DIY Hot Chocolate Bombs

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Hot Chocolate Bombs are all the rage these days. A simple sphere of chocolate, filled with hot chocolate and marshmallows that reveal themselves with the addition of hot milk. This simple diy tutorial for hot chocolate bombs tutorial is perfect if you want to experiment and make your own hot chocolate bombs!

Hot Chocolate Bombs are my current favorite way to consume hot chocolate. You know if hot chocolate macarons are not available.

I’m not sure if it is because of how simple to make, or how satisfying it is to watch them reveal the goodies inside when hot milk is poured over them. Whatever your reasons, this guide will help you make your own hot chocolate bombs.

These are perfect for a cozy night in to satisfy your chocolate cravings. These DIY hot chocolate bombs are also the perfect gift!

four hot chocolate bombs on plate with marshmallows

What are hot chocolate bombs?

Hot chocolate bombs, if you’re unfamiliar, are spheres of chocolate filled with marshmallows, hot chocolate mix, or more chocolate.

Tools & Ingredients

ingredients & tools for hot chocolate bombs

For these DIY hot chocolate bombs, you’ll need a few items:

How to make hot chocolate bombs?

Making these hot chocolate bombs are a really simple process. But you will have to be patient throughout the process to get that smooth shiny look!

#1: Melt Chocolate

First, melt the chocolate in a heat proof bowl.

This can be done either in the microwave or over a double boiler on the stovetop.

If you are melting the chocolate in the microwave, here are the steps:

  • Add all the chocolate minus 2 tablespoons to a heatproof bowl
  • Melt the chocolate on 50% power for 30 seconds
  • Stir the chocolate
  • Return to the microwave and melt the chocolate again at 50% for 30 seconds (or 15 seconds for white chocolate)
  • Stir again.
  • If the chocolate has mostly melted, add the reserved chocolate, to the bowl and stir until all the chocolate has fully melted
  • If the chocolate has not fully melted, return to the microwave for 15 seconds increments at 50% power until melted.

Note: White chocolate will melt quicker than milk chocolate.

If you are using real chocolate (not coverture or compound chocolate or candy melts), I recommend using a digital thermometer to ensure that the chocolate stays below 90ºF for milk chocolate, and under 85ºF for white chocolate when melted.

#2: Mold Chocolate – 1st coat

Once the chocolate has fully melted, add it to the sphere mold.

100 grams of chocolate is enough for about 2 hot chocolate bombs.

Using a spoon or a food-safe brush, spread the chocolate so the mold is fully covered in chocolate.

Next, flip the mold to remove the excess chocolate.

Set the mold in the fridge for 10 minutes.

hot chocolate bomb mold filled with chocolate

#3: Mold Chocolate – 2nd coat

Once the mold has set in the fridge for about 10 minutes, remove it from the fridge.

Next, add more chocolate, using the paying close attention to the edges this time, to ensure that there is an even layer of chocolate.

Next, return to the fridge again, this time for at least 30 minutes, until the chocolate has fully firmed.

#4: Remove the Half Chocolate spheres from the mold

Once the chocolate is fully solidified, carefully remove the chocolate from the mold.

#5: Fill half the Chocolate Spheres

Next, add your other add-ins to half the chocolate spheres. Some ideas for add-ins are:

  • hot chocolate mix,
  • marshmallows,
  • more chocolate

Or get crazy and experiment with new flavors! I have a whole list below for some ideas!

open hot chocolate bomb filled with mini marshmallows and hot chocolate mix

#6: Assemble Hot Chocolate Bombs

To assemble the hot chocolate bombs you’ll need a warm surface.

The easiest way is to use a plate that has been warmed in the microwave for 30 seconds.

Then, take the empty half of the hot chocolate sphere and melted the edges slightly to smooth. Then use the partially melted edges to “glue” the two halves of hot chocolate together.

Let it rest for about 10 minutes so that chocolate has a chance to cool and harden again.

four hot chocolate bombs on a plate with mugs beside them

#7: Decorate Hot Chocolate Bombs

To decorate, I drizzled melted chocolate, along with some sprinkles to make them look special.

Sometimes you can see the seams. This is where the decorating with sprinkles or melted chocolate helps hide any imperfections!

These DIY hot chocolate bombs would make really cute edible gifts if you wrapped them in a cookie bag, with some ribbon and a tag. Or as part of a care package with snacks to enjoy with hot chocolate!

#8: Enjoy the Hot Chocolate Bombs

Add hot chocolate bomb to a large cup, then pour one cup (8 oz) of hot/steamed milk. The steamed milk will help the chocolate melt, and the marshmallows will float to the top for a fun indulgent treat!

2 mugs with hot chocolate and marshmallows

What kind of chocolate for hot chocolate bombs?

