What are hot chocolate bombs?
Hot chocolate bombs are a fun new way to make hot chocolate. They’re delicious, easy to make with your kids, and endlessly customisable. They also make great gifts if you’re looking for party favours or stocking fillers.
Chocolate bombs are thick chocolate shells filled with cocoa, marshmallows and any other fixings that take your fancy. To enjoy them, simply place one in your favourite mug, pour over some hot milk and watch them melt, releasing all the goodies inside.
At their simplest, hot chocolate bombs are made using just chocolate, cocoa and marshmallows, but you can have fun creating new mixes by adding a few extras inside and decorating the outer shell. The choice of fillings is endless, from crushed candy bars or peppermints to pumpkin spice and instant coffee, or a drop of your favourite alcohol. Decorating those chocolate shells is the perfect task for kids, who will love covering them in sprinkles and cookie crumbs.
How to make them
For a step-by-step guide to making hot chocolate bombs, we love this easy-to-follow hot chocolate bomb recipe from Sugar Geek Show. It talks you through the basics, with a clear and approachable section on tempering chocolate, and shows you how to use both silicone and acrylic moulds. What you add to the mix, and how you decorate your hot chocolate bombs is down to you and any little helpers you happen to have recruited.
What is the best chocolate to use?
One of the best things about hot chocolate bombs is all that melted chocolate, and good quality chocolate can really make a difference. Candy melts may be easy to work with, but they have very little flavour, while chocolate chips can be difficult to temper due to their low cocoa butter content.
The best chocolate to use is a good quality bar chocolate that is at least 65% cocoa, low in additives or extra ingredients, and contains some cocoa butter to help with tempering. On a more basic level, it’s important to use chocolate that you like, so try a couple of different varieties in the name of research and see which you like best.
How to fill them
Filling your hot chocolate bombs couldn’t be easier. Simply rest one side of the shell on the back of your mould to hold it still, add your filling, and pipe melted chocolate around the edge of the shell. Place the other half on top and press the two halves together very gently. Clean off any excess chocolate with your finger and leave for a few seconds to set. If you do end up with a slightly messy join, you can always disguise it with a ring of sprinkles.
Tips & tricks
For perfect hot chocolate bombs every time, plus some cute ideas for gifting, try these simple but effective tips and tricks.
- Make sure you get a thick, even coating of chocolate on your chocolate moulds. Thicker chocolate is less likely to crack, and it means you get an extra-chocolatey drink at the end of it all, too.
- If you don’t have time for melting and piping chocolate, save time by using a slightly heated plate to seal the two halves of your chocolate shell. Simply heat a plate in the microwave for 30 seconds, then hold one half of the chocolate shell against the hot surface, open side down, until the edges melt. Press the two halves together, and the melted chocolate will seal them.
- Prevent your hot chocolate bombs from melting by storing them in the freezer until you’re ready to use them.
- Avoid getting fingerprints on your chocolate shells by using food safe gloves whenever you handle them.
- If you’re making hot chocolate bombs as a gift, or if you’re just looking for a cute way to display them, try placing them inside a cupcake holder. It looks great, and it means you don’t have to handle the chocolate as much, so there’s less chance of it melting and smudging.
- Another great gifting idea is to hide a hot chocolate bomb inside a cute mug. Wrap the mug in cellophane and tie with a ribbon for the perfect homemade gift.
With so many different ways to decorate and add flavour to hot chocolate bombs, it can sometimes be difficult to decide which flavours and toppings to choose. If you’re looking for hot chocolate bomb inspiration, we’ve found some tasty recipes for you to try.
Orange slice hot cocoa bombs: these pretty orange hot chocolate bombs from Mommy Musings are topped with a slice of chocolate orange, and make the perfect Christmas stocking filler.
Mexican hot chocolate bombs: these boozy hot chocolate bombs by Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons are laced with tequila and chilli for a fun and fiery Mexican-style hot chocolate.
Red velvet hot chocolate bombs: with their decadent red and gold decoration, these luxury hot chocolate bombs from Attagirl Says are perfect for Valentines Day or Christmas.
For even more hot chocolate ideas, don’t miss these gourmet tips for ways to kick up your hot chocolate.