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In case you missed it, there is a new holiday trend already spreading like wildfire all over the Internet, and it might be the most delicious one yet. Living under a rock? Not up with the times? While you’ve been drinking hot apple cider, people have already moved onto hot chocolate bombs that turn your basic mug of hot cocoa into an outrageously festive event.
A hot chocolate bomb is a hollow sphere of chocolate that’s been filled with all the makings of the perfect single batch of hot chocolate. Each bomb is fortified on the inside with hot chocolate mix (can be store-bought or we suggest making this Southern grandmother’s tasty homemade mix) and any add-ons the sugar plum fairy could dream of, like marshmallows, peppermint pieces, toffee bits, or holiday sprinkles. After being dropped in a mug with hot water or milk poured over, the outer chocolate mold melts, breaks open, and explodes with your cocoa-infused ingredients. Like a bath bomb, but way tastier. (Watch the video below to see what we mean.)
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While you can find hot chocolate bombs in certain specialty food stores, it’s really more fun to make your own at home, which is what led to the trend going TikTok famous. People are making the craziest, most indulgent hot chocolate bombs you could imagine—and it’s not as hard as you think. All you need are these $6 baking molds from Amazon that make easy work of the hollow chocolate balls—and to follow the quick tutorial below.
How to Make Hot Chocolate Bombs
Chocolate chips (can be semi-sweet, dark, or white, depending on your preference)
Hot chocolate mix
Any add-ons you want inside (we suggest mini marshmallows, roughly crushed peppermint sticks, salted caramel pieces, and anything else that tickles your fancy)
You’ll also need silicone molds like the ones above and something to brush the melted chocolate, such as a basting brush. Many prefer to assemble the hot chocolate bombs inside a muffin tin lined with baking cups, which helps make less of a mess.
Melt the chocolate chips in a glass bowl in the microwave, stirring at 15-second intervals until smooth.
Drop a dollop of melted chocolate into the mold and using a spoon or basting brush, smooth around the inside of the mold until you have what looks like a little chocolate bowl. Repeat with as many other molds as you want to make. You’ll need two halves for every bomb. (Note: Work quickly to avoid the chocolate getting too thick.)
Repeat a second coating of chocolate on all molds—both layers should be thin!—and then set in the fridge for about 45 minutes. Chocolate should be solid and dry.
Heat a skillet on extra low on the stove-top and set out the muffin tin with baking cups for assembling. Take one of the chocolate molds and warm the seam where you’ll be sealing the two halves together—just for a few seconds.
Place into a baking cup to hold in place and fill the inside of the mold with one serving of hot chocolate mix and your toppings. Warm the seam of another chocolate mold and seal the two halves together to close the hot chocolate bomb with goodies inside. (Tip: If the seams aren’t sticking together, you can also spread or pipe a thin layer of leftover melted chocolate along the seams and press together.)
When ready to use, place in a mug and pour hot water or milk over to watch your hot chocolate bomb melt into the most festive hot cocoa ever. Stir if needed! And make sure to film it!
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Making hot chocolate bombs at home is easy to do with friends and family as a holiday activity to get you in the spirit—Hallmark movies playing the background and all.