You can either use regular bar chocolate, baking chocolate, compound chocolate or candy melts for these.

  • Regular Bar of Chocolate and Baking Chocolate will yield tastier hot chocolate bombs. However, they do require tempering. If chcoolate is not tempered properly, it looks dull, with white spots from the crystalization of the cocoa butter. Or you might get chocolate that is tacky.
  • Candy Melts, Candy Bark or Compound Chocolate are easier to work with, but they often don’t taste as good as a real chocolate bar.
  • Chocolate Chips can also work, but they are meant to hold their shape so they are often harder to work with.

I’ve been using my favorite Lindtt chocolate bars to make these hot chocolate bombs. The little bit of extra attention they need has been worth the better hot chocolate bombs for me!

I highly recommend using your favorite chocolate bar to make these hot chocolate bombs. They will just taste so much better.

More DIY Hot Chocolate Bomb Ideas

You don’t need to stop at the classic hot chocolate flavors. Here are a few ideas I have in mind to experiment with these hot chocolate bombs!

Flavor Ideas:

  • Mocha Hot Chocolate – use equal amounts of instant coffee with the hot chocolate mix
  • Cinnamon Hot Chocolate – add a dash of cinnamon to the hot chocolate mix
  • Chai Hot Chocolate – swap out the hot chocolate mix for a chai tea bag
  • Cereal Milk Hot Chocolate – use cereal marshmallows instead of regular mini marshmallows
  • Nutella Hot Chocolate – fill the mold with Nutella instead of the hot chocolate mix
  • Caramel Hot Chocolate with caramel or caramel chips filled inside
  • Unicorn Hot Chocolate with pink and blue candy melts and sprinkles inside the hot chocolate bomb along with the marshmallows
  • Strawberry White Hot Chocolate with freeze-dried strawberries and white chocolate!
mugs with hot chocolate bombs in them

You can also experiment with different colors for chocolate, different decorations as well as unique molds to make them your own!

If you make your own hot chocolate bombs, I’d love to see them!

Tag me in your creations and follow me on Instagram @sprinklesandscribbles for more dessert inspiration!

Hot Chocolate Bombs

Looking to learn how to make hot chocolate bombs? This simple diy tutorial for hot chocolate bombs tutorial is perfect if you want to experiment and make your own!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Rest Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: hot chocolate ball with marshmallows inside, hot chocolate bomb diy
Servings: 4 pieces

Ingredients

Milk Hot Chocolate Bombs

  • 100 grams milk chocolate
  • 4 tbsp hot chocolate mix
  • 1/4 cup mini marshmallows
  • sprinkles optional, to decorate

White Hot Chocolate Bombs

  • 100 grams white chocolate
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips about 4 tablespoons
  • 1/4 cup cup mini marshmallows
  • sprinkles optional, for decorating

Instructions

Melt Chocolate

  • Add all the chocolate minus 2 tablespoons to a heat proof bowl
  • Melt the chocolate on 50% power for 30 seconds. Stir the chocolate.
  • Return to the microwave and melt the chocolate again at 50% for 30 seconds for the milk chocolate and 15 seconds for white chocolate. Stir again. If the chocolate has mostly melted, add the reserved chocolate, to the bowl and stir until all the chocolate has fully melted.
  • If the chocolate has not fully melted, return to the microwave for 15 seconds increments at 50% power until melted.

Fill the mold

  • Wipe the mold clean with a lint free paper towel, to ensure the mold is fully dry.
  • Fill the mold with 2 tablespoons of chocolate. 100 grams of chocolate perfect for 2 hot chocolate bombs or 4 half spheres.
  • Set mold in the fridge. Once the chocolate has set in the fridge for about 10 minutes, remove it from the fridge.
  • Next, add more chocolate, and spread the chocolate using a spoon or brush, paying close attention to the edges this time, to ensure that there is an even layer of chocolate.
  • Next, return to the fridge again, this time for at least 30 minutes, until the chocolate has fully firmed.
  • Once the chocolate is fully solidified, carefully remove the chocolate from the mold.

Assemble Hot Chocolate Bombs

  • Next, add mini marshmallows and hot chocolate mix or white chocolate chips to half the chocolate spheres.
  • Microwave an empty plate for 30 seconds.
  • Then, take the empty half of the hot chocolate sphere and melt the edges slightly using the warm plate to smooth. Then use the partially melted edges to "glue" the two halves of hot chocolate bomb together.
  • Let it rest for about 10 minutes so that chocolate has a chance to cool and harden again.

Decorate Hot Chocolate

  • To decorate, drizzle leftover melted chocolate

Notes

Note: the recipe above makes 2 milk chocolate bombs and 2 white chocolate bombs. The amounts can easily be doubled, tripled or halved for the number of hot chocolate bombs you need. 
 

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