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This is the first year in many years that we haven't participated in a craft show and sold our beloved Hot Cocoa Bombs. So many of our past customers have contacted me wanting to know where we are! Many are discovering our Hot Cocoa Bomb Idea booklet on Etsy. So, I thought today I would re-post our original tutorial that shows how to make the best and most entertaining Hot Cocoa ever!
The time has come! I am going to introduce the method we use to make our Hot Cocoa Bombs with all of their chocolaty goodness and hidden surprises! Believe me, it took a lot of trial and error to get them to come out the way we imagined them. Today, I am going to start you out with the basic Chocolate Marshmallow Bomb. After that, the flavors and decorating ideas are endless.
To begin, here are the tools and supplies I use:
Wilton Brownie Pop Molds (Easy to order through Amazon!) Here is the kind I am using, and here is a Halloween one! You can sometimes find Christmas ones as well!
One double boiler
One soup sized spoon
One rubber spatula
1 bag of chocolate chips per tray (I use whatever is on sale.)
Candy Melts and sprinkles to decorate
Begin by using a double boiler to melt the chocolate chips over hot water. That is the best way to melt the chocolate to a creamy consistency and to avoid burning it. (Don't let the water run out in the bottom, or you will burn it.) If you temper the chocolate correctly, it will make the chocolate shine when it cools.
* I want to note here that you may be tempted to try to melt flavored chips to make the shell of your bombs. My experience has been that the cinnamon, mint and other flavored chips do not harden as well to make a firm shell. If you want to use those flavors in your cocoa, you may use them inside the shell as I will show you in future tutorials.
So, melt the chips until they are smooth and silky chocolate!
After the Chocolate has melted nicely, use the soup spoon filled as pictured below to put chocolate into the cavity of the mold.
Next, I put them in the freezer to harden for at least 20 min. (Usually I get busy and forget to get them out to finish hours later, but either way works). Anyway, after they are hardened, take them out of the freezer. The next step is very important if you do not want to break most of your shells. After a lot of broken bombs and frustration, we discovered this method. Pop the shells out of the mold like this: FIRST-stretch the mold a little bit around the shells. SECOND-flip the mold over and push them out from the bottom onto a towel or waxed paper. THIRD-pop them back into the molds. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO FILL THEM BEFORE POPPING THEM OUT THE FIRST TIME. THIS WILL ONLY FRUSTRATE YOUR LIFE!
Oops, this one has a little hole. That is okay, just patch it up with a quick dot of chocolate from the chocolate that is left over for the tops. If you aren't quick the hot chocolate will just melt the hole bigger, so it takes a quick touch and pop it back into the mold.
Now, it is time to fill them! One of the best things about these Hot Cocoa Bombs is that the marshmallows pop up from them when it is time to melt and drink your bomb! So, the first thing we do is pack them with 5 or 6 mini marshmallows. Then, we put about a tsp and a half of Nesquick in with the marshmallows. We have used the store brand of chocolate milk mix, but we have discovered that the Nestle brand, Nesquik, really does dissolve more smoothly.
Finally, we top them with a last layer of melted chocolate!
Back in the freezer they go for another 20 minutes or more. Then you pop them out and the decorating begins!
I kept these simple using a little white topping. The candy melts harden quickly on the frozen cocoa bombs.
Time to taste them! Make some nice, hot milk. I love real cocoa made in milk rather than the water kind. Don't you? Fill your mug about 3/4 full of the hot milk, drop in your Hot Cocoa Bomb, and stir! You will love it!
Up pops the mallows! Yum!
* Since we first came up with the Hot Cocoa Bomb Idea, we have developed many flavors and ideas as we have progressed! We have a Hot Cocoa Bomb Recipe and Idea book available for purchase here!
If you would like to watch a video that shows how to make Hot Cocoa Bombs, go here to our YouTube Channel and watch! Be sure to follow us there and here as well. Thanks!
1/18/2017 11:16:52 pm
Everyone loves them! I sold a few hundred of them at the craft show this year.
7/23/2017 05:08:34 pm
I just scored 5 brand new coffee cups at a yard sale for $1. I was going to put a package or 2 of cocoa and a candy cane in them for our church bazaar, but I think I am gonna try this recipe. It sounds so awesome. I may use my tiny cupcake pan with the paper liners. Do you know why they don't have Chocoholics Anonymous? No one wants to quit!
