Businesses in the area are selling out of hot cocoa bombs that are exploding all over social media after going viral on Tik Tok this year.
Hot cocoa bombs are chocolate spheres topped with varying flavors and often filled with marshmallows. Once inside a mug, pour hot milk or water and the chocolate melts for a cup of hot chocolate.
Rosie’s Royal Chocolates on Center Street in Southington, has 12 flavors of the cocoa bombs but her most popular flavors are nutella, smore’s and Lucky Charms. Rosie O’Kinsky, the owner, estimated that she has filled about 1,000 orders so far.
“I sell out every day,” O’Kinsky said. “They’re the cheapest in town, they are the largest bomb, they make up to 24 ounces of cocoa.”
The Southington chocolate factory usually has a line out the door before she opens. She said what also sets her apart from other bakeries is her use of her great-grandmother’s original chocolate recipe.
In addition to selling the cocoa bombs in her shop, she also sells them in local businesses and they sell out within hours, so she’s constantly making more.
O’Kinsky said that it is a blessing to have this problem after opening in February, closing in March, then reopening in June. She said the cocoa bombs were the answer to prayers after getting little to no business in the last few months.
Like O’Kinsky, Cheshire Baking Company sells cocoa bombs out of a local coffee shop, Main St. Caffe in Cheshire. Kristin Raucci, owner of CBC, started making the cocoa bombs last fall.
“We can’t keep them in stock. Every single day they sell out,” Raucci said. “We drop off about 100 in the morning and by 10:30 to 11 a.m. they’re gone. It’s crazy.”
Raucci makes them from Halloween through St. Patrick’s Day. For Halloween, once the chocolate melts, a ghost-shaped marshmallow pops to the top of the mug.
“They’re fun,” she said. “I think people are looking for something fun to do right now because there’s not a lot of fun happening”
She also will have a Grinch cocoa bomb that will be green with a red heart on it and a peppermint flavor, but said her customers are usually content with the classic milk chocolate flavor.
“We do a chai one, which is amazing. The adults tend to like that,” Raucci said.
Belen Torres, owner of Belen’s Sweet Creations based in Meriden began selling the hot cocoa bombs just before Thanksgiving after seeing them on Tik Tok in October. Torres said she usually has about 30 orders a week since she has began.
“They’re doing very well. Especially now for Christmas and the holidays. I’ve been getting a lot of orders to use as gifts,” she said.
The four flavors Torres sells are milk chocolate, white chocolate and peppermint but her most popular flavor is chocolate abuelita, a Mexican flavor that tastes like cinnamon.
Torres is offering a Christmas special for churro cheesecake desserts with a side of hot cocoa bombs, that can be ordered through Facebook and will be ready for pick up on Dec. 23 and Christmas Eve.
Meriden resident, Marissa Klimovich, the creator of The Chocolate Chip Bakery, also makes cocoa bombs and sells them in Banana’s Ice Cream shop where she works. There are nine flavors including cookies and cream, one of the most popular.
“A lot of people want to try these new trends, since they have nowhere to go,” Klimovich said. “They want to to do something fun and I thought this would be fun to implement during quarantine.”
Klimovich is currently booked for December but is taking orders for January by email or message on social media.