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Colored Hot Tea Bombs

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Hot Tea Bombs are the new TikTok Viral Trend that is taking the internet by storm. With a vibrant colored and transparent shell, these are a unique and fun way to make hot tea at home.

colored tea bombs

Hot Tea Bombs

Do you remember back around the holidays when Hot Cocoa Bombs were the hot trend?

We have made so many different shapes and flavors and while they are fun, we couldn’t pass up a new way to make a tasty, hot beverage at home.

Hot Tea Bombs are the new trend and being that I absolutely love tea (I drink a cup every night) I knew I had to give this a try!

With our tea bombs we decided to make them colored but if you don’t want them colored, you can just make them using the same directions below but skip the food coloring.

tea bomb on table

What Are Tea Bombs?

Tea bombs are balls or “bombs” that have a round outer shell that melt in hot water to reveal a tea bag stuffed inside.

Instead of having the shell made of chocolate like you do with hot chocolate bombs, the shell is made with isomalt crystals to give it that transparent and glass-like look.

tea bomb in coffee mug

Are Isomalts Safe to Consume?

There has been some information going around on the internet on whether or not Isomalt is safe to consume and after much research, I have found that yes, isomalts are safe to consume.

However, you don’t want to consume too much. Isomalt crystals are made with beet sugar and are incompletely absorbed in the small intestine. Therefore, consuming in large quantities can have a laxative effect. So, unless you are wanting that effect, consume isomalts in small quantities.

tea bomb

Things To Note About Tea Bombs

  1. Isomalt crystals are made with beet sugar and should not affect blood sugar. 
  2. Tea globes made with isomalt crystals are slightly sweet. Sugar can be added to the cup for those preferring a sweeter taste. 
  3. Tea bags may need to be folded to fit inside the globe.
  4. Isomalts get extremely hot so please handle with care and keep away from kids and pets to prevent burning.
  5. Tea globes are extremely fragile. Use care when handling them.
  6. Making tea globes is more labor intensive than making hot chocolate bombs. Globes will improve with practice.
  7. Sugar gloves may be used to reduce risk of burns.
  8. If using gel food coloring, the tea may have a tint of the color of the globe but it will not affect the taste of the tea.
  9. If more than two tea bombs are desired, it is recommended that multiple batches are made (and only two tea bombs be made per batch) instead of doubling (or tripling) the recipe because the isomalt mixture will probably begin to set up before it can be properly placed in the molds and spread out.
  10. Tea Bombs can be stored at room temperature, refrigeration is not needed. Keep them away from moisture.
colored tea bombs on table

How to Make Colored Hot Tea Bombs

Ingredients Needed:

tea bomb ingredients on table

Place isomalt crystals into small saucepan over medium-high heat.

isomalts melting in pan

Allow crystals to melt. If needed, shake pan to facilitate melting. DO NOT STIR.

When all crystals have melted, work quickly to spoon mixture into semi-sphere molds. Be very careful to avoid contact with skin. This will be hot.

melted isomalts in sphere mold

Add a few drops of gel food coloring into each mold. This will bubble up and sizzle, that’s ok.

food coloring in melted isomalts

Stir with a small spoon to mix with melted crystals.

Using the back of the spoon, quickly spread mixture to cover the entire surface of the mold. Do this step as fast as you can, it won’t take long for the mixture to begin to set up.

Allow halves to set up before continuing, approximately 30 minutes.

Remove the top half of the sphere from mold by carefully pushing up from bottom of the mold. Leave the bottom half in the mold for now.  This makes it easier to assemble the globe.

hand removing tea bomb from mold

Place tea in bottom half of globe in mold along with any edible flowers, sugar cubes or herbs you are using. If desired, leave tea bag string outside the mold.

Place small skillet over low heat. This will be used to smooth globe edges and ease joining the two globes together.

Place globe top onto hot skillet for a few seconds to smooth and melt the edge. Quickly join to bottom globe that is still in the mold.

melting tea bomb top half

Allow to cool 5-10 minutes. After a few minutes, you should be able to remove the entire sphere from the mold by carefully pressing up on the mold to release the bottom half of the globe.

two halves of tea bomb being glued together

When ready, put the tea bomb into a heat-safe mug and pour hot water over the top. Stir and enjoy!

hot water poured over tea bomb
Tea Bombs

Tea Bombs

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup Isomalt Crystals
  • Gel Food Coloring (optional)
  • Tea of choice (can be bags or loose leaf)

Instructions

  1. 1.Place isomalt crystals into small saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Allow crystals to melt. If needed, shake pan to facilitate melting. DO NOT STIR.
  3. When all crystals have melted, work quickly to spoon mixture into semi-sphere molds. Be very careful to avoid contact with skin. This will be hot and can cause severe burns.
  4. Add a few drops of gel food coloring into each mold. This will bubble up and sizzle, that’s ok.
  5. Stir with a small spoon to mix with melted crystals.
  6. Using the back of the spoon, quickly spread mixture to cover the entire surface of the mold. Do this step as fast as you can, it won’t take long for the mixture to begin to set up.
  7. Allow halves to set up before continuing, approximately 30 minutes.
  8. Remove the top half of the sphere from mold by carefully pushing up from bottom of the mold. Leave the bottom half in the mold for now.  This makes it easier to assemble the globe.
  9. Place tea in bottom half of globe in mold along with any edible flowers, sugar cubes or herbs you are using. If desired, leave tea bag string outside the mold.
  10. Place small skillet over low heat. This will be used to smooth globe edges and ease joining the two globes together.
  11. Place globe top onto hot skillet for a few seconds to smooth and melt the edge. Quickly join to bottom globe that is still in the mold.
  12. Allow to cool 5-10 minutes. After a few minutes, you should be able to remove the entire sphere from the mold by carefully pressing up on the mold to release the bottom half of the globe.
  13. When ready, put the tea bomb into a heat-safe mug and pour hot water over the top. Stir and enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please consult with a registered dietitian for dietary advice.

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