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.
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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.
Hot cocoa mix is so easy to make yourself, eliminating all the extra additives from store bought packages.
- A Cozy Food Sensation
- What is a Hot Chocolate Bomb?
- Why You’ll Love Hot Chocolate Bombs
- Hot Chocolate Bomb Tools and Ingredients
- How to Make Hot Chocolate Bombs
- How to Decorate Hot Chocolate Bombs
- How to Use Hot Chocolate Bombs
- Serving Suggestions
- How to Store
- Dietary Considerations
- More Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas
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.
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!
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!
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
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Melt Chocolate – To begin, melt chocolate in a small, microwave-safe bowl in 15 second increments, stirring in between, until smooth.
- 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.
- Eliminate Excess – Invert onto a parchment lined baking sheet and lightly shake. Discard parchment and place mold on baking sheet (chocolate side up).
- Freeze to Set – Freeze 7 minutes.
- Fill – Remove from freezer and fill 3 spheres with a tablespoon of hot chocolate mix and 2 tablespoons marshmallow bits each.
- 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. Optional: If needed, use a hot spoon, dipped in boiling water and dried to further seal.
- 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.
- Set – To fully set, freeze five minutes or refrigerate 30 minutes and store at room temperature until ready to serve.
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.
- Top with homemade whipped cream
- Garnish with crushed peppermint
- Serve and stir with a candy cane
- Add Secret Chocolate Sauce, Raspberry Sauce Recipe or Strawberry Topping, or Salted Caramel Sauce
- 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!
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.
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!
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.
- Gluten Free
- Nut Free
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Hot Chocolate Bombs
- Silicone Spheres
- Parchment Covered Baking Sheet
- 8 ounces chocolate wafers, chips or baking chocolate (1 cup)
- 3 tablespoons hot chocolate mix
- 6 tablespoons marshmallow bits
- 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.
- 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 StoreRoom 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
- To make a cup of hot chocolate, place one hot chocolate bomb in a mug.
- Pour one cup of hot milk over bomb.
- Stir until well incorporated and enjoy!