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Peppermint HOT COCOA BOMBS

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Peppermint hot cocoa bombs are a rich creamy way to cozy up and enjoy the cold-weather months. These Christmas hot chocolate bombs are easy to make and a joy to use. To release the magic, add hot milk!

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Christmas hot chocolate bombs in a mug garnished with peppermint candy canes and mini marshmallows.

KITCHEN TOOLS FOR HOT COCOA BOMBS

Store-bought hot cocoa bombs are fairly expensive. Especially if you buy them often. But by investing in a few basic tools you can make DIY hot chocolate bombs at a fraction of the cost.

It’s so awesome to have the freedom to make these easy hot chocolate bombs whenever you want! Make several batches. Store half for later. Use the rest as holiday gifts or stocking stuffers.

Below are Amazon affiliate links for the recommended kitchen tools:

Once you own these tools, you’ll find yourself using them throughout the year. You’ll want to make holiday favorites like these super cute Halloween Hot Cocoa Bombs.

KITCHEN TIP: I recommend bright-colored silicone molds. One of my sets is cocoa brown. Not a fabulous choice. When using brown molds (the same color as chocolate) it’s a bit harder to work with. It’s difficult to see if the chocolate is evenly spread throughout. I like my red set better!

DIY peppermint hot cocoa bomb next to a mug on a Christmas dessert and drinks table.

INGREDIENTS

DIY Hot Cocoa Mix

  • Powdered sugar
  • Cocoa powder, natural unsweetened
  • Sea salt
  • Premium chocolate baking bar (like Guittard)
  • Candy canes, crushed
  • Mini marshmallows

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Bombs

  • Chocolate candy coating (like Target brand “Good & Gather”)
  • DIY hot cocoa powder mix (above)

For Serving Hot Cocoa Bombs

  • Whole milk
  • Full-size candy canes (optional garnish)
  • Mini marshmallows
Ingredients for peppermint hot chocolate bombs recipe.

EASY INGREDIENT SUBSTITUTIONS

Missing an ingredient for these Christmas hot chocolate bombs? Don’t put on your shoes and head to the market. Instead, head to your pantry. Check for these easy ingredient swaps.

It’s convenient and money-saving to use ingredients you already have on hand! Especially during stay-at-home times.

  • DIY Chocolate Powder: Use store-bought cocoa mix instead. Use the type with mini marshmallows, or add mini marshmallows to the mix.
  • Powdered Sugar: Make your own powdered sugar from granulated sugar. Process sugar in a blender or food processor until fine and fluffy. One cup granulated sugar yields about 2 cups powdered sugar.
  • Premium Chocolate Bar: A great option is Trader Joe’s “Pound Plus” dark chocolate bar, or a high-end block of chocolate. It’s worth the cost to achieve the best-tasting DIY hot chocolate bombs.
  • Chocolate Candy Coating: This ingredient melts smoothly and doesn’t need to be tempered. For a similar result, use Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Melting Wafers. They’re easy to use with no tempering required.
  • Mini Marshmallows: Use freeze-dried (dehydrated) mini marshmallow bits. In a pinch, use large marshmallows instead. Cube them into small pieces.
  • Candy Canes: Sub with hard peppermint starlight candy and/or soft peppermint candy.
Cup of hot chocolate with peppermint hot cocoa bomb, garnished with a full candy cane and mini marshmallows.

RECIPE STEPS

DIY Hot Cocoa Mix

In a medium mixing bowl, combine ingredients for DIY hot cocoa mix: powdered sugar, cocoa powder, pinch of salt, very-finely-chopped chocolate, crushed candy canes, mini marshmallows. Set the bowl aside.

DIY Hot Cocoa Powder Mix for making Peppermint Hot Cocoa Bombs.

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Bombs

RECIPE PREP: Wash 2 silicone molds with warm soapy water. Dry with a lint-free cloth. Any speck or residue on the molds will cause blemishes on the candy. For gorgeous hot chocolate bombs the molds must be very clean.

