Christmas, Food

Hot Chocolate Bombs

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Hot chocolate bombs are the bomb. Pun intended. These gorgeous spheres of hot cocoa goodness explode with marshmallows and chocolate when hot milk is poured over them. It’s satisfying to watch the chocolate melt and reveal all the deliciousness from inside the bomb. 

I’m late to the game with this fun treat. Hot chocolate bombs are so 2020. I say better late than never. I love trying new things, and I was determined to make these bombs. It was trial and error for me. I made some mistakes with my first batch, and improved my technique with my second go round.

I am not an expert on making hot chocolate bombs. I am a complete novice. If I can make them, you can make them too! The one thing you absolutely need is a silicone mold. I got mine from Amazon. There are ways to make bombs without molds, but I don’t have experience with that. I’m sharing the simple way I made them.

Hot chocolate bombs are delicious. The milk makes the cocoa extra creamy and flavorful. They make lovely homemade gifts. Who wouldn’t enjoy a ball of chocolate filled with hot cocoa and marshmallows that you made for them? Hot chocolate bombs are a fun unique treat to make and share. Make some today!

Happy Eating!

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Philippians 4:4

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Hot Chocolate Bombs

Yield: 3 hot chocolate bombs (2 ½ inch sized)

Equipment

silicone 2 ½ inch semi sphere mold

parchment paper

pastry brush 

latex gloves (optional)

saucepan

heat proof bowl

cupcake liners

rubber spatula 

measuring cups

measuring spoons 

Ingredients

6 ounces chocolate almond bark

3 tablespoons hot cocoa mix

¾ cup mini marshmallows

sprinkles, crushed candy canes, chocolate chips (for filling)

3 cups hot milk for serving

Instructions

  1. Melt the chocolate in the microwave, or use a double boiler. 
  2. Add one tablespoon of the melted chocolate to each silicone sphere. Use the back of a spoon to spread the chocolate evenly in each mold, or use a small brush to paint the chocolate in the mold. Another method is to take the silicone mold with the melted chocolate and rotate it around until each sphere is evenly coated. Then place the mold upside down on parchment to let the excess chocolate run out. 
  3. Place the chocolate filled molds in the refrigerator for 5 minutes.
  4. Repeat the process with one more layer of melted chocolate. Place in the refrigerator for an additional 5 to 10 minutes. 
  5. Carefully remove each sphere from the silicone mold.
  6. Heat a small teflon coated pan over medium heat for a couple minutes. Take the pan off the heat. Place each sphere on the surface of the warmed pan for a few seconds to smooth out the edges. This will help when you seal up your bombs.
  7. Using a measuring cup, place one chocolate sphere on top to hold it in place as you fill it. Add 1 tablespoon of hot chocolate mix in the sphere. Then add about ¼ cup of mini marshmallows. You can also add crushed candy canes, or sprinkles. Just keep the edges clear so you can seal up your bomb.
  8. To seal the hot chocolate bomb heat the small frying pan again, just enough to warm it. Place the chocolate sphere in the pan for a few seconds and then carefully place it on top of the filled sphere. Gently press down to seal the edges. Put the completed bomb on the backside of a muffin pan to let it set up. Muffin pans turned over are great holders for hot chocolate bombs.
  9. Decorate with drizzled chocolate and sprinkles.
  10. Heat 1 cup of milk just until hot, not boiling. Place one bomb in a large mug. Pour hot milk over the top of your hot chocolate bomb and watch it open up with marshmallows. Stir and enjoy!

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Storage of Hot Chocolate Bombs

Keep your bombs in an airtight container at room temperature. They last for several weeks.

Use Gloves

To keep fingerprints off your chocolate use latex gloves when handling your chocolate bombs.

Tips on Chocolate

Baking chocolate bars, and chips can be used. These will need to be tempered.

The easiest chocolate to use is compound chocolate (almond bark, chocolate candy melts). You just melt the compound chocolate in the microwave, or in a double boiler and it’s ready. No tempering. 

