From Pages 124-125 of Our Story Magazine • Winter 2021-2022 • Issue No.1
This Hot Chocolate Bombs idea comes to us from Faith Collins. Be sure to check out her Instagram @faith.collins.photos. This yummy scene that you see above is from Faith's kitchen and pulled straight from the digital pages of the Share & Embrace the Season Section of Our Story Magazine, Winter 2021-2022.
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Making hot chocolate bombs can be a fun family activity. They can be enjoyed as fabulous DIY treats or given as tasty, personalized, homemade gifts. Children and adults alike love to decorate these delicious decadent spheres before they drench them in hot milk and watch them burst into a cup of rich chocolatey goodness!
Note: You will need silicone hot chocolate molds with 2” diameter cavities.
There are only three must-have ingredients to make hot chocolate bombs:
• Chocolate—It can be milk, semi-sweet, dark, white—whatever your preference is. I use good quality milk chocolate chips.
• Hot chocolate mix—The better quality brand it is, the tastier your hot chocolate will be.
• Mini marshmallows—White or coloured marshmallows.
1. Melt chocolate chips by microwaving in a bowl for 30 seconds, stirring. Continuing to heat at 15-second intervals, and stirring until the chips are completely melted.
2. Use a spoon to dollop the melted chocolate into the molds. Use a pastry brush to smooth the chocolate around the edges until everything is covered.
3. Place the molds in the freezer for a couple of minutes to set and then repeat. Don’t worry about the chocolate being too thick, but rather be more concerned about it being too thin. No need to worry about it looking perfect either since this is the inside of the chocolate ball.
4. Set the molds in the freezer for about 10 to 15 minutes or until the chocolate is firm.
5. Remove the molds from the freezer. Loosen the chocolate by gently stretching the edges of the molds. Place the chocolate shells on a tray.
6. Fill half the shells three-fourths full with hot chocolate mix and marshmallows.
7. Place a plate over a hot pot of water. The steam will warm the plate. You can also use a stove-top pan on low heat. Take the unfilled shells and, working one at a time, press the edge of the chocolate shell to the warm plate.
8. When you see the edge start to melt, remove it from the plate or pan and quickly press it to a filled half. Hold it for 2–3 seconds to seal. Then repeat with the remaining shells. To smooth the seam, run your finger around the edge or roll the tacky chocolate in crushed candy cane, sprinkles, and so on.
9. Once all the bombs are sealed, place them in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to allow the edges to set. Once they are set, decorate and garnish however you’d like.
10. Serve in a mug, pour 1 cup of hot milk over the bomb, and stir until completely melted.
For Valentine's you could add tiny candy heart sprinkles or drizzle with white or pink chocolate.
Sweet Gift Idea
What a sweet idea for a Valentine's Gift for teachers, friends, sisters. Just add a few to a candy or cookie treat bag or box, add ribbons, and write a message on a gift tag and attach. Better yet, drop a few in a beautiful mug, wrap with cellophane, add ribbon and tag.
What other ideas do you have? Let us know in the comments!
Now it's your turn!
Be sure and take photos of yourself having a delightful time making your Hot Chocolate Bombs! Share them on Instagram and tag us @OurStory.Magazine!
All photos by Faith Collins and used with permission. Be sure to check out her Instagram @faith.collins.photos.
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