Peppermint Hot Cocoa Bombs

Warm up with Peppermint Hot Cocoa Bombs mixed into a cozy mug of hot milk. White chocolate spheres filled with hot cocoa mix, marshmallows and candy cane pieces are perfect for the holiday season.

Marshmallows and candy cane pieces sit atop a mug of cocoa with festive additions around.

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Peppermint Hot Cocoa Bombs recipe

Hot cocoa bombs are one of the most creative desserts to come out of the last few years.

Balls of chocolate melted away with hot milk, only to reveal hot cocoa mix and marshmallows? Yes please.

They make great gifts to share with friends, neighbors and teachers and they’re super easy to make, too. The best part is coming up with new flavor combinations, toppings and mix-ins.

One of our favorites are these white chocolate hot cocoa bombs with peppermint. They’re filled with peppermint hot chocolate mix and crushed candy cane pieces for the perfect warm holiday drink.

Why you’ll love this recipe

Peppermint hot chocolate bombs are so much fun to make, give and drink.

  • These white chocolate treats are easy to create with just a few ingredients.
  • You can get creative with the toppings and mix-ins or keep things simple.
  • Your gift recipients will adore stirring them into their own mug of peppermint hot chocolate.

You can even have hot chocolate ball-making party with friends and family.

Serve them at a holiday party or hot chocolate party and let guests enjoy mixing up their own cups of cocoa. Keep milk warm in a slow cooker for guests to ladle into their mugs.

Hot cocoa bombs also make great Christmas gifts for friends, neighbors and teachers. You can make them for other holidays too. These peppermint ones would be a great sweet treat for Valentine’s Day, too.

Whole large and small candy canes sit among crushed candy cane pieces and decorative chocolate spheres topped with candy cane pieces.

What are hot cocoa bombs?

Hot cocoa bombs are spheres made of real chocolate and filled with hot cocoa mix, marshmallows and other fillings.

When stirred with hot milk, the outer shell melts away and the fillings pop out.

Toppings like marshmallows will float to the top while the melted chocolate shell and hot chocolate mix dissolve into the milk when stirred into the cup.

These white chocolate peppermint hot chocolate bombs use a shell of white chocolate, peppermint hot cocoa mix and pieces of candy cane to make a festive mug of hot cocoa.

A clear glass mug of cocoa garnished with a candy cane sits next to a Peppermint Hot Cocoa Bomb and other ingredients

Hot Cocoa vs. Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate and hot cocoa are similar in flavor but the ingredients are different. Hot chocolate is made with real, melted chocolate. Hot cocoa is made with cocoa powder.

Since this recipe contains both chocolate and cocoa, you could call them either hot chocolate bombs or hot cocoa bombs.

Whatever you want to call it and however you make these treats, you can’t deny they are festive, fun and delicious!

Melted chocolate in a purple mold surrounded by

Equipment

To make hot chocolate bombs, you’ll need to pick up a few things.

Molds: First and foremost, you need at least one dome-shaped silicone mold to make them in. These silicone molds are perfect for the job.

Chocolate warmer: Though you can warm the chocolate in the microwave or in a double boiler on the stove, it’s much easier to use a melting pot. Chocolate is very finicky when it meets heat, so a device like this keeps the chocolate warm without overcooking it. Bonus that you can use it to make chocolate-covered strawberries too!

Food-safe paintbrushes: Culinary paintbrushes are really helpful for assembly. You can get by with a small spatula or spoon, but small paintbrushes are more delicate and less messy. You can also use them for decorating the tops of the bombs.

Bags for gifting: To give these beauties away, I like to put them into cellophane bags and tie them up with a ribbon. These iridescent bags are really fun and festive.

Other gifts: For my friends who drink, I like to bag them with a mini bottle of sweet liqueur, like peppermint vodka or coffee liqueur.

You could also add a swizzle stick or a chocolate spoon.

Two Peppermint Hot Cocoa Bombs sit side by side with candy canes and candy cane pieces around them

Ingredients

Hot chocolate bombs don’t really need much more than melting chocolate, marshmallows and hot cocoa mix, but you can make them as fancy as you like.

Melting chocolate wafers

Melting chocolate wafers are designed for melting and recreating into candies and confections. They are much better than chocolate chips for hot chocolate bombs.

For these white chocolate hot cocoa bombs, you’ll need white candy melts. But feel free to make them with milk or dark chocolate, or even red candy melts, if you prefer.

This Ghirardelli variety pack comes with three flavors — milk chocolate, dark chocolate and white chocolate melts.

If you want even more peppermint flavor, you can find peppermint candy melts.

Hot cocoa mix & fillings

For these mint cocoa bombs, you’ll want to fill them with your favorite peppermint hot cocoa mix. You could even go for peppermint white hot cocoa mix for a totally white chocolate version.

If you’d like to go the homemade route, making your own peppermint cocoa mix is pretty easy to do.

In addition to the hot chocolate, you’ll want to add some other mix-ins. Miniature marshmallows are a classic. You could also add crushed candy canes or other peppermint candies, sprinkles or mini chocolate chips.

Toppings

Once you’ve made the bombs, you can decorate them. Toppings can help to mask the little seam where the two halves of the shells meet.

