Make a DIY Valentine’s Day gift that everyone will go crazy for – a Valentine Hot Chocolate Bomb! Made out of white chocolate and filled with hot cocoa mix and marshmallows, this sweet treat is fun to make and eat!
My kids and I are as obsessed with hot chocolate bombs as anyone, so I whipped up this colorful and fun heart shaped hot cocoa bomb just for Valentine’s Day. I think I’m even going to make a fun valentine charcuterie board just like I did for Christmas!
What is a Hot Chocolate Bomb?
Hot chocolate bombs are a simple concept, but can be a little tricky to make. Once you get the hang of it, it’s a really fun process. Essentially they are a hollow chocolate sphere (or in this case a heart) that is filled with hot cocoa mix, marshmallows, sprinkles, candies, or other sweets that can be mixed with HOT milk to make a steaming cup of hot chocolate!
As the chocolate shell melts in the hot milk, everything that is contained in the cocoa bomb pops out and fills your mug with a fun treat. Then you stir everything together and you’re left with a delicious cup of hot chocolate to drink!
What Do You Need to Make a Valentine Hot Cocoa Bomb?
- Heart Shaped Silicone Mold (make sure it’s food grade!)
- Chocolate (I used white chocolate almond bark)
- Colored Candy Coating (for decoration)
- Powdered Hot Chocolate Mix
- Mini Marshmallows
- Valentine Sprinkles
I found these sprinkles in the Valentine’s Day aisles at Target! You can find most of these ingredients at Target or Michaels!
- Baking Tray or Cookie Sheet (that will fit in your refrigerator)
- Parchment Paper
- Silicone or Pastry Brush
- Hot Water
How to Make a Heart Hot Chocolate Bomb
NOTE: There is a little practice required to learn how to remove the chocolate shell from the silicone mold without breaking. Don’t get frustrated! Some molds are easier than others – just test until you get the thickness just right, and make sure the chocolate is hard before you try and remove!
Melt your almond bark (start with 5-6 chunks) in the microwave in 30 second increments until you can stir and it becomes smooth. Using your brush (or a spoon), cover the inside of each heart mold with a thin layer of chocolate, making sure to cover all of the edges well.
Place on the baking tray in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes or until hard. Repeat with a second layer of chocolate. Put back in the refrigerator for 10-15 or until hard.
This is where the trial and error part happens – if your chocolate shell is too thin, it will crack when you try to remove it. Try removing one heart shell and if it’s too thin, add another layer of chocolate to the others and return the tray to the refrigerator until they are solid.
Heat a plate by running it under very hot water and then dry it completely. Place the edge of one heart down on the plate and move it around to melt the chocolate and smooth out the rough edge.
Fill with the hot chocolate mix and marshmallows.
Heat the edge of another heart shell and place it on top of the first while the chocolate is still warm. Make sure it’s lined up and slightly pressed together. Repeat with the rest of your hearts then place on a parchment lined cookie sheet in the refrigerator to harden.
While the filled hearts are in the refrigerator, melt your candy coating in a glass bowl in the microwave. Stir until smooth.
Use a fork, spoon, or piping bag to drizzle the candy coating on top of the heart, then add sprinkles before it hardens.
Place back in the refrigerator until set, about 5 minutes.
How to Use a Hot Chocolate Bomb for Valentine’s Day
Heat milk or alternative milk until it is hot (I personally love almond milk!) You have two options: place the valentine hot chocolate bomb in the cup and pour the hot milk over the top, or heat the milk in the mug and then drop the heart shaped cocoa bomb until the liquid. I prefer to heat my milk in a cup just because it’s one less dish I have to wash. HA!
Watch as the chocolate melts and the bomb “pops” open, revealing it’s contents! Stir with a spoon until it is well mixed and the chocolate has melted.
To give these as a Valentine’s Day gifts, place in cupcake wrappers and then wrap with a cellophane bag or place in a box. Everyone will love them!
The next ones I’m making are these awesome Mickey Hot Chocolate Bombs over at That’s What Che Said!