Whether you’re looking for a homemade holiday gift idea or simply a warming winter treat, these hot chocolate bombs with marshmallows are a delight for dog lovers. Keep reading to discover how to make cocoa bombs with Corgi shaped marshmallows, how to temper and melt chocolate, the best molds for making hot chocolate filled drink balls, a step-by-step photo tutorial of the process, and a video of the unveiling of these sweet Corgi marshmallows from their chocolate filled shell!
Hot Cocoa Bombs with Marshmallows
Winter is here and what better way to enjoy those snowy winter days than with a warm cup of hot chocolate? I absolutely love homemade hot chocolate with real chocolate and milk. And, of course, marshmallows are a must as well! As I’m a big dog lover (miniature dachshund owner here!) I wanted to make my own DIY hot cocoa bombs with marshmallows, but in a unique way. After finding these super cute Corgi marshmallows online, I knew I had to include them in my own hot chocolate bombs with marshmallows recipe. It’s such a nice surprise to discover these puppy shaped marshmallows inside these hot chocolate bombs when they melt into a warm, delicious cup of hot chocolate.
Kids and adults alike will delight over these DIY hot cocoa bombs. Enjoy them as a special treat throughout winter. Or make them to give as homemade holiday gifts to your favorite dog lovers. This is the must make homemade Christmas food gift this year! Keep reading to discover how to make hot chocolate bombs with marshmallows shaped like Corgi puppies.
How to Make Hot Chocolate Bombs with Marshmallows
Making hot chocolate bombs requires a little bit of work. But it’s worth the effort. Especially when Corgi marshmallows appear in your mug of hot chocolate once the hot cocoa bombs have melted on the outside.
Following are detailed instructions and photographs on how to make hot chocolate bombs with Corgi marshmallows. I’ve included information on how to temper chocolate (you can skip this step is your chocolate is already tempered,) ways to melt chocolate and the types of molds you can use to make hot chocolate bombs. I’ve also listed the additional tools and ingredients you’ll need to make these unique DIY hot cocoa bombs.
Tips & Tricks on Working with Chocolate
Do You Need to Temper the Chocolate to Make Hot Chocolate Bombs?
The first question you need to ask before making hot chocolate bombs, is whether or not you need to temper your chocolate. If the chocolate you plan to use to make hot chocolate bombs has already been tempered, then the answer is no. However, if it has not been tempered, then you should temper the chocolate before making your hot cocoa bombs.
It is important to temper the chocolate prior to making hot chocolate bombs so that the chocolate holds its shape. Untempered chocolate tends is too soft to hold the form needed to make round hot cocoa bombs.
How Do I Tell If My Chocolate Is Tempered?
If your chocolate is soft or doesn’t have a shine when solid, then it’s likely untempered. Untempered chocolate will also melt at room temperature and will bend rather than break under pressure.
How Do You Temper Chocolate?
To temper dark chocolate, you will need a candy thermometer as well as a double boiler. You’ll also want to ensure all your work surfaces are completely dry to prevent the chocolate seizing up,
In order to temper the chocolate, first chop or grate the amount of dark chocolate you plan to use. Place two-thirds of the chocolate inside a double boiler. Heat the chocolate over hot but not boiling water, while stirring continuously. Make sure to avoid heating chocolate above 130°F.
Once the chocolate reaches 110°F to 115°F and has melted, remove from heat. Allow the chocolate to cool to 95°F to 100°F.
Now add the remaining chocolate to the top pan of double boiler and stir until melted. Your tempered chocolate can now be used to make hot chocolate bombs with marshmallows tucked inside.
What is the Best Chocolate for Making Hot Chocolate Bombs?
I don’t recommend using chocolate chips to make hot chocolate bombs as they don’t contain enough cocoa butter to temper. Therefore I recommend using either melting chocolate or high quality dark chocolate such as Ghirardelli. While traditional melting chocolate such as Wilton does not need to be tempered, it does tend to have less flavor than fine chocolates. Therefore in lieu of melting chocolate you can use your favorite high quality chocolate bars. You would just need to temper them first, assuming they aren’t already tempered. Alternately, Ghirardelli melting wafers also offer a rich and flavorful alternative more suited for hot chocolate.
How Do You Melt Chocolate?
