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Grinch Hot Chocolate Bombs are spheres of green chocolate topped with a red chocolate heart that are filled with hot cocoa and marshmallows that break open into your cup when hot milk is poured over top.
Hot chocolate bombs are back! I feel like since they became popular several years ago they lose momentum and then gain it back as the holidays approach.
Over the last few years I’ve done a tutorial on how to make the hot cocoa bombs and I’ve made several holiday specific hot chocolate bombs. One of my favorites are my Easter Peeps Hot Chocolate Bombs. For something a little different these English Toffee Cappuccino Bombs are fantastic.
This year I’m making a Grinch hot cocoa bomb. That’s right, I’m using a green chocolate sphere, topping it with a cute red heart, then drizzling it in white chocolate to make even the biggest grinch happy at the holidays.
- green candy melts
- red candy melts
- white chocolate chips
- hot cocoa mix
- mini marshmallows
To make the bombs you simply need to melt your green candy melts and put a light coat of it inside of a silicone mold. I use these silicone molds but any large half sphere shaped ones should work. I used these candy melts but you can use any candy melt and any shade of green that you would like.
Then I put the halves in the freezer for about 5 minutes. Just long enough so they have hardened but so that they are still easy to pop out of the molds. Then you will fill the molds and put them together.
You’ll notice that there is a small, red heart on the cocoa bombs which of course represents the Grinch. I used red candy melts to make the hearts. I piped them onto waxed paper and let them harden then “glued” them onto the cocoa bombs with more chocolate.
You can also use heart shaped candies that are red if you’d like. I found a few of these and used them on some of my hot chocolate bombs but I found that the candy melt hearts stuck to the hot cocoa bombs better.
How do you melt the candy melts?
The first method is to use a double boiler. This means you put a pot of boiling water on the stove and then put a metal pan on top of it. Make sure the metal pan does not touch the water in the pot. The chocolate melts from the steam rising up from the boiling water and it melts the candy evenly.
When using a double boiler method make sure you reduce your heat to medium low before putting in the candy so that it doesn’t burn. Stir constantly until your candy is melted.
The other method you can use is microwaving the candy melts. For this method you will put the candy in a microwave safe bowl and put it in the microwave. Heat on half power in 20 second increments. It’s important to stir after each heating until the candy is just starting to melt. Then go to 10 second increments until your candy is just melted.
It’s ok if there are a few small lumps of candy in the mixture. Just keep stirring until they melt and your candy is ready to use.
Can I add things to the middle of the hot cocoa bomb?
Sure! If you want to add some edible heart confetti or some cute shaped marshmallows go for it! It has to be small enough to fit into the sphere but you can use whatever you’d like.
How do you store the hot chocolate bombs?
After the hot chocolate bombs have hardened I package them for gifting. I put them in cellophane bags and tie them with a ribbon. Then I stack them in a gift bag or paper shopping bag and leave them in a cool place until I’m ready to use them or gift them.
How long will they last?
Hot chocolate bombs are good for about 3 months. So if you want to make them at the beginning of December and gift them during the holidays that would be just fine.
Hot chocolate bombs are a great gift to give over the holidays. You can make them ahead of time and then gift as needed.
When I package mine I like to put them in a cellophane bag and tie them with different colored ribbons. Then I like to either make a tag with instructions to tie onto the ribbon or a print instructions on a sticker and put it on the cellophane bags.
These are fun to gift with a mug or as a set for a whole family. Get creative with it! Make a Grinch holiday gift with Grinch hot cocoa bombs, the movie Grinch, and other fun green snacks.
More Hot Chocolate Recipes:
- Bailey’s Hot Chocolate
- Hot Chocolate Ornaments
- S’mores Hot Chocolate
- Hot Chocolate Fudge
- Caramel Hot Chocolate
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- 12 oz. green candy melts
- 1 c. hot chocolate mix (powdered)
- 1 c. mini marshmallows (or 1/2 c. mini dehydrated marshmallows)
- 2 oz. red candy melts
- 2 oz. white candy melts
- silicone sphere mold
- Melt your green candy melts either in a double boiler on the stove or by heating in a microwave safe bowl in the microwave on half power in 30 second intervals, stirring after each heating.
- Once the candy is melted pour a tablespoon into each half sphere mold
and use a thick paintbrush or small spoon to "paint" the sides and
bottom of the mold. You want the candy to be thick enough to coat the
inside of the mold but not so thick that you can't get it out of the
- Once all of the molds are covered put the mold in the freezer for 5 minutes or until candy has hardened.
- Remove from freezer and let sit for one minute.
- Carefully remove the green candy spheres from the molds and place them on a sheet pan or a cutting board.
- Repeat until you have 24 half spheres.
- Place an empty sheet pan in an oven heated to 350 degrees for 2-3 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the oven and quickly place the open side of one of the
spheres on the pan and turn until the edge is flat. This should take seconds. Return the sphere to the cutting board and repeat with 11 others. Return the pan to the
- Fill the 12 spheres you just heated with 1 tablespoon of hot cocoa mix and as many mini marshmallows as fills the sphere.
- Remove the pan from the oven again. Take the remaining spheres, one at a time, and heat the edges on the pan. Quickly top one of the filled spheres with a sphere that you just heated to help seal the two pieces together. Repeat with remaining spheres.
- As an added precaution to make sure the bombs don't spill you can use
the remaining candy melts and put a very thin line of candy around the seam to seal it shut.
- Allow the chocolate bombs to harden for 10-15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, heat the red candy melts in the microwave in 20 second intervals, stirring after each heating.
- Place the red candy melts in a zip top baggie and snip off the end.
- Pipe small red hearts onto a piece of wax paper or parchment paper. Place the paper in the freezer for 5 minutes or until the hearts have hardened. Remove from freezer.
- Heat the white candy melts in the microwave in 20 second intervals, stirring after each heating, until completely melted.
- Place the white candy melts in a zip top baggie.
- Drizzle white chocolate over each candy bomb. Quickly place a dot of white candy on each red candy heart and place one on each chocolate bomb.
- Wait 15 minutes for chocolate to harden then package in plastic baggies or place in an air tight container until ready to use.
- To make the hot chocolate place a hot chocolate bomb in a large mug.
Heat 1 to 1 ½ cups of milk until simmering. Pour the hot milk over top
of the cocoa bomb and stir until the bomb breaks open and the mixture
is well combined.
A Hezzi-D Original recipe