Amazing Chocolate Liqueur Recipe (2024)

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Here's a Chocolate Liqueur Recipe from Italy that you'll love! Pour this chocolate alcohol over cheesecake or ice cream, add it to your coffee or drink it straight! This homemade liqueur makes the perfect gift!

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Just in time for the holidays, I give you homemade chocolate liqueur. To pour over your cheesecake, ice cream, homemade waffles or strawberries. To drizzle into your coffee, hot cocoa or shot glass.

Can I get an Amen?

This recipe is straight from Italy, my friends. It's a chocolate lover's dream, turning plain anything into a special treat with a little somethin' somethin' to warm you up.

We enjoy this every time we go to Connecticut to visit my in-laws. All of us, even the kids (the big ones), giddily pour it on our dessert every night.

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It's a great way to cap off a delicious meal. Who cares if it takes us a little longer to get up and do the dishes?

This chocolate cello would make a great host/hostess gift or present for Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years...oooh, and Valentine's Day is not far away. But anyone who loves chocolate and alcohol would enjoy this all year.

What's chocolate liqueur?

It's heaven in a bottle, Baby. Seriously, it's a sweetened, chocolate-flavored alcoholic beverage that has a rich consistency. Think of it as chocolate sauce for adults.

This chocolate liqueur recipe calls for just five ingredients:

  • granulated sugar
  • unsweetened cocoa
  • whole milk
  • grain alcohol (we use Everclear 151)
  • vanilla extract

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This yields about 12.5 cups of liqueur (100 servings), so don't be alarmed about the quantity of sugar. The drink will be pleasantly sweet, but you'll mostly taste chocolate with alcohol.

What can you substitute for Everclear?

For homemade chocolate liqueur, it's important to use a clear, unflavored, grain alcohol with a high alcohol content (proof). If you can't find Everclear 151, use plain, 100-proof vodka.

Liquor vs. liqueur

Liquor usually refers to a distilled alcohol without any flavoring. Think vodka, whiskey or rum.

Once that base alcohol is mixed with sugar and strong flavoring, it becomes liqueur. Liqueur is usually enjoyed after dinner with dessert.

It's important to note that chocolate liquor actually contains no alcohol. Chocolate liquor is the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) term used in chocolate manufacturing. It refers to the pure cocoa mass produced from finely grinding cacao nibs.

How to make chocolate liqueur

  1. Whisk cocoa and sugar in a large pot.
  2. Gradually whisk in whole milk.
  3. Stir constantly over medium heat. Chocolate foam will form on the surface.
  4. Continue stirring until the foam disappears. The consistency will be thick like pudding that hasn't set.
  5. Let the chocolate mixture cool, then refrigerate it for 12 hours before stirring in the vanilla. Wait an hour, then stir in the alcohol.
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Your chocolate liqueur will be ready to transfer to bottles!

Bottles & equipment needed

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This chocolate liqueur contains milk and will need to be stored in closed bottles or jars in the refrigerator or freezer. It can stay in the refrigerator for up to six months.

For longer storage, you can freeze the chocolate liqueur and thaw it in the refrigerator when you're ready to enjoy it. In any case, shake the bottle before pouring.

Final thoughts

This is a great recipe to start in the evening, so you can let the chocolate mixture chill overnight. Then you can finish making it the next day.

This really is the best chocolate liqueur, whether you want to use it as a cheesecake topping, drizzle it over easy fried ice cream or sip it in a stemmed glass! I hope you love it as much as we do.


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More drinks recipes

If you're looking for other holiday drinks, try Coquito or Cherry Amaretto Sour. You also might enjoy my hubby's Apple Pie Moonshine Recipe and his Lemonade Moonshine Drink, both made with Everclear.

And don't miss this iced tea co*cktail!


(Recipe Source: My sister-in-law Flora, who got it from her sister Maria in Italy. Originally published on December 18, 2014 and updated now with new photos and text.)

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Amazing Chocolate Liqueur Recipe

An easy recipe for luscious chocolate liqueur to enjoy as a drink or drizzle over your ice cream, cheesecake, crepes, etc. Try it in coffee too! Note that when making it, you'll need 12 hours to chill the chocolate mixture, so overnight works well.

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Course: Drinks

Cuisine: Italian

Prep Time: 15 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes minutes

resting time: 13 hours hours 30 minutes minutes

Total Time: 13 hours hours 45 minutes minutes

Servings: 100 (Makes about 12.5 cups)

Calories: 87kcal

Author: Mamma C



  • 3 ¼ pounds granulated sugar (7 ⅓ cups)
  • 10 ½ ounces unsweetened cocoa powder (3 ½ cups; see notes)
  • ½ gallon whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 17 ounces grain alcohol (such as Everclear 151 proof)


  • 6-quart pot
  • whisk
  • funnel
  • ladle
  • glass bottles (12 (8.5 -oz) or 6 (16-oz)

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  • In a tall pot, combine the cocoa and sugar with a whisk. Add milk a little at a time, stirring as you go.

  • Place the pot over medium heat on the stove, stirring constantly. After a few minutes, foam will form on the surface. (If you still don't see foam, increase the heat a bit.)

  • Continue stirring constantly until the foam disappears. It will take about 25-30 minutes from the time you first placed the pot on the stove. (If the foam hasn't disappeared completely after 30 minutes, you can use a slotted spoon to scrape off the foam and discard it.) The mixture will look like chocolate pudding that hasn't set.

  • Turn off the heat and set the pot on a different burner to cool for 30-60 minutes before placing it, covered, in the refrigerator for 12 hours.

  • After the chocolate mixture has chilled, stir in the vanilla. Then, after one hour (the pot can stay out during that time) stir in the alcohol.

