Energizing Tea Bomb


Energizing Tea Bomb

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    Servings and Ingredients

    Serves 6
    1 ⅓ c. Hy-Vee granulated sugar
    ½ c. Hy-Vee light corn syrup, plus additional for garnish
    ⅓ c. Hy-Vee distilled water
    1 tsp. BeetElite black cherry-flavored concentrated beetroot crystals, divided; plus additional for garnish
    3 tbsp. dried goji berries, plus additional for garnish
    2 tbsp. Tiesta tea black Thai tropical loose leaf tea, plus additional for garnish
    12 oz. boiling water, for serving

    Things To Grab

    • Medium saucepan
    • Candy thermometer
    • Dome silicone mold
    • Rimmed baking pan
    • Wax paper
    • Nonstick cooking spray
    • Measuring cup
    • 2-1/4-inch-round cookie cutter
    • Nonstick skillet
    • 16-oz. mug


    1. Cook granulated sugar, corn syrup, and distilled water together in a medium saucepan over high heat until a candy thermometer reaches 295 degrees. Remove from heat.

    2. Add 1/2 teaspoon cherry-flavored crystals, if desired. Cool to 265 degrees. Place a dome silicone mold upside down on a rimmed baking pan lined with wax paper and spray mold with nonstick spray; wipe off excess. Prop the long side of the prepared baking pan up 2-inches with a measuring cup.

    3. Pour sugar over each mold in a circular motion, covering each mold. Let set for 30 seconds; remove prop from under pan. use an oiled 2-1/4-inch round cookie cutter to push down around the base of each mold. Repeat cutting around each mold 3 or 4 times to release shell. Let sugar shells stand on molds for at least 20 minutes while preparing tea blend. 

    4. Stir together goji berries, black tea, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon cherry-flavored crystals in a small bowl. Gently remove extra sugar shell around each half-sphere mold, then remove each half-sphere shell from its mold. Turn silicone mold over; set half of the sugar shells into a half-sphere-shaped compartment. Fill each shell with 1 tablespoon tea mixture. 

    5. If desired, brush a small amount of corn syrup on cooled shells to attach additional goji berries, tea leaves, and/or cherry-flavored crystals.

    6. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Melt edges of one unfilled half-sphere on skillet. Quickly place on top of a tea-filled half-sphere and gently press 20 seconds to seal. Store at room temperature, covered, for 1 week.

    7. To serve, place 1 tea bomb in a 16-oz. mug. Slowly pour 12-oz. boiling water over the tea bomb. Steep 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until tea bomb melts. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve, if desired.