There are a number of methods you can employ to melt chocolate for hot cocoa bombs and other candies and treats. You can use either a double boiler, a chocolate melting pot or a microwave to melt chocolate. While direct heat is another alternative for melting chocolate, it is not one I recommend for this project. Direct heat typically calls for melting coconut oil or butter into the chocolate as it’s melted, and therefore makes it pour choice for dipping or molding chocolate.
To melt chocolate in a double boiler, first heat the water in the double boiler. It should hot, but not boiling. Then break up the chocolate into small pieces. (You can skip this step if you are using chocolate melting wafers.) Now place the chocolate into the top pan of the double boiler. Stir the chocolate occasionally, until smooth and melted.
If you’d like to use a microwave to melt chocolate, you will need to use a microwave safe container such as a heatproof glass bowl. Place the chocolate into the container, then heat at 50% power in 30-second intervals. Watch the chocolate carefully, as you don’t want it to overheat or scorch. Remove the chocolate from the microwave after each heating session and stir. (I recommend using a folded tea towel or similar to remove the bowl of chocolate as it can get hot.) When there are only a few lumps of chocolate that remain unmelted, discontinue further heating and stir the chocolate until it melts fully.
To use a chocolate melting pot to melt chocolate, simply follow the instructions that come with the device.
What Molds Do You Need for Hot Cocoa Bombs?
Being the soapmaker that I am, I actually used bath bombs molds to make my hot chocolate bombs with Corgi marshmallows. If money is tight, this is a great way to avoid having to purchase an additional mold. (Just be sure to sterilize them first.) However, there are a several molds you can use to make DIY hot cocoa bombs.
I like using metal bath bombs molds for this project. The metal allows the chocolate to easily slide out of the mold when frozen, and the larger molds are big enough to accommodate the Corgi marshmallows. It also gives the chocolate a nice shine and the chocolate hardens faster than using a silicone mold. I simply use a cupcake tin to hold the molds in place. In addition, I also like that I slide a 6-cup muffin tin into my narrow freezer. Therefore, it’s important to take into account the width of your freezer (and how much space you actually have in it) when choose your mold.
Likewise you can also use half round silicone baking or candy making molds to make these marshmallow filled delights. You just need to be sure that diameter of the mold is large enough for the marshmallows to fit inside. This large 2.5″ diameter round silicone mold is perfect for making large hot cocoa bombs. However, you can also use a silicone cake pop mold. (Just be sure to use the side without the holes.) Once frozen, you simply turn the chocolate out of this type of mold.
Finally, you can also use a round acrylic tray mold to make your hot chocolate bombs. This type of mold yields a shinier chocolate and is faster than using a silicone mold, much like the metal bath bomb molds. However it can be a bit harder to remove the chocolate from the mold as you have to bang it out of the mold, and it does require more chocolate for a thicker shell and a slightly different process. Therefore, I would opt for one of the previous alternatives over an acrylic mold to prevent any undue frustration if you’re new to working with chocolate and its related tools.
Tips on How to Make Hot Chocolate Bombs
- I recommend you wear gloves to make your hot chocolate bombs. This will prevent fingerprints from transferring and showing up on your finished product. If you make soap, it’s likely you already have these on hand. Otherwise, powder free gloves are relatively easy to source online.
- If you choose to use a flexible silicone mold for this project, I recommend placing the mold onto a cutting board or other hard surface before you begin working. Just like when you make soap, this allows you to easily transport the mold (in this case to the freezer) without disrupting your work.
- Make sure all of your tools and work surfaces are dry before starting and throughout the process. Chocolate can be finicky when melted, and even a single drop of water can cause the chocolate to seize.
- Make sure the inside edges of the chocolate bombs are completely covered and not too thin. If this part is thin, the shell might break as you attempt to assemble your hot cocoa bomb and add the marshmallows.
Types of Marshmallows for Making Hot Cocoa Bombs
As you can imagine, you can use any and all types of marshmallow to make your DIY hot cocoa bombs. While I used Corgi marshmallows for this project, you can also use regular, jumbo or even miniature marshmallows. Or, keeping with the theme of a fun marshmallow surprise, you can also use any of these fun marshmallow shapes.
