Move over, fudge, there's a new favorite goodie in town.
Behold, the cocoa bomb, a crafty way to give the gift of hot chocolate. You can't swing a cat without hitting a video about these gorgeous little things. They're all over TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube as THE recipe to try for the holidays.
Though candy shops and Etsy vendors are going nuts selling them, cocoa bombs are surprisingly easy to make. All you need is a silicone spherical mold, some chocolate, dry ingredients for cocoa, and a bit of artistic flair.
Start by melting your choice of chocolate (white, dark, or milk) and brushing it onto the spherical mold. It may take a little trial and error to get the correct thickness. Once they cool completely, carefully un-mold your half-spheres and fill one with your cocoa ingredients. Stick the two halves together by partially melting one on a hot pan before joining them, then decorate with more chocolate, sprinkles, or crushed candy. That's it!
Here's a full recipe from Simply Real Moms, complete with six variations. Once you have the basic process under your belt, you can easily start cranking out your own stocking stuffers. You can even customize them to be vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free ... the possibilities are endless!
Whatever you do, don't include any liquids in your filling. The key to getting an impressive pour is to have the outer shell thin enough that the hot milk will melt it. That means anything you put on the inside needs to be completely dry so it doesn't degrade the chocolate.
What do you think of the cocoa bomb trend? Are you up for a little DIY this holiday season, or do you prefer to buy your treats? Let us know in the comments!