Easy Hot Chocolate Bombs

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Hot Chocolate Bombs are a melty magical treat that transforms into a steaming mug of hot cocoa right before your eyes. Bursting with explosive flavor, a chocolate bomb is the perfect edible gift this Christmas, or any holiday.

You’ll also love Crockpot Christmas Candy, Chocolate Crinkle Cookies and Crockpot Chocolate Lava Cake.

Suitable for vegetarian diets.

three chocolate bombs packages as edible gift ands placed in front of a mug of hot chocolate

Folks, I am always on the lookout for new and interesting edible Christmas gifts ideas. In fact, my friends have come to expect them from me and I find that I’m trying to outdo myself every year. So when I saw Hot Chocolate Bombs pop up on TikTok and other social platforms, I just knew I had to make them.

Even better is the fact that these can be made on the stovetop or in the Instant Pot.

Nothing is more comforting during the winter than curling up with a hot mug of cocoa after spending time in the cold. And now, you can make that tasty indulgence a mesmerizing interactive experience!

an open chocolate bomb with marshmallows spilling out

What is a Hot Chocolate Bomb?

Hot Cocoa Bombs are delicious little balls of chocolate with a surprise inside! Made popular by a recent TikTok trend; chocolate bombs are perfect for gifting or when entertaining because of their major WOW factor.

A delicate chocolate shell is filled with cocoa mix and marshmallows. Place the chocolate into a mug and pour over steaming hot milk. Sit back and watch the magic happen, then enjoy a deliciously creamy cup of hot cocoa.

Of course, the kiddoes absolutely loooooove them, but adults like me are pretty obsessed with them as well. This tasty treat is so much fun and appeals to the kid in all of us!

a hot chocolate bomb sitting in front of a mug

Why You’ll ♡ These

  • Creative – These Cocoa Bombs are a creative and novel way to enjoy a seasonal treat.
  • Perfect for Gifting – Not only is an Instant Pot Chocolate Bomb perfect for gifting this Christmas, but they are also great for gifting on Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, and just about any other holiday or occasion.
  • Easy to Customize – There are so many ways to customize these! Check out our suggestions below.

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So, ready to learn how to make this Hot Chocolate Bomb recipe? Gather your ingredients and I will show you…

How To Make Hot Chocolate Bombs

Get the complete ingredients list and instructions from the recipe card below.

  1. Melt the chocolate, then place about 2 tablespoons into each mold. Using a spoon or pastry brush, distribute the chocolate so it coats the inside of each mold evenly.
  2. Let chocolate set by placing the molds in the freezer.
  3. Remove the candy shells from the molds.
  4. Using a warm pan, melt the edges of the chocolate to make them smooth and even.
  5. Fill one half of the chocolate shell with the cocoa mix, candy bits, and mini marshmallows.
  6. Slightly melt the edge of an empty shell and then press it on top of the filled shell. Hold in place for a moment to let the chocolate cool, so that the two halves stick together.
  7. Repeat with the remaining pieces and then decorate as desired.
image collage showing the steps for making hot chocolate bombs

Make Instant Pot Hot Chocolate Bombs

Get the complete ingredients list and instructions from the recipe card below.

  1. Put chocolate in a heatproof bowl that fits inside the Instant Pot insert. 
  2. Put the milk chocolate in a separate heatproof bowl that also fits in the Instant Pot insert. 
  3. Add 1 cup of water into Instant Pot insert, select the sauté button, and set to less heat. 
  4. Once it heats up, use your Instant Pot as a double boiler by placing your bowl of white chocolate over the Instant Pot. The bottom of the bowl should fit inside the top of the pot and the wider top should not.  
  5. Stir periodically until chocolate is fully melted. Remove the bowl.
  6. Coat chocolate molds with melted chocolate and set it by placing the molds in the freezer.
  7. Remove the candy shells from the molds.
  8. Using a warm pan, melt the edges of the chocolate to make them smooth and even.
  9. Fill one half of the chocolate shell with the cocoa mix, candy bits, and mini marshmallows.
  10. Slightly melt the edge of an empty shell and then press it on top of the filled shell. Hold in place for a moment to let the chocolate cool, so that the two halves stick together.
  11. Repeat with the remaining pieces and then decorate as desired.

Expert Tips

  • Melt the chocolate slowly using a double boiler or in 15-second increments in the microwave.
  • Check the molded chocolate for thin spots, especially around the mold’s edges, and re-coat with more chocolate if needed.
  • When assembling, wear food-safe gloves and dip your fingers into ice water as needed to avoid melting the chocolate or leaving fingerprints.
  • Don’t forget to decorate! Drizzle the bombs with melted white (or colored chocolate to match different seasons and holiday) and top with crushed candy, sprinkles, or cookie crumbles.

