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Hot Chocolate Balls with Marshmallows (Cocoa Bomb Recipe)

How to Make Hot Chocolate Bombs – Hot cocoa balls are delightful customizable gifts that are easy to make at home! This recipe includes mini marshmallows and colorful sprinkles for extra festive – and tasty! – holiday treats.

christas place with 5 chocolate bombs stacked

Have you become as obsessed with hot chocolate bombs as we are? Hot chocolate balls are easy to make chocolate spheres that are filled with cocoa mix and marshmallows. The bombs dissolve when added to hot milk for a nearly instant mug of delicious double-chocolate happiness!

My sister-in-law told me about this fun edible gift idea a couple of years ago, but we had already made all our holiday gifts. So we decided to give them a try for ourselves the next year and absolutely fell in love!

This year we thought we would put our spin on the classic Hot Cocoa Bombs recipe by adding a little something special to bump up the chocolate flavor.

top view decorated cocoa bombs stacked on a christmas plate

The Best Hot Chocolate Bombs with Marshmallows

I don’t know who originally came up with this concept, but I am thrilled they did. It’s a fun and seemingly fancy gift you can personalize however you like.

This cocoa bombs recipe includes both cocoa mix and real chocolate, plus a touch of cinnamon and salt for a rich and decadent flavor… Almost like drinking chocolate! Every sip is satisfying, complex, and delightfully festive.

top down view mug of hot chocolate with marshmallows

Ingredients You Need

First, let’s talk about what kitchen tools are required to make these delightful little cocoa spheres. To properly make this recipe you will need:

  • Microwave safe bowl
  • 2 1/2 inch silicone sphere molds
  • Clean and dry paint brush
  • Extra bowl and plate
  • Piping bag (or plastic bag with the corner snipped off)

Now to the ingredients!

To Make Hot Cocoa Balls You Need:

  • Dark melting chocolate waferscouverture chocolate
  • Powdered cocoa mixactual hot chocolate mix, not just cocoa powder
  • Ground cinnamon for an extra kick of holiday flavor
  • Saltbrings out the deep flavor of the chocolate
  • Mini marshmallowsoptional, but highly recommended
  • Candy sprinklespick your favorite festive colors

Additional Cocoa Mix-Ins Ideas

We use marshmallows and a few classic holiday ingredients for this hot cocoa bombs recipe. However, you can add in lots of other goodies, as well!

Here are a few suggestions for you to try:

  • Peppermint baking chipsfor a lovely, minty winter flavor
  • Caramel baking chips – adds a nice touch of smoky sweetness
  • Instant coffee granulesto put some pep in your cocoa’s step
  • Cayenne pepperfor a kick of spice for a Mexican hot chocolate-like drink
ingredients needed, cocoa, cinnamon, mini marshmallows, dark chocolate

How to Make Hot Chocolate Balls with Marshmallows Inside

Step 1: Make the Chocolate Spheres

First, place the melting chocolate wafers in a microwave-safe bowl. Reserve one large handful of chocolate wafers for later use. Microwave in 30-second increments, stirring in between, until the chocolate is smooth. Then add the last handful of chocolate pieces and stir until smooth, without reheating. This step helps to “temper” the chocolate so that it stays shiny, and does not turn cloudy after it has dried.

Use the paintbrush to paint a layer of chocolate into the sphere molds. Be generous with the first layer, but make sure the chocolate doesn’t pool in the bottom. Refrigerate for several minutes until the chocolate spheres have hardened. Then repeat with the second layer of chocolate. Refrigerate again until hard. Depending on how thick you layer the melted chocolate, you may want to add a third layer. Shoot for spheres that are 1/8th inch thick. 

painting the sphere mold with melted chocolate

Step 2: Add Cocoa Mixture to the Chocolate Balls

Meanwhile, set out another small mixing bowl. Add the cocoa mix, ground cinnamon, and salt. Mix well.  

bowl with mixtures of cocoa powder and spices

Once the chocolate spheres have hardened, carefully remove them from their molds. You can flip the molds over and use them to stabilize the half-spheres if needed.

Pro Tip: Couverture chocolate is made to have a high sheen. However, the more you handle the balls, the more you muddle the shiny exterior. Consider wearing clean rubber gloves when you attach and roll the chocolate spheres. OR use silicone wrapped tongs to handle the balls.

hard chocolate sphere shell halves

Use a tablespoon to scoop approximately 3 tablespoons of cocoa mix into six of the half-spheres.

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half chocolate sphere being filled with cocoa powder

Place 10- 12 mini marshmallows on top of the cocoa mix.

cocoa bomb sphere halve with hot chocolate powder and marshmallows inside

Step 3: Decorate!

Scoop the rest of the melted chocolate into a piping bag. Place the sprinkles on a shallow plate for rolling. One at a time, pipe a line of chocolate around the filled half-spheres.

hands piping melted chocolate on the hot cocoa bomb sphere with mini marshmallows inside

Use an empty sphere to top it before the chocolate has time to dry. 

hand topping one sphere half with the other sphere half

Allow the completed hot chocolate balls to dry for about one minute, then carefully roll the messy chocolate line in sprinkles to decorate.

