At a time when everyone is looking for ways to take their cozy game to the next level, it would make sense that hot chocolate bombs have emerged as a popular treat. Starting around the holidays, videos of these tasty spherical treats went viral. All you have to do is drop one in a mug and pour warm water or milk on top to watch the melty marshmallow magic happen.
River-Sea Chocolates in Chantilly specializes in all things cocoa, and they’ve added hot chocolate bombs to their winter menu. Try classic dark chocolate, rum caramel, Romeo and Juliet (that would be a white chocolate shell with raspberry and rose inside), Mexican Fire (dark chocolate shell with cinnamon, cayenne, red salt and marshmallows) or—for unicorn fans—the whimsical Slothicorn (featuring a white chocolate shell, blue butterfly pea, pink dragon fruit powder and marshmallows), among others. // $10 for one, available in packs of 1, 2, 4 or 6, available for pickup or local delivery
The teacher-turned-baker who runs Del Ray Cookie Company has also gotten into the hot chocolate bomb craze. In February, fans can order double chocolate, Oreo cookie and snowball flavors. Note that the home-based baker recommends a lead time of three to four weeks for orders, so if you want to incorporate her hot chocolate bombs into your winter hibernation plans, order soon. // $7 for one
Check out the Facebook page of Three Peas in a Pod Cupcakery for fun videos of her homemade chocolate bombs in action, then order from the Manassas-based baker’s list of flavors, including milk chocolate, peppermint, salted caramel, cookies and cream, s’mores and more. Two weeks’ notice is needed for orders, which can be submitted via the cupcakery’s Facebook page. // $5 each, $16 for 4 and $26 for 6
Sugarcoated Bakery in Alexandria is also whipping up hot chocolate bombs for the winter season. Standard flavors like milk chocolate, dark chocolate and white chocolate are on order, plus s’mores, milk chocolate caramel and—for those who want to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the viral sensations—color-changing white chocolate. Drop it in the mug, pour the milk, and watch the hot chocolate turn pink! // $6 for milk, dark and white chocolate flavors, $7 for all other flavors, custom hot chocolate bomb packages start at $20
Sophia’s Sweet Treats and Creations has also created a sensation with her home-based bakery, selling out of her hot chocolate bombs over the holiday season. In addition to classic flavors, her coffee-flavored bombs, as well as kid-friendly options (anyone for a Lucky Charms bomb?), have made her another go-to option for fans of the popular treat—and she’s now taking orders for February. // $5-$10 each