Hot Chocolate Bomb Tutorial

When we dreamed up our Hot Chocolate Bombs during the hot months of summer we didn’t realize how big of a hit they would become this Winter season! With the Hot Chocolate Bombs flying off the shelves as excited customers rush home to make a cozy cup of hot chocolate to enjoy while spending time with family or friends, while watching a movie or reading a book, we decided it was time to share a step by step on how to use our Hot Chocolate Bombs.

 

We’ve had a few requests for this blog post so we are excited to be sharing with you how to make the most delicious cups of hot chocolate we hope you’ll get to enjoy this winter season!

 

Step 1 – Heat up milk.

Heat up the milk of your choice in a pot or in your mug in a microwave. If you’re heating it up in your mug,  make sure you leave enough room for the bomb to be added into the mug without it overflowing. We recommend taking the mug you’d like to use and fill it 3/4 of the way with milk to heat. Make sure your milk is nice and hot for a quick and efficient melt of your Hot Chocolate Bomb.

 

Step 2 – Drop the bomb!

Once your milk is nice and heated up (make sure it’s steaming a bit!), gently drop the bomb into the milk. Use a spoon to gently roll and stir the bomb as it melts to mix the chocolate into the milk.

 

Step 3 – Stir, stir, stir.

Once the Hot Chocolate Bomb is fully melted be sure to stir with a spoon and scrape the bottom to be sure there aren’t any melted chocolate clumps at the bottom of your mug. Use your spoon to get all around the edges and be sure your bomb is fully mixed in.

 

Step 4 – Enjoy!

The bomb has melted away and now a rich cup of hot chocolate is ready for you to enjoy! Sip slowly to savour this delicious treat.

 

Our Hot Chocolate Bombs are no longer available for Holiday Pre-Order but we will have limited amounts available at both shops when we are able! Stop by our locations at The Forks or Academy Road to pick up your bombs today!

 

 

Behind The Scenes of our Cookie Sandwiches

Jenna Rae Cakes without Cookie Sandwiches just wouldn’t be Jenna Rae Cakes at all! Cookie Sandwiches are a staple on our menu and we can’t imagine a day in the shop without them (unless they sell out, of course!).

One day in early 2014, Jenna, Ashley and their sister Chelsea were working one of their all-too-common long shifts together in the tiny kitchen on Academy road filling cookies with ice cream for ice cream sandwiches. One of them said, “why don’t we fill these with buttercream?” and with that simple question, the JRC Cookie Sandwich was born. It is still up for debate as to who actually said ‘”why don’t we fill these with buttercream?”… two votes are for Chelsea and one vote is for Jenna 😉

Since then they’ve been on the menu every day, and each staff member has played a part in creating the lineup of delicious flavours we have available. Our kitchen team loves recreating all of their favourite flavours in the form of Cookie Sandwiches and love the trial and error of finding the best way to make each Cookie Sandwich the absolute best.

Not every flavour idea works out, though–one of the most memorable flavour idea flops was the Fuzzy Peach Cookie Sandwich. We had high hopes for this peculiar cookie, but the sour peach buttercream and the buttery cookie combo did not make the cut!

Staff favourites include the classic Toffee Salted Caramel (by far our best seller!), Blueberry Cheesecake, Birthday Cake Oreo, Lemon Meringue, Grinch Sugar Cookies, our Salted Caramel Apple Crumble, S’mores Brownie and Ginger Crinkle with Eggnog Buttercream.

Take a peek below and check out the process of going from cookie dough to Cookie Sandwich.

We start by mixing our dough! Each dough is carefully mixed to ensure our cookies have their soft and chewy texture. Our recipes for our favourite cookie doughs have been perfected over time with trial and error adjustments.

Once the cookie dough is made, we scoop and flatten each cookie. Flattening our cookies encourage spread and get them nice and big!

A question we are often asked is how we get our cookies so consistent in shape and size. The answer– we measure each and every cookie!

Next, we top our cookies with their appropriate decorative touches then bake in our ovens.

Once the cookies cool we begin filling them. Each cookie is filled with delicious buttercream and then, if required for the flavour, stuffed with filling then drizzled with either chocolate ganache or salted caramel. Pictured above is our Salted Caramel Apple Pie Cookie Sandwich. You can see the swirl of salted caramel buttercream, the apple pie filling stuffed in the middle, the salted caramel drizzle and the sprinkle of oat crumble.

Jenna Rae Cakes Salted Caramel Apple Crumble Cookie Sandwiches

The final step is topping each cookie with a matching top and voila! A cookie sandwich is ready for the pastry case and to be enjoyed by you!

 

Our cookie sandwich flavours are always expanding and we would love to hear which flavours are your favourite. Be sure to comment on our Instagram photos with flavours you’d love to see next!

 

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