Chocolate Cocoa Bombs (or hot chocolate marshmallow bombs, your choice!) is my own copycat recipe after discovering the awesome cocoa bombs were sold out at all the stores! Recreate your own at home and enjoy the truly chocolate mocha coffee or see the delight in your kids faces as the marshmallows pop out of their hot cocoa. Recently, these hot chocolate cocoa bombs also went viral on TikTok – but they were here long before that. If you came from TikTok, welcome!
This is a MUST WATCH VIDEO IN THIS POST to see how they work!! You simply make the chocolate balls, fill with cocoa or powdered coffee plus some marshmallows and drop in your milk or coffee. AMAZING and more than that, this is a FUN recipe!
A few weeks ago I was in the store and found these chocolate cocoa balls.
I have seen many products like this before, where you drop the chocolate in the hot milk and it turns it into cocoa, but this was the first time I had seen the chocolate bomb idea with a hollow center and added powdered cocoa inside with the marshmallows.
It wasn’t long before half of Instagram was showing its popping little marshmallows in their cup, which also meant it wasn’t long before you couldn’t find them anywhere in the store at all!
So a friend and I got together and decided to make our own hot chocolate bomb recipe.Now there are a few tricks to these hot chocolate bombs, so make sure you read through the article before you attempt creating a hollowed out chocolate ball.
I learned a lot testing different chocolates and working with the seams.
One thing I will say is our first few attempts (shown here in film) are not flawless in seams but the hot chocolate bomb recipe DOES work and works well. I tested about 12 of them, so you can be sure you will get a super fun marshmallow pop!
Chocolate Cocoa Bombs
Chocolate bombs can be used in a variety of ways. In this case, I left out the powdered cocoa and instead made some Starbucks cocoa in a cup to drop my bomb into.
The chocolate from the ball made it extra chocolaty and the marshmallow poof up was super fun. You can also create a hot chocolate cocoa ball (bomb) with extra powdered cocoa and one side with marshmallows.
Hot Chocolate Bomb Variations
It’s so easy to create this for other drink ideas as well.
- Tiny crunchy peppermints
- Dehydrated marshmallows
- Mini Chocolate Chips (in a ton of flavors!)
- Pre-made Coffee powders
DIY Chocolate Bomb Ingredients
To get started on your chocolate bombs, you probably need to pre-plan.
I recommend a silicone semi-circle baking mold, but there are a variety of baking molds that combine into a perfect circle (like the kind you use in a bath bomb) that get the job done.
- melting chocolate
- circle baking mold
Remember, especially if you go locally to a craft store to buy a mold, that the larger your chocolate ball, the harder it is to put into a coffee cup. Make sure you are using a ball large enough to fill with contents like marshmallows but small enough that you can drop it into a cup. I bought mine at Michael’s in the baking department.
The semi-circle baking mold I shared above has a variety of sizes.
How to make Cocoa Bomb
Melt your Chocolate
Melting chocolate can be really tricky to work with. You first want to melt down your chocolate.
Remember that melting chocolate should only be heated 30 seconds at a time, stirred, and then reheated until melted. If you over heat your chocolate, there is a point where it begins to re-harden and ruins the chocolate.
Typically your chocolate will take 1.5-2 minutes to fully melt. You can also use a Wilton Chocolate candy melting machine.
If your chocolate is too thick, add a tiny bit of shortening to the mixture and stir to thin- your melting chocolate bag should explain how much on the back.
Once your Chocolate is ready
Fill out your chocolate mold.
Make the chocolate thick enough that you cannot see the sides of the mold. In my own house, I just used our (clean) fingers because it was quicker to do before the chocolate hardened. You can, of course, use a pastry painting brush if you prefer.
Once your mold has chocolate in all the semi-circles, put in freezer to firm up quickly.
This takes approximately 5 minutes, but I give it 10 minutes to be sure everything is cold.
Carefully pop chocolate half circles out of the mold.
Now add marshmallows to half of your semi-circles.
Note: I tried this with filling BOTH sides with marshmallows and it honestly worked better with just one side filled, but I will leave that up to you.
Sealing the Chocolate Circles
There are several ways to seal up the seams your balls of chocolate.
- You can slightly heat up a pan and melt your chocolate circle edges (bottoms) for just a few seconds, making the chocolate melted again and seal. Put back in freezer ASAP to firm.
- This is the way I like to do it and also shown here. Hold your pieces of chocolate together and put melting chocolate around the seam. Before it hardens, roll in holiday sprinkles! Put in freezer to firm and secure chocolate bombs.