7/23/2017 10:38:34 pm
So true! I hope you are successful with the Cocoa Bombs and that they are a big hit at the Bazaar! Let me know if you have any questions when you are making them!
11/17/2017 01:04:54 pm
These look like so much fun and I bet they are delicious. I pinned to try them later.
11/2/2020 10:43:22 am
How can I buy the cake bomb book? I don’t want it in Kindle version, I want a hated cover. I can’t seem to find it!
Hi Nancy, you can buy the pdf version of the original book and/or our fall flavor edition from our etsy shop! The pdf will be sent to you to print. You can also get it printed at a place like staples or office max if you'd like. The link to our shop is below!
3/2/2018 05:22:11 am
WOW!! Those chocolate bombs look and sound amazing. My goodness those little round balls of goodness would be a danger around me. YUM!!
3/2/2018 06:16:28 am
YUM! Just perfect for chocoholics like me ♥ Shared on Fb, G+, Pn, and Tw :)
3/2/2018 07:20:02 am
These look so adorable!! I am headed out of town this weekend to visit some grandsons. If we get a chance I am going to try these.
3/2/2018 07:58:20 am
These are so cute and I just know they are good. Can you imagine these in pretty packaging and handed out as gifts? Well of course you can and so can I. :)
3/4/2018 06:56:40 pm
What a fun FUN recipe! I can't wait to try it for our grand children! They ask for Hot Cocoa every morning they stay with us. I bet they LOVE these! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
11/12/2018 03:21:32 pm
What a great holiday project and so much fun! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and hope you will come back soon!
12/4/2019 09:40:29 am
Visiting again! Thanks so much for linking up at the #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 7. Shared again!
12/4/2019 02:37:34 pm
These look so fun and would make such wonderful gift ideas. Pinned.
12/25/2019 06:44:15 am
These sound amazing and like a really fun way to enjoy hot cocoa.
12/31/2019 10:22:37 pm
Congrats! Your post is FEATURED at the #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 8.
2/16/2020 09:19:55 pm
Just wondering where you got the mold from, what would I google to find one just like it?
10/11/2020 05:23:57 am
What size molds do you use. Any suggestion of best mold? These are such a great idea!! Itching to make them for my grands
10/12/2020 09:44:57 am
Hi Linnea, We use a silicone Brownie Pop mold made by Wilton. If you look up in the tools section of this post, there is an Amazon link to the mold. If it isn't available, I've heard that there is a 12 bomb mold available now.
10/17/2020 08:51:26 pm
Can you put liquid in cocoa bombs. Like a flavored coffee creamer
10/19/2020 07:30:36 am
Hi Cindy! I have tried so many types of flavoring inside of Hot Cocoa Bombs, including liquids. My experience has been that liquid will find a way to leak out, even if you think you have sealed the edge of the bomb really well! I have had better success with powdered coffee creamer. The other thing is that a liquid coffee creamer may not have the shelf life that you would like your bomb to have.
11/23/2020 06:52:48 pm
Cindy, we’re you able to successfully use liquid inside the bombs?
10/18/2020 10:48:05 am
These look so fun! Just curious, how do you store them after they are made and how long are they good for? ie, how far ahead can I start making these?
10/19/2020 07:23:57 am
Hi Kelly, I have stored Hot Cocoa Bombs for up to a year in the refrigerator without any problem. Sometimes the decorations might chip off or the chocolate may not stay as shiny, but the taste is still as good. When I prepare them for craft shows or gift giving, I usually begin making them about a month and a half in advance. I freeze or refrigerate them, but I don't add the decorations on them until about a week ahead of time, and then bag them up and label them so that they will look pretty for the show.
10/24/2020 10:51:51 am
Hi, just an fyi.
10/24/2020 03:42:08 pm
These look amazing! Thank you for sharing. My specialty at the holidays is handcrafted chocolate truffles...but I know some of my customers would love these too! Chocoholics Unite!
11/23/2020 06:52:54 pm
These look awesome! Can’t wait to try them! How long do they last or stay fresh?
11/24/2020 11:14:36 am
Hi Rhonda, I have kept them in the fridge or freezer for up to a year without any adverse effects.
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Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!