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Cactus Hot Cocoa Bombs

Cactus Hot Cocoa Bombs

It’s time to jump on the cocoa bombs bandwagon and see what the fuss is all about. Not only are hot cocoa bombs amazing and a truly magical delight, but these Cactus Hot Cocoa Bombs are literally one of the best creations, ever.

Because when it’s cold outside and the weary is looking and feeling a little bit dreary, there’s nothing like a cup of hot cocoa and an insanely adorable Cactus Hot Cocoa Bomb that will literally cheer you right up.

And the best part? This treat is perfect for kids and adults! When it comes to enjoying a delicious and tasty hot cocoa bomb, there’s no age-limit on who can partake!  All you have to do is follow the easy recipe listed below and you’ll be enjoying every sip in no time at all.

What are hot cocoa bombs?

In a nutshell, they’re balls of molded chocolate with fun hot chocolate ingredients hidden inside. The recipes will vary and that is just one of the reasons that they’re so popular. Making chocolate molds and filling them with fun ingredients is part of the creating fun. And once that chocolate mold starts to melt, all that hot chocolate goodness will spew out into the cup, creating the best hot chocolate drink, ever. 

How long do hot cocoa bombs stay good for?

It all depends on what you fill them with. If you’re filling them with a powdered hot chocolate mix, you can easily keep them stored in an airtight container for a couple of months. But if you’re filling them with hot fudge or something crazy good like that, then you’re going to want to eat them up sooner rather than later. 

Do you put hot cocoa bombs in the fridge?

When you’re making them, there are a few steps that will require you to put them in the fridge possibly. The reason for this is that the cold air is what helps seal the seal that you’re trying to get to stick together on your mold. Putting them in the fridge is a fast way to close the cocoa bombs up fast. 

Ingredients needed to make Cactus Cocoa Bombs 

Ingredients

You will also need a silicone cactus mold, I used: https://www.joann.com/wilton-silicone-mold-desert/17259177.html 

Note: these cacti are a teeny bit too big for a “standard” coffee cup. So you might want to recommend a wide coffee mug like this one: https://www.amazon.com/Amuse-Professional-Gourmet-Extra-Coffee/dp/B07P6FWS4S

Once you gather up those ingredients, you’ll be well on your way to making the cutest Cactus Cocoa Bombs!

Instructions

  1. Place each color of the candy melts in 4 separate microwave-safe bowls and melt in the microwave per the directions on the package.
  2. Place a small dollop of pink or yellow melted candy melt into the flower portions of the cactus molds. I find this easiest to do by placing the colorful chocolate into a zipper bag and use it to place my chocolate exactly where I’d like it. Do the same with the brown chocolate in the flower pot portion of the potted cacti molds.
  3. Using the green chocolate, add a tablespoon of light green chocolate to each mold, then using the bottom of your tablespoon spoon, press the chocolate up the sides of the mold, keeping it thick but even and filling the spaces up to the other colors (no need to go over the top of them, just don’t leave any holes).
  4. Place the chocolate filled molds into the freezer for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove molds from the freezer and gently peel the silicone mold away from the chocolate cactus cups, pulling the cactus cups out of the mold. I found this very difficult to do without breaking the arms off of the cacti if I did not put pressure on each arm equally while maneuvering the silicon mold away from the chocolate, so just keep that in mind and work slowly with even pressure.
  6. Place 1 tbsp melted light green candy melt into one cactus mold and, using the bottom of your tablespoon measuring spoon, move the chocolate around into a solid single layer over the bottom of the mold. Repeat until you have as many single layer chocolate molds made as you have made of the cactus chocolate cups.
  7. Place the chocolate filled molds into the freezer for 5 minutes.
  8. Fill the chocolate cactus cups with 1 tbsp hot chocolate mix, sprinkles if desired, and 6-8 mini marshmallows.
  9. Remove the molds from the freezer and gently peel the silicone mold away from the chocolate cactus bases, pulling the bases out of the mold.
  10. Pipe a thin line of melted candy melts around the rim of each filled cactus cup.
  11. Immediately press a cactus base to the top of one of the filled cups. This will close the hot cocoa bomb.
  12. Place the hot cocoa bombs into the freezer for 5 minutes to allow them to set, then remove.
  13. Pipe a small amount of melted pink and yellow chocolate in squiggly lines over the front of each pot, adding a small dab of chocolate in the corner and placing a cactus sprinkle on top. Place the hot cocoa bombs into the freezer for 5 minutes to allow them to set, then remove.
  14. Store in an airtight container until you’re ready to use. To use the hot cocoa bombs, place them in a mug and pour 2 cups hot milk over the top. Stir until the hot cocoa bombs are completely melted and enjoy!

