How to Make Your Own Cocoa Bombs This Christmas


Earlier this Fall, I started seeing videos come across my social media feed for Cocoa Bombs. The name intrigued me, and I started searching locally, and they seemed to be sold out everywhere. I’m always up for trying new things in the kitchen, especially if it is a sweet treat. When I showed my boys the video, they were just the cheering section I needed to attempt it.

How to Make Cocoa Bombs

The sky is the limit on the flavors of cocoa bombs you can come up with. My family has brainstormed flavor combinations, and we haven’t been disappointed yet.

Pick your flavor

You can make your own homemade hot cocoa powder to add to it, or purchase mixes. We have loved the flavored mixes from World Market, Oreo, and Trader Joe’s and Starbucks mixes work perfect too. The flavors we came up with were Dark Chocolate Orange, Dark Chocolate Mint, Red Velvet, Oreo, White Chocolate Peppermint, and Traditional Milk Chocolate.

Pick your add-ons

We purchased a variety of marshmallows to add to the bombs. I bought freeze-dried mini marshmallows, soft mini marshmallows, and flavored marshmallows. I used a variety of colored sprinkles or crushed peppermints or Oreos so I would know which cocoa bomb was which, and to hide some imperfections along the seams.

Other Supplies needed

You’ll need silicone globe molds. I ordered these. They were about 2 1/2″ in diameter, and hold the perfect amount of cocoa mix and marshmallows.

You’ll need quality chocolate wafers. I purchased Alpine Milk Chocolate from my favorite local shop, but Ghirardelli wafers would work perfectly too. 

Step 1

Melt the wafers 15-30 seconds at a time until they are almost completely melted. Do not over cook or it will scorch.

Spoon melted chocolate into the domes from the bottom up.

Place in the refrigerator for a few minutes until it hardens up. Cover it with a second coat and make sure you have a solid covering along the top edges. Refrigerate until solid, a few minutes.

Step 2

This is the most fun step of the whole process. Carefully remove the dome from the mold. Get all of the cocoa mix supplies and marshmallows ready so you can move quickly on the next steps.

Step 3

Carefully melt the edges of two halves in a skillet that is on low heat on the stove. Hold it for just a few seconds and the top edge will become melted.

Step 4

Add the cocoa mix in one half, and marshmallows in the other.

Step 5

Carefully combine both halves. It makes a bit of a mess as some of the powder generally escapes. Smooth the edges using your thumb or first finger. You can wear food safe gloves to prevent fingerprints from appearing on the surface.

Step 6

I wiped a tiny bit of melted chocolate along the seam to seal it off and add a little embellishment.

Step 7

The Cocoa Bomb will only explode if the milk is really, really hot. I’ve made some with milk that wasn’t overly hot so that my kids could enjoy right away, and while it melted eventually, there was no explosion like the videos. You can boil the milk on the stove, or microwave it for up to 5 minutes. Pour it from a spouted container and focalize the pour in one spot so it will melt quickly. Stir it up and enjoy!

My boys loved them, and it takes hot cocoa up to the next level! 


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Amy is a lifelong Wichita-area resident, with the exception of her college and grad school years. Amy has worked as a pediatric physical therapist for a local non-profit organization during her 20 year career. She married Brett, a youth pastor turned special education teacher and coach, and can be seen supporting Andover Middle School with her two boys, aged 9 & 8, only 18 months apart! They keep her occupied in athletic activities, knee-deep in Lego's & up-to-date on superheroes. When she isn't busy momming, she likes to work out before the sun comes up!


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