How to Temper Chocolate

Microwave the chocolate for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between. Do this several times. It should be mostly melted, but there will still be pieces that are unmelted. Take it out of the microwave and stir until smooth and melted. To test if your chocolate is tempered pour a small amount of chocolate on a piece of parchment and place in the refrigerator for 5 minutes. If it’s shiny and breaks in half easily, it’s tempered. If it’s soft or dull it’s not tempered. To fix this, add a bit more chocolate and stir until it’s melted, or re-heat for a few seconds in the microwave until melted and smooth.

How to Use a Double Boiler

Place a small heatproof bowl filled with chocolate over a simmering pot of water. The bowl should not touch the water, but fit over the opening of the pot. The steam will melt the chocolate beautifully. Stir as the chocolate begins to melt until smooth. 

I hope you make these fun, yummy hot chocolate bombs. 

Merry Christmas!

Food

A New Cookbook!

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I am excited to tell you about this brand-new cookbook! Simply Cooking is written by friend, and fellow author, Sharon Connell. These are tried and true recipes from over fifty years of cooking. It’s got everything from desserts to dinners. 

Simply Cooking has easy to follow directions for favorites like Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Cake and Swedish Meatballs. Yum! The cookbook is large like a workbook. Sharon even added a section on each recipe to make your own notes about changes you’ve made.

Simply Cooking is for the every day home cook like you and me. It’s user friendly, and filled with some fantastic recipes that you will absolutely want to make for your friends and family. 

As a bonus, a few of my recipes are in here as well as another author. Along with Sharon’s wonderful recipes there are cooking and household tips. There is also an index section where you can easily look up a recipe.

I love the layout of this cookbook. I love cookbooks. I cook a lot, and this one has a great format. All the cooks out there will appreciate this wonderful gem, Simply Cooking. 

You can choose the Kindle version or the paperback. I have both, and they are fantastic. For Kindle Unlimited subscribers Simply Cooking is free!

Simply Cooking would make a great gift, or add it to your collection. I love getting new cookbooks because that means new recipes to try. This is my favorite kind of cookbook since the cooking has been done in a real kitchen, with real results, over many years. These are winning recipes.

Happy Cooking!

Love you all,

Meghan 

Authors, Christmas

SEEING Christmas

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Does the holiday season feel too overwhelming or materialistic to you? Are you searching for a way to make Christmas more meaningful for you, and your children, or grandchildren? 

Come take a look at Christmas through a different set of eyes. Come see the season in a whole new light. Be inspired by noticing Jesus in places you may not have seen Him before, hiding in every detail of the most wonderful time of the year!

I am so pleased to share this lovely book with all of you. Karen Stacy wrote this poem for her family, and eventually turned it into a book. It’s beautifully illustrated by Joel Schoon-Tanis. SEEING Christmas is a wonderful story with fresh new insight on this holy season.

I won SEEING Christmas last year through a contest on Instagram. Immediately, I fell in love with this delightful story. It’s a great addition to my Christmas books, and I highly recommend you purchase a copy, or two or three, and give them away. It makes a great gift for friends, family, and churches. 

Read more about Karen Stacy here:

I originally wrote SEEING Christmas as a poem to be read to my family on Christmas morning. At that time, it seemed like everyone was saying Christmas was too materialistic, and I just didn’t see it that way. I could see Jesus in all of it, from the tree, to the gifts, to the toys, and much more. So I put together a poem to share with my adult children and grandchildren, in the hopes of inspiring a new perspective on Christmas for them. 

When I read it to them, they immediately said I needed to make it a book so the message could be shared with everyone. The process of turning my little family poem into a beautiful hardcover picture/gift book, has been a true labor of love. My hope and prayer is that it will bless and inspire everyone to see Jesus in ALL things Christmas, not just the manger.

Karen Stacy is a wife, mother, grandmother, and avid Jesus follower. She seeks and finds Him in every detail of life, and is passionate about sharing her vision with others. A lover of birds, rainbows, anything tiny, and all things home, Karen also treasures her morning run and her afternoon Starbucks. She and her husband Mark live in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where her greatest joy is time spent in their home together with their kids and grandkids, especially at Christmas. 

Purchase the hardcover book here:

https://littlebirdpressonline.com

Purchase the Kindle version here:

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