How To Make Hot Chocolate Bombs (Recipe)

Can't find them in the stores? Here's how to make hot chocolate bombs.

As soon as I learned such a thing existed, I wanted to learn how to make hot chocolate bombs. For the unfamiliar, a hot chocolate bomb is a chocolate sphere filled with hot cocoa mix. To prepare it, you just place one in a mug, pour hot milk or hot water over the top, and watch as the bomb dissolves into the best hot chocolate you’ll ever sip!

There are a few different types of hot chocolate bombs you can buy or make at home. Some are solid chocolate (sometimes referred to as “chocolate drops”), while others are hollow chocolate spheres. Also, some are simple and plain while others contain tasty additions or are topped with edible decorations.

Homemade hot chocolate bombs are great gifts.

Due to their popularity, hot chocolate bombs have been difficult to find in stores in recent years, but it’s easy (and rather fun!) to make hot cocoa bombs at home! In this post, I’ll show you how to make your own DIY hot cocoa bombs in a step by step tutorial, whether as a treat for yourself or to give as holiday gifts!

How To Make Hot Chocolate Bombs (Recipe)

To make hot chocolate bombs you'll need chocolate, a silicone mold, and cocoa mix.

You’ll need:

  • 12 oz milk chocolate candy melts (or dark chocolate)
  • 6 servings hot cocoa mix*
  • Add-ins, optional (see below)
  • White chocolate candy melts, optional
  • Half sphere silicone molds
  • Spoon

*What constitutes a serving will vary according to the mix you use, so use your best judgment. For instance, one serving of my favorite semi-homemade hot chocolate mix is about 3 tablespoons, while a single serving of Swiss Miss is closer to 2 tablespoons.

Make your homemade hot chocolate bombs even better with add-ins.

Optional Add-Ins

Here are a few ideas of extra ingredients you can add while filling your homemade hot cocoa bombs:

  • Mini marshmallows
  • Candy cane bits
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Sprinkles
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Peanut butter
  • Toffee bits
  • Caramel bits
  • Chopped candy bars
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

Directions:

The first step for diy hot chocolate bombs is to spread melted chocolate in the molds.

Step 1 – Make The Chocolate Shells

Start by melting the chocolate candy melts. You can either pop the chocolate in the microwave and heat it in 30-second increments, or melt it in a double boiler. (You can create a makeshift double boiler by bringing a pot of water to a simmer, then setting a heat-safe bowl on top of the pot without touching the water.)

Note: The microwave method is quicker, but the gentle heat from a double boiler helps temper chocolate to produce a shiny finish. I’d recommend the latter method if you’re giving them as gifts and want them to look as good as they taste, but either method will produce delicious results!

Pour a heaping tablespoon of melted chocolate into the cavities of a half sphere silicone mold. Use the back of a spoon to spread the chocolate up the sides until the chocolate begins to harden, then add a second layer of chocolate, if necessary, to create a sturdy, hollow shell.

Put the molds in the freezer to harden, then pop the shells for your diy hot chocolate bombs out.

Step 2 – Remove And Fill The Shells

Place the mold in your freezer for 5-10 minutes to set the chocolate, then carefully release the chocolate shells from the mold. Continue until you have 12 cups in total (or double the number of bombs you want to make).

Fill one half of the hot chocolate bomb shell with cocoa mix and any add-ins.

Fill half of the chocolate cups with a single serving of your hot cocoa mix (and marshmallows, if using). Pile any other add-ins you want to use on top (see Optional Add-ins above for ideas!)

To seal the two halves of the homemade chocolate bomb shells together, rub one on a hot plate until the chocolate is melty, then join it to the other half.

Step 3 – Seal The Bombs

Next, you’ll connect empty shells to the rims of the filled ones to create full spheres. I found this easiest to do with a warm plate — you can warm up a heat-safe plate in your microwave, or by dipping it into boiling water and patting it dry with a towel.

Take one of the empty chocolate shells and twist the open end against the warm plate until it begins to melt. Position the melted edge against the top of one of your filled shells, then hold them together until the chocolate hardens and the shell is sealed. Repeat this step with all of the remaining chocolate shells.

Any spaces in the seal of your diy hot chocolate bombs can be smoothed with a warm spoon.

If you spot any gaps in the shells, use the back of a hot spoon to gently melt that spot to seal the gap. A clean paint brush dipped into a small amount of melted chocolate would also work well!

Drizzling your diy hot chocolate bombs with melted white chocolate makes them extra pretty and hides any defects.

