- Silicone mold
- Melting Chocolate
- Hot Chocolate power
- Mini Marshmallows or Freeze Dried Marshmallows
- Anything else to dress it up, for example I used Skor bits and Candy Cane bits
Melt the Chocolate
Melt the chocolate slowly in the microwave, I usually do about 20 seconds at a time and them stir. You always want chocolate to melt slow. I like to use a double boiler method with a bowl over a pot but the microwave is a bit simpler. You can also switch melting chocolate with other types of chocolate. Some people feel melting chocolate tastes a bit waxy. I used it for these first ones because I usually don’t have issues with it hardening.
Add chocolate to the Mold
I bought a half sphere mold from Michaels in the chocolate department. The silicone mold is awesome to use, the chocolate pops out quite nicely. Add some chocolate to the mold. Use the back of a spoon to smooth the chocolate on the sides. This can be a bit tricky, you don’t want to use too much chocolate or it will pool at the bottom but you want good coverage. You may want to do a layer, freeze then add a second layer to thicken the outside edges. Once you have the chocolate in the mold, pop it in the freezer for 10 minutes to harden. Once solid pop the spheres out of the mold.
Fill the Sphere
Add about a tablespoon of hot chocolate mix, mix ins and marshmallows to one half of the sphere. Try not to over pack it so that the top half will fit on, this is a bit of a balance you want the top to easily connect but you don’t want it to feel empty either. I added mini marshmallows to mine, I plan on having these right away so I’m not worried about them going stale. There was a bit of a space issue, they are still a bit big. To solve these problems next time I may consider buying dehydrated marshmallows, which are available on Amazon. The marshmallows were the only thing that were above the top rim on mine.
Attach the Chocolate halves
Take the top half chocolate piece, melt it a bit on a warm plate so the chocolate be warm and will stick to the other half. Hold for a bit until it stays. If needed add extra melted chocolate to the seam. Alternatively you can try piping a bit of chocolate on the rim instead to connect them. Next time I will try wearing gloves for this step so my hands don’t melt the chocolate, I’m hoping that will give it a smoother look.
Once the chocolate has hardened, all you need is a warm glass of milk to enjoy! The fun thing about making these is there’s a lot of ways to customize it. You can use different types of chocolate, different mix ins to give variety. You can drizzle chocolate on top. The mold can be used over and over. When I think of hot chocolate I’m usually thinking of the holidays, if you add these to a cute box and you have a nice gift. It’s a great winter project.