Food trend keeps on coming. First, people went crazy about hot chocolate bombs. Now, it is a tea bomb. If you’re a morning person, you’ll love making a perfect tea bomb. Making it is easy. You don’t have to be super skilled to prepare it. This is popular to serve for your next tea party.
Making the Perfect Tea Bomb
1. Work with Isomalt
Isomalt is a sugar replacement, made from beet sugar. Compared to sugar, it is less sweet. If you want a sugar-free alternative, this is the better option.
If you have not worked with isomalt, it can be a challenge. This sugar alternative is odorless. Because it is sugar-free, it has little to no effect on blood sugar levels.
- Melt isomalt on medium-high heat.
- Use a non-stick pan when heating it.
- Don’t use a lot of isomalt. Half a cup will do.
- Rotate the pan from side to side when melting this alternative.
- Keep the isomalt over low heat once melted. It will guarantee that it remains fluid when you are forming the tea bombshells.
Now, let’s decorate the tea bomb.
You need edible gold leaf. Add it to a silicon mold. The gold will stick to the sides of the mold. This will keep the mold in place when working with the tea tomb.
- Start pouring metaled isomalt into the cavity.
- Fill it halfway from the top to color.
- Color the tea bomb by using food coloring.
- Dip the food coloring using a skewer.
- Stir the color into this sugar-free alternative to create a gorgeous pattern for the shells.
- Cover the sides by lifting and rotating the mold.
- Be extra careful because the isomalt is still hot.
- Place the silicone mold on top of a warmed surface. Preferably, stoned surface. It allows the isomalt fluid for a lot longer. While it is still fluid, it is easier to work with isomalt.
- While it is still in the mold, you want to achieve nice even thin, and delicate walls to the shell.
- Wait for it to cool down a bit.
- Remove the mold from the shell and set it aside.
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Why the use of isomalt? It has a lower melting point. Thus, you can get a crystal clear appearance. Sugar, on the other hand, has a high melting point. It tends to brown easily.
- Fill the tea bomb by adding the sheets back into the mold.
- This is where the fun part starts. Add a teaspoon of loose-leaf tea to the shells. Fill the tea bombs with fragrant green tea with citrus and licorice.
- Change the colors and use your favorite leaf tea or use tea bags.
- Seal the bombs
- Melt and form the bomb using a hot nonstick fry pan.
- Place an empty shell into the frying pan to warm the edges.
- Place the shell on top of a filled shell.
- Seal the bomb by adding gentle pressure.
- Do this with the remaining bombs.
- Smooth out rough or jagged edges, and pick up a tea bomb. Roll it onto the hot pan to melt and smooth the edges.
- Be extra careful because the tea bombs are delicate. They may crack if you put too much pressure
Serving the Tea Bomb
This is easy because you just have to add boiled water to the teapot. Place the tea bomb in a mug. Let the tea to steep for three to four minutes.
2. Making Tea Bombs without Isomalt
Isomalt isn’t the only sugar you can use to make tea bombs. You can use light corn syrup and white sugar.
To work with white sugar, instead of an isomalt, make sure that you have a candy thermometer. It will allow you to monitor the temperature. In that way, you know when to add the sugar. This is vital for the next step.
You must use heat gloves when you work with sugar. It prevents fingerprints on the products.
When making tea bombs without isomalt, you must follow these steps:
- Add two tablespoons of water and 1/3 light corn syrup to the stove pot.
- Measure the hotness of the sugar by adding a candy thermometer to the pot’s rim.
- Bring the mixture to a boil on medium to high heat.
- Add the gel food coloring and continue stirring with a silicon spatula. The sugar is ready when the thermometer reaches 300 degrees.
- Turn off the stove
- Spoon out the mixture and pour it into the silicone mold
- Spread the sugar around the mold using the back of the spoon.
- Make sure to work with the sugar quickly before it hardens. You may not get it the first time. But it gets easier with practice.
- Don’t add too much mixture as it will harden in the mold and become a part of the tea bomb. Although it is not an actual issue, it will take a lot more time to melt in the mug.
- Let the sugar set for 20 minutes.
- Remove half the circles once the sugar is set.
- Place the skills on the stove.
- Don’t turn on the heat.
- Fill the circles you left in the mold with flowers, luster dust, and other items you would want in the tea.
- Seal the molds by adding a half-circle mold to the skillet.
- Heat the rim for a few seconds.
- Place the half circle in the mold and secure both half circles together. They should stick quickly and harden immediately.
- Let the bombs sit for 5 minutes
- Press the mold gently on the bottom to pop out the tea bombs.
- Hold the bomb on top so you can remove it gently.
What Tea to Use for Tea Bombs?
You can add diced and food-grade flowers. They can make a gorgeous presentation in the mug when the bomb melts. But you can also use Herbalife tea.
When using food coloring, you can use the regular one. If you want darker food coloring, you can use powder form. But you may want to stick to gel food coloring. In this way, it will prevent additional liquid from going into the pot.
There you go. These are the two ways to make the perfect tea bomb. If you wish to know what Herbalife tea bombs are, please visit here.