When it comes to holiday gift giving, I’m a big fan of Christmas stockings for both kids and adults. It’s always tough trying to come up with the perfect gift, but stuffing ten or twenty little somethings in a gilded sock increases exponentially the odds of hitting on something good. Some will get games or toys. Others kitchen gadgets, books, or liquor. I occasionally include socks, because I think there’s something funny about stockings as stocking stuffers (by response, I’m pretty sure I’m the only one who thinks so). The trinkets vary depending on the recipient, but two things are always in the mix: Something homemade and something sweet. These fun holiday hot cocoa bombs are both.
Shaped into Christmas trees, candy canes and snowmen using some holiday themed ice trays I picked up, the chocolatey baubles are festive as all get out. Drop one into a cup of warm milk and — voila! — instant hot cocoa. Packed with mini-marshmallows into jars or mugs, it’s a stocking stuffer everyone can get behind.
Click through the how-to below to learn how to make your own hot cocoa bombs.