Pour hot milk over these Valentine’s Day themed Hot Cocoa Bombs, let them melt and they magically release the marshmallows and cocoa inside of them to create a velvety smooth hot chocolate to enjoy!
Have you heard about the hot chocolate bomb craze on TikTok? It’s a super fun way to make a cup of hot chocolate! Instead of just mixing up a mug of cocoa, the cocoa mix is encased in chocolate or candy.
When you drop it in a mug of warm milk, it melts and reveals the mix and marshmallows inside. Just stir it all together, and you get a delicious mug of hot chocolate. It’s a really fun presentation!
Since Valentine’s day is a huge deal at our house (the kiddos LOVE it), I came up with a Valentine’s Day hot cocoa bomb recipe using silicone heart molds, candy melts, and hot cocoa mix.
The chocolate bombs are so cute and perfect for gifts. If you’ve been looking for a fun and creative recipe for Valentine’s day, you should give these a try!
Why This Recipe Works
- I’ve seen quite a few hot chocolate bombs fails, and so I have tested this recipe multiple times, so you know it works!
- Instead of using round molds, I use heart-shaped ones to make fun and special hot cocoa bombs perfect for sharing with everyone you love.
- I’m sharing all of the supplies and ingredients you need to make marbled red and white casings with a special hot cocoa surprise inside. You can keep it simple with marshmallows or or dress it up with fun sprinkles and other treats.
Make these hot chocolate bombs along with some of my Valentine’s day snack mix for a cute gift for friends and family. They will love it!
- Red candy melts
- White candy melts
- Mini marshmallows
- Hot chocolate powder
- Red sanding sugar
- Red sprinkles
- Candy pearls
The sugar, sprinkles and pearls are optional – they’re added to the cocoa powder and give the hot chocolate bombs an extra Valentine’s day twist. Add all, some, or none of them – it’s up to you!
How to Make Heart-Shaped Cases
Melt the candy melts in a microwave following the package instructions.
To create a marbled effect for your hearts, drizzle some of the white candy melt in the bottom of one of the heart molds.
Spoon the red melt into the mold, filling it about ½ full. Spread it around the mold in an even layer. You want a thick even coating on the bottom and sides.
Use an offset spatula to remove the candy melt from the top of the mold, which will create a smooth edge for your heart.
Repeat this process for the rest of the molds and then let them set for 10 minutes.
Tip: If the top edge of your hearts is thin and delicate, you can spread a little more of the red candy melt to reinforce them. It’s very important that the edges are thick enough to adhere to each other when you assemble the hot chocolate bombs. I usually put mine in the freezer to set for 10 minutes or until they are shiny then pull them out and put a second coat on to thicken them.
How to Assemble the Hot Cocoa Bombs
Once the hearts are set, gently remove them from the molds.
Fill half of the hearts with 2 tablespoons of the hot chocolate mix, several marshmallows, and the sprinkles and sanding sugar if you’re using them.
Warm a microwave-safe plate in the microwave. Place an empty heart half on the plate to warm the edges. Place it on a heart with hot cocoa and gently press to seal them together. Run your finger around the seam to remove any melted chocolate, so the heart is smooth.
Repeat this with the other hearts and let them set before storing them in a container.
Tip: If your edges aren’t smooth and you are getting gaps in the seams, run the bottom half of the heart around the heated plate to smooth out the edge. Then fill it with hot chocolate mix.
How to Serve Hot Chocolate Bombs
Now for the best part! To serve your hot cocoa bomb all you do is:
- Warm six ounces of milk in a mug
- Carefully drop the chocolate bomb into the warm milk
- Stir, and the casing will melt, revealing a rich and creamy hot chocolate with a Valentine’s day twist!
Storage: Keep them in an airtight container at room temperature. Since these are made with cocoa mix they will keep well for up to two weeks! You can also keep them in the fridge and they’ll last a little longer.
For gifts: If you want to give them away, package them in a clear bag tied with ribbons. Add a tag with the instructions for making the hot cocoa.
Get creative! You can use different colored candy melts and sprinkles for the inside to match different holidays and events. You don’t have to wait until Valentine’s day to make them!
Molds: If you don’t have the heart silicone molds use the red and white candy melts in a sphere mold like regular hot chocolate bombs to add a festive Valentine’s Day touch to them.
Hot chocolate bombs are so fun and I can’t wait for you to try this recipe! It’s a fun project to make them homemade and your friends and family are going to love them. I hope you have fun making them!
Other Valentine’s Day Recipes You Should Try!
- Red Velvet Fudge is a festive and fun dessert that’s super easy to make!
- I love to make Cake Truffles for Valentine’s day – they’re made with red velvet cake and coated in chocolate for a sweet treat.
- Red Peanut Butter Blossoms are a classic cookie with a Valentine’s twist!
- My all time favorite is this fun Valentine’s Day Swirl Cake!
- Chocolate Dipped Strawberries are easy to make and so much better than store-bought ones!
- Treat your family to a stack of Red Velvet Pancakes!
- Surprise your Valentine with these thick and delicious Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies.
- Pour hot milk over these Valentine’s Day themed Hot Cocoa Bombs, let them melt and they magically release the marshmallows and cocoa inside of them to create a velvety smooth hot chocolate to enjoy!
Try it and love it? Rate it, please! Seriously though a five-star rating below will make my day!
If you snap a photo, please be sure to tag me on Instagram at @julieseatsandtreats or #julieseatsandtreats so I can see your amazing hot chocolate!!!
- 12 oz package red candy melts
- 12 oz package white candy melts
- 2 c. mini marshmallows
- 1 c. hot chocolate powder
- Red sanding sugar optional
- Red sprinkles optional
- Candy pearls optional
How to make Hot Chocolate Bombs
- In two separate, medium sized, microwave safe bowls, melt the red and white candy melts in 30 second increments, stirring in between.
- Once melted, drizzle some white candy melt into the bottom of your silicone mold. Next, spoon some red candy melt into each mold, enough to fill the mold ½ full and spread it around the mold as evenly as possible. Be sure there is enough candy melt in each mold to thickly cover all sides so there are no thin spots.
- Using an offset spatula, remove the extra candy melt from the top of the mold, smoothing the edges of the hearts in the process.
- Let set until hardened, about 10 minutes. If the top edge of the heart feels thin or delicate, spread just a little more of the red candy melt to reinforce it and let set until hardened. Gently remove the hearts from the mold.
- In 8 of the heart halves, place 2 Tbsp of hot chocolate powder, several mini marshmallows and some sprinkles for extra fun.
- Warm a small plate in the microwave. Remove from microwave and place the opposing half of the heart on the plate for 3-5 seconds to let the edges melt.
- Match the empty half with the filled half and gently press them together. Run a clean finger along the seam to smooth it out. If the halves don’t stay together, you can warm a metal knife by running it under hot water then run the warm knife over the edge of the filled half while the empty half is on the plate.
- Once all of the hot cocoa bombs are together, serve and enjoy or package and give away!
How to make Hot Chocolate
- To make hot cocoa, simply warm 6 oz of milk and place hot cocoa bomb into a mug with warmed milk and stir!