Hot Cocoa Bath Bombs – And They’re As Good As They Sound!

These hot cocoa bath bombs are amazing! And because you can easily dress them up, they make wonderful, wow-worthy gifts. Let’s get started.

Hot Cocoa Bath Bombs Recipe - Great Christmas DIY gift idea

Hot Cocoa Bath Bombs Recipe

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we love to share our no-fail bath bomb recipes with you. Over the years, we’ve perfected our recipes and have been experimenting with scents, ingredient mix amounts, and various additions.

For the holiday season, we thought we’d try our hand at learning how to decorate bath bombs. This hot cocoa recipe was so much fun to make, “ice,” and drop in a tub.

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Hot Cocoa Bath Bombs for Christmas spa gifts

Supplies for Hot Cocoa Shower Fizzies or Bath Bombs

For those of you new to making bath bombs, here are a couple of tips. First, you can turn this recipe into shower fizzies by molding only one side of the bath bomb or by using a silicone mold. Also, please do not use brown food coloring. Pick up an inexpensive mica powder and poly-80 set on Amazon (this is the one we use) to make sure tubs and skin are not stained.

And psst: if you like to make slime, use some of the mica powder to produce some amazing slime recipes!

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 cup citric acid (best to buy in bulk on Amazon)
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cream of tartar
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil (melted or solid)
  • 1 tablespoon hot chocolate scent
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon brown mica powder (+ 30 drops polysorbate-80, optional)
  • bath bomb molds
  • 2-3 cubes of melt and pour soap base (we use white goat’s milk or white shea butter)
  • dehydrated mini marshmallow nibs (optional, see below for alternative)
  • spray bottle with rubbing alcohol or witch hazel

Note: if you don’t want to pick up the marshmallow nibs, you can also cut small shapes from the soap base and use it.

Hot Cocoa Bath Bombs

How to Make Hot Cocoa Bath Bombs 

These hot chocolate bath bombs are quick to come together but do require a drying time before you add the glaze. Don’t make the glaze until the bath bombs are dry. If you are curating a playlist of bath bomb recipes on YouTube, here is our hot cocoa bath bomb video tutorial.

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Hot Cocoa Bath Bombs

Hot Cocoa Bath Bombs

These hot cocoa bath bombs are simple and easy to make!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5

Materials

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 cup citric acid (best to buy in bulk on Amazon)
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cream of tartar
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil (melted or solid)
  • 1 tablespoon hot chocolate scent
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon brown mica powder (+ 30 drops polysorbate-80, optional)
  • bath bomb molds
  • 2-3 cubes of melt and pour soap base (we use white goat’s milk or white shea butter)
  • dehydrated mini marshmallow nibs (optional, see below for alternative)
  • spray bottle with rubbing alcohol or witch hazel

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine baking soda, citric acid, cornstarch, and cream of tartar.
  2. Add in the mica and cocoa powder and whisk until incorporated. 
  3. Add coconut oil and poly-80, if using, and follow with the hot chocolate scent.
  4. Next, spray the dry mix with a few sprays of the rubbing alcohol until the mix stays together when pressed in your hand. Be sure to remove all clumps. 
  5. When the mix is ready, fill both sides of the mold until they are slightly overflowing. Press them together, twisting slightly. As you work through the mix, you might need to spritz one side with alcohol to bind. 
  6. Remove the bath bombs from the mold and set on the counter to dry for 24 hours. They need to be dry to the touch. 

How to Make a Bath Bomb Glaze or Icing

Once dry, it’s time to add the “extra” that takes these hot chocolate bath bombs over the top. Whether you’re using the marshmallow nibs or the soap, adding this touch really ups the “WOW”-factor for gift giving.

  1. Place the soap cubes into a bowl and microwave for 30-seconds. Stir and repeat until melted.
  2. Using a spoon, drizzle the melted soap over the hot cocoa bath bombs. Add a few of the marshmallow nibs (or soap pieces) to the glaze before it hardens. 
photo collage of hot chocolate bath bombs

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photo collage of hot chocolate bath bombs

How to Make a Bath Bomb Glaze or Icing

Once dry, it’s time to add the “extra” that takes these hot chocolate bath bombs over the top. Whether you’re using the marshmallow nibs or the soap, adding this touch really ups the “WOW”-factor for gift giving.

close up of hot cocoa bath bomb recipe

  1. Place the soap cubes into a bowl and microwave for 30-seconds. Stir and repeat until melted.
  2. Using a spoon, drizzle the melted soap over the hot cocoa bath bombs. Add a few of the marshmallow nibs (or soap pieces) to the glaze before it hardens.

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photo collage of creative bath bombs with text which reads DIY glazed hot cocoa bath bombs

How to Use and Store Bath Bombs and Shower Fizzies 

No matter the recipe, these DIY bath products should be stored in an airtight container to help them maintain potency for fizz and aroma. We like to use apothecary or hermetically-sealed jars we get on Amazon here.

To use these hot cocoa bath bombs, just fill a tub with very warm water, drop in a bomb, and enjoy the fizz and aroma. If you’ve made them into shower fizzies and they have one flat side (recommended), place one just outside the shower stream.

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