  • Have your clean glass bottles next to the pot. To fill each bottle, place a funnel in it and ladle in enough liqueur to fill it almost to the top. Cap or cork your bottles and store them in the refrigerator for up to six months or in the freezer for longer. Thaw frozen liqueur in the refrigerator.

  • To serve, shake the bottle first and then pour in your glass, coffee, or over your dessert.



If you can't find Everclear, substitute 100-proof vodka.

Dry ingredients like cocoa are measured by weight, and this ingredient has a different conversion rate to cups. 10 ½ ounces of cocoa equals 3 ½ cups.


Calories: 87kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 70mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 31IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg

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Amazing Chocolate Liqueur Recipe (2024)


What are the ingredients in chocolate liqueur? ›

A basic modern recipe for making chocolate liqueur at home lists the ingredients chocolate extract, vanilla extract, vodka, and simple syrup. To keep the chocolate extract in suspension and make the liqueur thicker, glycerine may be added. In its purest form, chocolate liqueur is clear; coloring may be added.

Did they stop making Godiva chocolate liqueur? ›

Here's a List of Wonderful Chocolate-Flavored Liqueurs to Help You Cope. It was a bit of a surprise when we found out that Godiva was discontinuing its line of chocolate liqueurs. Bartenders and home mixologists relied on the line for many chocolate-flavored co*cktails, but there are substitutes available.

What is the difference between chocolate liquor and chocolate liqueur? ›

Chocolate liquor: Thick paste-like mass made of pure cocoa solids and cocoa butter. Made from cocoa beans. Doesn't contain alcohol. Chocolate liqueur: Beverage made from a base liquor like whiskey or vodka (containing alcohol) to which chocolate is added.

What can I use instead of chocolate liqueur? ›

Creme de cacao and chocolate liqueur are interchangeable in many recipes; however, some drinks specifically call for one over the other. Our chocolate liqueur recipe is closer to creme de cacao than something like creamy Godiva chocolate liqueur.

Is cacao liqueur the same as chocolate liqueur? ›

In terms of the most typical, functional usages of these two terms, crème de cacao is more commonly used to describe clear or clarified spirits, which are more often (though not exclusively) used in co*cktails, whereas chocolate liqueur typically describes a thicker elixir of spirits and chocolate blended together that ...

What is Godiva chocolate liqueur made of? ›

Likely, it's a neutral grain spirit (similar to vodka) because the alcohol taste is very subtle. Obviously, Godiva chocolate is a key ingredient, and the milk and white chocolate liqueurs contain some dairy products. According to a company representative in 2021, only Godiva Dark Chocolate Liqueur is dairy-free.

Does chocolate liqueur need to be refrigerated after opening? ›

Should You Keep Your Chocolate Liqueur in the Fridge? We recommend that you keep your liqueurs in a cool dry place away from strong odours.

Why did Godiva go out of business? ›

Luxury chocolate-maker Godiva announced this week that the company will be shutting down all 128 of its U.S. and Canada stores by March due to in-person consumer habits completely changing by the pandemic, the chocolatier said in a statement.

Do you need to refrigerate Godiva chocolate liqueur? ›

While refrigeration is not necessary, cream liqueurs taste great when they are well chilled, and for most of us, the most convenient cool place of storage is our refrigerator.

Do you drink chocolate liqueur straight? ›

One of the simplest and most enjoyable ways to drink chocolate liqueur is to sip it neat. Pour a small amount into a glass and savor the smooth, velvety texture and rich chocolate flavor. This is a great way to appreciate the nuances of the liqueur and enjoy it in its purest form.

What is another name for chocolate liquor? ›

Cocoa (liquor or powder) and cocoa butter are products derived from cocoa beans, the seeds of the cacao tree (Theobroma cacao L.).

Do liqueurs ever go bad? ›

Once opened, distilled spirits like whiskey and gin won't expire or become unsafe to consume, but they may start to taste “off” after 1–3 years. Liqueurs, opened, will usually last 6 months–1 year. Vermouths and other wine-based spirits like vino amari should be refrigerated and consumed within 6–8 weeks.

Does Baileys make a chocolate liqueur? ›

Meet NEW Baileys Chocolate Liqueur. This Double Gold award-winning product combines two beloved treats – Baileys Original Irish Cream and real Belgian chocolate – to bring the pleasures of enjoying dessert to the bar.

When did Godiva liqueur discontinued? ›

"I'm a liquor rep and Godiva used to be one of our products. It was last July/August when they made the decision to stop producing it. "We shipped out whatever we had left in our warehouse to accounts that stocked up for the long haul lol.

Is unsweetened chocolate the same as chocolate liqueur? ›

According to U.S. regulations, chocolate liquor may also be called chocolate, unsweetened chocolate, baking chocolate, or bitter chocolate. An essential part of dark and milk chocolate, this ingredient with the many names does not contain alcohol, or vegetable fat.

Is chocolate liqueur real chocolate? ›

Chocolate liqueurs (or crème de cacaos) may either be a spirit flavored with chocolate essence, or a blend of spirit and actual chocolate matter, which may or may not include cream, resulting in a more viscous texture.

Does chocolate liqueur have milk in it? ›

It also refers to liqueurs which are a type of sweet liquor containing chocolate (dark, milk, or white) and has sugar and other ingredients like milk, cinnamon, cream, vanilla… added to it.

What is chocolate liquor contain alcohol? ›

Despite the name, chocolate liquor has nothing to do with alcohol. After roasting and hulling the cacao bean, the resulting nibs of the beans are ground into a dark paste called chocolate liquor. This is the base for all chocolate. Different chocolates contain different percentages of chocolate liquor.

Is there milk in chocolate liqueur? ›

Typically, this type of dense, creamy liqueurs contain milk, but this recipe doesn't and is very easy to make, provided that you can buy grain alcohol where you live.

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