The new trendsetter – Tiktok – continues to amaze with its discoveries. In the period of self-isolation, it gave us dalgona coffee and “moon milk”, and hot tea bombs are the latest trend.
What is a tea bomb? This is an incredibly beautiful and effective serving of delicious tea. This is a little show in a teapot, because watching the bomb dissolve in boiling water is a pleasure.
A tea bomb is a small transparent ball that melts and releases tea leaves when it enters the water. This method of tea brewing looks most impressive in a transparent glass as you can observe the beauty of tea leaves or herbs. Preparing a tea bomb is quite simple. Melted sugar or isomalt is poured into a spherical silicone mold. Anything goes into this sphere: tea leaves, dried flowers, even a simple tea bag.
Tea bombs are a great gift for tea lovers. They are unusual, beautiful, delicious and handmade. You can experiment with recipes or try creating your own based on the ingredients you like and turn an ordinary tea party into a real ceremony!
How to Make Hot Tea Bombs?
As we mentioned, making tea bombs at home is not difficult. Many Tiktokers use isomalt but this is not something that you can buy from the supermarket. You need to order it or buy it from specialized stores. So we come to the question – how to make hot tea bombs without Isomalt? The answer is simple – you can work with sugar. However, you need to remember that working with melted sugar can be dangerous so you need to handle it with greatest attention in order to avoid burns!
What Equipment Do You Need to Make Tea Bombs?
What you need is a semi sphere silicone mold and sugar. To fill the bombs you need tea bags, edible flowers, edible confetti, an assortment of tea – green tea, black tea, herbal tea, etc. For a luxurious touch, you can use edible gold leaves or glitter. If you want colored tea bombs, use food coloring of your choice.
DIY Hot Tea Bombs
1/3 cup Light Corn Syrup
2 tablespoons water
1 cup white sugar
gel food coloring
additives of your choice – edible flowers, confetti, etc.
Measure, 2 tablespoons and 1/3rd light out.
Pour sugar, water and corn syrup into a stove pot. Add a candy thermometer to the rim of the pot.
Bring sugar mixture to a boil on medium high heat.
Add in gel food coloring, if using, and stir with a silicon spatula.
Sugar is ready when thermometer reaches 300 F/ 148C degrees.
Carefully spoon out sugar mixture into silicone molds and use the back of spoon to spread the sugar around the mold.
Let the sugar set for about 15-20 minutes.
Once sugar is set, carefully push the bottom of the mold to pop up the circle and carefully set half the pieces to the side and leave half the sugar circles in the mold.
Fill the semi-circles that you left in the mold with tea bags, flowers, etc. Make sure to leave the tea bag string outside of the mold.
Place a small skillet on stove, let heat up on low.
Add half the circle mold to the skillet and let smooth and heat the rim.
Quickly place back on to the sugar circle and carefully secure both sides together.
Once all bombs are complete, let sit and secure for another 5-10 minutes.
Carefully pop out the tea bombs from the mold by pressing gently on the bottom, hold the bomb on top, and remove.
How To Make Tea Bombs with Isomalt?
Dried Edible Flowers
Use a small saucepan to melt the crystals over medium heat. Do not stir, just shake the pan to move the crystals and allow them to melt.
Once isomalt is melted, stir until the bubbles disappear and the liquid is clear.
Pour a few tablespoons of the liquid into the silicone molds. Be careful, as this is extremely hot.
Rotate the inside of the mold evenly, to create the translucent shell.
Allow the molds to cool, this takes around 30 minutes.
Add any herbs or edible flowers that you like like.
Heat a skillet on low, and place on piece of the globe on the skillet, to melt the edge just a little.
Place the globe sides together making a sphere and let them set up.