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Hot Chocolate Bombs Without a Mold

This recipe for Hot Chocolate Bombs without a mold is a simple and easy way to make this fun winter recipe. These hot chocolate bombs are quick, easy, don't require a mold and you still get the whole hot chocolate bomb experience!

If you love hot chocolate, try some of my other favorite hot cocoa recipes like my Dark Hot Chocolate, Easy Peppermint Hot Chocolate, or Boozy Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate.

easy hot chocolate bombs

What are hot chocolate bombs?

Hot chocolate bombs are made up of the exact ingredients that are in hot chocolate. So, that is mainly sugar and chocolate of some kind. While some hot chocolate is made with chocolate, some is made with cocoa — hot chocolate bombs can have chocolate, cocoa, or both. Traditionally hot chocolate bombs are chocolate spheres that are filled with hot cocoa mix and possibly marshmallows. When you drop the “bomb” into a hot cup of milk, it melts and you stir it up to create hot chocolate. You have to melt chocolate, then paint chocolate into two half dome molds, let them set, then glue them together with all the goodies inside.

As a seasoned baker, even this seemed daunting to me. I knew that there has to be a better way! So that is why I created this recipe for Hot Chocolate Bombs without a mold! This recipe comes together so easily compared to the traditional method, and you still get the whole hot chocolate bomb experience!

easy hot chocolate bombs

Why You'll Love This Recipe

No Mold: This recipe for Hot Chocolate Bombs does not require a mold! This makes it so much quicker and easier than any other recipe.

Easy AF: These Hot Chocolate Bombs without a mold are easy AF! My method is similar to creating a candy truffle.

Kids Can Help: Your kids can help with this recipe, they can roll the balls and also help dip them in the chocolate.

It's an Experience: While this is a simple recipe for Hot Chocolate Bombs without a mold, you still get the full hot chocolate bomb experience once they are made. Drop the bomb into a hot cup of milk and stir it up for a delicious hot chocolate!

Ingredients

Organic Valley Salted Butter

Florida Crystals Organic Powdered Sugar

NuNaturals Organic Dutch Cocoa Powder

Mama Ganache Organic Milk Chocolate

Organic White Chocolate

Organic Valley Grassmilk

easy hot chocolate bombs

Tools Needed

Digital Food Scale

Stand Mixer

Baking Sheet Half Sheet Pan (use code MIMIBAKES for 10% off my favorite stainless steel sustainable bakeware!)

Parchment Paper (get my favorite nontoxic parchment paper and get 10% off with MIMIBAKES)

Heatproof Mixing Bowl

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2

To make the filling: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or using a hand mixer), mix the butter, powdered sugar, cocoa power, and 1 tablespoon of milk on low until combined.

Using your hands, form the chocolate mixture into 12 balls, each about ½-inch to ¾-inch in diameter, and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in the freezer until the balls harden, at least 15 minutes.

easy hot chocolate bombs
easy hot chocolate bombs

Step 3

Using a double boiler and stirring frequently, gently melt the milk chocolate until smooth. Remove from heat. (Alternatively, you can microwave the chocolate in 30 second intervals, stirring between each one to prevent burning, until melted completely).

Step 4

Remove the chocolate balls from the freezer. Lifting with a fork (do not pierce) so the excess chocolate can drip off, dip the balls into the melted chocolate and place them back on the baking sheet.

Step 5

Using a double boiler (or the microwave method) and stirring frequently, melt the white chocolate until smooth (note that white chocolate melts much faster than milk, so don't leave it unattended). Using a spoon, drizzle the white chocolate over the tops of the chocolate chocolate covered balls.