Delicious Variations

  • Dark Chocolate – Use dark chocolate chips and dark chocolate cocoa mix in place of the milk chocolate in the original recipe.
  • Pumpkin Spice – Who doesn’t love pumpkin spice? Add a sprinkle of pumpkin spice to the cocoa mix before filling the bombs.
  • Cookie Crumbles – Cookie crumbles added inside and as a garnish provide a sweet element of crunch. Oreos are one of my favorites but just about any cookie crumbles will work.
  • Mocha – Add a teaspoon of instant coffee or espresso for a coffee-flavored burst of caffeine.
top down view of a mug filled with hot cocoa and marshmallows

Make Ahead and Storage

This peppermint chocolate bomb recipe is perfect for prepping ahead.

  • Make Ahead – Prepare several chocolate shells in advance and store them for filling at a later time. This makes prep quick and easy. The entire recipe can also be made in advance.
  • Store – Heat is the enemy of chocolate so store these in an airtight container (or cellophane bags for gifting) in a cool part of your kitchen for the best results. These can be stored in your fridge but it’s probably not necessary. If you do, remove them from the fridge well before serving so the melting effect is more dramatic.
  • Freeze – Generally, freezing these is not necessary as freezing won’t really make them last any longer.
a mug of hot cocoa next to a chocolate bomb

FAQs

Can I Use Other Types of Chocolate?

You can use any type of chocolate chips or candy melts to make this recipe, although I think chips have a better flavor than the candy melts. Try using dark chocolate, white chocolate, or even peanut butter or butterscotch chips.

I Don’t Have a Candy Mold

Using a silicone candy mold is certainly the easiest way to make these chocolate bombs. But, you can try making them by wrapping the bottom rounded half of an egg with plastic wrap and then dipping it in the melted chocolate. You may need to dip it two or three times to get the chocolate thick enough so that it doesn’t crack when you remove it from the egg.

top down view of a mug filled with a chocolate bomb and milk

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three chocolate bombs packages as edible gift ands placed in front of a mug of hot chocolate
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4.88 from 8 votes

Hot Chocolate Bombs

A fun and delicious interactive treat that is the perfect edible gift!
Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time3 minutes
Course: Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: Western
Diet: Gluten Free
Servings: 4
Calories: 711kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (320g) chocolate chips
  • 1 cup (100g) hot chocolate mix
  • 4 tablespoons crushed peppermint candies
  • 1 cup (45g) mini marshmallows
  • 2 tablespoons white chocolate melted
  • garnish: crushed candies, sprinkles, and additional melted chocolate

Instructions

  • Melt the chocolate, then place about 2 tablespoons into each mold. Using a spoon or pastry brush, distribute the chocolate so it coats the inside of each mold evenly.
  • Place in the freezer for 5 minutes, and then add a second coat of chocolate to each mold. Place back into the freezer for another 5 minutes.
  • Carefully remove the chocolate from the molds.
  • Then, using a warm pan, place 4 of the halves one by one onto the pan to even out the edges.
  • Fill each of these half circles with 2-3 tablespoons of hot chocolate mix. Add in a pinch of peppermint candies and a small handful of marshmallows.
  • Take an empty half circle and even out the edges on the warm pan. Immediately place that half on top of one of the filled halves. Hold and press for 10 seconds to help the chocolate stick. Repeat this profess with the remaining three.
  • Decorate your formed bombs with drizzled melted white chocolate, sprinkles, and crushed candy as desired.
  • When you are ready to use your hot chocolate bomb, place it in a mug and pour one cup of warm milk on top.
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Notes

  • Melt the chocolate slowly using a double boiler or in 15-second increments in the microwave.
  • Check the molded chocolate for thin spots, especially around the mold’s edges, and re-coat with more chocolate if needed.
  • When assembling, wear food-safe gloves and dip your fingers into ice water as needed to avoid melting the chocolate or leaving fingerprints.
  • Don’t forget to decorate! Drizzle the bombs with melted white (or colored chocolate to match different seasons and holiday) and top with crushed candy, sprinkles, or cookie crumbles.

Nutrition

Calories: 711kcal | Carbohydrates: 113g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 333mg | Potassium: 21mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 96g | Vitamin A: 202IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 149mg | Iron: 2mg

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9 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    The classic mind games existed decades ago, who still remembers well now? I don’t want to talk about their appeal but about the value, they bring to players. In addition to being highly entertaining, mind games also help us passively train our brains, and I think that’s very helpful. One of those classic games is Sudoku, currently, sudoku is being collected by Sudoku Puzzles and is completely free for everyone. Why don’t we try to experience and evaluate this game when the benefits it brings are undeniable?

  2. I have been loving the chocolate bomb trend, but I’ve never thought of making my own! Thanks for sharing what a fun recipe to try.

  3. 5 stars
    This looks so delicious and yummy! I can’t wait to show my daughter this recipe! She’s going to love this!