Valentine's Hot Chocolate Bombs

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Valentine's Hot Chocolate Bombs are a delicious and colorful way to serve up hot chocolate. If you are wanting to create a simple and affordable gift, these hot chocolate bombs are easy!

You will love how easy it is to make cocoa bombs using hot chocolate with cocoa powder. We used Wilton red candy melts which are easy to find, but you could also use red candy melting chips to make these.

Want to mix things up? Use this easy recipe as a base and make other variations of hot cocoa bombs. And, if you're game to try some other flavors, try these red velvet cocoa bombs!

Making your own hot chocolate bombs is so much better (and a lot more fun) than buying store-bought cocoa bombs.

hand with red painted finger nails holding a red hot cocoa bomb over a white mug

Hot cocoa bombs are a chocolate coating that has been filled with hot chocolate powder and marshmallows. Learn how to make hot cocoa bombs in the Instant Pot.

Wilton candy melts are the perfect chocolate for this hot chocolate bomb recipes, as it sets up fast, and makes the perfect shell for your drink bombs.

ingredients for hot chocolate bombs in ingredient bowls on counter top

Ingredients Needed

  • Red or Pink Candy Wafer Melts - We used red Wilton candy melts.
  • Hot chocolate powder - Use your favorite hot chocolate brand, or indulge and go with an upscale chocolate brand.
  • Marshmallows - mini or dehydrated
  • Sprinkles (optional)
  • Piping bag - This is also optional, but you could use a piping bag to drizzle chocolate over the cocoa bombs when you're ready to decorate them.

Supplies Used in Valentine's Hot Chocolate Bombs

How to Make Valentine's Hot Chocolate Bombs

  • Start by melting your chocolate. I used my Instant Pot as a double boiler. But you can also do this in the microwave or use a stovetop double boiler.
  • Add a thin layer of the chocolate into the egg bite silicone molds. Tap out the excess chocolate. Let it harden.
  • Fill with hot chocolate powder and mini marshmallows. Cover the top with a layer of chocolate.
  • Once set up and hardened, carefully remove from the mold. Drizzle with extra chocolate and sprinkles.
red hot cocoa bombs stacked in front of white mug

Expert Tips and Variations for Valentine's Hot Chocolate Bombs

Chocolate | Feel free to reach for any flavor of chocolate you want. Candy melts work great at hardening well. You can temper your chocolate if you want, but that is the only way to get chocolate bars to set up and harden properly.

Filling | Consider adding a flavored hot chocolate mix, cappuccino, etc. You can essentially add any dry powder mix for a drink. Add as much or as little as you would like. The more you add the stronger the drink will be.

Toppings | Reach for colored sugars, sprinkles, other colors of chocolate. Drizzle on chocolate add on sprinkles, or leave your bombs bare if you want.

Silicone Molds | So I used the silicone egg bite molds, but you can essentially use any silicone shaped mold to create your bombs with.

Get creative with these hot chocolate bombs with marshmallows! Create a fun cocoabomb that fits what you are hoping for. There are SO many cocoa bomb variations. You can even make a spiked cocoa bomb. No joke!

two mugs of cocoa with mini marshmallows

Recipe FAQs

Does hot chocolate expire?

Hot chocolate does expire. If you buy hot chocolate you need to look to see the expiration date. If you make your own, watch the expiration dates on ingredients used to make it.

How to use hot chocolate bombs?

You can add a bomb in a large mug and pour hot milk over the chocolate bomb slowly to melt. Or have a cup of warm milk and drop the cocoa bomb in and let it melt. Hot cocoa bombs are fun because they are a nice little container with all your hot chocolate ingredients ready to go. Think of it as a gift, wrapped up in a bow.

How do you make a hot chocolate bomb without mold?

You can use an empty and clean Kinder egg container. Or if you have any circular container you can try to use. The biggest thing is carefully removing the hardened chocolate without breaking. It is a lot easier to use silicone molds because they are flexible and you can peel them away from the chocolate.

Can I use a dairy-free milk for a hot cocoa bomb?

Feel free to use any dairy-free milk you would like for your cocoa bomb. We often use almond milk with ours. Another option is using coffee to drop your bomb into!

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Yield: 14 servings

Valentine's Hot Chocolate Bombs

Valentine's Hot Chocolate Bombs

This easy hot chocolate bomb recipe uses silicone egg bite mold to shape the cocoa bombs. These are Valentine's themed hot chocolate bombs using red candy melts and the hot chocolate with cocoa powder.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


    1. Turn your Instant Pot onto sauté mode. Add one and a half cups of water to the inner pot of your Instant Pot. Use a glass or metal bowl that will fit your instant pot as a double broiler. Mixing bowls work great for this purpose.
    2. Add the red candy melts to the bowl. You could also use different colored chocolate melts if you prefer. Stir until the chocolate or candy has completely melted.
    3. Lightly grease the inside of your silicone molds. Add chocolate to the silicone molds, making sure that chocolate is completely coating inside of the molds. Place the silicone molds in the freezer for about five minutes to allow the candy melts to harden.
    4. Remove the silicone molds from the freezer, and then add half a tablespoon of cocoa powder and about 4 marshmallows per mold. If you use dehydrated marshmallows, you could add more.
    5. Cover the marshmallows and cocoa powder with more of the melted candy melts or melted chocolate if that's what you used. Spread it out nicely and make a seal on the hot chocolate bomb so it locks in the cocoa and marshmallows from coming out. Return the egg bites mold or other silicone molds to the freezer for about 5 to 10 minutes.
    6. Remove the molds from the freezer and then remove cocoa bombs from the molds by pushing on the silicone side of the mold until the bomb pops out. 
    7. Drizzle any remaining chocolate over the bombs and decorate with sprinkles before the drizzled candy melt sets.
    8. Place 1 (or more) hot chocolate ball with marshmallows inside in your favorite mug and pour hot milk over it to melt the chocolate releasing the hot cocoa and marshmallows.
    9. Stir with a spoon and enjoy!


Instant Pot Hot Chocolate Bomb Variations

  • Use other colors of candy melts.
  • Add cereal style marshmallows to the inside of the cocoa bombs.
  • Try dusting the cocoa bombs lightly with cocoa powder for a truffle look.

Ways to Serve Hot Cocoa Bombs

  • Serve topped with whipped cream.
  • Add a 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract for a twist.
  • Sprinkle sprinkles over the top of your hot cocoa.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 229Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 25mgCarbohydrates 55gFiber 1gSugar 35gProtein 1g

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  • Jessica McCoy

    Jessica McCoy is a seasoned food blogger with 14+ years of experience in the industry. As a self-taught home cook, she enjoys creating and finetuning easy recipes that are fool proof and simple for anyone to make. Her expertise is in all things kitchen: cooking tips, air fryer recipes, Instant Pot and other pressure cooking recipes, and slow cooker recipes. Jessica was the previous owner of AllSheCooks, where she focused on easy every day recipes including budget friendly dinner recipes and desserts.

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