Starbucks Coffee Bombs Are Here, and Yes, You Can Make Them at Home

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Your coffee is about to get explosively good.

2020 was all about dropping bombs… figuratively. We started off with hot cocoa bombs that kept us cozy all winter, and the trend continued well into 2021 with cocktail drink bombs, tea bombs and even ramen and broth bombs.

It’s time to swing all the way back around to the trend that started it all, because Starbucks just shared a recipe for coffee bombs—and we can’t wait to add them to our cups!

What Is a Coffee Bomb?

For starters, it doesn’t include any coffee. But you can use a coffee bomb to add sweet caramel notes and a kick of dark chocolate to your morning cuppa, whether you buy it from the ‘Bucks or brew at home.

Unfortunately, these decadent bombs won’t be available at Starbucks—though we definitely hope they consider making it an option! It’s strictly a DIY thing for now.

How to Make Caramel Coffee Bombs

Ingredients

  • 24 ounces chopped dark chocolate (65% cocoa or higher)
  • 12 ounces caramel sauce
  • 6 crushed hard caramel candies

You’ll also need an instant-read thermometer (our Test Kitchen likes the Thermapen), 1¾-inch silicone half-sphere chocolate molds and a 1-inch pastry brush.

Directions

Step 1: Melt the chocolate

Microwave chocolate in a glass bowl for 30 seconds. Stir chocolate from outside edges of the bowl to then center, then microwave in 15-second increments until the chocolate is mostly melted. Make sure the temperature doesn’t get higher than 90° F!

Step 2: Coat the molds

Use the pastry brush to spread a layer of chocolate inside each mold. Chill for a few minutes. Then, add a second layer of chocolate shell, making sure you bring the brush up to the rim. (You don’t want holes in the sides of your spheres, after all.)

Step 3: Chill

Chill for 10 minutes, then carefully push the half-spheres out of the molds.

Step 4: Fill the coffee bombs

Fill 12 of the half-spheres with 1 ounce of caramel sauce, and then add chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, caramel candy or even a little bit of creamer. (If you add creamer, make sure you use the bomb immediately.)

Step 5: Join the sphere halves

Warm a skillet on the lowest heat possible, then hold the rim of an empty half-sphere to the skillet until it’s slightly melted. Immediately stick it to the top of one of the filled half-spheres. Repeat with the remaining spheres until you have your coffee bombs!

You can melt more chocolate to drizzle over the top or add some more crushed caramel to decorate the spheres. And unless you used creamer, you can store these bombs in an airtight container for a couple weeks. To use a coffee bomb, just drop one in your morning joe—like this Starbucks caramel coffee.

And the next time you order your favorite Frapp from Starbucks, you might want to take a closer look at that siren logo.

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Amrita Thakkar
Amrita is an Assistant Digital Editor at Taste of Home. As a writer and amateur photographer, she often ends up applying these skills to her one great love: food. She can usually be found researching global cuisines, at the farmers market, doing yoga, or looking up new places to travel to.