What would we do without TikTok? Personally, we wouldn’t know what to cook, what to drink, what restaurants to go to, what hair products to buy, where to vacation.. Okay, maybe we’re being a little bit on the dramatic side, but the point is, we see a lot of things on TikTok we want to try. Today we’re talking about hot tea bombs and we would describe them as a crossover between a bath bomb and a hot chocolate bomb. But for tea. We’re sure you’re just as intrigued as we are, so let’s get into it.
(image via: taste of home)
What Exactly Are Hot Tea Bombs?
Hot tea bombs are little candy spheres filled with tea ingredients; you’ll place your tea bomb in your mug and pour hot water over it, and as the sphere melts all of the ingredients release creating a cozy and delicious cup of tea. Not only are hot tea bombs simple to make, pretty, and delicious, but they make the most perfect gifts for your tea-loving friends. Especially if they’re in a gift basket paired with a cute mug and a great read.
Which Tea is the Best Tea to Use?
We recommend keeping a variety of tea flavors around for tea bombs because you never know what flavor you might feel like passing out! We recommend keeping the tag visible so you or the person you’re gifting the tea bomb knows what flavor to expect. Because any tea lover knows floral teas and herbal teas are two totally different vibes.
Do I Just Go Pick Flowers or…?
For the hot tea bombs, you’ll make sure you use edible flowers that have been dried and prepared for human consumption!
Okay, let’s get to the fun stuff!
(image via: rural sprout)
- Isomalt crystals
- Dried edible flowers
- Silicone mold
You’ll start by melting crystals in a saucepan over medium heat. And though you’ll be tempted to stir, you’ll simply shake the pan around to get the crystals moving. Once the crystals have melted, you’ll then stir until the bubbles disappear and the liquid is clear.
Next, you’ll quickly remove your melted crystals from the stove and begin pouring them into your mold, rotating the mold to make sure you are creating an even translucent shell.
The mold will now need to cool for about 30 minutes until you proceed. (A great time to clean up!)
Take half of your hold and place your tea, edible flowers, all the good stuff into it. With a skillet on low, you’ll take the other half of your mold and place it on the hot skillet, this will make a sticky edge that will act as glue when you put both halves together.
Lastly, you’ll put both halves together to create a full globe, leaving the tea string out, and allow them time to sit and set!