Blooming tea lovers, get ready! These DIY floral tea globes are for you. Make homemade hot blooming tea balls for yourself or to give as gifts this holiday season.
Like hot tea drops but a bit more magical, these flower tea orbs melt into a delicious hot tea blend of your choice. Don’t let this DIY intimidate you. There are quite a few steps, but take them one by one and you’ll be on your way to making these beauties with all your favorite flavor blends.
Flower Hot Tea Bombs
For everyone hopping on the drink melt train, add these flower balls to your list. Clear spheres that contain edible flowers and your favorite tea are gorgeous before and after they melt.
I’ve only had blooming tea a few times and it’s a whole experience! Use a clear mug to get the full vibe. Watching your own creation melt is even more fun.
Get creative and start making these orbs for your fall and winter cozy drink time or to give as unique homemade gifts for tea lovers.
Flower Tea Melts Ingredients
Here’s what you need to make this recipe. The exact measurements are in the printable recipe card below.
- Isomalt crystals
- Tea bags or loose-leaf tea
- Dried edible flowers
- Small saucepan
- Large cavity semi-sphere silicone mold
- Sugar gloves
How to make Flowering Tea Balls
In a small saucepan, melt isomalt crystals over medium-high heat.
Do not stir the isomalt while it is melting. Just allow the crystals to melt on their own. Shake the pan to help shift the crystals if needed, but do not stir until all the crystals are liquid.
Once completely melted, stir the mixture until the bubbles have disappeared and the liquid is clear.
Quickly pour or spoon a couple of tablespoons of the melted isomalt into the mold cavities. Be careful to avoid contact with the skin as the mixture will be extremely hot and will burn your skin.
Rotate to coat the inside of the molds evenly. Make sure to cover the entire mold cavity. This method produces a smooth translucent shell.
Allow the orbs to cool about 20-30 minutes before moving to the next step.
Repeat the above process until all the mold cavities are filled. Isomalt can be reheated multiple times as long as you are careful not to burn it.
When all the spheres are cool, remove the top halves from the mold by pushing up from the bottom. Leave the bottom halves in the mold. This makes assembly easier.
Place tea bags or loose-leaf tea into the bottom half of the globe (the ones still in the mold) along with any edible flowers or herbs you are using. You can leave the tea bag string out of the mold if you’d like.
Place a small skillet over low heat. This is used to smooth the orb edges and to help fuse the bottoms and tops together.
Once the skillet is heated, place one globe top onto the hot skillet for a few seconds to smooth and melt the edge.
Quickly place it on top of the bottom half that is still in the mold filled with the tea and flowers. The melted edges will dry and join the halves together.
Repeat the above step for the other globes.
Allow the orbs to set for about 5-10 minutes. Carefully press up on the bottom of the mold to release the orbs. The globes are fragile, so be gentle.
If you’d like, you can place extra edible flowers to the tops or the sides of the globes using a bit of melted isomalt.
To do this, melt a tiny amount of isomalt in the pan. Carefully dip one end of the flower into the melted isomalt and attach it to the globe. This step is optional and it is best to use the protective gloves.
How to make Blooming Tea
To use your beautiful creation, carefully place one orb into a mug.
Pour hot water over the ball and watch it bloom into a delicious hot tea!
Use a clear mug to get the full view.
The color of the drink will depend on the type of tea and flowers that you used.
Blooming Tea Bombs Recipe Notes and FAQ
How to stay safe while working with isomalt.
Please wear protective gloves while using isomalt. The mixture gets extremely hot and it’s easy to burn yourself in an instant.
My tea bags don’t fit!
Depending on the size of your molds, the tea bags may need to be folded to fit inside. This is fine, just be sure that the bags are fully inside before sealing the two halves together. Use a large cavity mold.
Is it easy to make hot tea bombs?
Tea bomb creation is a bit of a learned art. They aren’t as easy to make as hot chocolate bombs, but it’s easy to improve with practice. Make a few test rounds before creating some for homemade gifts.
Handle with care.
Do I need to add sweetener?
Isomalt crystals are a tad sweet. If you prefer your tea sweetened, you may want to add sugar or another sweetener either to the globes or to the tea after making it.
How to store flowering tea balls.
Flowering tea bombs can be stored in a cool, dry place. No need to refrigerate unless you live in a hot, humid climate.
- 1/2 cup Isomalt Crystals
- 3 Tea Bags in flavor of choice (can also use loose leaf tea if preferred)
- Dried Edible Flowers
- In a small saucepan, melt isomalt crystals over medium-high heat.
- Do not stir isomalt while it is melting, just allow the crystals to melt. Shake pan to facilitate melting if needed, but do not stir until all crystals have liquified.
- Once completely melted, stir until bubbles have disappeared and liquid is clear.
- Working quickly, pour or spoon a couple of tablespoons of liquid into the mold cavities being careful to avoid contact with skin. Mixture will be very hot and will burn skin.
- Rotate to coat the inside of the mold evenly, making sure to get the entire mold cavity covered. This method produces a smooth translucent shell.
- Allow orbs to cool about 20-30 minutes before moving to the next step.
- If needed, this process can be repeated until all mold cavities have been filled. Isomalt can be reheated multiple times as long as care is taken not to burn it.
- When all orbs have cooled, remove the top halves from the mold by pushing up from bottom. Leave the bottom halves in the mold. This makes for easier assembly.
- Place tea bags in bottom half of globe (that is still in the mold) along with any edible flowers or herbs you are using. If desired leave the tea bag string outside the mold.
- Place a small skillet over low heat. This will be used to smooth orb edges and enable joining the two orbs together.
- Once skillet has heated, place one globe top onto hot skillet for a few seconds to smooth and melt the edge. Quickly place on top of the bottom half that is still in the mold and filled with tea and flowers. The melted edges will dry and join the halves together.
- Repeat step 11 for the other two globes.
- After approximately 5-10 minutes you should be able to remove the entire globe from the mold by pressing up from the bottom to release the bottom half of the globe. Be careful, the globes are fragile.
- If desired, extra flowers can be attached to the top or sides of the globes using a bit of melted isomalt. To do this, melt a small amount of isomalt in the pan. CAREFULLY dip one end of a flower into melted isomalt and attach it to the globe. This step is optional and is best to be completed using sugar gloves.
- It is a good idea to use sugar gloves to reduce the risk of burns as the isomalt is extremely hot when melted.
- Depending on the size of your molds, tea bags may need to be folded to fit inside the globes. This is ok, just be sure that the bags are fully inside before sealing the two halves together.
- Tea globe creation is a bit of a learned art, they will improve with practice.
- Tea globes are fragile and will shatter if not handled carefully.
- Isomalt crystals should not affect blood sugar as they are made with beet sugar.
- Isomalt crystals are a bit sweet, if sweeter tea is preferred sugar or other sweetener can be used.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 2Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g
Nutrition facts are an estimate only.
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