- Homemade Snowman Marshmallows (You can also make these)
- Christmas Tree Marshmallows
- Holiday Themed Marshmallows
- Heart Shaped Marshmallows
- Christmas Candy Marshmallows
- Snowflake Marshmallows
- Sugar Free Swedish Pig Marshmallows
Corgi Hot Chocolate Bombs with Marshmallows
Following is my recipe and tutorial on how to make hot cocoa bombs with Corgi marshmallows inside. This hot chocolate bombs recipe makes six cocoa filled treats to enjoy throughout the winter holiday season.
Ingredients for Hot Chocolate Bombs
- Dark melting chocolate: You’ll use dark melting chocolate or chocolate flavored candy melts to make the outer shell. The two halves are filled with hot chocolate mix then sealed together to create a treat-filled ball. The leftover chocolate is then used to decorate the outside of the balls.
- Hot cocoa mix: You can either use store bought or homemade hot cocoa mix for this recipe.
- Corgi marshmallows: Rather than using traditional marshmallows, I used ones shaped like little dog faces for a fun surprise when you add these to hot milk or water.
- Chocolate jimmies or sprinkles: Candy sprinkles are added as decorations for your hot cocoa bombs with marshmallows. As the melted chocolate and sprinkles go around the middle of this treat, they help to hide where the two shells are sealed together.
Kitchen Tools And Equipment
In order to complete this adorable winter treat, you will need the following kitchen tools and equipment:
- Powder free gloves: While optional, it is recommended that you wear gloves if you do not want to leave fingerprints on your cocoa filled chocolate balls.
- Half round bath bomb molds or round silicone mold: A mold is necessary to create the chocolate shells that are filled and then attached together. You may use whatever mold works best for you. If you’d like to use a silicone mold, you can find directions for making a hot cocoa bomb recipe with a silicone mold here.
- Cupcake tin or cutting board: I recommend that you use either one of the other to make transferring your materials to and from the freeze quick and easy.
- Metal measuring spoons and cups to measure out the ingredients called for in the recipe.
- A piping bag with tip is used to pipe or drizzle the melted chocolate around the spheres and on top of the hot chocolate filled balls as a decorative element. Alternately, you may also use a Ziploc bag and snip off the corner.
- Microwave safe glass bowl or double boiler to melt the dark chocolate or candy wafers.
- A small bowl is used to hold the sprinkles. This makes it easy to dip the balls into and add the jimmies to the melted chocolate you use for decorations.
- A utensil will be used for stirring the chocolate as it melts. You can use use a spoon, fork or spatula as desired.
Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix
If you’d like to fill these marshmallow filled cocoa bombs with homemade hot cocoa mix, then you can try my easy 3-ingredient recipe:
- 1/2 cup milk powder
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup sugar
Combine everything in a small mixing bowl and store in an airtight jar. The recipe makes 1 cup hot chocolate mix, and you’ll need 6 tablespoons for this hot cocoa bombs recipe.
Directions for Making Hot Chocolate Bombs with Marshmallows
Once you have all the tools and ingredients you need to make your hot chocolate bombs with Corgi marshmallows, you’re ready to begin.
Prep and Melt the Chocolate
1. Ensuring your tools and work surfaces are dry, place the chocolate into a microwave safe bowl. Then melt the chocolate in the microwave per the directions on the package.
TIP: If no directions are available on how to melt chocolate, you can refer to my instructions on how to melt chocolate in the microwave above.
Make Chocolate Spheres
2. Once the chocolate has melted, place one Tablespoon melted chocolate into one half of a bomb mold. Then, using the bottom of the tablespoon measuring spoon, press the chocolate up the sides of the mold, keeping it thick but even.
3. Repeat this process with a total of twelve bomb mold halves.
4. Set each mold into a cupcake or muffin tin. Then place the chocolate filled bomb molds into the freezer for five minutes.
5. Once the chocolate has hardened, remove the molds from the freezer. Then gently tap the sides of the mold, pressing on one side of the chocolate to make the chocolate slide out of the mold.
Assemble the Chocolate Bombs
6. Once you have the chocolate shells made, fill six of the chocolate molds you made each with two Tablespoons hot chocolate mix.
7. Now remove the puppy head from the base of six Corgi marshmallows. (You can discard the base of the marshmallow, if desired, or save it for another project as it will not fit inside the hot cocoa bombs.) Add one Corgi marshmallow head to each of the six chocolate shells you filled with hot cocoa mix.
