomb. You can also use the freeze dried marshmallows (the type that come inside boxes of cereal).
  • Hot Chocolate Mix – Store-bought or homemade. It’s so easy to make your own (eliminate dry milk)!
  • White Melting Chocolate – Optional, to garnish with a drizzle over your hot chocolate bombs.
A marble surface with small white bowls full of hot chocolate bomb recipe ingredients.

Variations

  • Chocolate – Use dark chocolate or white chocolate.
  • Pink – Make your bombs pink hot chocolate instead with a little food color and white chocolate or peppermint.
  • Peppermint Hot Chocolate Bombs – Add crushed peppermint inside your chocolate bombs…garnish with it, too!
  • Mexican Hot Chocolate Bombs – Add cinnamon and cayenne to fill and dust with the mixture.
  • Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate Bombs – Add a little creamy peanut butter for extra delicious flavor.
  • Melting Snowman – Using black and orange icing, put a face on your hot chocolate bomb. Allow to set and watch him melt as you pour warm milk over the top!

How to Make Hot Chocolate Bombs

  1. Melt Chocolate – To begin, melt chocolate in a small, microwave-safe bowl in 15 second increments, stirring in between, until smooth. A white bowl full of melted chocolate. A white bowl full of melted chocolate, gold spoon inside.
  2. Fill Cavities – Next, add a heaping tablespoon of melted chocolate into molds. Spread using the back of a teaspoon until each cavity is completely covered. A red silicone sphere mold with melted chocolate inside for a hot chocolate bomb recipe tutorial. A red silicone sphere mold filled with melted chocolate.
  3. Eliminate Excess – Invert onto a parchment lined baking sheet and lightly shake. Discard parchment and place mold on baking sheet (chocolate side up). A gold baking sheet with half spheres of hot chocolate bombs.
  4. Freeze to Set – Freeze 7 minutes.
  5. Fill – Remove from freezer and fill 3 spheres with a tablespoon of hot chocolate mix and 2 tablespoons marshmallow bits each. A gold baking sheet, with half spheres of hot chocolate bombs filled with hot cocoa mix and mini marshmallows.
  6. Seal – Warm a plate or bowl in the microwave or with boiling water and dry. Place the bottom of an empty sphere on the plate to lightly melt chocolate. Finally, place melted chocolate edge on filled half to seal. Try to handle chocolate as little as possible. A white plate with a single hot chocolate bomb sphere.Optional: If needed, use a hot spoon, dipped in boiling water and dried to further seal.
  7. Decorate – Completely optional. Decorate using melted chocolate in a piping or sealable bag with the tip clipped and add sprinkles, hot chocolate mix, marshmallow bits or peppermints.
  8. Set – To fully set, freeze five minutes or refrigerate 30 minutes and store at room temperature until ready to serve.
Two hot chocolate bombs on a marble surface, topped with crushed peppermint.

How to Decorate Hot Chocolate Bombs

Melt white chocolate in 15 second increments and pour into a piping bag or sealable bag. Cut the corner and drizzle over hot chocolate bombs. In addition, you can top with sprinkles, miniature marshmallows, crushed nuts, candy and more.

How to Use Hot Chocolate Bombs

To make a cup of hot chocolate, place one hot chocolate bomb in a mug. Pour one cup of hot milk over bomb. After watching the bomb begin melting, just stir until well incorporated and enjoy!

See the magic for yourself, below.

A clear glass mug with a hot chocolate bomb inside, warm milk in a pitcher being poured on top.
A clear glass mug with a hot chocolate bomb inside, warm milk in a pitcher being poured on top.
A clear glass mug with a hot chocolate bomb inside, warm milk in a pitcher being poured on top.
A clear glass mug with a hot chocolate bomb inside, warm milk in a pitcher being poured on top.
A clear glass mug with a melted hot chocolate bomb inside, warm milk in a pitcher being poured on top.

Serving Suggestions

Tips

  • Read Instructions Thoroughly Before Starting – It’s actually so quick that it’s best to read the recipe first and be prepared.
  • Don’t Overheat – Chocolate burns easily, make sure you keep a close eye on it and stir every 15 seconds.
  • Chocolate Temperature – You’ll find differing opinions on the ideal temperature for your melting chocolate. 100 degrees works well.
  • Be Patient Once you get the hang of it, these are so easy, but it might take a little practice!
  • Adjust Serving Size – Want to double or triple this recipe? Use the 1x2x3x tab in the printable recipe to change the calculations for you!
A clear glass mug of hot chocolate with a gold spoon sticking out.
How do you wrap hot chocolate bombs for gifts?

