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Instant Pot Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa Bombs


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Instant Pot Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa Bombs are the perfect mixture of sweet and salty. This easy-to-make hot cocoa bomb might just be my favorite hot chocolate bomb yet!

Hot Cocoa Bomb recipes like this one are so easy to make, but yet they always wow a crowd and make for a great budget-friendly homemade gift.

A vertical image of a batch of Instant Pot Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa Bombs, highlighting the salt and caramel toppings of the caramel bomb in front.

Caramel Hot Cocoa Bomb

The true origin of caramel is currently unknown. However, it was written that in 1650 American settlers were making hard and sweet caramel like candy in kettles.

Then in the 1880’s a creative candy maker added milk, water and sugar together, thus creating what we now call caramel. No matter the history I can say that I will always be grateful for the sweet buttery flavor of caramel.

Why I Love This Recipe

Salted Caramal Hot Cocoa Bombs make a rich cup of hot cocoa that is the perfect blend of salty and sweet.

  • Easy to make
  • Fun to make
  • Always a hit at parties
  • Looks beautiful on a plate

If you love a good cup of hot cocoa try this Christmas Ornament Hot Cocoa Bombs recipe.

An overhead horizontal shot of a mug full of marshmallow and caramel toppings with the Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa bombs and other marshmallows scattered on the table surrounding the mug.

Ingredients

You only need a few ingredients to make this Caramel hot chocolate bomb recipe. One trip to your local grocery store and you will be ready to make these easy cocoa bombs.

  • brown candy melts
  • hot cocoa powder w/miniature marshmallows
  • caramel (reserve 2 tbsp caramel)
  • sea salt
Ingredients used to make Instant Pot Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa Bombs.

Substitutions

Candy Melts: Change up the candy melts color to match your theme.

Hot Cocoa Mix: Use a homemade hot chocolate mix instead of store-bought if you rather.

Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools

You only need a few kitchen tools to help you make this easy hot cocoa bomb recipe.

How to Make Instant Pot Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa Bombs

Making homemade Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Bombs is so simple. Follow the seven steps listed below and you will have great tasting and fun cocoa bombs.

Step 1: Prepare the Instant Pot

Turn your instant pot onto sauté mode. Place one and a half cups of water inside your instant pot. Place a glass bowl that will fit in your instant pot as it will act as a double broiler. 

Step 2: Melt the brown candy melts

Add in your candy melts to the bowl. Continue to mix until the chocolate has completely melted.

Brown candy melts being melted in an Instant Pot.

Step 3: Make the chocolate bomb shell

Lightly grease the inside of your silicone molds. Add chocolate to your molds making sure that chocolate is completely coating the mold on the inside. Place in the freezer for about five minutes.

Chocolates in a silicone mold to form the chocolate bomb shell next to caramel sauce, marshmallows, and cocoa mix in white bowls.

Step 4: Fill the molds

Remove your molds from the freezer. Add a half a tablespoon of cocoa powder and mini marshmallows per mold. Add 1 tablespoon caramel.

Caramel and marshmallow inside the silicone molds with the formed bomb shells to serve as filling.

Step 5: Close the mold

Add more of your melted chocolate on top of the marshmallows to close the mold and lock the cocoa and marshmallows from coming out. Return to the freezer for about 5 to 10 minutes.

Chocolate being added on top of the molds to lock the marshmallow and caramel inside.

Step 6: Remove the cocoa bomb

Remove your cocoa bombs by pushing on the silicone side of the mold until the bomb pops out. 

Step 7: Garnish the cocoa bomb

With a spoon, drizzle your caramel over the bombs. Immediately add a pinch of sea salt before the caramel hardens.

The caramel bombs being garnished with caramel and salt on parchment paper on a wooden board

Variations / Options / Add-Ins

Are you looking to personalize these hot cocoa bombs? Here are my suggestions for changing this recipe up.

Chocolate Chips: Add more chocolate flavor to your hot cocoa by adding some mini chocolate chips to your hot cocoa mix.

Marshmallows: If you like extra marshmallows in your hot chocolate, add additional mini marshmallows to the inside of your cocoa bomb.

Caramel: Add more caramel flavor by using a caramel flavored hot cocoa mix.

An Instant Pot Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa Bomb picked up by a hand.

Serving Suggestions

Are you wondering how you serve your Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa Bomb? Here are the directions for making a warm glass of hot cocoa.

Place one or two bombs in your favorite mug and pour hot milk over it to melt the chocolate releasing the hot cocoa and marshmallows. Stir with a spoon and enjoy!

I suggest using one chocolate bomb for an 8 ounces glass, and two bombs for anything over eight ounces.

An overhead vertical shot of a mug full of marshmallow and caramel toppings with the Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa Bombs and other marshmallows scattered on the table surrounding the mug.

FAQs

Do you have questions about Instant Pot Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa Bombs? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

How to store

Store Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa Bombs in a cool dry place for up to one week. Or in the fridge for up to one month.

Can I freeze?

Yes! You can freeze hot cocoa bombs for up to six months, just be careful to keep your hot cocoa from getting crushed in your freezer.

Can I make these ahead of time?

Yes! These hot cocoa bombs can be made up to one week in advance.

A horizontal angled shot of a batch of Instant Pot Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa Bombs, highlighting the salt and caramel toppings of the caramel bomb in front while the other caramel bombs are blurred in the background.

More Hot Cocoa Bomb Recipes

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Instant Pot Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa Bombs Recipe

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Instant Pot Salted Caramel Bombs

Instant Pot Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa Bombs are the perfect mixture of sweet and salty. 
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Beverages
Cuisine American
Servings 14 Bombs
Calories 201 kcal

Equipment

  • Instant Pot
  • Silicone Egg Mold
  • Mixing Bowls

Ingredients
  

  • 24 oz brown candy melts
  • 7 tablespoons hot cocoa powder w/ miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup caramel sauce reserve 2 tbsp caramel
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt

Instructions
 

  • Turn your instant pot onto sauté mode. Place one and a half cups of water inside your instant pot. Place a glass bowl that will fit in your instant pot as it will act as a double broiler.
  • Add in your candy melts to the bowl. Continue to mix until the chocolate has completely melted.
  • Lightly grease the inside of your silicone molds. Add chocolate to your molds making sure that chocolate is completely coating the mold on the inside. Place in the freezer for about five minutes.
  • Remove your molds from the freezer. Add a half a tablespoon of cocoa powder and mini marshmallows per mold. Add 1 tablespoon caramel.
  • Add more of your melted chocolate on top of the marshmallows to close the mold and lock the cocoa and marshmallows from coming out. Return to the freezer for about 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Remove your cocoa bombs by pushing on the silicone side of the mold until the bomb pops out.
  • With a spoon, drizzle your caramel over the bombs. Immediately add a pinch of sea salt before the caramel hardens.
  • Please one or two bombs in your favorite mug and pour hot milk over it to melt the chocolate releasing the hot cocoa and marshmallows.
  • Stir with a spoon and enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1Hot Cocoa BombCalories: 201kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 1gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 625mgPotassium: 36mgFiber: 1gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 8IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 1mg
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