Chocolate and the dishes made with it have evolved over the years. What’s trending right now, is the hot chocolate bombs. So, let us see in this article- how to make hot chocolate bombs. These days delicious hot chocolate is becoming very popular among people. They put hot chocolate bombs filled with chocolate mix and marshmallows into the mug to enjoy the appetizing hot chocolate milk. These chocolate bombs melt into the milk.
This article will help you understand the procedure of making cute little hot chocolate bombs that melts smoothly into your milk and tastes delicious. Making these hot chocolate bombs is so much fun.
1. Hot Chocolate Bombs
Hot chocolate bombs are a sphere of tempered chocolate that is filled with mini marsh mellows, hot cocoa mix, and sprinkles. When you will add these hot chocolate bombs to hot milk, this chocolate sphere will melt and also release the cocoa mix and look like a cup of hot chocolate.
1.1. What Kind of Chocolate do you use for Hot Chocolate Bombs?
Though, there are plenty of chocolates available in the market. But if you are looking for the best chocolate for your hot chocolate bombs, then dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate as well as semi-sweet chocolate will be the best option.
It will be better for you not to use low-quality chocolate candy, chocolate wafers, and chocolate chips while making hot chocolate bombs. It is important to make sure that the chocolate you are going to use for making hot chocolate bombs, is of high quality, melts easily, and tastes less processed.
Choosing the right chocolate for your hot chocolate bombs is important as it influences the flavor of the final hot chocolate. I would suggest dark chocolate for making delightful and scrumptious hot chocolate bombs. The fact is that dark chocolate melts the fastest because it contains a high percentage of cocoa butter.
It means that you should choose chocolate that contains a higher amount of cocoa butter. You can also use chocolate bars, chocolate chips, and blocks of chocolate. The melted dark chocolate will enhance the taste and color of your hot chocolate bombs. You can also use dark chocolate chips.
1.2. How do you Make Hot Chocolate Bombs Stick Together?
It is not very difficult to stick the hot chocolate shells together. For sticking the chocolate shells together, you have to heat a pan. Place both empty spheres on the pan for a few seconds and melt their edges.
After melting the edges of both the chocolate shells, fill the shells with marshmallows, milk powder, hot cocoa mix, and other ingredients or flavors you want to add to your hot chocolate bombs.
Put them together and gently press both sides together. Leave the hot chocolate bombs to set for a few times or else they can be broken.
You can do this with a microwave or can utilize the small non-stick skillet on the low burner. If your chocolate shells are not sticking together then use additional melted chocolate to fill in the gaps.
After sticking chocolate shells, you have to ensure that the edges of your chocolate shells or spheres are clean. If not, take a warm spoon under the hot faucet or dip this within the boiling water from the double boiler as well as rub the back of it along the seam to straighten and smooth the edges.
1.3. Do you Use Hot Water or Milk for Hot Chocolate Bombs?
If you are going to use a packed hot chocolate mix, check the package because some of them have powdered milk and just call for hot water.
If you ask me, I would say that you should use milk for your cute little hot chocolate bombs as it will enhance the taste of your hot chocolate. Using hot milk will result in a more decadent and richer hot chocolate.
You may use hot water in case your hot chocolate truffles or bombs are filled with a lot of flavors.
1.4. What is a Hot Chocolate Bomb made of?
Hot chocolate bombs can be made of white chocolate, chocolate wafers, chocolate chips, milk chocolate, candy melts, dark chocolate, caramel chips, almond bark, and so on. Candy melts are a good option for making chocolate bombs as you do not need to temper this.
1.5. Tool Needed to Make Hot Chocolate Bombs
There are some tools that you will be needed while making luscious hot chocolate bombs. Following are some of the tools:
Silicone chocolate molds: First of all you need silicon chocolate molds, which are nonstick and heat resistant. It is significant to ensure that the molds you are going to use are flexible, non-stick, and heat resistant because it will be easy to mold hot chocolate bombs into the perfect shape. Silicone molds are the best molds for making delicious hot chocolate bombs.
Acrylic molds: You can also use the acrylic mold to make hot chocolate bombs.
Polycarbonate half spheres molds: These molds can be used for making chocolate spheres. These sphere molds are made of durable FDA-approved plastic.
Microwave safe bowl: If you want to make your hot chocolate bombs faster, you can melt your chocolate in the microwave. For this, you need a microwave-safe bowl. This is one of the easiest methods of melting chocolate rapidly.
Double boiler: It is used to make hot chocolate bombs at home. In this method, usually, two pots are used. One pot is filled with water and the second pot is used to gradually melt the chocolate.
I honestly believe that you should not use metal mold as in this sort of mold, it is hard to unmold your hot chocolate bombs perfectly. The hot chocolate bombs can be broken while unmolding.
Food thermometer: This will help you track the temperature of chocolate you will use in your hot chocolate bombs.
Bench scraper: If you are using acrylic mold then a bench scraper is necessary.
1/4″ paintbrush: It is used for applying chocolate to silicon mold. However, in acrylic molds, you do not need this tool.
Piping bag: You would need piping for sealing together the chocolate spheres.
