These fabulously awesome Shark Hot Cocoa Bombs are perfect to celebrate Shark Week or to use as Baby Shark Party favors! They’re simple and fun to make using blue and white candy melts and shark sprinkles…of course!
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Shark Hot Cocoa Bombs
The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading all the way through for any tips or substitute suggestions, to ensure that you have any specialized ingredients and equipment required and that you understand the steps and timings involved.
Okay, so the summer months may not be the perfect time for hot cocoa, but if you live somewhere where the weather changes a LOT in the summer, then you may still want to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate in July and who am I to say you can’t!
I mean, here in the UK we had temperatures close to 30C/86F last week and today as I’m writing this it is just 13C/55F! It feels like it is freezing!
We love making hot cocoa bombs at The Purple Pumpkin Blog, and with Shark Week approaching, these Shark Hot Cocoa Bombs are just the perfect thing to make and enjoy.
Get the kiddos involved with filling the chocolate shells (that form the bomb and are made with blue and white candy melts, swirled together to give a water effect which I think looks super cool!) with hot chocolate power mix and mini marshmallows. Or let them loose with the shark-shaped sprinkles to go on top!
Alternatively, these would make awesome party favors to give to guests at a Baby Shark Party (or even just a regular shark-themed party!). Or simply because you LOVE sharks!
Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe
While most ingredients can be bought in grocery stores, for your convenience, any specialized or notable ingredients (and equipment) needed for this recipe have been listed below and linked to Amazon or other stores if available online.
It does not include staple ingredients such as oil, salt, and pepper, as you’re likely to have those in your kitchen already. The complete list of ingredients with measurements is found in the recipe card.
- Blue Candy Melts
- White Candy Melts
- Hot Chocolate/Cocoa Powder
- Mini Marshmallows
- Shark Sprinkles – the ones pictured are the CandiFetti Shark Fun mix from Walmart, but Wilton also has shark sprinkles as part of their Animals Assortment – mix them with other shaped sprinkles to create your own mix.
- Chocolate Sphere Mold
- Disposable Piping Bag – to drizzle melted chocolate on top of the bombs, or you could use a plastic food bag with the corner snipped off instead. You could also use squeeze bottles, I like these mini squeeze bottles from Wilton.
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More Recipes Using Candy Melts
One of the hero ingredients in this dish is Candy Melts, so here are some more recipes using the same:
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Hot Cocoa Bomb Making Tips
Hot cocoa bombs are a lot easier to make than you might think. The very first time I made them I thought I would fail, but I couldn’t believe how easy it actually was! Here are my tips for success!
- Place a plate in the freezer before you start making the outer shells (half-spheres). Place the shells onto the cold plate when assembling the cocoa bombs to help keep them cool.
- Work quickly, but steadily when forming the half-spheres. I find using the back of a measuring spoon helps to spread the melted candy (or chocolate) evenly around the mold.
- You may want to add a second layer of melted candy after the first layer has set. This is absolutely fine to do, and I often add a second layer to make sure the bombs are sturdy – they will still melt when the time comes!
- Carefully peel the silicone mold away to pop out the spheres. If you are worried about other ones breaking, you could always cut your mold into individual spheres. As you become more experienced and skills you’ll find that it is not as tricky as you might think.
- Before filling your cocoa bombs, you will want to make sure the edges are even so that when you seal them together they adhere well without any gaps.
- My preferred method is to place a small plate in the microwave for 30-60 seconds until warm and then rubbing the candy shell over the plate to gently melt the edges.
- You can also heat up a shallow pan on the stove, place a piece of wax paper into the pan, rub the candy sphere on that to gently melt.
- Follow the directions on the package of hot chocolate mix to see how much you need to make a mug of hot chocolate, and place that inside the bomb. 1-2 tablespoons should probably be enough, and will fit intside the cocoa bombs.
- To attach the top half-sphere to the bottom, gently melt it again and place carefully onto the filled sphere, holding in place until it sets. If you find there are any gaps, use a little melted candy to seal up the hole. You could also pipe melted cany around the edge to stick the two halves together.
Melting Tips for Candy Melts
You can melt candy melts/candy wafers in the microwave or a double boiler, or if you plan on making lots of candy covered treats in the future, I recommend investing in a Wilton candy melting pot as treat-making life is then so much easier!
