Scorching chocolate bombs, a TikTok obsession, hit the Bay Space
Veronica Rengel of The Jereli’s Oven is very sorry if she hasn’t responded to your hot chocolate bomb order. Orders are closed until Rengel can catch up on sleep.
Concord’s mother of two, who works at night as a driver of a hospice pharmacy, rides the hot cocoa wave that first exploded on TikTok in November. In the past three weeks, she has made 3,000 of the edible, cocoa-filled balls for people in Walnut Creek and Lamorinda who saw their colorful bombs on Facebook and just had to give them away for the holidays.
“I had coffee and prayers,” says Rengel, an enthusiastic home baker who had help from her friend Teresa Panameño. “The support from the mothers in the area kept me going.”
Hot chocolate bombs are edible balls filled with hot cocoa and mini marshmallows. (Courtesy Veronica Rengel)
You might not see them at your local bakery or chocolate shop, but virtual bakers and cottage bakers jumped on the trend after posting more than 28.5 million videos with the hashtag #hotchocolatebombs (and another 13.2 million with #hotcocoabombs) had seen.
If you haven’t seen them before, they’re thin chocolate shells filled with cocoa powder and mini marshmallows, and they come in a variety of flavors.
Put in a mug and soaked in hot milk, the bombs explode as the chocolate dissolves and the marshmallows rock upwards.
Rangel’s golf ball size bombs ($ 15 for $ 4 or $ 23 for $ 6) are available in oreo, strawberry, chocolate, peppermint, and white chocolate flavors.
Rengel started her small business in September – Jereli’s is a mixture of the names of her sons Elijiah and Jeremiah – with pictures of their cakes. But after seeing the chocolate bombs on Jeremiah’s TikTok account, she tried to make half a dozen and gave them to her boss as a gift. A few days later, her boss posted her on Facebook and tagged Rengel.
“I was very unsure,” Rengel remembers. “What if people didn’t like her?”
Then the orders rolled in. Rengel’s husband, Luis, helped spread hundreds of messages while Rengel did cocoa magic all day and after work until 4 or 5 a.m. Rengel is taking a few days off to rest and buy her boys’ Christmas presents, but she’ll be ready in time for New Year’s Eve orders.
Yenci Orellana from Alameda also makes and delivers hot chocolate bombs. The appeal is related to their affordability and talent.
“It’s winter and it’s a perfect price to give anyone a little present,” says Orellana, who founded her Sweet Jelly Desserts bakery a year and a half ago.
In the past two weeks, she has made 1,000 cupcake-sized bombs in seven flavors and shipped them to customers in the East Bay. Orellana says she will continue to make hot chocolate bombs in the New Year when she starts offering shipping to the Greater Bay Area.
“With COVID-19, it’s a great way to stay home and still give friends and family a little treat,” she says.
DIY hot cocoa bombs
Do you want to make your own hot chocolate bombs? Kit 2 Eat Craft & Food offers a $ 40 DIY Chocolate Bomb Kit that includes a six-bomb silicone mold, chocolate chips, premium cocoa, marshmallows, white chocolate chips, piping bags, sprinkles, and more. Details and ordering information can be found at https://kit2eat.com.
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