Fun, festive, and all the rage, these Valentine Hot Chocolate Bombs are sure to bring a smile to your sweetheart’s face. Especially when you watch the magic happen.
NOTE: Read through the post for tips and tricks to making these fun treats. There is important information you won’t want to miss.
White chocolate Valentine hot chocolate bombs are creamy and delicious and will warm the hearts of those you love. They make a great surprise for family and friends.
What is a hot cocoa bomb?
They are essentially a hollow ball of chocolate that is filled with powdered hot chocolate, in this case, a white hot chocolate mix, and other goodies such as marshmallows.
You enjoy one by placing it in a mug, one that’s on the larger side, pour warm milk over the sphere, and watch the magic happen. Then stir to mix the hot chocolate powder and melt the chocolate, then enjoy.
- Smear the pink and red candy melts into the silicone mold.
- Add white chocolate.
- Add white hot chocolate mix to the sphere.
- Add marshmallows on top of hot chocolate mix.
What you need to make hot chocolate balls:
Get all your ingredients and supplies in order. You’re working with chocolate and candy melts so you need to work quickly.
TIP: Don’t melt the white chocolate until the colors are set and you are ready to put it in the molds.
- Double boiler for melting the chocolate.
- 2 Ramekins or small microwave-safe bowls for melting candy melts.
- 2 spoons for stirring candy melts.
- 2 silicone molds (see below in the recipe card).
- Rubber spatula for stirring chocolate. Do not use a wooden spoon.
- White chocolate chips and candy melts.
- Plate that can be warmed in the microwave.
- Have nonpareils ready to sprinkle.
Tips for getting the brushstroke-like designs
So, when I designed these cocoa bombs I knew I wanted something a bit different than what I’d seen. So I thought multi-color brushstrokes would be pretty. I wasn’t wrong, but it did take some experimenting, and here are my tips:
- When melting the candy melts, make sure they are thin rather than thick. In my experience, older candy melts don’t melt well.
- While you can use food-safe brushes, I prefer the back of a small spoon, like one you’d stir your coffee with because it’s just thick enough. Too thin a layer and you might not get the color change. Too thick and you won’t see the white.
- Have both colors ready to go and work one sphere at a time. Start with red, do one sphere, then do the pink. Repeat with remaining spheres. One bag of white chocolate chips will make 8 half spheres.
- Set the colors before adding the white chocolate or they will smear terribly. Just put the molds in the freezer for 8-10 minutes.
- Remove the molds from the freezer and spoon in the white chocolate. Generously coat the sphere and don’t be concerned that some of the candy melts melt when you add the warm chocolate. It’s OK and just adds to the uniqueness.
If you need a way to use up those leftover candy melts, try this fun Valentine’s Bark. There’s no need to buy your sweetheart candy when you can make this festive bark yourself.
So, I’ll be honest. Since hot chocolate bombs are for Valentine’s Day I was pleasantly surprised when I poured the hot milk over the sphere and it turned pink!
- 1 (11 ounces) package Ghirardelli classic white chips
- ¼ cup pink candy melts, I use Wilton
- ¼ cup red candy melts, I use Wilton
- 4 tablespoons of white hot chocolate powder, divided
- Marshmallows (Large or mini)
- Valentine Nonpareils Sprinkles
- 10 ounces hot milk for serving each
- Clean and thoroughly dry the silicone molds, Set aside.
- In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt the red candy melts according to package directions.
- In a separate small microwave bowl, melt the pink candy melts according to package directions.
- Using the back of a spoon randomly smear thin layer strokes of red in one of the spheres.
- Repeat the process with pink in the same sphere.
- Repeat steps 4 and 5 in 7 more spheres. You will have leftover pink and red but don't discard it just yet.
- Place in freezer to set, about 7-10 minutes.
- In the top of a double boiler over medium heat, melt the white chocolate chips. Once melted, spoon chocolate into the molds, using a pastry brush to coat the sphere. Don't worry that the pink and red will melt a bit. It's all good!
- Once you have each of the spheres generously coated with white chocolate, freeze until set, about 10 minutes.
- Once set, remove each sphere from the silicone molds. Try not to handle them too much.
- Warm a plate in the microwave or heat a baking sheet in the oven briefly. Take an empty sphere and gently rub the open side on the plate to melt the rim.
- NOTE: Do this to all the spheres before filling them, they will stick together better.
- With sphere sitting on a plate or tray, open side up, add 1 tablespoon of white hot chocolate and a few mini or large marshmallows.
- Re-warm the plate in the microwave or baking sheet in the oven briefly. Take an empty sphere and gently rub the open side on the plate to melt the rim. Quickly and gently press onto a filled sphere and hold momentarily until set.
- Reheat one or both of the candy melt bowls if they have solidified. Stir to drizzling consistency. Drizzle one or both colors over spheres and immediately sprinkle with nonpareils.
- To enjoy your Valentine's hot chocolate bomb: Place one in a large mug. Pour very warm but not too hot milk over the sphere. Once the sphere has melted, stir to blend cocoa mix and melt the remaining chocolate.
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