Dallas-area sweet shops try to keep up with demand

Hot cocoa bombs are the bomb right now. In the past few months, this hot food trend has gone viral on TikTok and Instagram. Children love them, and they are becoming the most sought-after stocking gift this season. The craze is a holiday blessing for several local businesses during this pandemic, and they’re struggling to keep up with demand.

“I’m pretty much hot cocoa bombs,” says Lainie Sanchez of Mugs Cafe and Bakery in Roanoke, who started making them just a week ago. “By the time I make them, they’re gone. I can’t even get it out. “

A hot cocoa bomb is a chocolate ball full of cocoa and marshmallows, which makes the mix sweet, rich and visually stunning. Just toss the bomb in a mug and pour hot water or milk over it to watch the ball split open and let go of the marshmallows. Hot cocoa bombs are definitely more exciting than the store-bought cocoa envelopes, and countless local businesses are suddenly selling them, usually for around $ 5 each.

Even 287 Nutrition in Arlington, known for its nutritious smoothies, had to participate. “It’s crazy,” says owner Beth Amezcua. “People are crazy about them. When you’re on a mom’s online group, people write about it every day. “

Kimber Chambless of Bake My Day in Keller says someone just ordered 70 hot cocoa bombs. The demand is so high that it has stopped promoting it. Brooke Taylor of Bunny’s Bakery in Fort Worth happened to learn how to temper chocolate during the pandemic. When reached by phone, she kept using the words “crazy” and “insane” to describe the demand and said she lost sleep trying to fulfill all of the orders.

“It’s very popular right now,” says Chovani Wright of Jar Sweets in Fort Worth, who usually sells cheesecakes in mason jars. “Children are super fascinated by it.” Many are fine with regular hot cocoa bombs, but she also offers flavors like caramel, cookies, and cream, and has started experimenting with elven shapes. “I don’t know where it came from, but it’s a hot commodity right now. It boosted my business and made my name known. “

Small quantities and large portions are hallmarks of Handel's Homemade Ice Cream, a growing chain that recently opened stores in McKinney and Flower Mound.Jar Sweets' Chovani Wright makes hot cocoa bombs.Jar Sweets’ Chovani Wright makes hot cocoa bombs.(Jar Sweets)

“We do our best not to be sold out,” says Season Lambert of Life is Sweet in Basement. She says that every day people call, text, and come into her store to look for the popular item. Many buy a few dozen at a time, and she says the best way to get yours backed up is to pre-order through their website. In addition to the original flavor, Life is Sweet sells mint truffles and white candy cane.

Lambert also makes a good point when asked about the origin of hot cocoa bombs: “There is a chocolatier in Dallas who started out with Carl the Snowman. It’s a hot cocoa bomb that has been sold for years. “

Carl the Drinking Chocolate Snowman by Kate Weiser Chocolate Carl the Drinking Chocolate Snowman by Kate Weiser Chocolate (Vernon Bryant / employee photographer)

In fact, Kate Weiser Chocolate has been selling Carl the Drinking Chocolate Snowman, OG’s hot cocoa bomb, since 2014.

“It’s so funny because for the past six years we’ve really had to explain how he works,” says Weiser. “But everyone knows this year and it has helped our sales.”

Carl serves five to eight cups and, in addition to Kate Weiser Chocolate, is also sold in stores like Nieman Marcus and Central Market. But for the time being, Weiser is holding back from selling other hot cocoa bombs.

“Carl is our bread and butter,” says Weiser, who compares the enthusiasm for hot cocoa bombs with the sudden popularity of French macarons. “I wanted to make sure we weren’t making a new product that would cannibalize its sales. But I think next year we’ll be making little Carls with individual servings. “

The Good Book of Southern Baking?  by Kelly Fields with Kate Heddings at Humble Simple Good Pies in Dallas, Thursday, November 19, 2020. (Brandon Wade / Special Contributor)

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