Today I am bringing you a twist on the Hot Cocoa Bombs that were popular last year (and continue to be), Café Mocha Bombs. While these treats are pretty much made the same way that I made my Hot Cocoa Bombs, the two big differences are that instead of having hot cocoa mix inside of them they have powdered coffee creamer and they are melted in hot coffee instead of hot milk.
While you could stick with the traditional café mocha flavor when making these, chocolate and coffee, you can get creative with the flavors and be your own barista right at home. For the one’s I made I went with the seasonal flavors of peppermint and gingerbread as well as a pumpkin spice and salted caramel.
After making the chocolate shells for these I placed half of them in cupcake liners. The cupcake liners make it easier to work and they also offer a nice presentation for the café mocha bombs. In the shells in the liners I added in a tablespoon of powdered coffee creamer in each. I then added in my flavors. For the peppermint ones, I added in crushed peppermint candy, for the pumpkin spice I added in pumpkin spice seasoning, for the salted caramel a soft caramel candy and a few grinds of sea salt and finally for the gingerbread flavor I added in homemade gingerbread spice (recipe below).
I dipped the remaining chocolate shells in melted chocolate and placed them on top of the filled halves. First though I made sure to make note of what each one was filled with. I then decorated the top of them to reflect the flavor inside. I found gingerbread and pumpkin spice flavor candy melts at my local craft store. And I also had mini gingerbread men silicone molds at home. I melted about a 1/4 cup of the gingerbread melts in the microwave and filled two of the molds halfway and then placed it in the freezer. In a few minutes, I had to gingerbread flavored gingerbread men to place on top of my Gingerbread Café Mocha Bombs. I drizzled the top of each with the remaining melted melts and then placed the gingerbread man on top of each. For the pumpkin spice one I simply melted some of the flavored melts and drizzled it on top. For the peppermint and salted caramel one’s I drizzled the top of those with some of the remaining melted chocolate and topped those with crushed peppermint candy and a piece of caramel and a few grinds of seal salt, respectively.
Another flavor you could do is cinnamon or you can even fill the café mocha bomb with your favorite mini candy bar. And while I used traditional powdered coffee creamer, you could also amp up the flavor of yours by adding in flavored powdered creamer. I wouldn’t say the possibilities are endless, but, you can really treat yourself to a one of a kind treat with these.
Café Mocha Bombs
12oz. chocolate melts
6 tablespoons powdered coffee creamer
For the flavors add the following to each bomb:
1/2 heaping teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 heaping teaspoon gingerbread spice*
*To make your own gingerbread spice combine 2 tablespoons each ground ginger and cinnamon, 2 teaspoons ground allspice, 1/2 teaspoon each ground nutmeg and black pepper and 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 to 2 soft caramel cut in half
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 to 1 teaspoon crushed peppermint candy
Melt the chocolate in the microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring between each, until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
Add a tablespoon of the melted chocolate to each crevice and using a pastry brush spread the chocolate evenly around each crevice. Place on a baking sheet and freeze for 5 minutes.
Once the chocolate has set, add more melted chocolate and spread it evenly again and freeze for an additional 5 minutes.
Once the chocolate shells are set unmold them and place half of them in cupcake liners.
Fill the shells in the liners with a tablespoon each of the powdered coffee creamer and then add desired flavorings to each.
You should have some melted chocolate leftover. If it’s beginning to set pop it in the microwave for about 5-10 seconds to re-melt. Stir. Dip the other half of the shells in the melted chocolate and place on top of the filled shells.
Transfer the remaining melted chocolate to a piping bag and snip off the end. Drizzle the chocolate on top of the Café Mocha bombs.
Some ideas to decorate the top of the Café Mocha bombs to know which is which. For the peppermint add some additional crushed peppermint candy to the top. For the salted caramel add an additional caramel cut in half with some additional salt. For the gingerbread, a small gingerbread cookie that can be removed before melting in coffee. And for the pumpkin, melted orange candy melts or a piece of candy shaped like a pumpkin.
Store in an airtight container until ready to use.
To make, place the Café Mocha Bomb in a mug and top with hot coffee. Stir to melt the chocolate and enjoy!
Recipe first appeared on Bead Yarn & Spatula