If you use the Wilton Candy Melting Pot, you can check out Wilton’s demo video on YouTube which is really helpful. They also give tips on how to melt candy melts in the microwave, as well as using the double boiler method.
The two most important things are
- Do not overheat – use an even melting temperature
- Do not add water – it makes the candy seize up and become unusable. Make sure the equipment used is completely dry, and avoid using utensils that retain moisture like a wooden spoon.
If you find that the candy is too thick, add vegetable shortening or (solid) coconut oil in 1 teaspoon increments, up to 1 tablespoon, and stir well.
Another reminder – do not add water. The very first time I used candy melts I managed to get water in the bowl and it was ruined. Learn from my mistakes! Additionally, do not use vegetable oil, butter, milk, or any other liquids as this will also make the candy seize up.
If you are using your microwave, test melt a small amount of candy melts first, to see how it works. You may need to adjust the temperature and time to suit your machine. Heat in 15-30 second increments, stirring the candy melts each time. They may not look melted, but they might have started melting from the inside. Stirring helps to distribute the heat.
How Do I Make Shark Hot Cocoa Bombs?
Check out the printable recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. Any demonstration photos do not print out to save your ink.
- 4 oz (115g) blue candy melts
- 4 oz (115g) white candy melts
- 6 Tbsp hot cocoa powder
- ½ cup mini marshmallows
- Shark Sprinkles
- Place a large plate in the freezer - this will help to keep the chocolate shells stay cool when assembling.
- Pour the blue candy melts into a microwaveable bowl, and the white candy melts into another microwaveable bowl.
- Place bowls in the microwave and heat in 30-second intervals, stirring well after each heat session, until the candy is fully melted.
- Add a small spoonful of each color melted candy to all of the mold cavities, then coat the melted candy around the mold, making sure to get all the way up the sides. The two colors will swirl together as you do this.
- Place candy coated mold into the freezer for 5 minutes.
- Repeat steps 4 and 5, then transfer the unused melted candy to pastry or ziplock bags (1 bag per color). You could also use a squeeze bottle if preferred.
- Remove the chilled plate and candy coated mold from the freezer. Carefully remove each candy coated sphere from the mold and place on the chilled plate.
- Before building the cocoa bombs you will want to make sure that the edges are nice and level. There are two ways you can do that:
Method 1: Warm up a shallow frying pan on the stove. Place a piece of wax paper into the pan, and holding the top half-sphere, rub gently on the wax paper until the edges start to melt a bit.
Method 2: Place a small plate in the microwave for 30-60 seconds until warm. rub the half-sphere over the plate which will gently melt the edges. This is my preferred method. Whichever method you use, you will need the warm pan/plate again to attach the spheres together.
- Using your method of choice as listed above, gently melt the rim of 6 half-spheres.
- Fill the 6 half-spheres, each with 1-2 tablespoon of hot cocoa mix, a few mini marshmallows, and some shark sprinkles.
- Repeat step 9 and gently melt the rim of the other 6 half-spheres and adhere the two together. The melted candy should fuse them together nicely, but if not, just use your finger to add a little melted candy around the seam.
- Reheat the bagged candy if needed, then snip off the end and drizzle candy over each cocoa bomb, and add sprinkles.
- To serve, place the shark hot cocoa bomb into a mug, then pour 6 oz (180ml) of milk over the bomb. Stir well and enjoy!
You can make whatever size (and even shape!) of cocoa bomb that you like as long as they fit inside your mug! We used a mold approx 2.5"/70mm - you can make them slightly bigger or smaller.
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- Semi Sphere Silicone Mold
- Wilton Animals and Stars Sprinkles (Includes Sharks)
- Mini Marshmallows
- Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix, 0.85-Ounce Packets (Pack of 10)
- Wilton Candy Melts - White
- Wilton Candy Melts - Light Blue
- Wilton Mini Squeeze Bottles, 2-Piece
- Disposable Piping Bags -100 Pack
- Wilton Candy Melting Pot
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 69Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 6mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 1g
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Make It A Full Meal
Serve up a glass of hot chocolate with some cookies for dessert, but what about the rest of the courses?
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- Beverage: Frozen Strawberry Margaritas
- Dessert: Classic Peanut Butter Cookies
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