A step by step recipe for Hot Chocolate Bombs!

Have you experienced these magical winter treats yet? They are so fun and delicious.

What is a hot chocolate bomb?

A hot chocolate bomb is a decorated shell of chocolate that is filled with dry hot chocolate mix and a variety of marshmallows.

The first time I tried a hot chocolate bomb was because it was gifted to me at Christmas. I placed the bomb in a favorite mug, slowly poured milk over the top and the bomb slowly melted away to reveal loads of marshmallows inside! I was in awe. What a fun and cozy way to experience hot chocolate!

I decided to play around with the recipe and see if I could come up with a way to make these at home. I was so happy with the results! They aren’t hard to make, but they are time consuming. So gather your supplies, and settle in for a fun afternoon. (I had a hot chocolate bomb making workshop with friends!)

These make great gifts for friends, teachers, and colleagues. They are also a great cozy recipe for a rainy day. The kids love them!

Hot Chocolate Bomb Recipe:

  • Silicone sphere molds* (I used molds with a diameter of 2.6″. They were the perfect size to fill the bottom of a mug)
  • Piping bags* (if you want to decorate the bombs)
  • Two (4oz) bars of good quality white chocolate (I used Ghirardelli bars)
  • Three (4oz) bars of good quality dark chocolate (It needs to have at least 60% dark chocolate. I used Ghirardelli 70%.)
  • Clean silicone brushes
  • Hot chocolate mix of your choice (Use what you like. The higher quality the better. I ended up making my own hot chocolate mix because I couldn’t find a premade mix that I loved)
  • Mini marshmallows (use whatever color you wish)
  • Optional: food coloring, edible glitter, edible pearls, sprinkles
This was for a white chocolate bomb. This layer was so thin, that it needed two extra layers.

This recipes makes 6 hot chocolate bombs. Now that you have all of your supplies together, let’s temper your chocolate. I did mine the simple way, in the microwave. Empty your dark chocolate into a glass bowl. Heat for 30 seconds, and stir. Heat again for 15 seconds, and stir. Continue doing that until the chocolate is melted and completely smooth.

Grab your silicone brush and brush the chocolate into the silicone spheres. Make sure you brush completely up the sides. Put the mold in the fridge for five minutes. Once set, repeat brushing the chocolate in the molds. Refrigerate again for ten minutes. (If the layer appears too thin where you can see the base of the mold, you need to add another layer of chocolate.)

Carefully remove the chocolate from the molds and set them to the side. I found that putting them on an upside down muffin pan worked well. Fill half of the bomb with 2 tbsp of hot cocoa mix and a small mound of marshmallows.

To fuse the spheres together, heat a saucepan over low heat. Once warm, pick up the unfilled sphere and heat in the pan for around five seconds. Once it begins to melt around the edge, place on a filled sphere, and hold together for ten seconds. Repeat until they are all done.

If you are a visual learner like me, then check out this quick video of the process.

To decorate your bombs:

Place the bombs into cupcake liners, and have at it! You can melt your white or dark chocolate (the same way you did earlier), fill your piping bag, snip a small opening, and swirl away on the top of it. Sprinkle with pearls, sprinkles, or edible glitter. We got creative with ours! We made some dark chocolate, some white chocolate, and added food coloring to some of the white chocolate to make colorful bombs. Make whatever your heart desires!

To Use your Bombs:

Place the bomb of your choice in a mug. Heat milk until steaming on the stovetop. Slowly pour over the bomb until it opens and your cup is full. Give it a stir and enjoy!

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Rachel is a Postpartum Nurse of 15+ years. She is also a Spinning Babies® CPE, Childbirth Educator, Published Author, and Recipe Creator. Rachel's passion is to encourage and empower women in all things related to motherhood.

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