Have you seen the latest rage all over the internet? Hot chocolate or hot cocoa bombs are these cute balls (typically sphere shaped) that you place in a mug. Pour hot milk over the hot chocolate bomb, and the outer layer melts! And the fun part is how these chocolate bombs magically release the marshmallows and cocoa inside.
It’s a winner to make (easy), watch the magic (fabulous), and drink it up (yummy)!
The fun part for me is all the variations you can create with these hot chocolate bombs. I’m thinking various colors, flavors, sizes and shapes. I’m already planning for my next batch because they’re easy and so FUN to make. My first attempt at making these cute lil’ bombs, was to make Grinch Hot Chocolate Bombs. So you know what that means – a bright colorful green bomb with a red heart that is quite large. For those familiar with The Grinch story – the Grinch’s heart grew three sizes that day! So I found some oversized red hearts that were perfect!
I do have a fascination with a Grinchmas theme as you can see in these posts – Grinchmas breakfast , Grinchmas treats, Grinchmas party , and even more GRINCH!
Determine the size of hot chocolate bomb you want to make. I made the 2 inch size. Which is perfect for smaller mugs or kid-sized cups. The 2 1/2 inch size would work for a regular size mug or adult-sized beverage. You could always use the larger size and put less hot cocoa inside the bomb.
Experiment with 1 or two before making a bunch. Add a Hot Chocolate bomb to a cup and pour hot milk over it for a taste test. You don’t want to much hot cocoa or not enough. The melted candy adds a touch of sweetness.
Use candy melts/wafers for the outer layer.For reference, these are candy melts.
Chocolate chips are not made to melt easily. So don’t use chocolate chips for these bombs. Melting candy is easy to melt in the microwave or on top of the stove in a double boiler. I prefer using the double boiler method. It’s quick, easy and you don’t have to keep stirring the candy melts when microwaving.
I don’t have a “double-boiler”. I use my stock pot with a glass bowl that fits on the rim and sits in the pot.
To make the GRINCH GREEN color for the hot chocolate, I place a drop of green food coloring in the bottom of the cup before placing the Hot Chocolate Bomb in the cup. The outer green of the shell is not enough to color the hot chocolate green. So a bit of help is needed. Of course, this is only if you are serving “Grinch” Hot Chocolate Bombs.
Green Melting Wafers/Candy
(you can brighten up green candy melts with either yellow or another color of green to make GRINCH green)
White Hot Cocoa this is the one I use
Red candy hearts (optional – but sure makes it look CUTE!!)
Whipped cream (optional)
Melt candy wafers in microwave or double-boiler. See my tips for details.
Spoon melted chocolate into the empty sphere mold.
Use the back of a spoon or a small food-safe paint brush to coat the side of the sphere
Create an even layer of chocolate.
Make sure to coat the entire inside and up to the top of the sphere.
Place the silicone mold onto a cookie tray (for support) and place in fridge. It takes about 10-15 minutes to harden.
Carefully remove the chocolate from the molds. The half spheres look pretty cool.
Fill the half sphere with hot cocoa mix (serving size) and mini-marshmallows
Place a small plate in the microwave. Heat for 30-60 seconds to get warm-hot. Place the EMPTY sphere with rim side DOWN on top of the warm plate and swirl around for a couple of seconds to melt.
Top the filled shell with the empty shell and hold together until the melted chocolate cools and SEALS together ( a few seconds). The melted rim will help seal it together.
How to Make the Hot Chocolate bomb!
Heat your milk. You can chose to either have your chocolate bomb in a cup and add hot milk or drop the bomb into a cup of hot milk. The chocolate will soften soften and the cocoa mix releases, stir well until the chocolate dissolves.
Top with whipped cream, and add a red heart for the Grinchmas effect. Sprinkles or even caramel drizzle would be an additional yummy treat.