Hot Cocoa Bombs for Coffee: an Explosion of Flavor in Your Cup
Let's all just agree, coffee and chocolate are one of the most perfect pairings ever. Caffeine, cocoa, and sweet sugary goodness combine for a creamy and decadent way to perk up your afternoon!
Whether you have been looking for a great holiday coffee idea, need an impressive recipe to show your friends, or simply want a tasty way to warm up when the weather outside is frightful, these chocolate coffee bombs are ideal for the holidays or any other time of year.
Below, we will drop the best chocolate coffee bomb recipe and offer some coffee tips as well. That way, you can make a "splash" with these creamy cocoa coffee bombs in more than one way!
About These Awesome Chocolate Coffee Bombs
Whether you have been looking for a great holiday coffee treat idea, need an impressive recipe to show your friends, or simply want a tasty way to warm up when ‘the weather outside is frightful,’ these chocolate coffee bombs are a perfect choice! They’re ideal for the holidays or any other time of year and can be used for making hot cocoa, too. Just substitute your coffee for steamed milk and drop in a DIY coffee bomb for an indulgent beverage!
Equipment Needed To Make Coffee Bomb Recipe
Okay so first let's go over what equipment you will need to make chocolate coffee bombs at home. Primarily, you will need the tools to shape these little chocolate balls into perfection. If you don't have a spherical silicone mold, you can use things like egg cartons, shot glasses, ice cube trays, and even cookie molds.
However, half-sphere silicone molds are easiest, because they make it easy to ‘pop’ out the chocolate shells. If you are going to try to make these coffee bombs with an alternative mold, just be sure to spray it down first with something like olive oil or coconut oil. That way, you can get your chocolate shells out without destroying them.
- Microwave-Safe Bowl or Saucepan – You will need a way to melt your chocolate, so a microwave-safe bowl or saucepan will be needed.
- Stove or Microwave – A warm stovetop or microwave will help you melt the chocolate.
- Rubber Spatula – Your spatula will help you stir the melting chocolate and scrape it out so nothing gets wasted.
- Half-Sphere Silicone Mold or Other Similar Mold for Chocolate Shells – A half-sphere silicone mold or easy-to-use tray will be needed to make the delicate chocolate shells.
- Refrigerator/Freezer – The chocolate shells must be cooled to harden properly.
- Microwave-Safe Plate – You have to heat the plate up so you can melt the rims of the chocolate shells, then stick them together.
- Soft Brush – A pastry brush is best, as it will help you brush the chocolate inside of each mold.
Ingredients Needed for Coffee Bomb Recipe
- Chocolate – You will need 24 oz of your favorite chocolate. Dark chocolate is the easiest option. However, you can also use milk chocolate or white chocolate. Just remember, milk chocolate and white chocolate tend to harden more slowly and can be more difficult to work with. If using milk chocolate or white chocolate for this recipe, be sure to brush it on twice as thick when you make your shell mold.
- Caramel Sauce – You will be filling the chocolate bombs with caramel sauce. A regular 12 oz bottle should do! This kind is particularly delicious.
- Peppermints, Hershey’s Kisses, Marshmallows, or Caramel Candies – To add a little something extra, you can use crushed caramel or mint candies, Hershey’s Kisses, or mini marshmallows.
- Milk Chocolate, White Chocolate, or Butterscotch Chips – About a cup will do if you want that extra chocolate touch.
- (Optional) Holiday Bling - You can also add sprinkles, edible gold flakes, or a drizzle of another kind of chocolate to your coffee bombs to make them special!
Coffee Bomb Recipe Instructions (and Helpful Tips!)
For some people, the thought of making coffee bombs at home is too much. Isn’t the process daunting and complex? Well, not really. In fact, once you hone in on the best technique for your style, you will feel like a pro! These coffee bombs can make a great gift, and beautifully accentuate coffee gift baskets as well! Here are the instructions for dark chocolate coffee bombs with chocolate chips, crushed caramel hard candies, and marshmallows. At the bottom are a few recipe variations and tips as well.
Step 1: Spray Your Molds
Lightly spray your half-sphere molds with a nonstick spray. Unless that is, they are already coated with a non-stick material.
Step 2: Melt Your Chocolate
First off, you're going to need to melt your dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is the easiest kind of chocolate to use for a coffee bomb’s shell because it firms up easily in the mold, meaning less frustration overall. However, all kinds of chocolate can be used.
Most people prefer to melt their chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. To do this, first, chop up your chocolate into little pieces. Then, microwave it for about 25 seconds at a time. Stir the chocolate with a spatula every 25 seconds and keep an eye on it until it's melted to a smooth consistency.
If you decide to melt your chocolate on the stove, first spray your saucepan with a little bit of non-stick coconut oil or olive oil. Then, continuously stir the chocolate as it melts and remove it from the heat when it’s smooth. Don’t overdo it, as chocolate can burn if it gets too hot.
- Dark chocolate can be heated to 120 degrees Fahrenheit
- Milk chocolate and white chocolate only need to reach 110 degrees Fahrenheit
Step 3: Create the Coffee Bomb Shells
Using your pastry brush, coat the interiors of the half-sphere-shaped molds with a thin layer of melted chocolate. Work from side to side and do one thin coating at a time. Then, start back at the beginning and do a second coat. It’s like painting a wall!
By the time you have worked your way back to the first mold pocket, the chocolate should have started to harden a little bit. So, you can brush on another coat. You will continue this process until each half-sphere is well coated.
Then, just pop your molds in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes. If you put the molds in the freezer, it only takes about 5 minutes for the shells to harden.
