How to Make Day of the Dead Hot Cocoa Bombs

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These Day of the Dead hot cocoa bombs are a fun and unique way to honor Día de los Muertos with your kids. They resemble sugar skulls and can be put together in about 30 minutes. 

Many cultures throughout the world celebrate a day of the dead or day of remembrance. The Día de los Muertos in Mexico is a beautiful tradition and allows people to remember their deceased loved ones on two specific days. It is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd every year. It is not to be confused with Halloween and please do not call the Day of the Dead the “Mexican Halloween”.

How is the Day of the Dead celebrated?

The most common way to celebrate the day of the dead or Día de los Muertos is by creating altars with marigolds and candles. The most important part of the altars is to include the favorite foods and drinks, pictures or statues of family members who have passed away.

One can also create skeletons or sugar skulls to keep as decoration in honor of those who have died. These are all great ways to pay tribute to one’s ancestors but this day has many meanings so it is also acceptable to do something less traditional that comes from your own imagination!

In this post we will be making hot cocoa bombs to honor the day of the dead. They are white and the colored sprinkles will make them resemble calaveritas or sugar skulls.

If you want to teach your children about this beautiful tradition, make sure to watch Coco with them and you can also get our Day of the Dead coloring book for a fun family activity.

Day of the Dead Hot Cocoa Bombs

Makes 6 cocoa bombs




  1. Set a large glass plate in the refrigerator.
  2. Melt the white chocolate.
  3. Place a small spoonful of melted chocolate in a mold cavity, then use the spoon to coat the entire cavity. Repeat on all of the mold cavities.
  4. Set the mold in the freezer for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove the mold from the freezer, and repeat step 3 for a second coat of chocolate.
  6. Set the mold in the freezer for 5 minutes.
  7. Heat a small glass plate in the microwave for 2 minutes.
  8. Remove the plate and the molds from the freezer. Remove the chocolate spheres from the mold and set on the cold plate.
  9. Take one sphere, place upside down on the hot plate to melt the edge of the chocolate, and fill with one tablespoon of cocoa mix.
  10. Place another sphere upside down on the hot plate to melt the edge of the chocolate, and attach the two spheres together to seal the cocoa bomb. Repeat until you have assembled all of the cocoa bombs.
  11. Add blue candy to the ziplock bag and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds. Remove, and massage the bag. If not fully melted, heat for 10 second intervals, until fully melted.
  12. Snip the very corner of the baggie with scissors, and pipe the chocolate over the top of each cocoa bomb.
  13. Add sprinkles.
  14. To use, fill a mug with 6 ounces of hot water or milk, and drop the cocoa bomb in, then stir.

You can also make Mexican Hot Chocolate to honor the Day of the Dead using a chocolate tablet like Abuelita, but these hot cocoa bombs are more fun.

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