  • STEP 1: Melt chocolate candy coating according to package instructions. Add a few tablespoons melted chocolate to each well of the 2 molds. With a pastry brush or small spoon, spread chocolate around the mold in a thick even layer. Place the molds on a baking tray for stability.
  • STEP 2: Put molds in the freezer 10 minutes, or until chocolate has hardened. Once chocolate has set, put on a pair of kitchen gloves to avoid getting fingerprints on the exterior of the cocoa bombs. Carefully remove the chocolate cups from the molds. Transfer empty cups to a mini baking tray.
  • STEP 3: Fill half the chocolate cups with DIY hot cocoa mix. Depending on the size of your silicone molds, there may be some cocoa mix left over. Leave 6 cups empty. Those will be the tops.
  • STEP 4: Heat a small skillet over medium heat until just warm. Remove pan from heat. Working with 1 empty chocolate cup at a time, place cup into the warm pan with the rim side down. Let edges of the rim slightly melt for 1 to 2 seconds. With gloved hands, place melted chocolate edge on a filled cup.
How to make peppermint hot cocoa bombs in 4 easy steps.
  • STEP 5: Gently press the 2 spheres together to seal them into a round peppermint hot cocoa bomb. Repeat the process in Step 4 to assemble the remaining treats.
  • STEP 6: Drizzle additional melted chocolate over the top in a zig-zag pattern. Immediately sprinkle these Christmas hot chocolate bombs with crushed candy canes or candy sprinkles. Just like Santa likes them.
How to close and decorate peppermint hot cocoa bombs with melted chocolate and crushed candy canes.

HOW TO USE A HOT CHOCOLATE BOMB

A hot cocoa bomb contains all ingredients needed to create a delicious mug of hot chocolate. Hot milk is needed to activate the contents. Hot water can be used instead, but it cannot match the creamy mouthfeel milk provides.

Plop a hot chocolate bomb into a wide cozy mug. Pour steaming hot milk over the top. Watch as the sphere of chocolate melts or “explodes”, revealing the sumptuous tasty ingredients inside. Stir well with a spoon and enjoy!

GARNISH THE BEVERAGES: After activating peppermint hot cocoa bombs, garnish the beverages with full candy canes and mini marshmallows.

Four images showing how to use a hot chocolate bomb.

RECIPE FAQ

These are the most commonly-asked questions when making peppermint hot cocoa bombs, and the most helpful answers for recipe success.

CAN I USE CHOCOLATE CHIPS FOR HOT COCOA BOMBS?

This is not recommended. But if the chocolate chips you have on hand are a high-end product, they can be used. But they’ll need to be tempered. For best results, refer to this Basic Guide for Tempering Chocolate by King Arthur’s Flour.

KITCHEN HACK FOR SHAVING A CHOCOLATE BAR?

Although you can finely chop chocolate with a chef’s knife, I’ve discovered a wonderful kitchen hack for this: a vegetable peeler. It’s much less labor intensive. It shaves chocolate quickly and easily.

WHY ARE MY COCOA BOMBS NOT SHINY?

The chocolate may have been heated too long. When this happens, the chocolate will look dull, it may be soft and bendy, and may have white streaks throughout. Before continuing, finely chop some additional chocolate. Stir it into the heated chocolate until completely melted.

CAN I MAKE HOT COCOA BOMBS WITH WHITE CHOCOLATE?

Yes, but only if using a high-quality ingredient like LINDT white chocolate bars. For ease of use, I recommend vanilla-flavored almond bark. This ingredient is also known as white chocolate bark, white candy melts, or vanilla-flavored candy wafers. My preference: Good & Gather vanilla candy coating from Target.

HOW TO STORE HOT CHOCOLATE BOMBS?

Place hot cocoa bombs in cupcake liners. Store them in an airtight container or food-safe cellophane bags. In warm weather, keep them in the fridge up to 1 month but no longer as condensation will start changing their texture. During cold-weather months, store at room temperature (on countertop or in a dark pantry) up to 2 weeks.

