DIY Winter Hot Chocolate Bombs

Get cozy with some DIY Winter Hot Chocolate Bombs! These exploding balls of hot cocoa and chocolate will warm you up on even the coldest days!

Winter Hot Chocolate Bombs Recipe

close up of hot chocolate bomb with gold and white sprinkles

My kids and I have a new favorite activity this year. It’s making hot chocolate bombs! We saw the videos trending all over social media and though we love our classic peppermint hot chocolate in the winter, we decided we just had to try to make some hot cocoa bombs together! 

After I melted the chocolate and made the molds, my kids had an absolute blast helping my add in all the mix-ins and close them up. It was a great way to get everyone helping without me getting stressed!

The anticipation of making them ourselves and waiting for them to set was so worth it. If you haven’t seen your kids explode one of these hot cocoa bombs, you’re seriously missing out on the cutest excited faces ever!

You’ll love these. Your kids will love these. Your friends will love these. What are you waiting for? Give this recipe a try!

Winter Hot Chocolate Bombs Recipe

wooden spoon dropping a hot chocolate bomb into mug of milk

Serves: 6

Prep time: 30 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes

Ingredients for Winter Hot Chocolate Bombs

ingredients for hot chocolate bombs
  • 1 12-ounce bag Wilton Light Cocoa Candy Melts
  • Hot Chocolate Mix
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Sprinkles

Some additional tools you may need: 

How to Make this Winter Hot Chocolate Bomb Recipe

  • To make your hot chocolate bombs, add your candy melts into a glass microwave-safe bowl and microwave at half power for 30 seconds. 
  • Stir the candy melts and continue microwaving 30 seconds at a time and stirring after each time. Repeat until the chocolate is completely melted and creamy. 
  • Scoop about a teaspoon of the chocolate into one of the cavities and spread it throughout the whole half-circle. Try to spread evenly so that no chocolate pools at the bottom of the cavity. 
  • Add chocolate to the remaining cavities and spread the same way as the first. Then put the molds in the freezer for 2-3 minutes to set the chocolate.
  • Remove the molds from the freezer and add a second layer of the melted chocolate. This time, spread the same way but focus more on the edges so they are nice and stable when you try to put them together. 
  • Put the molds back in the freezer again for another few minutes until the chocolate is set.
  • Take the remaining chocolate and add it to a piping bag for later. 
  • Very carefully, push the chocolate out of each of the cavities, starting with the edges and pushing out the center of the circles last. 
  • Add a heaping tablespoon of your hot chocolate mix to 6 of the half-spheres as well as about 5 mini marshmallows and some sprinkles. 
  • Use the prepared piping bag to pipe some chocolate on the edge of a filled half and while it’s wet stick an unfilled half on top to close the sphere. Hold the sphere together for about 15-seconds to make sure that it shuts together tightly.
  • Place the closed hot chocolate bomb on a plate and drizzle some melted chocolate on top. Add some sprinkles and give them a little press so they stay on tight. 
  • Repeat this process with the remaining hot chocolate bombs and let them set until the chocolate is hardened.
  • To use the hot chocolate bombs, place on in a mug and pour warm milk right on top of the seam. Give the hot chocolate a quick stir and watch your chocolate bomb explode!
hot chocolate bombs on white tablecloth with milk and hot cocoa mix

Tips Tricks and FAQs

  • Need help keeping your chocolate spheres steady while trying to fill them? Try turning your silicone mold upside down and placing the sphere in between the little circle hills. It’ll keep it supported without you having to hold it!
  • I can’t tell you how much I love my homemade hot chocolate mix for these hot cocoa bombs! I’ve made them with both store-bought and homemade mix, and nothing really compares to the dreamy taste of the homemade! Plus, the recipe makes quite a bit so you can have some extra mix around for hot cocoa or my hot chocolate cookies!
  • If you’re planning to gift these hot cocoa bombs or store them long term, I would recommend using marshmallow bits instead of mini marshmallows. Mini marshmallows tend to get a bit stuck together after a while so the marshmallow bits work a little bit better for long-term. 

Why isn’t my hot chocolate bomb exploding? 

The two most common reasons that hot chocolate bombs fail are using milk that is too cool or having chocolate that is too thick. 

What you want to do to help your hot chocolate bomb explode properly is place the bomb seam side up and pour very hot milk right on the seam. 

If you’re gifting, try putting a cute note with directions on your package to make sure their hot chocolate bombs are a success. 

Storage

You can store your hot chocolate bombs in any airtight container at room temperature for about 4-6 months!

Grab some big jars to put them in at home, or package them in some sweet individual bags for gifting!

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Winter Hot Chocolate Bombs

5 hot chocolate bombs on tissue paper with sprinkles

Get cozy with some DIY Winter Hot Chocolate Bombs! These exploding balls of hot cocoa and chocolate will warm you up on even the coldest days!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 12-ounce bag Wilton Light Cocoa Candy Melts
  • Hot Chocolate Mix
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Sprinkles

Instructions

  1. To make your hot chocolate bombs, add your candy melts into a glass microwave-safe bowl and microwave at half power for 30 seconds. 
  2. Stir the candy melts and continue microwaving 30 seconds at a time and stirring after each time. Repeat until the chocolate is completely melted and creamy. 
  3. Scoop about a teaspoon of the chocolate into one of the cavities and spread it throughout the whole half-circle. Try to spread evenly so that no chocolate pools at the bottom of the cavity. 
  4. Add chocolate to the remaining cavities and spread the same way as the first. Then put the molds in the freezer for 2-3 minutes to set the chocolate.
  5. Remove the molds from the freezer and add a second layer of the melted chocolate. This time, spread the same way but focus more on the edges so they are nice and stable when you try to put them together. 
  6. Put the molds back in the freezer again for another few minutes until the chocolate is set.
  7. Take the remaining chocolate and add it to a piping bag for later. 
  8. Very carefully, push the chocolate out of each of the cavities, starting with the edges and pushing out the center of the circles last. 
  9. Add a heaping tablespoon of your hot chocolate mix to 6 of the half-spheres as well as about 5 mini marshmallows and some sprinkles. 
  10. Use the prepared piping bag to pipe some chocolate on the edge of a filled half and while it’s wet stick an unfilled half on top to close the sphere. Hold the sphere together for about 15-seconds to make sure that it shuts together tightly.
  11. Place the closed hot chocolate bomb on a plate and drizzle some melted chocolate on top. Add some sprinkles and give them a little press so they stay on tight. 
  12. Repeat this process with the remaining hot chocolate bombs and let them set until the chocolate is hardened.
  13. To use the hot chocolate bombs, place on in a mug and pour warm milk right on top of the seam. Give the hot chocolate a quick stir and watch your chocolate bomb explode!

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