This Ghirardelli Hot Chocolate Recipe uses luxury hot chocolate bombs for a delicious, indulgent red velvet hot chocolate drink. These make a perfect holiday treat and are ideal for edible gifts too!
Over the past few years, I've been seeing various recipes for hot chocolate truffle bombs so this year I had to give it a shot. The idea behind recipes for hot chocolate bombs is that you are creating a truffle filled with hot cocoa mix and other sweet treats.
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When you drop the truffle into hot water or milk, the chocolate melts and releases the cocoa powder for a rich and decadent drink.
I decided to take a step up from the basic recipe to create luxury hot chocolate bombs with Ghirardelli chocolate and red velvet cupcakes.
This is an easy Ghirardelli hot chocolate recipe that's perfect for gift-giving too. Place a few hot chocolate bombs in a cute mug for a simple and thoughtful edible gift.
How to make hot chocolate bombs
These DIY hot chocolate bombs are surprisingly easy to make if you have the right equipment on hand! I like to make a batch of these and gift a few to friends as a single serving hot chocolate recipe.
To make these DIY hot chocolate bombs, begin by melting the Ghiradelli wafers in the microwave at 45 intervals, until melted and smooth.
Coat each chocolate mold with about 1-2 tablespoons of chocolate. Place in the fridge for 5-10 minutes to chill before carefully removing the chocolate from the mold.
Repeat until you have 8 half spheres.
To begin building the red velvet hot chocolate bomb, separate the frosting from the red velvet cupcake.
Add 1 tablespoon of the red velvet hot cocoa mix into the bottom spheres. Top with crumbles of the cupcake.
Pipe melted chocolate around the edge of the sphere and top with an empty sphere. Hold for 30 seconds while the chocolate cools and check to make sure it is sealed completely.
Drizzle chocolate over the mold and sprinkle with red velvet crumbles.
To make the Cream Cheese Cocoa Bombs, scoop a tablespoon of cream cheese into the bottom shell. Line the edge with melted chocolate and place the top shell on top. Drizzle with chocolate and red velvet crumbles.
Let both set before enjoying this hot chocolate for one recipe!
What variations of hot chocolate bombs can I make?
If red velvet isn't your preference, you can take the base of this hot chocolate bomb recipe and get creative! Change up the filling with different flavors of hot cocoa, add in mini marshmallows or spices like cinnamon or nutmeg. You can also change the chocolate from milk chocolate to dark or white chocolate too.
How should I store red velvet hot chocolate bombs?
Hot chocolate bombs should be stored at room temperature. Be careful not to place them in direct sunlight or heat as they will melt. The bombs with cream cheese should be refrigerated.
What chocolate should I use to make hot chocolate bombs?
This recipe uses Ghirardelli milk chocolate and red velvet hot cocoa. With the richness of the red velvet (check out our Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies!), I found the milk chocolate to be the best compliment. However, you can also use white or dark chocolate for a change.
I recommend Ghirardelli brand chocolate melts. Ghirardelli hot chocolate is by far my favorite of all that I've found.
Easy recipe ingredients
- 1 30-ounce bag Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate melting wafers
- 2 cups Red Velvet hot cocoa mix
- 2 red velvet cupcakes
Supplies for luxury hot chocolate bombs:
DIY hot chocolate gift idea
You will love learning how to make hot cocoa bombs with marshmallows! Not only is it a fun hot cocoa craft, but you can grab your kids or some friends and make a day of creating some of these hot cocoa gift ideas.
- You could make gold dusted hot chocolate bombs! These gold sprinkles are perfect if you want to make sparkling hot cocoa bombs.
- The red velvet cocoa bombs we have here.
- Twix hot cocoa bombs.
- Mocha hot cocoa bombs.
It's easy to make hot cocoa bombs using silicone molds, hot chocolate mix, chocolate bars or chips, and a little patience.
Add a holiday gift tag and you have a tasty, inexpensive homemade gift to give.
Start by prepping silicone molds and then tempering chocolate. Melt the chocolate, coat the molds with chocolate, and then cool the chocolate on the molds.
Check out the recipe below for the rest of the step-by-step instructions.
Hot cocoa vs hot chocolate
So, what is the difference between hot chocolate and hot cocoa anyway? While the terms hot chocolate and hot cocoa are used interchangeably, there is a difference. They are both hot drinks made of chocolate, but made differently.
Hot chocolate is made from cocoa beans. Hot cocoa is made from cocoa powder and can be made with either water or hot milk.
Both are wonderful topped with whipped cream and a few chocolate chips for a garnish. During the holidays (or for an extra touch of flavor) you might even add a couple mini candy canes.
Hot chocolate benefits
Just like hot cocoa benefits, hot chocolate has great qualities as well. Indulge in that homemade hot chocolate mix because it has tons of health benefits that might surprise you:
- reduce inflammation
- lower cholesterol
- lower blood pressure and blood sugar
- lower the risk of both heart attacks and strokes
Drink your hot cocoa!