Hot chocolate bombs are a huge trend right now, but it can be hard getting your hands on some especially around the holiday season. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make your own at home!
“These chocolate balls may look unassuming from the outside, but when placed in a cup of warm milk, the outer shell “explodes” to reveal hot cocoa powder and marshmallows within. Once mixed together, it makes for a rich cup of hot chocolate, and a fun recipe to assemble and give as gifts to family and friends.
You’ll need a silicone mold with cavities about two-and-a-half inches wide, a pastry brush or clean paintbrush to spread the chocolate, and an instant-read thermometer to help you temper the chocolate. (Silicone chocolate molds have become hard to track down, but silicone cupcake liners make a good alternative).”
Time: About 2 hours
Yield: 6 hot chocolate bombs
What you’ll need:
- 12 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped (1 ⅓ cups)
- 6 tablespoons hot cocoa mix, plus more if desired
- 30 to 40 mini marshmallows
- Sparkling sugar, sprinkles, or crushed candy canes, for decoration
- Temper the chocolate: Melt two-thirds of the chocolate (8 ounces) in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water (or microwave in a microwave-safe bowl in 15-second intervals).
- Stir gently as it melts. The chocolate should be just melted and warm to the touch. Remove from the heat and add the remaining chocolate a few pieces at a time, stirring after each addition, until melted. Continue stirring until the temperature lowers to 88 to 91 degrees.
- Make the chocolate shells: You will need two 6-cavity silicone molds with 2 ½-inch-diameter half spheres. Using a pastry brush or a clean paintbrush, evenly coat the inside of each mold with about 1 teaspoon of melted chocolate. Repeat to make 12 half-spheres, working in batches if needed.
- Let the coated mold sit at room temperature until the chocolate is hard, 15 to 30 minutes. Repeat twice for three chocolate coatings total.
- Carefully remove the hardened chocolate shells from the mold. (If you have them, wear plastic gloves to prevent fingerprints on the chocolate.) To even out the shells’ edges, warm a pan on the stove over low heat and gently press the rims of the chocolate shells onto the pan for a few seconds. Transfer the shells to your mold or a muffin tin turned upside-down to let the edges set and to balance them while you assemble the bombs.
- To assemble a hot chocolate bomb, grab two of the chocolate shells. Put 1 tablespoon hot cocoa mix and 5 to 6 mini marshmallows in one shell. (Adjust the amount of hot cocoa mix and marshmallows you put inside your bomb depending on how rich you want your hot chocolate.) Press the rim of the empty shell onto the warm pan until the chocolate begins to melt. Gently press the melted rim against the rim of the filled shell to create a ball. To seal the ball, paint a little of the remaining melted chocolate around the seam with the paintbrush, your finger, or the back of a spoon. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.
- Drizzle any remaining melted chocolate over the hot chocolate bombs and sprinkle sparkling sugar, sprinkles, crushed candy canes, or any other edible decorations on top.
- To serve, drop a hot chocolate bomb in 8 ounces (1 cup) of very warm milk in a mug and watch the chocolate shell melt away to reveal the marshmallows and hot cocoa inside. Stir until the chocolate completely melts and enjoy.
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