Student Bakes Treats For Medical Workers

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A Severna Park High School freshman is making sweet treats for local medical workers who are saving lives through the pandemic.

Kiley Curran has always had a passion for making food.

“I have been interested in cooking and baking since I was very young and I just fell in love with it,” Kiley said.

She started making coco bombs around Christmas in 2020 when a neighbor recommended that she try making them. Coco bombs are hard chocolate shells with hot coco mix inside that dissolve into hot chocolate when placed into a mug of hot water or milk. Kiley makes coco bombs with marshmallows inside. Other versions may have mint and caramel flavors.

Kiley started making and selling them to people in the community. Interested buyers reach out to her mom through Facebook.

“They were a big hit,” Kiley said.

Kiley then had the idea to use the funds from the sales to make more coco bombs to give to critical care doctors and nurses in her community.

“I figured that with my funds from them that I’d buy more supplies and donate to them because they’ve done so much for the community that I thought I’d give back to them,” Kiley said.

Kiley reached out to facilities to inquire about donating coco bombs. She contacted Baltimore Washington Medical Center first and arranged to drop off the coco bombs on January 19. She brought 100 coco bombs to the facility. Someone from the center met her outside and took pictures with Kiley and the coco bombs, and those pictures were posted on the facility’s Facebook page.

Kiley also contacted Anne Arundel Medical Center and delivered 100 coco bombs to that hospital on January 28. There, she met with Samantha Buckley, AAMC’s stewardship officer, who accepted the treats and spoke about how thankful the staff is for all the community has done.

For Kiley, the best part of donating the coco bombs is seeing how the hospital workers react to getting the treats.

“It makes me happy how they are all happy and getting donations,” she said. 

Kiley is still selling coco bombs to buy ingredients for the ones she donates. While she hasn’t contacted other facilities yet, she intends to continue to do so.

“It feels good to give back to the community and the nurses who have done so much,” she said.

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