HOW TO PREP HOT COCOA BOMBS FOR GIFT GIVING?

Place each in a cupcake wrapper. Transfer to small cellophane bags. Tie the bags with white/red cotton bakers twine (string). Gift peppermint hot cocoa bombs alone, or along with a special mug.

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Christmas Hot Chocolate Bombs on a holiday beverage table with milk, candy canes, and marshmallows.

Peppermint HOT COCOA BOMBS


Description

These handcrafted peppermint hot cocoa bombs are luxurious, sumptuous and delicious. When activated with hot milk, the beautiful creamy mouthfeel is what Christmas dreams are made of!


Ingredients

Units Scale

DIY HOT COCOA MIX

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder, natural unsweetened
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 4 ounces premium chocolate baking bar (like Guittard), very finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup candy canes, crushed
  • 1/2 cup mini marshmallows

PEPPERMINT HOT COCOA BOMBS

  • 1 16ounce package chocolate candy coating (like Target’s store brand: “Good & Gather” Chocolate Candy Coating)
  • DIY hot cocoa powder mix (above)

FOR SERVING HOT COCOA BOMBS

  • Whole milk
  • Full-size candy canes (optional garnish)
  • Mini marshmallows

Instructions

DIY HOT COCOA MIX

In a medium bowl, combine powdered sugar, cocoa powder, pinch of salt, very-finely-chopped chocolate, crushed candy canes, and mini marshmallows. Set the bowl aside.

PEPPERMINT HOT COCOA BOMBS

RECIPE PREP: Wash 2 silicone molds with warm soapy water. Dry with a lint-free cloth. Any speck or residue on the molds will cause blemishes on the candy. For gorgeous hot chocolate bombs the molds must be very clean.

  1. Melt chocolate candy coating according to package instructions. Add a few tablespoons melted chocolate to each well of the 2 molds (creating a total of 12 chocolate cups). With a pastry brush or small spoon, spread chocolate around the mold in a thick even layer. Place molds on a baking tray for stability.
  2. Put molds in the freezer 10 minutes, or until chocolate has hardened. Once chocolate has set, put on a pair of kitchen gloves to avoid getting fingerprints on the exterior of the cocoa bombs. Carefully remove the chocolate cups from the molds. Transfer empty cups to a small baking tray. 
  3. Fill half the chocolate cups with DIY hot cocoa mix. Depending on the size of your molds, there may be some cocoa mix leftover. Leave 6 cups empty. Those will be the tops.
  4. Heat a small skillet over medium heat until just warm. Remove pan from heat. Working with 1 empty chocolate cup at a time, place cup into the warm pan with the rim side down. Let edges of the rim slightly melt for 1 to 2 seconds. With gloved hands, place melted chocolate edge on a filled cup.
  5. Gently press the 2 spheres together to seal them into a round peppermint hot cocoa bomb. Repeat the process in Step 4 to assemble the remaining treats.
  6. Drizzle additional melted chocolate over the top in a zig-zag pattern. Immediately sprinkle the hot chocolate bombs with crushed candy canes or candy sprinkles.

Notes

HOW TO ACTIVATE A HOT COCOA BOMB: Plop a peppermint hot chocolate bomb into a wide cozy mug. Pour steaming hot milk over the top. Watch as the sphere of chocolate melts or “explodes”, revealing the tasty ingredients inside. Stir well with a spoon. If desired, garnish with a candy cane and mini marshmallows.

  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Chill Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 Minutes
  • Category: Dessert, Drinks
  • Method: No-Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Peppermint Hot Cocoa Bombs, Peppermint Hot Chocolate Bombs, Christmas Hot Chocolate Bombs, DIY Hot Chocolate Bombs

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  1. These hot chocolate bombs are so cute! Once I got started they weren’t that difficult to make either. They are going to make such cute neighbor gifts.

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