I really like the taste of beer but recently I’ve noticed that if I have a whole beer or more it can sometimes give me a stomach ache. I don’t know why, but it is sad. That’s why I like recipes that utilize beer not only for cooking purposes but also for the flavor. This recipe combines two great things into one, and they compliment each other really well. The hot cocoa definitely has a beer taste but it doesn’t scream beer either. Needless to say, it was love at first sip.
Typically speaking, chocolate goes best with stout beer. One thing that I like about stout is that it kind of has a coffee flavor to it, which makes it a natural match for a hot chocolate drink. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any stout beer and wasn’t in the mood to seek some out, so I tried this with a dark lager and it still worked really well.
If you happen to find a chocolate beer that you want to use, that would be perfect for this recipe. Just omit the additional cocoa powder.
Just incase you were wondering, if you follow this recipe, the alcohol will not be cooked off. You have to cook alcohol for a longer time for that to happen. If you want to cook away the alcohol, according the Beeroness, you should cook the beer by itself for 10 minutes at 170 degrees, then use half the amount because it will have reduced and become more intense.
Recipe adapted from the the Beeroness’ Stout Hot Chocolate
Hot Chocolate with Beer
|Cook time||8 minutes|
- 1/2 cup beer (stout or a dark beer works best)
- 3/4 cups half & half
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- 1/2 tablespoon cocoa powder
- whipped cream
|1.||Heat half & half, sugar, chocolate chips and cocoa powder over medium high heat. Stir until chips melt, about 5 minutes.|
|2.||Remove from heat and stir in beer.|
|3.||Return to heat and stir until desired temp is reached (about 140°f)|
|4.||Top with whipped cream if using.|