Move over, powdered cocoa mixes — hot chocolate bombs are the newest trending edible gift, and we help you find them in the Champaign-Urbana area
Maybe you or your children have heard that hot chocolate bombs are all the rage, or you’ve found yourself trying to DIY this delicious confection. They have gained momentum and popularity via TikTok and other social media outlets, and we have already received questions about where to find such treats in Champaign-Urbana.
Whatever has inspired your search, we are here to help you find these cocoa-filled balls of goodness.
What are hot chocolate bombs?
Hot chocolate bombs — or hot cocoa bombs — are cute little hollowed-out balls of chocolate filled with yumminess that when mixed with hot milk, become a decadent, warm, cozy cup of cocoa. When you pour hot milk into the mug, the chocolate melts and magically releases the marshmallows and cocoa hiding inside, in just a matter of seconds. (See the video below.)
We saw one genius description on USA TODAY: “Basically, it’s a bath bomb you can eat.”
Hot chocolate bombs have also proven that good things do indeed happen in 2020.
Where to find hot chocolate bombs for sale in Champaign, Urbana, Paxton, Bloomington, Mattoon, Gifford, and more
As with many other food trends, no one quite knows where this one got started. But it’s been around for enough time that the giants have caught on, and mass-produced versions of this treat can be found at big box stores.
We’re more interested in where to buy these from local vendors, and that’s who we have listed here. Many of them offer special flavors, and of course some are holiday-themed.
Hot chocolate bombs have become a popular DIY project, and we do have directions below for how to make them. But thankfully, there are plenty of local vendors who are selling hot chocolate bombs.
These would make a great treat for anyone on your gift list this holiday season — or a special treat for anyone in your own household.
Seven Hill Sweets, Champaign: Seven Hill Sweets is accepting preorders for hot cocoa bombs for the month of December. They have nine specialty flavors (cinnamon roll and s’mores to name a few) along with hot chocolate pops and gift sets. They are located in Champaign at Refinery for curbside pickup but also offer delivery options for Champaign-Urbana AND the Mattoon-Charleston area. Place your orders here.
Sugga Shaii’s Sweets, Urbana: You can find Sugga Shaii’s Sweets at the indoor farmers’ market on Saturday mornings at Lincoln Square Mall, or you can order from her website. Sugga Shaii’s Sweets offers a variety of hot cocoa bombs such as milk chocolate, white chocolate, dark chocolate, peppermint, strawberry unicorn, Oreo, banana pudding, and peanut butter cup.
Christmas themed bombs will be available November 28 (preorders accepted beginning November 23). Want something special or custom? She can do that too. Order online.
Mom & Pop’s Kettle Korn Stop in Paxton: This cute store in downtown Paxton is now selling hot chocolate bombs in addition to its speciality popcorn specialities. Gifts for anyone on your list. Limited hours, and closed on Sundays. Learn more here or via Facebook.
Teystie Treats: Teystie Treats, an Urbana home-based business, makes its hot chocolate bombs with fair trade organic dark chocolate for a rich and extra decadent experience. Tey’s quality homemade treats are available with contact-less delivery to your doorstep. Support this kid entrepreneur! Message to order.
E_Sweet_Slice: Find this business on Facebook to order hot chocolate bombs; takes orders in bulk and during certain timeframes. Choose white or dark chocolate filled with hot cocoa and marshmallows. Add-ins… peppermint candies, rainbow sprinkles, or caramel.
Mama B’s: Order by December 6 for Christmas fulfillment. Mama B’s features small (12 oz cup) and large (20-22 oz cup) hot chocolate bombs. Pickup is every Thursday in Urbana from 12:00-5:00 p.m. as inventory allows.
There are regular (chocolate ball with white chocolate drizzle), choice of colored sprinkles, fall and Christmas themed, and when available, lucky charms or pumpkin spiced cappuccino bombs. These are available in chocolate or white chocolate. Mama B’s cocoa bombs and treats can also be purchased at Main Street Boutique in Gifford.
Industrial Donut, Savoy: Hot cocoa bombs are coming to Industrial Donut on Black Friday (Nov. 27, 7 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., or while supplies last). A woman-owned small business in Bloomington, Compassionate Crumbs will be in store with lots of fun varieties of cocoa bombs for purchase or for pickup of preordered sales.
Are you looking to make your own DIY hot cocoa bombs? We can’t guarantee that they will look as beautiful and polished as the professionals, but you can enjoy a fun bonding experience with your family.
Here’s what you need for the ingredients. Of course, once you get the hang of it, you can experiment with different flavors. These are just the basics.
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- Obtain two silicone circular or spherical molds.*
- Melt your baking chocolate and spread the chocolate so that it covers the mold with a thin coating of chocolate. This will be your shell.
- Let the chocolate harden. We put ours in the freezer because we were impatient. Once hardened, fill the shell with your powdered cocoa mix, marshmallows, and other optional toppings.
- Push the two sides of your shell together (you may need to use some melted chocolate to “seal” your shell. You have now successfully made your first hot chocolate bomb.
- The real fun begins when you place your creation in your hot milk or water. Our kids loved watching the shell explode and then melt as the toppings filled the cup.
If you get the hang of it, it could be an easy, inexpensive holiday gift. Don’t forget to add a cute mug. (We got some really cute mugs at Columbia Street Roastery!)
Looking to enjoy a great cup of hot cocoa in Champaign-Urbana without the hassle or the mess? We can help with that too.
Know of someone local selling hot chocolate bombs that we missed? Send email with the business name, a brief description of their hot chocolate bombs, and how to contact the business for ordering to firstname.lastname@example.org. Sorry, we can’t link to private Facebook groups.
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