When the pandemic took hold last spring and forced people indoors, many turned to Netflix and the can’t-look-away disaster that was Tiger King. Then came the home bakers, touting sourdough starters all over Instagram. Others learned to knit, fighting the quarantine boredom weaving scarf after colorful scarf. Now, nearly 11 months in, Atlantans are turning to chocolate—colorful, sprinkle-clad hot chocolate bombs in particular.
These delicate circular chocolate creations break open when covered with hot milk, revealing marshmallows and other surprises. They come decorated in a multitude of designs and flavors (think dark chocolate, white chocolate, mint, or raspberry), and provide a bit of the newness and delight we crave after being cooped up for so long.
While Trader Joe’s and select chain stores have picked up on the trend, many hot chocolate bombs are being produced by local cottage bakers and self-taught Atlantans.
“I originally bought molds to make them for holiday gifts for teachers and friends. People started asking where I got them and it spiraled so quickly from there,” says Jaime Schwartz, who sells hot chocolate bombs decorated for every occasion. “Since most social gatherings are outside this winter, it makes it fun and adds a little something special.”
Need something extra to brighten your day? Check out the chocolate bombs from these local makers.
Ash Sweet Creations
Plan a hot chocolate party for the whole family with Ash Sweet Creations’ four-pack of hot chocolate bombs. For $25 you get white and dark bombs with drizzled chocolate designs topped with sparkly sprinkles and candy pearls. Delivery costs $5 inside the Perimeter, or you can pick up the treats in Buckhead. Be sure to order at least a week in advance—demand is, well, hot, right now. Check it out on Instagram @ashsweetcreations.
A Cacao Affair
Karl Vivier has owned this artisan Marietta chocolate shop for eight years and now sells hot chocolate bombs with a marble facade in pumpkin and peppermint varieties. Sold in packs of two for $4.95, they can be ordered online and picked up in store or delivered throughout the metro area. Don’t forget to look around—the chocolate high heels, handbags, and footballs might just catch your eye. On Instagram: @acacaoaffair.
Need a caffeine boost? Casabella’s chocolate bombs contain coffee creamer in four different flavors: vanilla caramel, original, French vanilla, and hazelnut. Instead of hot milk, pour hot coffee over them for a unique drink. Each box of four costs $9.95 and can be purchased at the brick-and-mortar store in East Cobb across from the Avenue. Heart-shaped hot chocolate bombs in flavors like red velvet, caramel apple cider, vanilla chai, and white chocolate matcha are available tor $6.95 each. On Instagram: @casabellaeastcobb.
Order at least a week in advance and get custom designed hot chocolate bombs with your choice of milk, white, or dark chocolate shells for $3-$6, depending on the size. Each includes miniature marshmallows and hot chocolate mix, but peppermint, crushed cookies, and even Pop Rocks can be added upon request. Schwartz sells through Facebook and email and decorates the bombs based on the occasion. Have a child who likes glitter? Schwartz has two girls, so she certainly knows how to make the bombs sparkle. Pickup in Dunwoody.
Little Jars Bakeshop
Started by an 11-year-old, Little Jars sells ornate hot chocolate bombs for $4-$6. Order three to five days in advance and get flavors like strawberry, s’mores, Bailey’s, Grand Marnier, peppermint, caramel, and toffee. Custom designs are available—there’s even a heart-shaped bomb for Valentine’s Day. Pickup in Decatur or get it delivered for a fee. On Instagram: @littlejarsbakeshop.
Parul Benders makes white and milk chocolate bombs with a minimum of 48 hours notice. Purchasing for a holiday? Get your order in a week in advance to ensure products are in stock. Each hot chocolate bomb costs $4. On Instagram: @paruls_desserts.