This hot cocoa bomb cups recipe is a fun treat the whole family can enjoy. It is perfect for a chilly day or night when you want to snuggle up and watch one of your favorite movies. Just drop one in a cup of hot milk and wait for the fun surprise.
This easy-to-make delight can be served at your next holiday party, afternoon tea or to wrap up and offer as a party favor. Your guests will be in awe at how professional your hot cocoa cups look.
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Easy Hot Cocoa Bomb Cups
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we love a good hot cocoa bomb or cup recipe. We have made many of these delicious treats! It is hard to choose a favorite as they are all so unique and tasty.
Some folks are nervous to try their hand at making hot cocoa cups, but don’t be! They are easier than you think and so much fun to make. After you have made a few, you will be an expert.
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Why These Hot Cocoa Bomb Cups Are The Perfect Recipe
These hot cocoa cups make a great holiday hot cocoa bomb gift idea or a party favor. It is easy to make several at a time, giving you plenty to share with friends, family, and neighbors.
These hot chocolate bombs add pizzaz to your traditional cup of hot milk or cocoa. As the hot cocoa cup begins to melt, it will reveal the hidden hot cocoa mix surprise inside.
This is a great treat for that mid-day slump folks. Wake yourself right up with a chocolatey afternoon cup of milk and our hot cocoa cup.
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Tips for Making Hot Cocoa Bomb Cups
- If just the top of the cup breaks or cracks, add more melted chocolate, smooth, and top with marshmallows. No one will ever know.
- If the shell of the cup breaks completely, melt the chocolate and start again as there is no way to save it.
- You can leave out the cocoa powder – fill the shot glass with melted chocolate and freeze for about 25 minutes.
- Practice makes perfect! The more hot cocoa cups you make, the better they will turn out. Depending on the chocolate you use will determine the sturdiness of the hot cocoa cups (melting wafers and candy melts are thinner while almond bark will be thicker.)
Ingredients To Make Hot Cocoa Bomb Shot Cups
Below are the ingredients I used to make our hot cocoa bombs, but check your pantry and kitchen supplies before heading to the store. To know what to do if a hot cocoa bomb cup cracks, read our tips section above to learn how to fix that issue.
- Brown almond bark, dark chocolate melting wafers, or candy melts
- White almond bark, white melting wafers, or candy melts
- Hot chocolate mix
- Mini marshmallows
- Holiday sprinkles
- Parchment Paper
- 2 oz disposable cups
- Xacto Knife
- Disposable Piping Bags
- Cutting board
- Silicone cups for pouring
- Non-Stick Candy Melting Pot
How to Make Hot Cocoa Bombs With Candy Melts
Each step for this recipe is detailed below so it’s easy to follow. Keep this page open while creating your cocoa bomb shots. If you would rather have a printable recipe, scroll down and select the print button.
Melt the almond bark, melting wafers, or candy melts according to package instructions.
Using the Xacto knife, cut a line down the side of each cup.
Alternating between the two, pour the white and dark chocolate around the side of the cup.
Turn the cup in a twisting motion as you pour the melted white and dark chocolates, creating a swirl pattern. You can also make a solid white or brown cup by not adding one or the other in the step above. At that point, you would skip this step for swirling the colors.
Turn the cup upside down on a piece of parchment paper, allowing any excess chocolate to drip. Place the cup in the freezer for 7-9 minutes, allowing the chocolate to set.
Remove the cups from the freezer. Add 1 tbsp hot chocolate mix to the cup.
Add more melted chocolate on top of the hot cocoa mix, filling the cup 3/4 full.
Return the cups to the freezer to harden for 18-25 minutes.
Turn the cup upside down on your cutting board and make small cuts in the rim of the cup. Starting at the original slit you made on the side, carefully peel the cup from the hardened chocolate. Once the chocolate is released from the cup, turn the cup right side up.
Add a small amount of melted chocolate, acting like glue, to the top of each cup. Add mini marshmallows, peppermint sticks, and sprinkles.
Use melted white chocolate in a piping bag to attach sprinkles and additional marshmallows to the front of the cup. Return to the freezer to set for about 7-9 minutes. Drop one in a cup of hot milk and enjoy!
Notes For Making Hot Cocoa Bombs
- Try to get an even coating of the shell in the first steps. If your shell is too thin, it will crack and you will need to repair it or start over.
- You can use hot milk or hot water. We recommend about 1.5 cups of milk, half and half, or cream to get a richer flavor.
- To get the chocolate to temper properly and melt easier, chop it into small pieces or chunks. This is especially helpful when working with almond bark.
- These hot cocoa cups will last up to two months if kept in an air-tight container in a cool, dry place.
More Hot Cocoa Bomb Recipes You May Like
- Jack Skellington Hot Cocoa Bomb Recipe: If you love the Nightmare Before Christmas movie as we do, this is the perfect treat to make while watching the movie.
- Raspberry Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa Bombs: These luscious hot cocoa bombs are perfect for a chilly day. They have the perfect balance between sweet and bitter, making your taste buds dance.
- Yummy Grinch Hot Cocoa Cups: Everyone loves the Grinch and that will be the case with these whimsical hot cocoa cups. With their green shell and a red candy heart, they can be made with or without hot cocoa mix inside.
- YUMMY Skeleton Hot Cocoa Bombs: There is nothing scary about these delicious hot cocoa bombs with skeleton body parts attached. They look like a pro made them!
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