Hot cocoa bombs (or hot chocolate bombs) have become somewhat of a social media sensation, with lots of viral videos being shared across TikTok and Instagram at the end of last year.
A hot cocoa bomb is a small hollow sphere of chocolate that contains cocoa powder and marshmallows, and just like a bath bomb dissolves to reveal different colours, the addition of hot milk poured over the sweet ball of chocolate causes it to melt and reveal the hidden cocoa and marshmallows inside.
Many cafes and bistros are beginning to jump on the cocoa bomb hype and serving these as an interesting alternative to ready-made hot cocoa. However, they’re surprisingly really simple and easy to make at home, which means that you can design your own flavour combinations and add different ingredients to suit your sweet tooth.
They’re fun way to treat yourself during a cold evening and they make great gift ideas, but I like to create these Valentine’s inspired hot cocoa bombs as the perfect way to add that little extra something. I love the cute colours of the white and red candy.
Want to make your own? Here is my favourite recipe for creating your own DIY Valentine’s hot cocoa bombs at home.
Valentine’s Day Hot Cocoa Bombs Recipe
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- Red candy melts, melted
- White candy melts, melted
- 2 tsp hot cocoa mix
- 7-8 mini marshmallows
- Valentine’s Day sprinkles
- Zip lock bag for piping melted chocolate
- Medium Sized Semi-Sphere Silicone Molds
- Add red candy melts to a microwave-safe bowl and melt in the microwave in 30 second increments stirring in between until creamy and smooth.
- Fill the molds with the melted chocolate making sure to fill the sides of the mold all the way to the top and keeping the inside hollow. Use the back of a spoon to guide the chocolate up the mold.
- Place in the fridge or freezer for about 5-10 minutes or until they are easy to pop out. Very carefully remove the chocolate from the mold. If they don’t pop out easily, place back in the fridge or freezer for a few more minutes.
- Scoop about 2 tsp of hot cocoa powder into the bottom mold. Place 7-8 mini marshmallows on top of the hot cocoa powder.
- Heat a plate in the microwave for about 45 seconds, carefully taking it out cause the plate will be hot.
- Take the empty chocolate half and press the open part onto the hot plate for a few seconds to melt the chocolate and twist to smooth the edges. Connect the two half pieces of chocolates together and seal together. Allow to harden together.
- Add white candy melts to a microwave-safe bowl and melt in the microwave in 30 second increments stirring in between until creamy and smooth.
- Put melted white candy melts in a ziploc bag, seal and snip off a corner. Pipe melted white chocolate across the top of the cocoa bombs and immediately add a pink and red heart in the middle and sprinkle the pink and red ball sprinkles before the melted chocolate hardens. Place in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes to allow it to harden.
- To use, place in a mug and pour hot milk over top. Stir until the hot cocoa bombs are completely melted and enjoy!