If needed, use the paintbrush to brush extra chocolate around the line so it is wet when you roll the balls.

rolling hot chocolate ball on a plate of green and red sprinkles

Set them aside and allow the hot cocoa balls to dry the rest of the way. Repeat with the remaining balls.

top down view five festive hot cocoa bombs with marshmallows inside on a christmas plate

Tips for How to Use Cocoa Balls

When ready to enjoy, gently lower one hot chocolate bomb into a wide mug.

hand holding hot chocolate ball over a christmas mug

Poor 8+ ounces of HOT (but not boiling) milk over the top of the cocoa bomb.

pouring hot milk over the chocolate sphere in the mug

Allow it to sit and melt for 30 seconds, then stir.

hand stirring mug of melted hot cocoa ball with mini marshmallows

Stir until the chocolate sphere has completely melted and the cocoa is rich and creamy.

Watch the marshmallows bob right up to the top!

top view christmas mug filled with hot cocoa and mini marshmallows inside

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you package hot cocoa bombs?

Wrap them individually in cellophane bags to give as gifts. Consider placing one wrapped cocoa bomb in a cute mug for a fun holiday present!

Can you make this a dairy-free (vegan) hot chocolate bombs recipe?

Simply use your favorite dairy-free melting chocolate and vegan cocoa mix for a plant-based gift.

How long do how chocolate bombs with marshmallows keep?

These treats will keep well for up to 2 months. Store them at room temperature (the cooler the better) wrapped in cellophane or an airtight container.

two mugs of hot cocoa in christmas mugs with plate of chocolate balls on festive plate in the background

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Hot Chocolate Balls with Marshmallows (Cocoa Bomb Recipe + VIDEO)

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Hot cocoa balls are delightful customizable gifts that are easy to make at home! This recipe includes mini marshmallows and colorful sprinkles for extra festive – and tasty! – holiday treats.
Servings: 6 balls

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place the melting chocolate wafers in a microwave safe bowl. Reserve one large handful of chocolate wafers for later use. Microwave in 30 seconds increments, stirring in between, until the chocolate is smooth. Then add the last handful of chocolate pieces and stir until smooth, without reheating. *This helps to “temper” the chocolate so that it stays shiny, and does not turn cloudy, after it has dried.
  • Use the paint brush to paint a layer of chocolate into the sphere molds. Be generous with the first layer, but make sure the chocolate doesn’t pool in the bottom. Refrigerate until the chocolate spheres have hardened. Then repeat with a second layer of chocolate. Refrigerate again until hard. *Depending on how thick you layer the melted chocolate, you may want to add a third layer. Shoot for spheres that are 1/8th inch thick.
  • Meanwhile set out another small mixing bowl. Add the cocoa mix, ground cinnamon, and salt. Mix well.
  • Once the chocolate spheres have hardened, carefully remove them from their molds. You can flip the molds over and use them to stabilize the half-spheres if needed. Use a tablespoon to scoop approximately 3 tablespoons of cocoa mix into six of the half-spheres. Place 10-12 mini marshmallows on top of the cocoa mix.
  • Scoop the rest of the melted chocolate into a piping bag. Place the sprinkles on a shallow plate for rolling. One at a time, pipe a line of chocolate around the filled half-spheres. Use an empty sphere to top it before the chocolate has time to dry.
  • Allow the completed hot chocolate balls to dry for about one minute, then carefully roll the messy chocolate line in sprinkles to decorate. Set aside and allow them to dry the rest of the way. Repeat with the remaining balls. *If needed use the paintbrush to brush extra chocolate around the line so it is wet when you roll the balls.

How To Use Cocoa Balls:

  • Gently lower one hot chocolate bomb into a wide mug.
  • Poor 8+ ounces of HOT milk over the top of the ball.
  • Allow it to sit and melt for 30 seconds, then stir and enjoy!

Video

Notes

Pro Tip:
Couverture chocolate is made to have a high sheen. However, the more you handle the balls, the more you muddle the shiny exterior. Consider wearing clean rubber gloves when you attach and roll the chocolate spheres. OR use silicone wrapped tongs to handle the balls.
 
Possible Cocoa Mix Add-Ins:
  • Peppermint baking chips
  • Caramel baking chips
  • Instant coffee granules
  • Cayenne pepper
 
Gift Wrapping Tips:
Wrap the cocoa bombs individually in cellophane bags to give as gifts. Consider placing one wrapped cocoa bomb in a cute mug for a fun holiday present.
Hot chocolate balls will keep well for up to 2 months. Store in cellophane or an airtight container and keep at room temperature in a cool, dry place.

Nutrition

Serving: 1mug, Calories: 549kcal, Carbohydrates: 69g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 36g, Saturated Fat: 22g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 10g, Trans Fat: 1g, Sodium: 568mg, Potassium: 3mg, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 51g, Vitamin A: 4IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 26mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert, Drinks, Holiday, How To
Cuisine: American, Holiday
Author: Sommer Collier

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  3. LOVE hot chocolate balls! They are so fun and delish!! 

  4. These hot chocolate balls are so fun and a great recipe to make with the kids for Christmas break! Love these!!!

  5. This is one of the best edible gifts that I definitely plan to make for all my friends!