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DIY Hot Chocolate Bombs

January 27, 2023

Contributed by: Denise of Thrifty by Design and Salvation Army Thrift Store Creative Expert.

Gift something thrifty and sweet this Valentine’s Day by making DIY hot chocolate bombs for those special people in your life. It’s so easy to incorporate secondhand scores like tins, mugs and more.


– semi-sweet and milk chocolate chips
– sphere or heart-shaped silicon baking mold – mold should be 2-3″ in diameter
– brush
– hot chocolate mix
– mini marshmallows
– sprinkles or other decoration
– small pot
– glass bowl
– parchment paper
– small plastic gift bags
– tin or mug

STEP 1: Source your supplies

Find a silicon baking mold at your local Salvation Army Thrift Store. I used a heart-shaped mold that was a bit large but it ended up working out well. I also found pre-loved tins and mugs to gift the hot chocolate bombs in.

STEP 2: Fill and melt

I used two bags of chocolate chips – one semi-sweet and one milk chocolate. I filled my small pot with 1-2″ of water, placed a bowl in it and added the half of each of the chocolates. I turned the element to medium and waited for the chocolate to fully melt. Be sure to monitor and mix the chocolate as it melts.

Note: you can also use a microwave.

STEP 3: Coat the chocolate

Use the brush to coat the chocolate in the mold. You’ll want to add 3-4 coats of chocolate, allowing the chocolate to set between coats. Between coats check for areas that are thin and where you may want to reinforce the chocolate.

Note: Be sure to clean and dry your mold before adding the chocolate.

STEP 4: Add the bottom mold

Once you’ve completed the molds, you can remove them and place them onto parchment paper. Fill the bottom mold with hot chocolate mix and mini marshmallows. I filled my bottom mold to the top.

STEP 5: Add the top mold

You’re now ready to add the top mold. You can use a piping bag or a brush and melted chocolate to seal the bottom and top molds together. You may need to clean up the finish on your bombs like I did. Allow to dry.

STEP 6: Add some pizzazz

Now you can add some pizzazz to them like sprinkles or melted white chocolate.

And that’s it for the hot chocolate bombs. Package the chocolate bombs into small plastic gift bags or thrifted mug or tin. If you love baking like I do you can even include some homemade cookies to dip in the hot chocolate! I also used some of the chocolate to make heart-shaped solid chocolate to include in my gift.

Happy Valentine’s Day!