How To Paint On Hot Chocolate Bombs (Or, Any Chocolate!)

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Hand-painted with cocoa butter, white chocolate hot chocolate bombs rest flat-lay style on a plate next to a gold spoon and hot cocoa mugs.

Hi, there! Recently, I published my easy tutorial for hot cocoa bombs. So, today, I’m going to show you how to paint on hot chocolate bombs – or, for that matter, any hardened chocolate!

This method is completely edible and safe for food consumption. Plus, it’s super simple! With only two ingredients and some food-safe paintbrushes, you can create a beautiful, hand-painted piece of art on your chocolate treat.

A hand dropping a flower painted hot chocolate bomb into a clear mug. The hot chocolate bomb is made of white chocolate and has a hand-painted cocoa butter flower design.

This is a fun activity for all ages – especially during those long, dreary winter days. Even if you don’t think your painting skills are up-to-par, I assure you: painting on chocolate is a lot simpler than it seems.

So, without further ado, let’s begin! First, gather the necessary materials and ingredients. In this post, I’ve linked the exact products I used. Some links are affiliate links. Then, peruse my instructions and tips. Most of all, don’t forget to have fun!

Hand-painted hot chocolate bombs with cocoa butter and food color pigments on a plate to look like a painter's palette.

Materials Needed To Paint on Chocolate

To start your artistic, edible journey, you’ll need a canvas. In this tutorial, I used hot chocolate bombs. You can find my easy method to make hot cocoa bombs, here! However, you can also use traditional chocolate bars, chocolate figures, or chocolate bonbons – as long as the chocolate is hardened or tempered, you’re good to go!

Then, to make your edible paint, you will need pure, food-grade cocoa butter and food coloring pigments. I prefer the cocoa butter wafers because they are the easiest to melt, but you can also purchase a block and cut off shavings to achieve the same purpose. Further, because of the unfavorable reaction between chocolate and water, you cannot use any water-based ingredients to make the “paint.” For that reason, I used powdered food coloring pigments.

Hand-painted hot chocolate bombs with cocoa butter and food color pigments on a plate to look like a painter's palette.

Alternatively, you can skip the cocoa butter and pigment process and purchase pre-made cocoa butter coloring. (I haven’t tried out any pre-made cocoa butter colorings, so if you do, let me know how it goes!) However, these colors tend to be quite expensive. I found it made more sense just to purchase the cocoa butter and pigments separately, so each ingredient can then be used in other recipes (colorful macarons, anyone?!)

Finally, you need food-safe paintbrushes. I use a set like this one, but any smaller sizes/shapes will do. You’ll also need a few common kitchen items, like a heat-safe dinner plate and microwave-safe mug. It’s also good practice to protect your work surface and clothing from the pigment with a kitchen towel and smock, especially if you’re painting with young ones!

Now that you’ve gathered your materials, it’s time to begin!

Hand-painted hot chocolate bombs with cocoa butter and food color pigments on a plate to look like a painter's palette.

How To Paint On Hot Chocolate Bombs (Or, Any Chocolate!)

First, heat one cup of water in your microwave-safe mug until it is hot. Meanwhile, break or cut your cocoa butter into small-ish, half-inch pieces, until you have a little handful.

When the water is heated, place your dinner plate face-side up on top of the mug. Then, place your cocoa butter pieces on top of the plate. Let it sit for a few minutes until the warmth of the water has heated the plate and melted your cocoa butter pieces.

Then, add a little of your colored pigments to the edges of the plate. Slowly mix the pigment in with a little bit of the cocoa butter until you achieve a paint-like consistency in the colors of your choosing. Your plate, in essence, will become your painter’s palette. Feel free to mix the colors – get in touch with your elementary school art days!

Hot chocolate bombs painted with cocoa butter flowers. Behind sits a hot mug and plate to melt the cocoa butter with colored pigments to make edible chocolate paint.

If, at any time, your cocoa butter becomes too thin, remove the plate from the mug for a few minutes. Likewise, reheat the water in the mug and set it back under your plate if the cocoa butter is too thick to use as paint.

Finally, dip your paintbrush in and get started! To create the abstract little flowers featured on my painted hot chocolate bombs, I dabbed the paint gently to build up the “petals,” before going in with a smaller paintbrush to layer more vivid colors.

Painted with edible cocoa butter paint, a floral hot chocolate bomb sits in front of a mug filled with hot chocolate. There is more white chocolate in the background, also painted with warm flowers.

Don’t fret if you feel your “paintings” aren’t perfect. I find it helpful to do a Google search for easy painting ideas, and then replicate the method with the edible chocolate paint. Just have fun! And, if worst comes to worst, you can always label your art “abstract.” 🙂

Let the cocoa butter paint dry on the chocolate at room temperature. You can also put the hot chocolate bombs in the refrigerator to speed up the drying process. However, I’d steer clear of that method if you purchased and painted on tempered chocolate, as the moisture can cause the chocolate to “bloom,” or grow white spots.

Hand-painted hot chocolate bomb in a clear mug. The white chocolate was painted with cocoa butter to resemble a flower.

Have Fun Painting On Your Hot Chocolate Bombs

I hope you loved this tutorial to paint on hardened chocolate. I know this is one method I’m definitely going to pull out of my bag of tricks many times in the future.

If you missed it, check out my tutorial to make Easy Hot Chocolate Bombs using the microwave!

And, be sure to tag me on Instagram in any photos you post of your chocolate paintings! I love to see what you do in the kitchen!

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Painted with edible cocoa butter paint, a floral hot chocolate bomb sits in front of a mug filled with hot chocolate. There is more white chocolate in the background, also painted with warm flowers.

Painted with edible cocoa butter paint, a floral hot chocolate bomb sits in front of a mug filled with hot chocolate. There is more white chocolate in the background, also painted with warm flowers.

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    […] to take your cocoa bombs to another level of awesome, I’ll show you how to create a hand-painted edible decoration on top. These make for beautiful gifts, as well as a fun kitchen project for long, dreary winter […]

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