WORKING WITH HOT MELTED CHOCOLATE TIP: One thing you need to remember is melting chocolate is hot and that melts chocolate…so if your melting chocolate is TOO hot it will MELT your chocolate ball! Make sure its cooled down enough to secure the seam without melting the chocolate itself.
This can be a little tricky at first, but I got the hang out of it as I went along.
Once all your balls are set, you are ready to enjoy!
Now the real fun begins! Watch the video to see how the marshmallows pop out in your coffee or cocoa!
As the chocolate heats up and melts, your marshmallows will be released and pop up. Then simply stir and enjoy!
- Drop your marshmallow in Hot coffee for an instant mocha
- Drop your marshmallow ball into hot cocoa for a fun surprise and burst of marshmallows
- Fill your ball with cocoa powder and marshmallows and Drop in hot milk for an instant cocoa
Storing your Chocolate Bombs
Because these are made with chocolate, they must be stored in the fridge (after set) or they run the risk of melting.
Dust with powdered sugar if storing more than one in a air tight container.
This was my first attempt at trying to recreate this Target Chocolate Cocoa ball, so ill be sure to update as I do this again and find new and better ways to make!
Other Delicious Recipe Ideas
- Haystack Cookies with Peanut Butter – Haystack Cookies with Peanut Butter and crunchy chow mien noodles are a delicious variation of our normal no bake Haystack cookies with just butterscotch chips. These haystack cookies combine creamy peanut butter with baking chips to create a really rich and amazing cookie that can be ready to enjoy in literally minutes.
- Butterscotch Haystack Cookies – Haystack cookies made with creamy butterscotch chips and crunchy chow mien noodles are the perfect pairing for a no bake cookie done in minutes. Incredibly delicious, no bake cookies are an amazing time savor all holiday season long and so easy for kids to help in the kitchen.
- Microwave Peanut Butter Brittle – This microwave peanut brittle recipe is an easy sweet, salty and buttery peanut brittle that takes minutes to make. No- fuss, full proof method that requires no stove top candy thermometer! Vintage Christmas dessert that easily gifts and lasts for weeks!
- Crock Pot Apple Pie Dump Cake – With apple pie filling and cake mix, this simple dessert tastes just like an apple pie- without the work. Complimentary to ice cream or on its own, the pecans add a great texture. Look no further!
- Christmas Cream Cheese Mints – Cream cheese mints are a fantastic no bake alternative for a quick and fun appetizer or dessert that everyone loves. And these super festive Christmas Cream cheese mints are so easy to make that they can be whipped up and ready to serve in as little as 30 minutes.
- Marshmallow Fluff Dip – Marshmallow Fluff dip with crushed candy canes make a delicious way to dip, dip, dip and enjoy peppermint perfection this holiday season. READER FAVORITE!
- melting chocolate
- semi-circle baking mold
- powdered cocoa (optional)
- Melting chocolate can be really tricky to work with. You first want to melt down your chocolate. Remember that melting chocolate should only be heated 30 seconds at a time, stirred, and then reheated until melted. If you over heat your chocolate, there is a point where it begins to re-harden and ruins the chocolate.
- Typically your chocolate will take 1.5-2 minutes to fully melt. You can also use a Wilton Chocolate melting machine. If your chocolate is too thick, add a tiny bit of shortening to the mixture and stir to thin.
- Fill out your chocolate mold. Make the chocolate thick enough that you cannot see the sides of the mold. In my own house, we just used our (clean) fingers because it was quicker to do before the chocolate hardened. You can, of course, use a pastry painting brush if you prefer.
- Once your mold has chocolate in all the semi-circles, put in freezer to firm up. This takes approximately 5 minutes, but I give it 10 to be sure everything is solid.
- Carefully pop chocolate half circles out of the mold.
- Now add marshmallows to your half circles. You can choose to add to one side or BOTH sides before sealing.
Sealing the Chocolate Circles
There are several ways to seal up your balls of chocolate.
- You can slightly heat up a pan and melt your chocolate circle edges (bottoms) for just a few seconds, making the chocolate melted again and seal.
- Put back in freezer ASAP to firm.
- Hold your pieces of chocolate together and put melting chocolate around the seam.
- Before it hardens, roll in holiday sprinkles!
- Put in freezer to firm and secure chocolate bombs.
Storage of Chocolate Cocoa Bombs
- Store in fridge
please see full article for tips and tricks
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 9Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 0g
Nutritional information is automatically calculated with ingredients and serving size and may not be accurate. Please always double check with your own nutritional apps as well.