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.
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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.
- 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
- Chocolate bomb mould - We used a half-sphere silicone mold that is also an Instant Pot egg bites mold to make these hot chocolate balls. There are other hot chocolate bomb molds you can find on Amazon as well, including these Valentine molds.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!