Nothing says cosy winter drinks quite like a steaming mug of hot chocolate – but the days of making it with instant powder appear to be over. 2020 has seen the soaring popularity of hot chocolate bombes – spheres of real milk, dark or white chocolate that melt when stirred into hot milk, and pop open to reveal a handful of marshmallows for the ultimate cup of indulgence.
The trend is all over Instagram and TikTok, with dozens of accounts sharing recipes for how to make your own. But if like us, you’d prefer to buy rather than DIY, the good news is that everywhere from Amazon to Oliver Bonas is now selling these little globes of joy, with prices starting from just a couple of pounds.
Whether you’re after a stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift with a difference, or a fellow chocoholic who wants to give them a go yourself, here are seven ready-made options you can make in a matter of minutes – simply warm your chosen milk, drop the ball in and let the fun begin.
7 of the best hot chocolate bombes to shop now
A great single serving stocking filler. You can also get it with heart-shaped marshmallows.
Firebox’s bombes come in both an original and vegan version.
The cracker packaging is a fun festive extra.
One of the most affordable trio we’ve found – and from OB no less!
Extra thick Belgian milk chocolate, liberally dusted with cocoa powder.
Available in a choice of milk, vegan dark or white chocolate (no, you’re drooling).
For flavoured bombes – think cookies and cream, peppermint or pumpkin spice – head to this Etsy store.