One of the things I look forward to most during the colder months is a rich cup of hot cocoa, and nothing makes that cup better than using Hot Chocolate Bombs! These bombs are not only tasty, but fun and colorful to add to my hot chocolate!
Hot Chocolate Bombs
What are Hot Chocolate Bombs? They are a heavenly ball of chocolate and goodness that you place in the bottom of your favorite mug (like this one!) before pouring steaming milk over the top. The bomb melts, the goodness mixes with the milk, and you have a cure for the winter blues. Not to mention they are all the latest rage right now.
You can buy pre-made Hot Chocolate bombs here, or you can make your own. You do need a few things before you can start to make your own. The first is a double boiler like this. This tool is essential for melting your chocolate and getting everything the right temperature. You can use a glass bowl set over a saucepan with boiling water, but the double boiler is definitely easier.
The next item is a mold like this one. You want to find a silicone mold that will release the chocolate when it’s time to finish, but also give you the amount you need to make a bomb of the right size. After that, the tools are pretty standard fare: chocolate chips, spatula, spoon, and fillings!
When it comes to fillings you can go traditional with marshmallows and hot cocoa powder. You can also mix it up by adding sprinkles, different chunks of chocolate, bits of toffee or caramel, the options are endless! Coordinate your hot cocoa flavor with your toppings and you’re good to go. Now it’s time to talk about the process of making Hot Chocolate Bombs.
When it comes to making these delicious bombs, practice really does make perfect. After trying the basics, you can begin to mix it up by painting different colors of chocolate into the molds (or using different shaped molds!) before coating with chocolate. You can make your bombs domes (which is easier to start), spheres, or even truffle shaped. So feel free to mix and match whatever works for your style and needs!
Hot Chocolate Bombs
- 1 pkg semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 can hot cocoa powder in chosen flavor
- 1 c. toppings caramel bits, toffee bits, marshmallows, etc.
- 1 bag chocolate melts for decorating
- Begin by putting plenty of water in the bottom of your double boiler. When the water is boiling, add the chocolate chips to the top and begin the melting process. The slower you melt, the shinier the chocolate. Stir constantly as the chips melt until you have a velvet smooth consistency. When the chocolate is melted and smooth, use a spoon to portion it out into the chocolate mold. Then, using the same small spoon to make sure that the chocolate coats the entire mold cup. You want to have a decent 1/4" thick coating of chocolate in the mold.
- Place the molds into the fridge or freezer for at least 20 minutes so that the chocolate is able to really harden and become less fragile. When the chocolate is hardened, remove from the freezer and prep the molds to be filled.
- To prep the molds, stretch the edges of each cup so that the chocolate pulls away from the silicone. Then turn the mold over onto a towel or parchment paper and gently push on the top of the dome so that the chocolate bombs release from the mold. Next, put the bombs back into the mold so you can fill them. This will make it a lot easier when it's time to take them out of the silicone for good.
- Filling the molds is pretty easy. Put about 1 tsp. of hot chocolate powder in the dome followed by your toppings. You should be able to fit in about 5-6 mini marshmallows and some additional toppings. When the domes are filled, use some of the remaining melted chocolate and cover the bottom of the domes. Pop the finished bombs into the freezer for another 20 minutes so that they have time to harden.
- Before packaging them up, take a few minutes to decorate them! Melt the chocolate melts according to the package directions, then pull the bombs out of the freezer, pop them out of the molds (they should come out easily), and give them a little decorating. Then package with the instruction to pour 3/4 cup of steaming hot milk over the top, stir, and enjoy!
I’m going to be making these tomorrow while staring at the falling snow. Which combination have you tried? Let me know in the comments below!