Step 4 – Decorate Your Hot Cocoa Bombs

At this point, you can spruce up your hot chocolate bombs (or cover up any imperfections) with some edible decorations. Adding a drizzle of white chocolate on top is easy and creates a nice contrast — you can drizzle melted white chocolate over the tops with a spoon, or a piping bag if you’re shooting for fine, neat lines.

Before the chocolate drizzle sets, sprinkle the tops with chopped nuts, crushed candy canes, sprinkles, or whatever you like! Once your hot chocolate bombs are complete, put them back in your freezer for 5 minutes (or your fridge for 30 minutes) to set them.

Store your finished hot chocolate bombs at cool room temperature. (Don’t store them in the fridge, since it can lead to condensation issues.)

To prepare hot chocolate bombs, just pop one in a mug and add hot milk or water.

How To Prepare Hot Cocoa Bombs As A Drink

To turn one of your chocolate spheres into a delicious mug of hot cocoa, place it in a mug and slowly pour the hot milk over the top. The hot liquid will melt your chocolate shell away, revealing the cocoa mix inside and your delicious add-ins. Stir well and enjoy!

Adding the hot milk to your hot chocolate bombs melts the shell and releases those yummy add-ins. So satisfying to watch!

Preparation FAQs

  • How much milk do you need for a hot chocolate bomb? Plan on using just shy of 1 cup of milk per bomb.
  • Can you use hot water for hot chocolate bombs? Yes, you can use hot water in place of milk, but it won’t be nearly as creamy.
  • Can you use plant milks? Sure!
Put your hot chocolate bombs in cellophane sacks and store them at room temperature.

BONUS: Tips For Gifting Homemade Hot Chocolate Bombs

  • Package hot chocolate bombs individually in cellophane bags and tie them closed with a festive ribbon. It makes for a nice presentation, plus it will protect their decoration and prevent the bombs from sticking together.)
  • Pair a couple of homemade hot chocolate bombs with a holiday mug or some fresh-baked cookies to make a great gift!

Have you tried making or drinking hot chocolate bombs?

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Homemade Hot Chocolate Bomb Recipe

Jill Nystul
Drop one of these cocoa bombs into a mug, pour hot milk over the top, and watch the shell melt away for a fun and festive hot chocolate experience!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 minutes
Resting Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Holiday, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 6 cocoa bombs
Calories 112 kcal

Equipment

  • Half sphere silicone mold

Ingredients
  

  • 12 ounces chocolate candy melts
  • 6 servings hot chocolate mix

Instructions
 

  • Melt the chocolate in a microwave or double boiler, then pour a heaping tablespoon into the cavities of a half sphere silicone mold. Use the back of a spoon to spread it into an even layer.
    The first step for diy hot chocolate bombs is to spread melted chocolate in the molds.
  • Freeze the mold for 5-10 minutes to set the chocolate, then carefully release the chocolate cups from the mold.
    Put the molds in the freezer to harden, then pop the shells for your diy hot chocolate bombs out.
  • Fill half of the cups with a single serving of hot chocolate mix and any desired add-ins.
    Fill one half of the hot chocolate bomb shell with cocoa mix and any add-ins.
  • Attach the unfilled shells to the filled ones by melting the edge slightly, then holding two shells edge to edge to seal them together.
    To seal the two halves of the homemade chocolate bomb shells together, rub one on a hot plate until the chocolate is melty, then join it to the other half.
  • Decorate the sealed bombs if desired, then put them back in the freezer for 5 minutes to set.
    Drizzling your diy hot chocolate bombs with melted white chocolate makes them extra pretty and hides any defects.
  • Store the finished hot chocolate bombs at cool room temperature.
    Put your hot chocolate bombs in cellophane sacks and store them at room temperature.

Video

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Notes

Optional Add-Ins:
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Candy cane bits
  • Chocolate chips
  • Sprinkles
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Peanut butter
  • Toffee bits
  • Caramel bits
  • Chopped candy bars
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

Nutrition

Calories: 112kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 1gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 238mgFiber: 1gSugar: 17gCalcium: 28mgIron: 1mg

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  • I still definitely want to try this. Now that the molds are easier to find. That was the problem before- finding one, and the molds were on back order.

  • I love this idea! I noticed you have cinnamon in your options list. When I make hot chocolate, I add cinnamon and chili powder. It’s how my friends from Mexico make it. Sounds like an unsavory combination but you’ve GOT to try it. Keep up the awesome work you’re doing. Your emails are the only ones that I HAVE to check out every one of.

  • Great idea. I was describing this to my mom the other day. I’m glad you decided to do a tutorial. We are definitely going to try this. We might use this as goodies for people if it turns out well.

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