Drizzle melted chocolate or more white chocolate over top, and then sprinkle on a few toppings, such as:

Ingredients for a peppermint hot cocoa bomb and a finished bomb sit around a mug of cocoa garnished with marshmallows and a candy cane

How to make Peppermint Hot Cocoa Bombs

Making these tasty peppermint cocoa bombs is easier than it looks, but you’ll definitely want to set aside a space to work and a couple of hours since the chocolate will need time to set up.

Melt the white chocolate wafers. (A chocolate warmer is ideal to keep you from having to warm it up constantly, risking burning the chocolate.)

With the back of a spoon or a pastry brush, paint the melted white chocolate into the sides of the mold. It doesn’t have to look pretty on the outside since no one will see the insides. Make sure the chocolate is in an even layer and there are no thin, weak spots.

Set aside until the white chocolate firms up completely. (Refrigerating can help to speed this up.)

Carefully remove the dome halves from the molds. Use the molds as a stand while you assemble the cocoa bombs. This helps to cut down on fingerprints!

Half of a white chocolate sphere sits in a red and pink striped cupcake wrapper containing white chocolate chips, candy cane pieces and marshmallows.

Into half of the domes, spoon in 3 tablespoons of hot cocoa mix, mini marshmallows and any other fillings like ground cinnamon or sprinkles into the inside of the molds.

With a paintbrush or small spoon, paint melted chocolate around the edge of one of the empty half spheres and, quickly, press it onto the filled half. Set aside until firm. (You can pop them in the fridge again or leave them at room temperature.)

Decorate them with melted chocolate in a piping bag and add sprinkles or crushed candy cane pieces.

Then remove from molds and place in cellophane bags or a gift box to give away or use! Any airtight container will work — just make sure you store them in a cool place.

A white chocolate sphere drizzled with dark chocolate and garnished with candy cane pieces sits in a glass mug amongst its ingredients.

How to use Hot Cocoa Bombs

Ready to try put your finished hot chocolate bomb recipe to use? Yay! They are so fun.

First, warm some milk on the stove or in the microwave. Don’t boil it.

Place the hot chocolate bomb in a mug. (A clear glass mug is great for seeing the magic happen!)

Then pour the hot milk over top of the bomb. Watch as the chocolate shell melts into the milk and the marshmallows, candy canes and other fillings are released.

A shooter of RumChata is poured into a mug of cocoa made with a peppermint hot cocoa bomb.

If you feel like it, you can stir in a shot of alcohol, such as Rumchata or peppermint schnapps.

Stir it all together then sip on your creation!

A hand stirs a cocoa bomb into a clear glass mug with candy canes, marshmallows, white chocolate chips and a chocolate sphere next to it.

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Two Peppermint Hot Cocoa Bombs sit side by side with candy canes and candy cane pieces around them

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Bombs

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Bombs are filled with festive fun for old and young folks alike! Make them as minty as you like.

Ingredients

hot cocoa bombs

  • 1 cup white chocolate candy melts
  • 2 ¼ cups hot chocolate mix (chocolate, peppermint or white chocolate)
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • ½ cup crushed candy canes
  • ½ cup dark chocolate candy melts

hot chocolate

  • 8 ounces warm milk
  • 1 hot chocolate bomb

Instructions

hot cocoa bombs

  1. Melt the chocolate wafers according to package instructions.
  2. With a spoon or brush, paint the melted chocolate into clean molds. Make sure the chocolate is in an even layer and there are no thin, weak spots. Refrigerate until firm, about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Carefully remove the dome halves from the molds. Use the molds as a stand while you assemble the cocoa bombs.
  4. Into half of the domes, spoon in 3 tablespoons hot chocolate mix, mini marshmallows and any other fillings like ground cinnamon or sprinkles.
  5. With the brush, paint melted chocolate around the edge of one of the empty domes and, quickly, press it onto a filled half. Refrigerate until firm, about 15-20 minutes.
  6. Decorate with more melted chocolate, candy cane pieces, sprinkles, edible glitter or candies.
  7. Then remove from molds and place in cellophane bags or a gift box to give away or use!

hot chocolate with hot cocoa bombs

  1. First, warm some milk on the stove or in the microwave. Don’t boil it.
  2. Place the hot chocolate bomb in a mug.
  3. Then pour the hot milk over top. The chocolate shell will melt into the milk. Marshmallows and other fillings will float to the top.
  4. Stir together then sip on your creation!

Notes

Filling ideas (in addition to hot chocolate mix): mini marshmallows, crushed candy canes, sprinkles, candies, semi-sweet or white chocolate chips.

Topping ideas: Melted chocolate, mini chocolate chips, chocolate shavings, mint chips, edible glitter, crushed candy canes, chopped peppermint bark

Tips

Make sure the molds are clean and dry. Chocolate can change color or crack when it meets water.

When adding chocolate to the molds, remember it doesn't have to look pretty — ideally, no one but you will see the insides!

Wear rubber gloves to avoid making fingerprints as you decorate the bombs.

For a party, keep warm milk in a slow cooker. Let guests ladle it into their mugs with their hot chocolate bombs.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 273Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 315mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 1gSugar: 37gProtein: 11g

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