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How to Make a Hollow Chocolate Ball With Candy Inside

18 November

How to a chocolate ball with candy inside.  These are adorable Christmas chocolate gifts for kids.  They are easy to make with a half sphere mold, and you can fill them with your choice of candy.  They are similar to a DIY wonder ball, and you can make them for any season or occasion.





How to Make a Hollow Chocolate Ball With Candy Inside


My kids are obsessed with hot chocolate bombs.  They love candy filled chocolate balls, so they wanted to use my supplies to make a DIY Wonder Ball.


These hollow chocolate balls are made similar to a hot cocoa bomb, but instead of hot cocoa mix inside, it's filled with candy.  The half sphere mold is also larger for more candy.


Instead of using it to make a drink, you put candy inside the hollow chocolate balls.  Kids can then break them and eat the candy and the outer shell.


For more Christmas chocolate gift ideas, check out there posts:



What Kind of Chocolate is Used for Molds?


You can use either chocolate wafers or chocolate chips for a chocolate ball filled with candy.  I almost always use chocolate wafers because they are firmer than chocolate chips.  


Unfortunately, supply issues are a concern right now, so I had to make my Christmas chocolate gifts with chocolate chips.  I do have some tricks to help you use chocolate chips.





Why Does my Melted Chocolate Not Harden?


Chocolate may not harden properly if the room is too warm.  Chocolate chips generally don't harden well, so I don't usually use them.  


If your chocolate hasn't hardened, then try moving it to a cooler room or placing it in the fridge for a few minutes.  Don't leave it in the fridge too long because it can draw moisture from the air.


What Brand of Chocolate is Best for Melting?


Not all chocolate or chocolate chips melt and set up the same way.  Sometimes the chocolate can have a chalky film on the surface after setting up or be too brittle to handle.


When choosing chocolate for a hollow chocolate ball with candy inside, look for a brand that has a higher amount of cocoa butter and fats.  


Lower quality chocolate chips sometimes use soy wax or vegetable solids for fat because it's cheaper to use than cocoa butter. 


I live in a rural area with a poor selection of grocery stores.  Couple that with the supply chain issues, and my choices are very limited. 


I used the Great Value brand of chocolate chips from Walmart because I couldn't find anything else.  They did work well to make a DIY wonder ball.


Here are some great chocolates to use for melting and making Christmas chocolate candy:


  



How Do You Make Chocolate Shiny?


When I use chocolate chips to make Christmas chocolate candy, I add coconut oil to the chocolate.  You can use unrefined coconut oil or refined coconut oil if you don't want the chocolate flavor.


Add 2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoon coconut oil per cup of chocolate chips.  This will not only make your hollow chocolate balls shiny, but it will also harden them as well.


Can You Put Food Coloring in Candy Melts or Chocolate?


No, you can not change the color of chocolate with food coloring.  It will cause the chocolate to seize and get lumpy.  


Instead, use colored melting wafers in the color that you want to use.


How to Melt Chocolate For Hollow Chocolate Ball With Candy Inside


You can melt the chocolate for your chocolate ball with candy inside in a double boiler, melting pot, or in the microwave.  I don't recommend using the microwave because the chocolate can burn.


How to Melt Chocolate in the Microwave


Many people use a microwave to melt chocolate.  Measure the amount of chocolate that you want to use and place it in a glass bowl.  Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring at each interval.


This can burn or dry out the chocolate, so watch it carefully and don't overheat.





How to Melt Chocolate in a Melting Pot


This is my preferred method to melt chocolate.  The Wilton melting pot is very handy if you melt chocolate for candies and Christmas chocolate gifts.


Simply add the chocolate to the silicone liner, turn it on, and wait.  I stir mine every few minutes to help it melt evenly.


Your chocolate won't overheat, so it won't burn.


How to Melt Chocolate in a Double Boiler


I also like using a double boiler to melt chocolate.  I use this double boiler insert in one of my pans.  Just add water to the pan and place the chocolate in the insert.


Then heat the water over medium heat.  Stir the chocolate every few minutes until it's melted.  This can take several minutes, but it won't burn the chocolate.


You can also use your Instant Pot as a double boiler.  It works really well!





Tips for Making Hollow Chocolate Balls


Here are some tips to help you make a DIY wonder ball:


  • Be careful not to overheat the chocolate.
  • I used a 2.75 inch diameter mold.  You can use a larger one if desired.
  • Use chocolate making gloves to prevent fingerprints and transferring germs.
  • Use two coats thin coats of chocolate to ensure that there are no thin spots or holes.
  • Use a chocolate brush to spread the chocolate in the mold.
  • Remove air bubbles with the back of a spoon.



Ingredients for Chocolate Ball With Candy Inside


You will need the following to make a hollow chocolate ball with candy inside:






How to make Hollow Chocolate Balls


Step #1


Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or melting pot.  You can also microwave in 30 second bursts.  Add coconut oil and stir well.


Step #2


Spoon melted chocolate into the mold.  Use the back of a spoon to cover the surface.  Repeat with the remaining 5 cavities.   Place the mold in the freezer for 5 minutes to set up.  Repeat with more chocolate and freeze for another 5 minutes.





Step #3


Heat a small ceramic plate in the microwave for 2 minutes.  Unmold the chocolate carefully and set on a chilled plate.  Hold the spheres upside down on the hot plate for a second to create a smooth edge. 



 


Step #4


Fill with desired candy.  





Step #5


Take another sphere and melt the top of it to create a smooth edge.  Place the sphere on top of the filled half and press together.  You can use gloved fingers to fill in any holes with melted chocolate.





Step #6


Unwrap the peppermint candies.  Use a small amount of melted chocolate to glue the peppermint on top of the DIY wonder ball.


Repeat to make two more hollow chocolate balls.





I hope enjoy this tutorial to make a chocolate ball filled with candy!


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How to Make a Hollow Chocolate Ball With Candy Inside

How to Make a Hollow Chocolate Ball With Candy Inside

Yield
3
Author
Cari @ Koti Beth
Prep time
15 Min
Cook time
30 Min
Total time
45 Min
How to make a DIY wonder ball hollow chocolate ball filled with candy inside.

Ingredients

  • 11.5 ounce bag of milk chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (optional)
  • Christmas candy
  • 3 peppermint candies

Instructions

  1. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or melting pot. You can also microwave in 30 second bursts. Add coconut oil and stir well.
  2. Spoon melted chocolate into the mold. Use the back of a spoon to cover the surface. Repeat with the remaining 5 cavities. Place the mold in the freezer for 5 minutes to set up. Repeat with more chocolate and freeze for another 5 minutes.
  3. Heat a small ceramic plate in the microwave for 2 minutes. Unmold the chocolate carefully and set on a chilled plate. Hold the spheres upside down on the hot plate for a second to create a smooth edge.
  4. Fill with desired candy.
  5. Take another sphere and melt the top of it to create a smooth edge. Place the sphere on top of the filled half and press together. You can use gloved fingers to fill in any holes with melted chocolate.
  6. Unwrap the peppermint candies. Use a small amount of melted chocolate to glue the peppermint on top of the DIY wonder ball.

Nutrition Facts

Calories

662.14

Fat (grams)

41.20

Sat. Fat (grams)

27.58

Carbs (grams)

64.55

Fiber (grams)

3.69

Net carbs

60.86

Sugar (grams)

55.97

Protein (grams)

8.31

Sodium (milligrams)

85.85

Cholesterol (grams)

25.00

The nutritional value will depend on the candies that you use.

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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, and several chickens. She loves Gilmore Girls, glitter, coffee, and her kids. But not in that order.

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