Check out the Latest Cocoa Craze

Find creative takes on the newest trend in hot chocolate across the state

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Maybe you’ve spotted these decadent confections on Instagram or spied them popping up behind display cases at your favorite bakeries. Hot cocoa bombs seemed like they were all the rage back in December, and they’re making a Valentine’s Day comeback with all the heart motifs, red and pink drizzle, and sprinkles you’d imagine. If these treats – on the one hand, chocolate candy; on the other, a drink mix – haven’t breached your radar, the idea is genius in its simplicity: Pour hot water or milk over the rich chocolate shells filled with hot cocoa mix (and sometimes other edible surprises) and let it all melt together into a warm cuppa. Here’s a handful of spots offering their unique spins on the dessert, but be on the lookout at your neighborhood bakeries for more.

 

A Piece of the Puzzle Baked Goods

This home operation is inspired by baker Victoria Shemanski’s daughter, who is on the autism spectrum and instrumental in helping to develop new and festive hot cocoa bombs. Come Valentine’s Day, watch their Facebook feed for over-the-top heart-shaped and candy-laden offerings. Warwick

 

Blush Bakeshop

Along with pink hot cocoa bombs glammed up in heart sprinkles, Blush will carry plenty of sugar cookies and donuts to fit the love-themed season. Plant-based eaters rejoice: All confections are vegan, too! These bad boys are first come, first served, so swing by early to pick one up for your sweetie. Providence

 

The Chocolate Boutique

The gourmet apple doesn’t fall far from the tree – while this family-owned chocolate biz is known for dipped fruit, their creative takes on cocoa bombs have been going strong since November. French Vanilla, Salted Caramel, and Hazelnut, all decked in sprinkles and swirls, are available for order by calling the shop. Cranston

 

Gingersnaps Bakery

Marshmallow- and ganache-filled hot cocoa bombs sold out almost daily through the holidays at this neighborhood bakery in Lincoln (also a Rhody Gem November 2020!), so you’ll want to get a jump on heart-shaped Pink Cocoa, Chocolate Raspberry, and Vanilla Chai offerings in store for V-Day. Online ordering will open the first week of February. Lincoln

 

The Newport Sweet Shoppe

Known for a selection of handmade chocolates and sweets to rival the likes of Willy Wonka, molded chocolates are old hat to this candy shop on Bellevue that specializes in lobster, seashell, and sailboat shapes. Enter heart-shaped hot cocoa bombs, along with adventurous flavors like Strawberries and Cream and Cupid’s Cocoa. 

 

Sophie’s Brewhouse

For your dunking delight, this South County cafe is whipping up White Chocolate Oreo and Dark Chocolate Reese’s hot cocoa bombs for Valentine’s Day. Pro-tip: Pick up one of their 32oz growlers of your fave coffee and mix a little into the melted chocolate drink to liven up your morning. Exeter

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