Are Tea Bombs the New Hot Chocolate Bombs?

At the end of 2020, right around the holiday season, hot chocolate bombs starting appearing everywhere. From Instagram to coffee shops, these sugary explosions became super trendy. And now, people have decided to include another warm beverage to the bombs—enter tea bombs. Instead of chocolate chips, marshmallows, and sprinkles, tea bombs have flowers and loose-leaves.

And instead of chocolate, it’s all about tea. Tea bombs are colorful, glittery, candy-covered floral works of art, and a great alternative to the rich taste of hot chocolate bombs. They work exactly the same way as hot chocolate bombs—just pour hot water over the shell and wait for the bomb to open up.

The transparent shell of the tea bomb is made from isomalt, which is a sugar substitute derived from sugar beet. But don’t worry—the taste is subtle and you won’t even notice it. The isomlat creates a glass-like effect that makes dessert look even prettier.

So, how can you make your own tea bomb? It’s actually pretty simple. All you need is some isomalt, food coloring, a spherical, silicone mold, and the tea of your choice. Just melt your isolmalt until it’s a bubbly, clear liquid, mix in food coloring, coat two halves of your mold with the mixture, and pop a teabag or a couple of teaspoons of loose-leaf inside. To finish the bombs, wait for the sphere halves to cool, then melt down the edges on a hot pan and stick them together. Now, you’re ready to enjoy your homemade tea bomb!