The Best Hot Chocolate Bombs

Know what’s better than hot chocolate? Hot chocolate bombs of course! These babies are quite popular right now, so I thought I’d make mine with some homemade cocoa and some shimmer. These are the best hot chocolate bombs to enjoy throughout the winter. They also make for excellent neighbor and friend Christmas gifts. Read on for the recipe and instructions!

hot chocolate bombs with mug

What are Hot Chocolate Bombs?

Great question. Hot chocolate bombs consist of an outer shell, hot cocoa mix inside, and marshmallows or other flavorings that you would normally put in hot chocolate.

I’m not sure what the origin is of this fun idea. But thank you to whoever came up with hot chocolate bombs. They are fun for everyone, and they are easy store for the winter so you can use them throughout the season.

close up of chocolate bombs and hot cocoa mix

What Kind of Chocolate Do I Use for the Bomb Shell?

The best and easiest kind of chocolate to use is compound chocolate. There are a lot of tutorials that say to use melted chocolate chips, but chocolate chips don’t melt very well in hot chocolate.

Often, some lumpy bits end up in the bottom of the mug that wouldn’t dissolve because chocolate chips are designed to hold their shape for baking.

Instead, use compound chocolate. Compound chocolate usually comes in the form of little disks, and it is super easy to use. For this recipe, we use dark chocolate snaps, but you can use semi-sweet or white chocolate if you don’t like dark chocolate. Customize this to your needs and wants.

chocolate bombs on a tray

How Do You Make the Best Hot Chocolate Bombs?

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  • Melt 1 pound of chocolate disks at 30 second intervals in a microwave safe bowl.
  • Use a muffin scoop and portion chocolate into the chocolate molds. This is the mold that I use, and it works great for chocolate making. Ignore the mediocre rating, because it really is great.
  • The molds need to be 2 1/2 inches in diameter so that the shells are large enough to hold enough hot cocoa.
  • After portioning the chocolate, use a spoon to spread chocolate around each half dome. Turn mold over onto a piece of parchment and let excess chocolate drip out.
  • Use an offset spatula (small size) to scrap chocolate off the top of the mold.
  • Place mold in freezer immediately for 3-5 minutes, or until chocolate is shiny and dry.
  • When chocolate domes come out of the freezer, use a small paint brush(food safe of course) to brush a layer of chocolate up around the rim of the shells just to reinforce the strength of the chocolate.
  • Once dry, gently pop chocolate domes out of mold.
  • Wash mold and repeat as many times as desired.
  • Heat a small plate or skillet. Take one dome half, and rub the rim of the dome on the pan to smooth out any rough edges. Do not rub on heated pan or plate for more than 3-5 seconds. You don’t want to melt it down too much.
  • Next, portion 3 tablespoons of the hot cocoa mix into the dome that has been smoothed out on the edges. Add marshmallows, crushed peppermint, Andes mints, or any mix-ins desired.
  • Take another half dome, rub the edges on the hot pan, and then attach to the filled dome. The two half domes should stay together because of the melted chocolate edge.
  • Repeat with remaining shells.
  • To finish, drizzle with melted chocolate. Optional: Sprinkle with edible shimmer dust, crushed candy canes, or sprinkles. Package and attach instructions for the gift.
hot chocolate bomb

Canned Hot Cocoa Vs. Homemade

I always love good quality hot cocoa, and there are a lot of good brands out there. But making your own mix is even better. It’s fresh, there are no preservatives, and you can determine just how much chocolate and flavoring you want to add.

For this recipe, we use our homemade hot chocolate mix. We are all so different, so do what works best for you. BUT, the cinnamon is amazing! Give it a try, you won’t regret it!

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The Best Hot Chocolate Bombs

hot chocolate bombs with mug
  • Author: Camille
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 10 chocolate bombs 1x
  • Category: Drinks

Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Melt 1 pound of chocolate disks at 30 second intervals in a microwave safe bowl. Stir between each interval until completely melted.
  2. Use a muffin scoop and portion chocolate into the chocolate molds. This is the 2 1/2 inch chocolate mold that I use, and it works great for chocolate making. Ignore the mediocre rating, because it really is great.
  3. After portioning the chocolate, use a spoon to spread chocolate around each half dome. Turn mold over onto a piece of parchment and let excess chocolate drip out.
  4. Use an offset spatula and scrap chocolate off the top of the mold.
  5. Place mold in freezer immediately for 3-5 minutes, or until chocolate is shiny and dry.
  6. When chocolate domes come out of the freezer, use a small paint brush(food safe of course) to brush a layer of chocolate up around the rim of the shells just to reinforce the strength of the chocolate.
  7. Once dry, gently pop chocolate domes out of molds. Wash mold and repeat as many times as desired.

Assembling the Chocolate Bombs

  1. Heat a small plate or skillet. Take one dome half, and rub the rim of the dome on the pan to smooth out any rough edges. Do not rub on heated pan or plate for more than 3-5 seconds. You don’t want to melt it down too much.
  2. Next, portion 3 tablespoons of the hot cocoa mix into the dome that you use smoothed out. Add marshmallows, crushed peppermint, Andes mints, or any mix-ins desired.
  3. Take another half dome, rub the edges on the hot pan, and then immediately attach the melted chocolate edge to the filled half dome. The two half domes should stay together because of the melted chocolate edge.
  4. Repeat with remaining shells.
  5. To finish, drizzle with melted chocolate. Optional: Sprinkle with edible shimmer dust, crushed candy canes, or sprinkles. Package and attach instructions for the gift. 
  6. Gift instructions: Place one chocolate bomb in a mug. Add 1 cup of HOT milk, stir, and enjoy!

***If you want to make these more than a week in advance, use freeze dried marshmallows. Fresh marshmallows will dry out and won’t look very appealing if they sit for too long. The chocolate bombs are not air tight, so fresh marshmallows will eventually get stale.

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