How do you use a hot chocolate bomb?

This is where the magic happens! Once you’ve created your chocolate bomb and it’s ready to use, all you have to do is place it in your favorite mug or cup. Then, take and pour 2 cups of hot milk over the top slowly and watch the outside layering of chocolate melt away, letting all the ingredients spill out inside your cup.

Grab a spoon, stir, and sip! That’s how simple and delicious this recipe is! 

Fun Ways To Vary Up Homemade Chocolate Bombs

Even though you HAVE to try this recipe as written, don’t forget that you can easily change up the ingredients as well. Just make certain that whatever you’re adding to the middle of your hot cocoa bombs isn’t hard or a choking hazard for being too small. 

Some examples of other items that can be added include:

  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Shredded coconut
  • Caramel ball (that will melt easily, too)

And anything else that you want! Have fun mixing and matching the ingredients to see what matches your taste buds best! 

Keep in mind that these also make great gift ideas, too. Because when you’re taking the time to make hot cocoa bombs, you might as well share the love with all your family and friends! 

Cactus Hot Cocoa Bombs

Cactus Hot Cocoa Bombs

Materials

  • Light Green Candy Melts
  • Chocolate Candy Melts
  • Pink Candy Melts
  • Yellow Candy Melts
  • 2 cups Hot Chocolate Mix
  • 2 cups Mini Marshmallows
  • Cactus Sprinkles

Tools

  • Silicone Cactus Mold
  • Note: these cacti are a teeny bit too big for a “standard” coffee cup. So you might want to recommend a wide coffee mug.

Instructions

Place each color of the candy melts in 4 separate microwave-safe bowls and melt in the microwave per the directions on the package.

Place a small dollop of pink or yellow melted candy melt into the flower portions of the cactus molds. I find this easiest to do by placing the colorful chocolate into a zipper bag and use it to place my chocolate exactly where I’d like it. Do the same with the brown chocolate in the flower pot portion of the potted cacti molds.

Using the green chocolate, add a tablespoon of light green chocolate to each mold, then using the bottom of your tablespoon spoon, press the chocolate up the sides of the mold, keeping it thick but even and filling the spaces up to the other colors (no need to go over the top of them, just don’t leave any holes).

Place the chocolate filled molds into the freezer for 5 minutes.

Remove molds from the freezer and gently peel the silicone mold away from the chocolate cactus cups, pulling the cactus cups out of the mold. I found this very difficult to do without breaking the arms off of the cacti if I did not put pressure on each arm equally while maneuvering the silicon mold away from the chocolate, so just keep that in mind and work slowly with even pressure.

Place 1 tbsp melted light green candy melt into one cactus mold and, using the bottom of your tablespoon measuring spoon, move the chocolate around into a solid single layer over the bottom of the mold. Repeat until you have as many single layer chocolate molds made as you have made of the cactus chocolate cups.

Place the chocolate filled molds into the freezer for 5 minutes.

Fill the chocolate cactus cups with 1 tbsp hot chocolate mix, sprinkles if desired, and 6-8 mini marshmallows.

Remove the molds from the freezer and gently peel the silicone mold away from the chocolate cactus bases, pulling the bases out of the mold.

Pipe a thin line of melted candy melts around the rim of each filled cactus cup.

Immediately press a cactus base to the top of one of the filled cups. This will close the hot cocoa bomb.

Place the hot cocoa bombs into the freezer for 5 minutes to allow them to set, then remove.

Pipe a small amount of melted pink and yellow chocolate in squiggly lines over the front of each pot, adding a small dab of chocolate in the corner and placing a cactus sprinkle on top. Place the hot cocoa bombs into the freezer for 5 minutes to allow them to set, then remove.

Store in an airtight container until you’re ready to use. To use the hot cocoa bombs, place them in a mug and pour 2 cups hot milk over the top. Stir until the hot cocoa bombs are completely melted and enjoy!

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