WATCH — Hot chocolate bombs are everywhere! Here’s why, plus a DIY

Alexia Sabau
Story by Alexia Sabau • CBC Kids News • Published 2020-12-18 18:02

Viral sensation is exploding on social media

The holiday season is in full swing, and it’s looking like the people of the internet are feeling festive!

Some of the top trending hashtags of the week include: #HappyHolidays, #MerryChristmas, #FestiveFashion, #HolidayCrafts and #HappyHanukkah.

One of the biggest holiday trends of 2020 seems to be packing some serious social media star power … as well as some hot cocoa powder and marshmallows.

An explosion in your mug

Hot chocolate bombs quite literally exploded onto the scene this year, with people hopping on TikTok, Instagram and Twitter to share videos of the fun treats.

Hollow on the inside with a hard outer shell made of chocolate, they’re filled with the typical ingredients you need to make a delicious mug of hot cocoa, along with some other tasty mix-ins like candy cane bits and sprinkles.

The chocolate ball is placed into a mug. Once hot water or hot milk is poured on top of it, the chocolate outer shell quickly dissolves and reveals its inner contents.

The surprise reveal of hot chocolate bombs makes for a fun watch on social media, but fair warning: It might have you craving a mug of hot cocoa yourself.   

More than 180 million views on TikTok alone

While the exact origins of the hot chocolate bomb can’t be confirmed, one of the first users to share a video of the treat was Cathy Ortiz, a cake decorator in Winter Springs, Florida.

Since then, #hotchocolatebombs videos have received more than 180 million views on TikTok. On Instagram, more than 90,000 hot chocolate bomb photos and videos have been shared.

CBC Kids News contributor and in-house trend expert Alexia Sabau spoke with Mariam Mansour, a culinary arts professional in Toronto, about her experience making and selling hot chocolate bombs.

“They’re so trendy because they’re customizable,” said Mansour. “Everyone loves chocolate! Even if you don’t love harsh, dark chocolate [...] there’s always something for someone.”

Through her background in culinary arts and pastry making, Mansour said that hot chocolate bombs seem to borrow elements from other food trends from over the years.

Mariam Mansour studied culinary arts at George Brown College in Toronto, but she’s had experience working in kitchens since she was 15 years old. (Image credit: CBC) 

“Cake pops are very similar,” she said. “Piñata cakes as well, where you cut them open and they spill out candy. Even French pastry desserts have something similar to hot chocolate bombs.”

Whether the hot chocolate bomb trend is here to stay for the long run is anybody’s guess. Fun food trends come and go.

This year, we’ve already seen cereal made of dozens of mini-donuts or cookies, whipped coffee and a resurgence of popularity for banana bread.

How’s this for surreal: 2020 has been a long year, so these trends might seem ancient by now. The banana bread trend happened in March, the whipped coffee trend took place in April and mini-food cereal was trending in July. 

If you’re looking to partake in this delicious hot chocolate bomb trend while it’s in the spotlight, check out this episode of Hey Alexia, What’s Trending for an easy DIY recipe you can try at home over the holidays!


TOP IMAGE CREDIT: Graphic design by Philip Street/CBC

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Alexia Sabau
Alexia Sabau
CBC Kids News Contributor
Alexia Sabau is an inquisitive teen who has worked as a junior reporter for the Calgary International Children’s Festival and Shaw TV Calgary. The grade 10 student is a youth ambassador with a passion for community building, performing arts and science. She’s also a devoted Harry Potter fan who is excited to work her magic on CBC Kids News.

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