There are so many cute ways to present these for gifting to friends, neighbors and family!
*Wrap in small cello bags and tie with a ribbon
*Wrap in brightly colored foil
*Use food safe waxed tissue paper to wrap
*Place in small individual take-out boxes
*Purchase a cute mug and place the chocolate bomb inside, then wrap with cello and a ribbon.

How do hot chocolate bombs work?

Add a chocolate bomb to a mug and pour warm milk over to melt and release the marshmallows and cocoa mix. Stir until creamy and enjoy!

Can I use water instead of milk for hot chocolate bombs?

Yes! Just like you can use hot water for any other cocoa mix, you can use it here. It won’t be quite as rich and creamy as milk, but it will still be delicious!

How to Store

  • Room Temperature – After you make them, hot chocolate bombs can be stored at room temperature for up to two weeks in an airtight container or a food safe cellophane gift bag. Make sure you’re storing them in a pantry or away from heat sources or sun.
  • Refrigerator – These hot chocolate bombs can be refrigerated temporarily, but refrigerating chocolate is generally not recommended because it can create moisture and condensation.
  • Freezer Freezing your chocolate bombs isn’t generally recommended long term, as it doesn’t extend the life of chocolate and can in fact impart scents and flavors into the chocolate that don’t belong.
A hot chocolate bomb drizzled in white chocolate, with a clear glass mug behind it.

Dietary Considerations

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegetarian
  • Nut Free

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Hot Chocolate Bombs

Julie Blanner
Learn how the make hot chocolate bombs for gifting this holiday season! This hot chocolate bomb recipe is created with spheres of chocolate filled with hot cocoa powder and mini marshmallows. They melt into an incredibly decadent mug of hot cocoa with a pour of warm milk.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 3
Calories 443 kcal

Equipment

  • Silicone Spheres
  • Parchment Covered Baking Sheet

Ingredients
  

  • 8 ounces chocolate wafers, chips or baking chocolate (1 cup)
  • 3 tablespoons hot chocolate mix
  • 6 tablespoons marshmallow bits

Instructions
 

  • Melt chocolate in a small, microwave-safe bowl in 15 second increments, stirring in between, until smooth.
  • Add a heaping tablespoon of melted chocolate into molds. Spread using the back of a teaspoon until each cavity is completely covered.
  • Invert onto a parchment lined baking sheet and lightly shake. Discard parchment and place mold on baking sheet (chocolate side up).
  • Freeze 7 minutes.
  • Remove from freezer and fill 3 spheres with a tablespoon of hot chocolate mix and 2 tablespoons marshmallow bits each.
  • Warm a plate or bowl in the microwave or with boiling water and dry.
  • Place the bottom of an empty sphere on the plate to lightly melt chocolate. Place melted chocolate edge on filled half to seal. Try to handle chocolate as little as possible. Optional: If needed, use a hot spoon, dipped in boiling water and dried to further seal.
  • Optional: Decorate hot chocolate bombs using melted chocolate in a piping or sealable bag with the tip clipped and add sprinkles, hot chocolate mix, marshmallow bits or peppermints.
  • Freeze 5 minutes or refrigerate 30 minutes and store at room temperature until ready to serve.

Video

Notes

Substitutions

  • Chocolate – Wafers, chocolate chips or baking chocolate. White, milk or dark chocolate.
  • Marshmallow Bits – Found in packages of marshmallow lovers or in a shaker near the ice cream at your grocer.

To Store

Room Temperature – After you make them, hot chocolate bombs can be stored at room temperature for up to two weeks in an airtight container or a food safe cellophane gift bag. Make sure you’re storing them in a pantry or away from heat sources or sun.

How to Use Hot Chocolate Bombs

  1. To make a cup of hot chocolate, place one hot chocolate bomb in a mug.
  2. Pour one cup of hot milk over bomb.
  3. Stir until well incorporated and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories:443kcalCarbohydrates:57gProtein:3gFat:28gSaturated Fat:17gSodium:140mgPotassium:219mgFiber:5gSugar:48gCalcium:33mgIron:2mg
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