Vegan Hot Chocolate bombs are such a fun, delicious recipe! You get to enjoy creamy, rich hot chocolate, plus watching the bombs explode is so exciting! Kids love these and they are perfect for the holidays. You’ll love that these homemade hot cocoa bombs are also vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, and paleo.
Vegan Hot Chocolate Bombs Recipe
Why you will love these vegan hot chocolate bombs:
- The taste! You get rich and creamy hot chocolate that tastes just like it’s store bought.
- They’re so fun! Watching the chocolate bomb melt and explode into a delicious creamy drink never gets boring
- They’re a healthy alternative to store bought hot chocolate. Not only are these homemade hot chocolate bombs vegan, but they are also vegetarian, dairy free, gluten free, paleo, and refined sugar free
- They make a great homemade gift, are perfect for the holidays (or anytime) and kids just love them!
Key ingredients and equipment for making vegan hot chocolate bombs:
- Half-sphere, semi-sphere, or dome silicone molds – these are key for making these hot chocolate bombs – I use these ones that I ordered from Amazon
- Cocoa powder – the key to making the hot chocolate mix – you can also use cacao powder too!
- Coconut sugar – one of my favourite natural sweeteners to give this hot chocolate the perfect amount of sweetness, while keeping it refined sugar free
- Dairy free dark chocolate – I use these vegan dark chocolate bars but you could also use vegan chocolate chips
Tips for making these vegetarian hot chocolate bombs:
- Place the silicone molds in the freezer for a few minutes before putting the melted chocolate in them, to allow the chocolate to harden even faster
- When removing the hardened chocolate spheres from the molds be careful not to crack the chocolate. I find the best way to do this is to flip the molds upside down, place them on the counter and then peel the mold away from each chocolate sphere
- Store these hot chocolate bombs in the fridge once they are finished
Variations on this hot chocolate bomb recipe:
- Feel free to add other items to the hot chocolate mix including ground cinnamon, marshmallows, or sprinkles
- To make peppermint hot chocolate bombs use mint chocolate bars instead of dark chocolate bars
- Instead of cocoa powder you can use cacao powder
- Depending on how sweet you like your hot chocolate feel free to add more or less coconut sugar to the cocoa powder mix
- You can use any type of heated milk that you like when you serve these hot chocolate bombs – my favourite is coconut milk but other options include almond milk, macadamia nut milk, soy milk or oat milk
- Try using vanilla coconut sugar to give this hot chocolate a hint of vanilla flavour
- You can decorate these hot chocolate bombs however you like – drizzle them in a little more chocolate, drizzle them in melted white chocolate or sprinkle them with sprinkles or crushed candy canes
- To make these hot chocolate bombs paleo use a paleo compliant chocolate (ie. one that is dairy free and soy free like these Zazubean chocolate bars or these Hu Kitchen chocolate bars)
Frequently asked questions:
What brands of marshmallows are vegan?
Not all brands of marshmallows are vegan. You want to look for brands that don’t contain gelatin. Here is a list of vegan marshmallow brands:
- Dandies vegan marshmallows
- Yummallo vegan marshmallows
- Goodland Farms vegan marshmallows
- Sarah’s Candy Factory vegan marshmallows
- Trader Joe’s vegan and gluten free marshmallows
- Ananda Foods vegan marshmallows
What if I don’t have a sphere silicone mold?
If you don’t have a sphere silicone mold it is very difficult to make hot chocolate bombs. I have seen others recommend wrapping eggs in plastic wrap and using that as a mold, but I tried that method and could never get it to work.
Other desserts you will love:
- Vegan Eggnog
- Dairy Free Peppermint Brownies
- Vegan Christmas Crack
- Vegan Apple Pie Bars
- Vegan Turtle Bars
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Vegan Hot Chocolate Bombs
Vegan Hot Chocolate Bombs are such a fun treat! Watch them explode and then enjoy rich and creamy hot cocoa.
- 6 ounces dark chocolate (choose dairy free)
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder (or cacao powder)
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
In a microwave safe dish, microwave the chocolate in 30 second increments on high heat, until melted
Once melted, use a spoon to spoon about 1 tablespoon of melted chocolate into each silicone mold. Use the spoon to move the chocolate around so that the entire mold is filled up to each edge. Place the mold in freezer for 10 minutes to harden. Once the chocolate has hardened, carefully remove it from the molds by flipping the molds upside down and peeling the mold off of each chocolate sphere
While the chocolate hardens, make the hot cocoa powder by mixing the cocoa powder and coconut sugar in a bowl. Set this aside
Fill half the chocolate spheres with the cocoa mix plus any extras that you want (eg. marshmallows, sprinkles etc) - these will form the bottoms of the spheres
Heat a large pan over low heat and gently press the remaining empty (or top half) of the chocolate spheres down onto the skillet for 2-3 seconds so that the edges melt slightly
Press two sphere halves together (one empty one and one with the hot chocolate mix) and repeat for the remaining spheres. Place the hot chocolate bombs on a plate and refrigerate for 10 minutes
Once hardened, remove the hot chocolate bombs from fridge. Place each bomb in a mug. Heat 1 cup of coconut milk (or other milk of choice) and pour over the bomb to let it melt. Stir well to remove any clumps and enjoy!
- Store these in the fridge in an air tight container
- Decorate these hot cocoa bombs any way you like - with more dark chocolate, white chocolate or even sprinkles!
- If you are serving a crowd feel free to double or triple the recipe
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