Sleepy Time Tea Bomb


Sleepy Time Tea Bomb

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    This homemade Sleepy Time Tea Bomb is filled with an herbal blend of chamomile and lavender tea—a perfect caffeine-free, relaxing hot beverage to help you wind down before bedtime.

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    Servings and Ingredients

    Serves 6
    1 ⅓ Hy-Vee granulated sugar
    ½ c. Hy-Vee light corn syrup, plus additional for garnish
    ⅓ c. Hy-Vee distilled water
    4 drop(s) Over the Top radiant purple food coloring gel
    ¼ c. Tiesta Tea lavender chamomile loose leaf herbal tea, plus additional for garnish
    1 tbsp. fresh lime zest, plus additional for garnish
    1 tbsp. dried edible lavender, 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 food coloring, 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 lavender chamomile tea, lime zest, and dried lavender in a small bowl; set aside. 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 dried chamomile flowers, edible lavender, and/or lime zest.

    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.