How to make regular or boozy hot chocolate bombs
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Easy Hot Chocolate Bombs

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Hot chocolate bombs are a fun way to enjoy hot chocolate that’ll amaze your kids every time, but if you’re anything like me (not a baker or super experienced with candy making), you’re looking for an easy hot chocolate bomb how-to that’ll be fun to make, and even more fun to share!  I’ll show you how to make easy hot chocolate bombs filled with marshmallows and other fun surprises the easy way!

What is a hot chocolate bomb?

A hot chocolate bomb is a chocolate sphere filled with hot cocoa, marshmallows, and sometimes even more surprises! 

How do hot chocolate bombs work?

This will be the easiest thing you do all week.  You simply place the hot chocolate bomb into a mug and slowly pour 8 oz of warmed milk or water over it.  Within seconds the bomb will open up releasing the delicious cocoa inside.  You’ll stir and enjoy a fancy pants version of hot chocolate!

Where can I buy these?

You can purchase them at one of these places OR you can make your very own! It’s so simple!

The problem is that a lot of times they are out of stock.  If you take these simple steps you can make your own and not worry about who has them and who doesn’t!

How to make hot chocolate bombs with marshmallows (the easy way):

I guarantee you – if you are looking for the gourmet version of these – this isn’t the recipe for you! I used easily available chocolate melts from Target, and they aren’t as pretty as the ones you can get from a fancy bakery!  These are mom-made for fun!

  1. Pick up some chocolate melting bars or chips. I looked into trying fancy chocolate, but like I said before, I’m all about the easy version of this treat.  The only caveat is that the chocolates need to have cocoa butter. 
  2. Melt the bars in the microwave in 60 second increments (don’t overheat)
  3. Brush the melted chocolate into the chocolate bomb mold – a silicone baking mold. Make sure you make at least two layers of chocolate!  If you make this too thin they will crack when you remove them..  (This is the mold that I use)
  4. Allow the chocolate to cool in the fridge
  5. Pop the molds out (they come out so easily)!
  6. Fill with your fillings
  7. Warm the ring of the second half of the bomb on a skillet on warm on your stove.  Give it a good 12-15 seconds to really make it straight.
  8. Put the two pieces together and cool! 
  9. Decorate the outside by adding a bit of chocolate and sprinkling it with whatever decoration you like! There are some really fancy ones out there, but I keep mine pretty simple and festive.
  10. Add the bombs to a mug and pour 1 cup of warmed milk over them and watch the magic happen!
  11. One of our readers suggested that you can also add the bomb to the warm water.  Either way – just have fun and enjoy!

How to make boozy or regular hot chocolate bombs!

 

Flavor ideas:

  • White Chocolate 
  • Mexican Coffee 
  • Peanut Butter Ball 
  • Peppermint 
  • Baileys 
  • Rum ball 

Ideas for what to put inside:

  • Crushed candy canes
  • Cinnamon
  • Crushed Oreos
  • Chopped toffee bits
  • Peanut Butter kisses
  • Mint Chocolate – chopped mint candies
  • Chocolate chips in different flavors
  • Peanut butter cups
  • Mini salted caramels

Use different flavors of hot chocolate for variation like: peppermint, Mexican hot chocolate mix, raspberry hot chocolate mix, and hazlenut, French vanilla, or butterscotch.  I’ve even seen Lucky Charms flavor at the grocery store! Keep it fun, and keep to what you family enjoys!

How to store hot chocolate bombs:

Store the bombs in a cool, dark spot.  Using a cabinet or a drawer with a side table to store them until you’re ready to use is also a good choice.  I store mine on my Hot Cocoa Bar because it’s out of direct sunlight (and I keep the house on the cool side at 72). Wrap them up in a clear gift bag with pretty ribbon and you’ve got a really pretty hostess gift.  Pack it with a little bottle of Baileys and you’ve made it even more special!

How to make boozy hot chocolate bombs:

It took me a little while, and a bit of research to figure out what I needed to do to make these treats more “adult” friendly.  Do you simply add booze to the bomb? What I have learned is that the way to make a boozy hot cocoa bomb without  having to worry about  it leaking out is to add it in the form of candy! That’s right.  If you want to make a boozy version you add the appropriate candy! Here are some of my suggestions:

I used this Costco Version:

How to make boozy or regular hot chocolate bombs

More options for boozy hot chocolate bombs:

Stonewall Kitchen Bourbon Bada Bing Cherries

Stonewall Kitchen Rum Bada Bing Cherries

Bailey Irish Cream Liquor Filled Chocolate

Woodford Reserve Bourbon Balls

Tortuga Gourmet Rum Balls

Is buying the candy a little expensive? 

I get it.  If you don’t want to make the bombs with the candy, simply add a little Baileys, rum, or bourbon to your hot chocolate before you add the warm milk.  Same thing!

Let the fun begin!

Making these should be just as much fun as putting them into a cup and watching the warm milk pop them open! Gather the kiddos together (or grab your girlfriends for the boozy version), and get creative! You’ll make memories at the same time that you are creating these treats!

How to make regular or boozy hot chocolate bombs

Easy Hot Chocolate Bombs

Yield: 3 bombs
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Additional Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 37 minutes

Regular or boozy hot chocolate bombs - your choice! Easy to make as a family or for an adult treat!

Ingredients

  • 1 package of milk chocolate melting chocolate (you will use 5 blocks total)
  • 1 package of white chocolate melting chocolate (you will use 2.5 blocks total)
  • 3 packages of hot cocoa mix
  • 3 liquor filled or soaked candies (only if making the boozy adult version of these hot chocolate bombs - otherwise, omit them).
  • 1 cup of mini marshmallows
  • Sprinkles, edible glitter, crushed candy cane or other to decorate

Instructions

    1. According to package directions, melt your melting chocolate in the microwave. I used the Target brand, Good & Gather.
    2. Brush the melted chocolate into the chocolate bomb mold in a thick layer. You can also use the back of a spoon for this.
    3. Place the mold into the fridge and allow to harden. This takes about 10 minutes.
    4. Brush another layer of chocolate onto the molds and allow to harden for another 10 minutes in the fridge.
    5. Pop the molds out (they come out so easily)!
    6. Warm up the bottom of the first half slightly on a small fry pan set to medium.
    7. Quickly fill with your fillings (hot chocolate, sprinkles, marshmallows, etc). This is where you add a boozy candy if making the adult version.
    8. Warm the ring of the second half of the bomb on a skillet on warm on your stove.
    9. Put the two pieces together and hold for a couple of seconds. They should set nicely. If not, try this: pipe a little extra chocolate out of a freezer bag and draw a line around the seam. Flatten with your finger, and allow to dry (you can also roll them through some sprinkles at this point to hide the seams a little).
    10. Decorate the outside by using a freezer bag to pipe designs onto the bombs.
    11. Add the bombs to a mug and pour 1 - 1.5 cups (depending upon your mug) of warmed milk over them and watch the magic happen!

Notes

Plan on the first few bombs being just that - bombs. It takes a little bit of practice to get it down!

Make sure you seperate any adult bombs from the regular bombs you make so you are sure which is which. I suggest doing them on different days and storing them in completely different places.

Enjoy!

JJ

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2 Comments

  1. Hello! Merry Christmas!
    Thank you for the hot chocolate bombs recipe and notes! Yours are beautiful! I just wanted to mentioned that some folks say that slowly dropping the bomb INTO the warm/hot milk is the “correct” way to do it! Just FYI.
    Havr a blessed 2021!

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