How to make hot chocolate bombs to dissolve away winter blues

Place your hot chocolate bomb in your favorite mug, and pour hot milk over it to watch the chocolate shell dissolve away into a cozy drink. Nicole Thomas, DN
Place your hot chocolate bomb in your favorite mug, and pour hot milk over it to watch the chocolate shell dissolve away into a cozy drink. Nicole Thomas, DN

#hotchocolatebombs on TikTok has more than 245 million views. 

National Hot Chocolate Day is Jan. 31. 

As cold temperatures and snowy days continue to appear in the weather forecast, students can cozy up with a piping mug of hot chocolate. Across social media platforms like Instagram and TikTok, videos of hot chocolate bombs — chocolate spheres filled with hot chocolate mix and other add-ins — have earned thousands of likes, comments and shares. Consider making a hot chocolate bomb to spice up your typical winter drink and partake in one of this winter’s viral trends. 

Hot chocolate mix, sprinkles, and a silicone half sphere mold are three things you need to create your own trending hot chocolate bomb. Nicole Thomas, DN

What you need:

  • Saucepan

  • Spoon

  • Measuring cup

  • Tablespoon

  • Silicone half sphere baking mold 

  • Mug

  • Chocolate chips

  • Hot chocolate mix

  • Toppings of your choosing, such as mini marshmallows, caramel, crushed peppermint, etc. 

  • Icing, if desired

  • Sprinkles, if desired

    Fill your hot chocolate bombs with your favorite toppings, such as mini marshmallows, to personalize your drink. Nicole Thomas, DN

Directions: 

  1. In a saucepan, melt 1 cup of chocolate chips on low heat to ensure your chocolate doesn’t burn before it’s all melted. Stir chocolate occasionally with a spoon. 

  2. Once your chocolate chips are melted, measure 2 tablespoons of melted chocolate into a half sphere baking mold. Repeat with each mold. 

  3. Use a spoon to evenly spread the melted chocolate around the edges of each mold. Depending on the size of your mold, add more melted chocolate if needed.

  4. Chill your baking mold in the freezer for 30 minutes.

  5. Once the chocolate in the mold is firm, add more melted chocolate if there are any holes or thin spaces in the chocolate of your mold. Add an additional layer of melted chocolate around each mold if needed. 

  6. Carefully remove each half sphere from the mold. 

  7. In one half sphere, add two tablespoons of hot chocolate mix and any additional hot chocolate toppings of your choosing. Repeat with half of your spheres you made with your baking mold. 

  8. Heat your saucepan again on low heat.

  9. With the other half of your spheres, press them into the bottom of the saucepan briefly to melt their edges. 

  10. To assemble your hot chocolate bombs, place the spheres with the melted edges on top of the spheres with the hot chocolate mix and toppings. 

  11. Decorate the top of your hot chocolate combs with icing or sprinkles, if desired. 

  12. Enjoy your hot chocolate bombs by dissolving one in a mug of hot milk for a tasty drink. 

Contact Nicole Thomas with comments nrthomas3@bsu.edu or on Twitter @nicolerthomas22

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