How to Serve

Add one hot chocolate bomb into a mug. Heat 1 cup of milk until it reaches 160°F on a drink thermometer (you don't want to boil the milk). Pour hot milk over bomb (or drop bomb in) and stir to combine completely. Add whipped cream or marshmallows!

easy hot chocolate bombs
easy hot chocolate bombs

Baker's Tips

  • Make sure your butter is soft. When mixing the butter, powdered sugar, and cocoa together, if the butter is not soft it won't mix together well. Also, stiff butter can make everything in your mixer go flying out haha. I like to remove butter from the fridge the day before or the morning of when I will use it. Letting it soften at room temperature is always the best. But, if you need to soften in the microwave, then only soften 1 stick for 10 seconds at a time. Anymore than that at once can melt small portions of the butter, which isn't good.
  • After you form your balls and they are in the freezer, when you remove them, you can form them again. If your filling is kinda sticky the first time, once it's chilled it is very easy to just reshape those balls if they were a little uneven.
  • I like to use a fork (like a spoon) to dip them because the excess chocolate can drip through the holes and back into the bowl.
  • The white chocolate drizzle is totally optional, you can skip this step if you want.
  • The chocolate should be hardened before drizzling the white chocolate on top. This is just for decoration and is purely optional! But, still if doing this step, it should go straight back into the freezer after the drizzle to harden completely as this will make it looks best. If the white chocolate sits on top and is hot, it starts to thin out as it melts. So that's why it goes back into the freezer for a minute.
  • These can also be stored in the freezer! I've made hot chocolate with them straight from the freezer as well.
  • When making hot chocolate, make sure to mix/stir completely to get all the goodness of the bomb into your hot chocolate!
easy hot chocolate bombs

FAQ's

What do hot chocolate bombs do?

Hot chocolate bombs are made up of chocolate and sugar. These ingredients dissolve when added into hot milk, thus creating a hot chocolate that you can drink immediately!

How do you drink a hot chocolate bomb?

You heat milk and drop the hot chocolate bomb into the warm milk or pour warm milk over the bomb. That's where the bomb analogy comes into play, as it blows up (or dissolves) into the hot milk as you stir and it it creates a hot chocolate right before your eyes. Then, you drink and enjoy the hot chocolate.

How should I store these?

Store in the fridge for up to 7 days. Or you can also store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 months.

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Hot Chocolate Bombs Without a Mold

Mimi Council
This simple recipe for Easy Hot Chocolate Bombs doesn't require a mold. Make these simple hot chocolate bombs without a mold and have hot chocolate in an instant!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Chill Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Drink
Cuisine American
Makes 12 servings
Calories 160 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Filling

Coating

Instructions
 

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • To make the filling: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or using a hand mixer), mix the butter, powdered sugar, cocoa power, and 1 tablespoon of milk on low until combined.
  • Using your hands, form the chocolate mixture into 12 balls, each about ½-inch to ¾-inch in diameter, and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in the freezer until the balls harden, at least 15 minutes.
  • Using a double boiler and stirring frequently, gently melt the milk chocolate until smooth. Remove from heat. (Alternatively, you can microwave the chocolate in 30 second intervals, stirring between each one to prevent burning, until melted completely).
  • Remove the chocolate balls from the freezer. Lifting with a fork (do not pierce) so the excess chocolate can drip off, dip the balls into the melted chocolate and place them back on the baking sheet.
  • Using a double boiler and stirring frequently, melt the white chocolate until smooth (note that white chocolate melts much faster than milk, so don't leave it unattended). Using a spoon, drizzle the white chocolate over the tops of the chocolate chocolate covered balls.
  • Store in the fridge for up to 7 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months.
  • To serve: Add one hot chocolate bomb into a mug. Heat 1 cup of milk until it reaches 160°F on a drink thermometer (you don't want to boil the milk). Pour hot milk over bomb (or drop bomb in) and stir to combine completely. Add whipped cream or marshmallows!

Notes

High Altitude — Follow the recipe as noted.

Nutrition

Calories: 160kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 1gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 38mgPotassium: 80mgFiber: 1gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 122IUVitamin C: 0.02mgCalcium: 17mgIron: 1mg
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