Christmas Hot Chocolate Bombs are a delicious hot chocolate mix wrapped up in red candy melts for a chocolate ball of goodness! These easy hot cocoa bombs are filled with mini marshmallows and hot cocoa mix and when melted in a cup of hot milk, it’s the perfect creamy cup of hot chocolate.
This red and gold theme is simply gorgeous for Christmas hot cocoa bombs!
Who doesn’t love hot chocolate? This winter, warm your heart and tummy with these brilliant Christmas hot chocolate bombs. Gorgeous and festive, plus they are decadent and delicious!
Serve these up to your friends and family this holiday season and enjoy their delight when they drop it in a warm cup of milk.
If you love to make homemade gifts for Christmas, then these beautifully decorated Christmas coco bombs will make a fantastic holiday gift.
What are Hot Chocolate Bombs?
They are a hollow candy or chocolate sphere made with melted chocolate or candy. Then filled with all kinds of goodies to make a delicious cup of hot chocolate.
Common fillers are marshmallows, chopped candy pieces and hot cocoa mix before being sealed and served with a hot cup of milk.
Once the chocolate bomb is dropped into a heated cup of milk, the outside candy or chocolate sphere will melt and the inside goodies will be released. Simply stir for a tasty treat for any occasion.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
They are such a great way to make your own hot cocoa mixes where you can combine all the flavors you love into one hot cocoa mix. They’re actually simple and easy to make for an incredibly rich drink that’s perfect for the wintertime.
Also, these little delights make a great gift for anyone because they’re delicious, easy to make, and you can customize the flavors. They are perfect as a holiday hostess gift or party favor!
How do Hot Chocolate Bombs Work?
Really fun to watch as they burst open! All you need is a mug of hot milk. Drop one in a mug and watch it melt in the warm milk. As the outer chocolate candy coating melts, it will release the cocoa and mini marshmallows.
Hot Chocolate Bomb Molds
I’ve found that while some may try to do away with using molds altogether, it is far easier to just buy sphere molds! Some suggest using cupcake or muffin pans or even empty glasses instead, but the fact that silicone molds are cheap, there is no reason not to use them.
Plus, after seeing how gorgeous these turn out, you’re going to want to make more. So, make it easy on yourself and buy a couple of silicone molds.
Kitchen Tools Needed
You’ll need a few standard kitchen tools and a silicone mold. Here’s all the tools you’ll need for this recipe:
- 2 inch Semi Sphere Silicone Mold
- Microwave safe bowl
- Spoon or large pastry brush
- Large plate and a small plate
- Pastry piping bag or Ziploc bag
Here’s a list of what you’ll need to make this basic hot chocolate bomb recipe:
- 8oz Red candy melts
- 6 tbsp Hot cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup Mini marshmallows
- Gold sugar sprinkles
How to Make Christmas Hot Chocolate Bombs
Ready to make these gorgeous Christmas treats? Here’s the step-by-step process:
Step 1: Start by putting your large plate into the freezer.
Step 2: In a microwave-safe bowl, add all the red candy melts and heat in the microwave at 30-second intervals. Stir well between each heating session and continue until completely melted.
Step 3: Add a spoon full of the melted candy into each of the mold cavities. Then use the back of a spoon or pastry brush to coat the mold with the melted candy, making sure cover the entire inside of the mold. Be sure to get a spread the melted candy all the way up the sides of the mold.
Tip: Place your silicone molds on a baking sheet (this just helps to support the mold and make it easier to move them).
Step 4: Place coated molds in the freezer for 5 minutes.
Step 5: Repeat the same process in step 3 to add another coat of melted candy. Make sure to evenly spread the candy up the sides of the mold and freeze for an additional 5 minutes until hardened.
Step 6: Now, remove the large plate you put in the freezer in step 1 and the coated molds from the freezer. Gently remove each candy shell from the mold and place the spheres onto the chilled plate.
Step 7: Heat your small plate in the microwave for 2 minutes.
Step 8: Remove the small plate from the microwave (careful, it’s hot!) and place a half sphere upside down on top of the hot plate. Moving it around to slightly melt the half sphere rim.
Step 9: Fill the empty sphere with 1 tablespoon cocoa mix.
Step 10: Add several mini marshmallows and a pinch of sprinkles.
Step 11: Grab the other empty half sphere and melt the edges on the hot plate as you did above.
