Christmas Hot Cocoa Bombs

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These Christmas Hot Cocoa Bombs are such a fun gift or treat for the holidays. Wondering how to make hot chocolate bombs that you’re seeing all over your social feeds? Here are step-by-step on how to make these fun treats. Including tips that will help beginners make these even easier!

A stack of hot cocoa bombs.


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The Christmas Hot Cocoa Bombs are a fun and delicious treat to make for the holidays or any time you want a delicious hot drink. This Instant Pot version is an easy method but I’ll also how you how to make them if you don’t have an Instant Pot.

How do you make Hot Chocolate Bombs? Find more information here.


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What We Love About This Hot Chocolate Bomb Recipes

Hot chocolate bombs quickly became a popular treat because they are super fun and kids love to watch them explode. Hot cocoa bombs are basically a hollow sphere of chocolate filled with hot chocolate mix, marshmallows and other treats.

When hot milk is added to the bombs, the chocolate sphere melts and the contents pop out and make the hot chocolate. They are so much fun!

  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry. Only four simple ingredients.
  • Family Friendly: Fun to make for your kids and with your kids.
  • Adaptable: Can make it with so many different fillings and decorations.
A hand holding the Christmas hot cocoa bomb.

Ingredient Notes

  • Candy Melts: Pink melts or use dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate or any flavor to make the chocolate shells.
  • Mini Marshmallows: You can add candies or chocolate chips too.
  • Hot Cocoa Mix: Any brand or flavor or make your own Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix.
Chocolate melts, marshmallows and chocolate.

Variations and Substitutions

  • Sprinkles – Edible glitter, cute snowmen or whatever you like for decorations.
  • Almond Bark – Drizzle with melted almond bark or green candy melts etc.
  • Double Boiler – If you do not have an instant pot, make a double boiler with a bowl and a sauce pan of water for Christmas hot chocolate bombs.

How to Make Hot Cocoa Balls

These are the basic steps for making best hot cocoa bombs. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions. Check Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram for more.

Using the instant pot to melt the chocolate.


First, on sauté mode on your Instant Pot, add water and then place a glass bowl on top. Second, add in your candy melts to the bowl then mix until the chocolate has completely melted. Lightly grease the inside of your silicone molds. Next add chocolate and cover completely and place in freezer.


Remove your molds from the freezer and then add a half tablespoon of cocoa powder and marshmallows. Use melted chocolate to seal balls and place in the freezer for 10 minutes to harden.


Finally, remove from molds and drizzle with remaining chocolate and sprinkles. Let harden. Lastly, place in mug add milk and enjoy.

Filling the silicone molds with the chocolate and then filling with the hot chocolates.

Prep and Storage Tips


These hot chocolate balls can be made way ahead of time. They last well at room temperature for two months in an airtight container.


Store in an airtight container or zip top bag in a cool dry place.


These bombs can be frozen for three months in the freezer.

Frequently Asked Questions


>While spherical are very popular, they can be tricky to make. Making the bombs with flat bottoms is much easier for beginners.
>Use chocolate melts. Not Chocolate chips that the chips have a stabilizer added.
>Coat the molds well with the chocolate, therefore you will not get any holes or thin spots. A paint brush or pastry brush is a great way to get an even coat.
>You can use a warm plate on one end of the sphere to adhere the other to it. To glue them together to form the balls.


Of course, use the recipe below and adjust for the amount that you want to make.


>Grate some good quality chocolate to add to the center of the bomb. This will make it super chocolatey and so very creamy.
>Put a fun surprise in the middle, like different colored or flavored marshmallows, crushed candy canes etc. so that when they break open you get a nice pop of color.
>Fill with this adorable candy mix of hearts and sprinkles or make Rudolph ones with red noses and create antlers on parchment paper lined baking sheet for the reindeer or grinch hot cocoa bombs with green melts and add a few teaspoons of your favorite candy.
>Quality hot chocolate makes this treat rich and unforgettable. In fact, they have a lot of fun flavors of hot chocolate to up your cocoa bomb game.

Because of all the variations you will never get bored with this treat. Now all you need to do is place in a mug and pour over some warm milk.

Two cups of the finished drink.

Expert Tips for Making This Recipe

  • Alcohol: Adults like a Hot Cocoa Bomb too. Add your favorite Bailey’s or Kahlua to the Bomb!
  • Gift Them: Put them in a cute little box or bag and give them to someone you think is Red Hot
  • Colored Chocolate: Piping bags with different color melted chocolate wafers will really make them special.
  • Microwave: Use a microwave safe bowl and melt and temper your chocolate by microwaving the chocolate in 30 second increments.

What to Serve with Christmas Hot Cocoa Bombs

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3 red hot cocoa bobs stacked on a white table cloth
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Christmas Hot Cocoa Bombs

Yield: 14 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Setting Time: 10 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
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  • 24 oz Pink candy melts
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 7 tbsp hot cocoa powder
  • Sprinkles, optional


  • Turn your instant pot onto sauté mode. Place one and a half cups of water inside your instant pot. Place a glass bowl that will fit in your instant pot as it will act as a double broiler.
  • Add in your candy melts to the bowl. Continue to mix until the chocolate has completely melted.
  • If you don’t have an Instant Pot, you can melt the candy melts in the microwave. Microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring the chocolate in between each interval, until the chocolate is full melted.
  • Lightly grease the inside of your silicone molds. Add chocolate to your mold, making sure that chocolate is completely coating the mold on the inside. Place in the freezer for ten minutes.
  • Remove your molds from the freezer. Add a half a tablespoon of cocoa powder and about 4 marshmallows.
  • Add more melted chocolate on top of the marshmallows to close the mold and lock the cocoa and marshmallows from coming out. Return to the freezer for 10 minutes.
  • Remove your cocoa bombs by pushing on the silicone side of the mold until the bomb pops out.
  • With a spoon, drizzle your remaining chocolate over the bombs. Immediately add your sprinkles before the chocolate hardens.
  • Please one or two bombs in your favorite mug and pour hot milk over it to melt the chocolate releasing the hot cocoa and marshmallows.
  • Stir with a spoon and enjoy!

Expert Tips

  • Recipe Can be Doubled:  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately and follow the directions below.
  • Alcohol: Adults like a Hot Cocoa Bomb too. Add your favorite Bailey’s or Kahlua to the Bomb!
  • Gift Them: Put them in a cute little box or bag and give them to someone you think is Red Hot
  • Colored Chocolate: Piping bags with different color melted chocolate wafers will really make them special.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 94mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Beverages and Cocktails
Cuisine: American

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