Along with these tools, you also need a silicon spatula, glass or ceramic dinner plate, metal spoon, and wire whisk. You can make hot chocolate bombs in different shapes.
2. Ingredients Required
There are a few ingredients that you will be needed to make hot chocolate bombs. These are:
The first ingredient for making the appetizing hot chocolate bombs is chocolate. There are various chocolate are available in the market, you can choose any of them but make sure that that chocolate contains a high amount of cocoa butter and is less processed.
It is deemed that Couverture chocolate is one of the best chocolate for making hot chocolate bombs; however, it is quite costly. So, I would suggest you use such chocolate that may available at your near grocery store, but keep in mind that they are not tempered and processed.
2.2. Hot Cocoa Mix
This is an important ingredient of the hot chocolate bomb. You may either buy it from the grocery store or use homemade chocolate mix. The hot cocoa mix is filled in the hot chocolate bombs.
2.3. Mini Marshmallows
The hot chocolate bombs are incomplete without the marshmallows. Choose marshmallow sizes as per the chocolate spheres as it will be easy to fit them inside the ball. If you want more color in your hot chocolate bombs, you can use flavored marshmallows. It will add more colors and flavor to your hot chocolate drink.
2.4. Warm Milk
I consider that people should use whole milk only while making hot chocolate bombs as it adds richness to the hot chocolate shake. Though, you can choose any milk like oat milk, almond milk, or other milk.
You may decorate your hot chocolate bombs with the help of sprinkles and drizzling chocolates. In addition to this, you can utilize powdered or gel food coloring, alcohol-based extract and flavorings, white chocolate or candy melts.
Hot chocolate bombs can also be filled with powdered coffee and crushed cookies. This will enhance the taste of your hot chocolate. Milk powder, unsweetened cocoa powder, and sugar are vital ingredients.
3. How To Make Hot Chocolate Bombs
If you are looking for the best method to make a delicious and appetizing hot chocolate bomb, here are nine easy steps to help you make hot chocolate bombs easily. Making hot chocolate bombs is not hard instead it is so much fun.
Step 1: Choose the Right Chocolate
First of all, you have to choose the right chocolate for your hot chocolate bombs. You can use chocolate callets, bars, or chips. White chocolate can be used to make chocolate spheres. In my opinion, you should choose high-quality chocolate blocks and chocolate wafers for making your hot chocolate bombs tastier.
I would suggest Ghiradelli melting wafers like dark chocolate, white chocolate, or milk chocolate flavors as per your preferences.
Step 2: Tempering Chocolate
The second step is to temper chocolate. This is one of the crucial steps to make hot chocolate bombs. Do not forget to tamper with your chocolate, if you do so, your hot chocolate bombs will look dull and even will not harden properly.
Tempering chocolate will help you unmold the chocolate spheres. If you use untampered chocolate, your hot chocolate bombs will become spotty and streaky.
Step 3: Melting the Chocolate
The third and most important step of making a hot chocolate bomb is melting chocolate. There are two different methods of melting the chocolate, such as microwave and double boiler. Firstly, finely chop the chocolate into small pieces so that it will be easy to melt them.
If you want to melt the chocolate fast, you can use the microwave. Here you need a microwave-safe bowl, place your chopped chocolate in this bowl and heat it on high at ten to fifteen-second increments.
If you do not have a microwave don’t worry, there is another method by which you can melt your chocolate called a double boiler. Take two bowls and fill one bowl with approximately one inch of water and then set the tight-fitting bowl over the opening of the pan. Add finely chopped chocolate to the second bowl and stir until it melts.
Step 4: Test the Tamper of the Chocolate
Before moving to the next step, check the temper of your chocolate. For this, take a metal knife, spoon, or spatula and dip it into the chocolate. Remove the excess chocolate and set it aside the room temperature.
After a few minutes, check if your chocolate hardens or not. You can also spread some tampered chocolate on the parchment paper and let it dry for a few minutes. If your chocolate is tempered properly, it will peel off the paper and snap when broken.
Step 5: Filling the Mold with Chocolate
In this step, you have to fill the half-sphere molds but make sure that the molds are dry and clean. Use the spoon to spread and dollop the melted chocolate into every cavity of your sphere molds.
It should not be so thick. Add some extra chocolate right up around the edges where you will stick the two chocolate sphere halves together. Now keep them in the refrigerator to chill.
Step 5: Unmold Chocolate Spheres
To unmold your chocolate spheres, you have to gently push the silicon mold. If you are using acrylic molds, smoothly pop every half sphere from the molds.
Step 6: Filling Chocolate Spheres or Chocolate Bombs
You may use either homemade or store-bought hot cocoa mix to fill your hot chocolate bombs. Chocolate ganache is a great option to fill your hot chocolate bombs than hot cocoa mix. This will enhance the taste of your hot chocolate milk. But it does not stay fresh for more than two weeks.
There are various ingredients that you may use to fill your hot chocolate bombs. Some of them are marshmallows, coffee, and booze. You can try different flavorings to make your hot chocolate bombs delicious, like gingerbread, peppermint, S’ Mores, pumpkin spice, Mexican hot chocolate, eggnog, peanut butter hot chocolate bombs, Bischoff, chocolate hazelnut, and coffee creamers.