Step 12: Place this half sphere on top of the first one and seal them together. Continue until you’ve used up all the empty spheres.
Tip: If there are any gaps when sealing the two spheres, rub a dab of melted candy over the area to seal it.
Decorating Christmas Chocolate Bombs
Once you have all of them sealed, it’s time to decorate them for the holiday season. These are actually perfect for several holidays! These red hot chocolate bombs not only look great for Christmas, but are perfect for Valentine’s Day and New Year’s too!
Step 1: Reheat the remaining melted red candy in the microwave again. Heat in 20-second increments until fully melted. Scoop the melted candy into a pastry bag or Ziploc bag.
Step 2: If using a Ziploc bag, cut off a small piece of a bottom corner to use just like a piping bag. Drizzle the melted candy over the top.
Step 3: Add sparkly gold sugar sprinkles.
How to Serve
To serve, heat 6 ounces milk (preferred!) or you can use hot water.
Pour the milk into your favorite mug. Drop in the hot cocoa bomb and watch it burst open, then stir.
Or you can simply place it in the bottom of a mug and pour the hot milk over it and stir.
Tips for Making Hot Cocoa Bombs
Here are a few key tips:
- Always use good quality candy melts for best flavor and texture.
- Ensure the candy melts are completely melted before applying it into the sphere molds to make sure it easily coats.
- Don’t remove the candy spheres to early from the freezer. Make sure the candy is fully hardened or the sphere will warp when removing it from the molds.
- When serving, use whole milk for the best results. Whole milk makes for a truly creamy drink.
How Do I Wrap Cocoa Bombs For Gifts?
One way to package these easy Christmas hot chocolate bombs for gifts is with a cute holiday paper box or simply wrap them in a cellophane bag with a gift tag and bow. If putting them in a box, place a piece of parchment paper between each so they don’t stick together.
Here are some adorable gift boxes ideas to put them in:
- Elf pants with dangling elf legs – these are the perfect size!
- Gold Treat Boxes – perfect for the red and gold theme of these Christmas cocoa bombs.
- Sweet Christmas Treat Boxes – great size and cute designs.
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How to Store Christmas Hot Cocoa Bombs
Leftover hot chocolate bombs can be stored in the refrigerator. Simply wrap each one in parchment paper and place it in an airtight container. These can also be set out at room temperature without any issues with melting.
More Hot Chocolate Bombs to Enjoy
Here are a few different ways to make hot cocoa bomb recipes you might enjoy!
These hot chocolate bombs are lusciously rich treats that are perfect for the holiday season. If you love hot chocolate, then you’ve got to try these Christmas Hot Chocolate Bombs!
- 8 oz Red Candy Melts
- 6 tablespoons Hot Chocolate Mix
- 1/2 cup Mini Marshmallows
- Gold Sugar Sprinkles (or any color to fit your theme)
- Place a large plate into the freezer.
- Pour red candy melts into a microwave safe bowl and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds intervals. Stir well between each interval.
- Using the back of a spoon or a large pastry brush, coat each of the mold spheres with a layer of the melted candies.
- Place into the freezer for 5 minutes
- Repeat the above steps to add another candy coating and chill for an additional 5 minutes.
- Remove the chilled large plate and the coated silicone molds from the freezer. Gently remove the half spheres from mold and place onto the chilled plate.
- Heat the small plate in the microwave for 2 minutes (use a hot pad to remove, the plate will be hot).
- Place one half sphere upside down on the heated plate and move it around to slightly melt the rim.
- Add 1 tablespoon of hot chocolate mix.
- Add a few mini marshmallows and a pinch of sprinkles inside the half sphere.
- Place another half sphere upside down on the plate and move around to melt the rim.
- Place that half sphere on top of the other, and gently secure the two together. If there are any gaps, simply rub a little extra melted candy along the seam to seal it.
- Reheat the remaining red candy melts in the microwave for 30 second intervals until fully melted. Scoop the melted candy melts into a pastry bag or a Ziploc bag. If using a ziploc bag, cut off a small bottom corner.
- Drizzle the melted candy on top of the Christmas hot chocolate bombs in a back and forth motion.
- Top with gold sugar sprinkles.
To use, place hot chocolate bomb in a mug and pour 6 oz of hot milk over it and stir. Top with more marshmallows (optional).
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 280Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 159mgCarbohydrates: 65gFiber: 1gSugar: 46gProtein: 2g
Nutritional values are estimates and not exact.