8. Next, heat a plate or a flat-bottom bowl in the microwave until the surface of the plate is warm to the touch.
9. Press one of the empty chocolate bomb halves open-side-down onto the flat portion of the warm plate for about 10 seconds. This will gently melt the rim of the chocolate cup.
10. Immediately press this warmed edge chocolate cup onto the top of one of the chocolate cups you filled with hot cocoa mix and a marshmallow. This will join the two halves of the hot chocolate bomb together. If desired, you may add more of the chocolate melts to help shore-up that joint.
11. Fill a piping bag with the remaining melted chocolate. Then pipe the warm chocolate over the joint line of the assembled hot cocoa bombs.
12. Immediately dip the melted chocolate into the chocolate jimmies or sprinkles.
13. Now pipe a dollop of chocolate onto the top of the hot cocoa bomb. Dip the top with the melted chocolate into the sprinkles.
14. Next, return the hot chocolate bombs to the freezer for fives minutes in order to allow them to set. Finally, remove the hot cocoa bombs from the freezer and store in an airtight container.
You’re hot chocolate bombs are now ready to gift as homemade holiday gifts or to enjoy as a warm winter treat!
How to Use Hot Chocolate Bombs
To use the hot chocolate bombs, place one bomb into a mug. Now pour two cups of hot milk over the top of the hot cocoa bomb. Stir until the bomb has melted completely, then enjoy!
Hot chocolate bombs with marshmallows keep well for several weeks. Store them in an airtight container at room temperature away from direct sunlight and heat sources.
- 2 cups dark melting chocolate
- 2 cups hot cocoa mix
- 6 Corgi marshmallows
- Chocolate jimmies or sprinkles
- Chop the chocolate into chunks and place into a microwave safe bowl.
- Heat the chocolate at 50% power in 30-second intervals, stirring after each heating. session and stir. When there are only a few lumps of chocolate that remain unmelted, discontinue further heating and stir the chocolate until it melts fully.
- Place 1 Tablespoon of the melted chocolate into one half of a bomb mold. Using the bottom of your tablespoon measuring spoon, press the chocolate up the sides of the mold, keeping it thick but even. Repeat with 12 bomb mold halves.
- Place the chocolate filled bomb molds in a muffin tin then put into the freezer for 5 minutes.
- Remove molds from the freezer and gently tap the sides of the mold, pressing on one side of the chocolate to make the chocolate slide out of the mold.
- Remove the Corgi heads from the the base of six of the marshmallows.
- Fill 6 of the molds with 2 Tablespoons hot chocolate mix and 1 Corgi marshmallow head.
- Heat a plate or a flat-bottom bowl in the microwave until the surface of the plate is warm to the touch.
- Press one of the empty chocolate bomb halves open-side-down onto the flat portion of the warm plate for about 10 seconds. This will gently melt the rim of the chocolate cup.
- Immediately press this warmed edge chocolate cup to the top of one of the filled cups to join the two halves of the hot chocolate bomb. If needed, add more of the chocolate melts to help shore-up the joint.
- Use a piping bag pipe to pipe the remaining melted chocolate over the join line of the assembled hot cocoa bombs as well as a dollop on the top. Then immediately dip the melted chocolate bits into a bowl of chocolate jimmies.
- Place the assembled hot chocolate bombs with marshmallows into the freezer for 5 minutes to set. Then remove the hot cocoa bombs and store in an airtight container until you’re ready to use.
To use the hot chocolate bombs with marshmallows, place one bomb into a mug. Now pour two cups of hot milk over the top of the hot cocoa bomb. Stir until the bomb has melted completely, then enjoy!
Serving Size:1 hot cocoa bomb
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 310Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 268mgCarbohydrates: 55gFiber: 2gSugar: 44gProtein: 5g
Homemade Holiday Food Gifts
If you love my recipe for hot chocolate bombs with marshmallows, then you may also like these other homemade holiday food gift ideas.
- White Chocolate Covered Pretzels for Mason Jar Food Gifts
- No Bake Bourbon Balls Recipe with Woodford Reserve
- Instant Vanilla Chai Tea Mix for Mason Jar Food Gifts
- Peppermint Hot Cocoa Bombs for Easy Winter Treats
- Organic Chai Tea Mix Recipe for Homemade Food Gifts
- Hot Chocolate Sticks Recipe (An Easy Alternative to Hot Cocoa Bombs)
- Mini Hot Chocolate Bombs for Holiday Stocking Stuffers