With the popularity of hot cocoa bombs lately, I had to make this milk chocolate hot chocolate bombs recipe to share! These delicious and oh, so very simple, little balls of chocolate are ideal for updating your favorite cocoa drink but even better for gifting. A simple process is updated with easy ingredients, extra sprinkles or surprises inside, and a fun package to make an ordinary winter drink extraordinary!
Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa Bombs
Did you know there is a difference between hot cocoa and hot chocolate? Often, you will see these two phrases used interchangeably, but truly, they are different drinks. Classic hot cocoa is typically made with a prepared hot cocoa mix or your own mixture of sugar and unsweetened cocoa powder and milk. Hot chocolate, that's a whole different decadent recipe.
True hot chocolate is a simple combination of melted chocolate, milk, and a bit of sugar if needed. So, this little surprise ball of chocolate is actually a combination of the two. On the outside is the chocolate ball that will melt into hot chocolate, but on the inside, you have a bit of that yummy hot cocoa mix you are used to finding. Together, these create a rich and delicious drink that is perfect to warm you up on a cold day.
What is the Best Chocolate for These?
This recipe uses milk chocolate as the base. You probably have milk chocolate chips in your kitchen already, but I recommend you think twice before using those. To melt, freeze, and then store or gift, you really want quality chocolate.
At the very least, reach for that Ghriradelli chocolate morsels bag in the grocery store. If possible, look for even better milk chocolate or quality baking chocolate. You can easily use dark chocolate if you prefer, or even semi-sweet. Just make sure you add a bit of sugar into the mixture to sweeten it a bit in your drink.
What All Can I Add Inside These Hot Cocoa Bombs?
The best part of these hot cocoa bombs is what you add to the inside of them. The idea behind these is not just to make a fun way to serve cocoa,but to give each person a little "surprise" that escapes as the chocolate melts. So, filling this with fun items is going to be tons of fun! Below are some common items I love to add to hot chocolate bombs recipes.
- Different flavors of hot cocoa mix. Milk chocolate, French vanilla cocoa, hazelnut cocoa, caramel cocoa, butterscotch cocoa, coffee cocoa, or even dark chocolate cocoa.
- Crushed peppermint candy.
- Andes mint pieces, toffee bits, caramel bites, or other candy bar pieces.
- Chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, caramel chips, butterscotch chips, mint chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, or white chocolate chips.
- Caramel syrup, butterscotch syrup, or hot fudge syrup.
- A spoon of Nutella or cookie butter.
- Marshmallows, sprinkles, or candy pearls.
Another recent idea may offer more inspiration. This white chocolate hot cocoa bombs idea has even more ideas to add to your recipe!
How Do I Serve Hot Cocoa Bombs?
To serve your hot cocoa bomb, you'll want to place it into any coffee mug and then cover in piping hot milk. Make sure you don't boil the milk. Just bring it to a piping hot temperature, then pour over the chocolate ball. As the ball begins to melt, stir into the milk to create a creamy and delicious hot chocolate everyone will devour.
You can even add these to a mug and cover with something like this slow cooker white hot chocolate recipe. It's even richer, and a great addition to a regular recipe you'll love!
How to Make Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa Bombs
Place a plate or baking sheet lined with parchment paper into the freezer to chill.
In a microwave-safe bowl, place the melting chocolate and heat on high in 30-second increments stirring each time until melted.
Once melted, spoon the chocolate into each sphere in the mold spreading the chocolate in a thin layer up the sides.
Wipe off any excess chocolate from the top of the mold and place it into the freezer for 10-15 minutes.
Remove the chilled plate from the freezer and then remove the chocolate mold.
Gently peel the mold off the chocolate half-spheres and place onto the chilled plate.
Fill three of the bottoms with hot cocoa mix, marshmallows, candy pieces, and other additions if desired.
Place a second half-sphere on top of each filled chocolate piece.
Reheat the melting chocolate and then pour into a piping bag.
Spread the chocolate around the seam of each sphere to seal.
Set aside to dry until ready to wrap or use.
Wrap in a small cellophane bag and tie with a ribbon to gift, or place in a mug to serve.
When ready to serve, pour piping hot milk over the top of the chocolate sphere and then begin stirring to melt.
Top with whipped topping and extra sprinkles if desired.
When melting chocolate for a recipe like this one, I highly recommend investing in quality chocolate. Generic milk chocolate bars or morsels will work, but I prefer a milk chocolate baking chocolate or Ghirardelli chocolate at the minimum for best results.
What to Serve with Milk Chocolate Hot Chocolate Bombs
Hot chocolate is ideal for serving alone as a dessert in itself, but this recipe may deserve a little extra treat on the side. I love creating a little hot chocolate buffet with treats to enjoy with your favorite winter drinks. Below are a few that fit well alongside this rich chocolate drink.
- Homemade Chocolate Glazed Donuts Recipe
- Chocolate Eggnog Cupcakes Recipe
- Copycat Subway White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies Recipe
- Brown Sugar Walnut Banana Bread Recipe
- Chocolate Peppermint Bars Recipe
- ½ cup milk chocolate
- 6 tablespoon hot cocoa mix
- 1 tablespoon crushed peppermint candy
- 1 tablespoon sprinkles
- 1 tablespoon mini marshmallows
- Place a plate or baking sheet lined with parchment paper into the freezer to chill.
- In a microwave safe bowl, place the melting chocolate and heat on high in 30-second increments stirring each time until melted.
- Once melted, spoon the chocolate into each sphere in the mold spreading the chocolate in a thin layer up the sides.
- Wipe off any excess chocolate from the top of the mold and place into the freezer for 10-15 minutes.
- Remove the chilled plate from the freezer and then remove the chocolate mold.
- Gently peel the mold off the chocolate half-spheres and place onto the chilled plate.
- Fill three of the bottoms with hot cocoa mix, marshmallows, candy pieces, and other additions if desired.
- Place a second half-sphere on top of each filled chocolate piece.
- Reheat the melting chocolate and then pour into a piping bag.
- Spread the chocolate around the seam of each sphere to seal.
- Set aside to dry until ready to wrap or use.
- Wrap in a small cellophane bag and tie with a ribbon to gift, or place in a mug to serve.
- When ready to serve, pour piping hot milk over the top of the chocolate sphere and then begin stirring to melt.
- Top with whipped topping and extra sprinkles if desired.
- Use a high quality chocolate for melting for the best results.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 415Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 307mgCarbohydrates: 72gFiber: 3gSugar: 57gProtein: 6g