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    Hot Cocoa Bombs Have Gone Viral On TikTok, So Of Course I Tried To Make Them

    I don't think this is what they meant by the "messy side" of TikTok.

    If you've been on TikTok in the past couple weeks, then you've definitely seen those hot cocoa bombs.

    A lot of people have been posting videos of the ones from Costco or Etsy, but creators like @jamfamdiaries have also been creating their own.

    Tutorials like this one have garnered millions of views.

    Now, I don't know about you, but for me, the holiday season is a state of mind.

    Kathy Ireland as Kristen Claus in "Once Upon a Christmas," aka me

    I love hot chocolate. However, I don't have a Costco card, and anything from Etsy would melt by the time it got to sunny Southern California. So after watching a bunch of tutorials, I decided to create my own hot cocoa bombs.

    First, I gathered all of my supplies.

    I melted the dark chocolate in the microwave in 30 second intervals. Then, I brushed the melted chocolate onto the molds.

    melted chocolate is painted onto the sides of a silicone ice mold

    This brush method was a mistake. The sphere shells shattered when I tried to take them out of the molds. Instead, you should use my not-yet-patented "pour, finesse, and hope for the best" strategy.

    The chocolate that was brushed into the molds cracked, but the chocolate that was poured came out in perfect little half-sphere shapes

    Then, I melted white chocolate and used it, along with the leftover dark chocolate, to make little embeds to decorate with.

    white chocolate hearts and dark chocolate Christmas shapes

    Then, while everything was in the freezer, I made the hot chocolate mix, which I then dubbed my "Bitter It's Cold Outside" hot cocoa recipe.

    my cocoa recipe calls for a cup of cocoa powder and one third cup of sugar combined

    After about an hour, all the chocolate pieces had frozen solid, and assembly began.

    the bottom shell is in a lochness monster-shaped cup, and the top is secured with melted chocolate

    Finally came my favorite part — the decorations!

    the finished cocoa bombs have sprinkles, drizzled chocolate, and little white chocolate embeds

    You can watch the entire process and see my hot cocoa bombs in action here!

    @kristenhwrites

    Christmas came early with this hot cocoa bombs ❄️ #christmastok #christmas #hotcocoabombs

    ♬ Christmas Tree Farm - Taylor Swift

    Frothed oat milk not necessary but recommended.

    Overall, I was modestly pleased with how my hot cocoa bombs turned out.

    My biggest takeaways — stir the cocoa more than you think you should, and be prepared to do a *lot* of dishes.