Step 4: Carefully Remove the Shells
Very carefully slide each hard chocolate shell from the mold. You can use your finger to gently spin each shell to loosen it up. If you break a couple of shells, don't stress. You can always remelt the chocolate and do it again!
Step 5: Fill the Shells
Now for the fun part! Fill half of the shells with the goodies of your choice. If you have chosen to integrate hard candies, crush them up first. You can fill each half shell all of the way up to the top. The other half of the empty shells will be used as the top of your coffee bombs.
Step 6: Seal the Deal
Now, take a microwave-safe plate and warm it up. You can also use a warm pan or skillet for this part of the recipe. Gently pick up an empty half-sphere, and place it rim-side down on the hot plate or skillet for just a few seconds. About 1 to 4 seconds should do the trick. Once it is melted around the rim, gently put it on top of a half-filled sphere to form a whole coffee bomb. Repeat until you have put ‘lids’ on all of your filled coffee bomb halves.
Step 7: Add Pizazz
This last part is up to your discretion; decorate your coffee bombs as you see fit! You can take some of your leftover chocolate and melt it again, then, drizzle it over your chocolate coffee bombs for a fancy touch. Just be sure to not accidentally melt the shells if you decide to add a drizzle.
To make sure not to melt your coffee bombs, place them in the freezer for about 5 minutes before decorating them with warm chocolate. You can also add edible gold flakes, sprinkles, or anything else to make your coffee bomb special! Then, they’re ready to serve. To use coffee bombs, gently plunk them into hot coffee and watch the magic happen!
Storage and Serving Suggestions
You can store your chocolate coffee bombs by simply placing them on cupcake wrappers. You can also keep them in a repurposed box of chocolates so that they are individually separated for a fancier touch. These coffee bombs keep about as long as regular chocolate candies do.
To serve, just drop a coffee bomb in a hot cup of fresh java! We suggest adding a little cream to your coffee too so that the chocolate integrates well. Milk of half and half in coffee with a chocolate coffee bomb creates a drink similar to a mocha latte!
Pro Tips for Making DIY Coffee Bombs
- When you coat each half-sphere-shaped chocolate mold, be sure to get it to the right level of thickness. If your chocolate is too thin, it will be very difficult to work with and could break before you’re ready. If it is too thick, the coffee will take a long time to melt through. You want each shell to be as thick as at least 4 sheets of construction paper but not as thick as corrugated cardboard.
- Wear latex gloves when you're spilling your coffee bombs so that your hands won't get covered with chocolate. After all, you don't want to leave fingerprints everywhere. You can wear plastic gloves if you're allergic to latex. This tip also prevents you from accidentally melting the chocolate as you touch it. After all, people's hands tend to be warm!
- Don't bring your chocolate. If you melt your chocolate for too long, it will start to get grainy and gritty. This makes it taste bad and can prevent a shell from forming or hardening.
- Be patient and wait till your chocolate is completely hard before trying to remove it from the mold. Remember, practice makes perfect!
- Make small coffee bomb batches. Then, work with each coffee bomb in the batch as needed. Try not to fill and seal more than two bombs at a time. That way, they stay cool and are easy to work with. Let the other coffee bombs rest in the fridge until you are ready to fill them and seal them shut.
Coffee Bomb Recipe Variations to Consider
There are tons of amazing chocolate coffee bomb recipes to consider. Here are some inspiring options to think about!
Salted Caramel Coffee Bombs Drizzled with White Chocolate
If you love caramel, you might want to consider filling your coffee bombs with caramel sauce, butterscotch chips, crushed caramel candy, and other tasty caramel surprises. Then, you can melt butterscotch chips or white chocolate chips and drizzle them over frozen chocolate coffee bombs for the finishing touch. A little sea salt could be added as well to make salted caramel chocolate coffee bombs!
Creamy Chocolate Cocoa Bombs
If you want to skip the step of adding cream to your coffee, why not fill your chocolate coffee bombs with white chocolate chips and about a teaspoon of coffee creamer? You can also add in some Ovaltine for a tasty way to start your day.
Healthier Alternative Coffee Bombs
Dark chocolate can have some impressive health benefits. So, if you want to make a healthier version of a coffee bomb, consider using dark chocolate. Then, you can fill the coffee bomb with a sprinkle of nutmeg, cinnamon, and perhaps a little stevia powder. You can also use sugar-free ingredients inside of a coffee bomb!
Flavored Chocolate Coffee Bombs
There are many creative ways to enhance your chocolate coffee bombs with flavored syrups. Chocolate syrup, hazelnut syrup, and vanilla syrup are all enticing options to consider. Just be sure that your chocolate shells are thick enough if adding syrups with a liquid consistency. Consider mixing in chocolate powder or powdered milk to thicken up any liquid flavorings you add. That way, your chocolate shells won't melt before they hit your coffee.
Loaded Chocolate Coffee Bombs
Finally, you may want to consider adding flavored liquor to your chocolate coffee bombs. To do this, soak marshmallows in your favorite liquor. Thick syrupy liquors work better than thinner ones. Then, in each half shell, sprinkle an ample amount of cocoa powder or dehydrated milk. This will keep the liqueur from melting through the chocolate shell too soon. Here’s a full guide on how to load up your DIY boozy coffee/cocoa bombs.
Home-Made Coffee Bombs: Final Thoughts
So there you have it, these coffee creations are, quite literally, 'da bomb!' Remember to always serve them melted into the best coffee. We sell plenty of it right here! For an extra special touch, why not consider adding chocolate coffee bombs to pre-flavored coffee? This really allows you to enjoy an explosion of delicious nuances and tasty flavor notes in every sip!