Step 7: Sticking the Edges of Chocolate Spheres
Now, you have to stick two spheres together. Heat a microwave-safe plate for one minute and place the empty half sphere of the chocolate on this warm plate for a few minutes.
You can use also use a pan to stick your chocolate spheres. When the edges of the empty half chocolate sphere melt and then rapidly press both sides together smoothly.
Step 8: Decorating Hot Chocolate Bombs
Finally, decorate your hot chocolate bombs with some sprinkles or drizzle some contrasting or matching chocolate on top. There are ample options for decorating the luscious hot chocolate bombs.
You can dust a little bit of edible gold luster on it. I like decorating my hot chocolate bombs with candy, crushed cookies, or alternative sprinkles. Use your remaining chocolate to decorate your hot chocolate bombs and to make them look more delicious.
Another way for decorating the hot chocolate truffles is to put the melted white chocolate within the piping bag and drizzle the little bit on top of your hot chocolate bombs. Let it cool down for five minutes.
Step 9: Prepare Hot Chocolate
Now, place your appetizing hot chocolate bombs in the mug and add a cup of warm milk. Here these cute chocolate bombs will explode into the milk and enhance the taste of your hot chocolate.
Your hot chocolate bombs are ready to serve.
3.2.How to Add Liquid Inside the Hot Chocolate Bombs
If you are willing to add liquid flavor enhancer to your hot chocolate bombs or truffles, combine it with the hot water or milk or stir it in when the hot chocolate bomb is exploding. Stir in amaretto, Irish cream, and orange liqueur.
4. Alternatives Fillings for Hot Chocolate Bombs
There are a lot of things that you may put into your hot chocolate bombs rather than marshmallows. It can be chopped Andes Mints, chocolate ganache, crushed candy canes, holiday-themed sprinkles, Reese’s pieces, mini M&Ms, and Malt powder.
It is not necessary to add marshmallows and other cocoa add-ins to your hot chocolate bombs. You can replace them with other flavored items to fill your hot chocolate bombs or truffles and enhance the taste of your hot chocolate bombs.
5. How to Make Fingerprints off Hot Chocolate Bombs
Some of you may go through the problem of appearing fingerprints on your hot chocolate bombs. This is the common problem that most people face while making hot chocolate truffles.
Fingerprints generally appear on the hot cocoa bombs when you are melting the edges of chocolate spheres or shells as well as sticking the two shells together.
To get rid of this problem, firstly use food-safe gloves while melting or sticking the chocolate shells. This will help you make smooth and spotless hot chocolate truffles.
5.1. Things to Consider While Making Hot Chocolate Bombs
- First of all, prepare fillings carefully and avoid using cordials, coffee creamer, or liqueurs in your hot chocolate truffles or bombs. If you want to make appetizing hot chocolate truffles or bombs, do not put them inside the bombs.
- The liquids may cause the chocolate spheres to leak, break down and even take away the magic of an exploding hot chocolate bomb. It even shortens the shelf life of the chocolate bombs.
- If you have filled your chocolate spheres with the liqueur or any other liquid flavor enhancer, this will decline the shelf life to about 24 hours. You can make your hot chocolate bombs extra special by using homemade marshmallows or making marshmallows for your hot chocolate bomb fillings.
- The most significant thing that you should keep in mind is when filling the molds to ensure to layer the chocolate evenly up the sides of the chocolate molds.
- You can store the hot chocolate bombs for approximately 60 days at room temperature. If your hot chocolate bombs are made of almond bark, melting wafers, and candy melts, then you cannot store them for more than two months. Store these hot chocolate bombs in an airtight container.
- When you make hot chocolate bombs, there are high chances of melting the chocolates or leaving your fingerprints on the chocolate shells. To avoid such mistakes, you run your hands under cold water for a while so that heat of your hands will not make the chocolate melt.
- It is important to use food-safe gloves to make your hot chocolate bombs spotless. You have sometimes experienced that your chocolate bombs are turning white. This is because you have overheated the chocolate when melting it to make hot chocolate truffles.
- Here, make sure that you heat the chocolate for a lesser time as it will prevent your hot chocolate bombs or truffles from turning white. In case you are using chocolate candy melts for hot chocolate bombs and feeling like chocolate candy melts are not melting smoothly. So do not worry, add two tablespoons of refined coconut oil to it, and it will melt smoothly.
- Adding oil to the chocolate while melting will help you keep your chocolate from drying out. It will keep your hot chocolate from being overheated as well.
- If your hot chocolate bombs are not shining, look dull, and have white residue on top, it is because they are not properly tempered. You may add some liquid such as cream, milk, or butter when melting the chocolate, but do not use cold water for melting chocolate. If you do so, your chocolate will be seized.
In such a way, you can make appetizing hot chocolate bombs or truffles. You can make hot chocolate bombs at home with the help of this recipe and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate.
I hope this recipe will be helpful for you. Making hot chocolate bombs is fun and it is perfect for your holidays. If you make them as gifts, make sure to save some time for yourself.