I started talking about hot cocoa bombs this afternoon and was SHOCKED that Marco wasn't familiar with the trendiest stocking stuffer this holiday season! 

I made the mistake of trying to explain these delicious gifts in words instead of with a video. "So you remember those Nestle Wonder Balls with the candy inside?" Blank stare, so I dragged him into my office to watch a video of the magic that is a hot cocoa bomb. Basically, they're a big chocolate sphere packed with hot cocoa mix, marshmallows and other treats. When you pour warm milk over them, they explode! Videos of these yummy creations have racked up millions of views on TikTok.

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You might be familiar with them, but did you know that the were actually invented in Boise?! Eric Torres Garcia, a 2018 BSU graduate, posted a video of his alternative to ordinary, boring hot cocoa mix on TikTok, it got 1.7 million views, led to 10.5K subscribers and sold over 750 units in just 10 hours! He founded his company, Cocoa Bombs LLC in December 2019 with just $15 and has sold over $10,000 worth of products!

He's not the only person making these trendy sweets! If you want to pick them up locally, here are five places where you can buy them this holiday season!

Sweet Treats by Rachel

A special Christmas elf told us that Rachel's been cranking out hot cocoa bombs while staying home to care for her daughter who's currently going through chemotherapy treatments. The extra income is helping her care for her family. She's got a ton of varieties, offers free porch pick-up in Meridian or will deliver for a small fee to Boise, Eagle, Meridian, Kuna, Nampa, Caldwell, Star, Middleton and Emmet.

Weiser Classic Candy | 449 State St, Weiser

According to their Facebook page, Weiser Classic Candy is cranking out hot cocoa bombs filled with their own signature hot cocoa mix! You can learn more about getting your hands on them at 208-414-2850. They're currently open for indoor seating, curbside pick-up and delivery.

Bite Me Bars | 3525 E Longwing Lane, Meridian

Bite Me Bars is one of the newer restaurants at The Village at Meridian! They're selling single bombs, two packs and four packs packaged with a fun holiday ribbon. They're selling out fast, so they encourage you to pre-order on their website or by phone at 208-884-3416.

Stella's Ice Cream | 100 N 8th St, Boise

Stella's multiple locations throughout the Treasure Valley, but their Downtown Boise location one is the one serving up hot cocoa bombs. They've got four varieties available: salted caramel, Mexican hot cocoa, candy cane and holiday sprinkle. You can order online for pick-up at the Boise location!

Flour Child Bakery | 10668 W Overland Rd, Boise

Flour Child is getting ready to sell out their hot cocoa bomb orders. The only remaining dates for these little guys are December 22 and December 23! You can order online through their website by licking the address above!

 

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