Your guide to alcohol chocolates

29 Sep 2020

Christmas Winter

Ah, alcohol chocolate; two delicious things brought together – who could ask for more? Just make sure you pair them right!

An evening of booze and chocolate – what could be better? Given the vast diversity of flavours in both alcohol and chocolate, we’re here to make sure that you find the perfect alcohol and chocolate partnership to tickle your tastebuds.

Which alcohol with which chocolate?

Just as certain cheeses pair well with certain wines, there are some specific types of alcohol that we think really set off the rich flavours of our chocolate. From creamy white chocolate to the most intense dark, here’s what we recommend to complement your chocolate.

White Chocolate 

White chocolate is arguably the creamiest of the mainstream chocolate types and so it’s a good idea to pair it with a drink that balances out that sweet, cocoa-buttery charm. We’d recommend pairing it with a chilled Provence Rosé; the refreshing strawberry notes are pleasantly elevated by the creaminess of the white chocolate.

If you really want to lean into smooth, rich flavours, you can double up with a milk stout like Wiper and True’s Milk Shake which is a dark beer brewed with milk sugars to give it a creamy flavour. This (or any other milk stout), coupled with our 37% cocoa-butter white chocolate, is a decadent pudding in and of itself.

Milk chocolate

Glass of white wine

Pair milk chocolate with a light white wine like a Pinot Grigio to really bring out the smooth, sweet creaminess of the milk chocolate. The refreshing, crisp notes of the wine will cleanse your palate for the mellow cocoa notes running through our 40% milk.

For a beer pairing, opt for a refreshing pale ale to balance out the richness of the chocolate. We can’t help but offer our very own cocoa shell-infused beers – why not try chocolate and beer together in our Beer and Chocolate Hamper. Our smooth, not-too-sweet porter’s robust flavour is a great choice to complement our 50% milk; both the drink and the chocolate have found the perfect balance between sweetness and depth of flavour.

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate, the chocolate of decadence and late evenings. As it has deeper, more savoury flavour notes, dark chocolate is perhaps the most common chocolate and alcohol pairing. The most obvious drink that comes to mind would be coffee – but for the purposes of this blog you’ll have to add a glug of tipple as well. You can actually skip the solid chocolate altogether with this one and opt for a dark chocolate espresso martini to round off a most luxuriously indulgent dinner party.

Glass of red wine

Dark chocolate is also a devoted partner to red wine – specifically a Cabernet Sauvignon which is full-bodied with black fruits to complement the rounded flavour notes of the dark chocolate. We love the red wine and dark chocolate combination so much we made a Red Wine Truffle for those times when the wine cupboard is bare. We sourced a special Portuguese red wine made with heirloom grapes and aged in oak barrels for a rich, almost spicy wine which holds its own next to the 70% dark chocolate shell. 

Hot Chocolate 

hot chocolate and irish cream alcohol

For a cold winter’s night, there is also the option of the alcoholic hot chocolate – the perfect fireside companion. For this, we turn to the spirit cupboard. A shot of gin would be a good option to lift the creaminess of a white hot chocolate, and a cherry vodka (as inspired by Polish tradition) adds extra depth to milk or dark hot chocolate.

Spiced rum adds another dimension to milk hot chocolate, and whiskey’s rich flavours give your dark hot chocolate an extra layer of flavour. You can also get creative with our liqueurs, from salted caramel vodka to chocolate cream liqueur.

What is an alcoholic chocolate?

We know that chocolate and alcohol is a great pairing, so we have spent years experimenting with alcohol chocolate recipes. We wanted to move away from the old-school chocolate liqueur bottle-shaped shells filled with sweet, syrupy versions of your favourite tipple.

Instead, we worked on creating the smoothest, truffle filling we could, pairing each liqueur with a chocolate percentage that truly complemented – and never masked – the flavours of the top-shelf tipple. Then, we encased it in a chocolate shell for a decadent and balanced treat.

Can you get drunk on alcoholic chocolates?

shelf of alcoholic spirits

Given the size of the average chocolate truffle, it’s very unlikely that you would get drunk from chocolate truffles. Unlikely – but not completely impossible.

So to put it simply, yes you can, but you would need to consume an amount that could have some serious impacts on your hyperglycaemic state. For instance, if you had an average 100g block of chocolate, around 8% of this weight would be the alcohol. Given that most liqueurs are around 40% in alcohol content, that would be around 8ml of alcohol per block.

To put this into context, 1 shot is 30ml so that would be the equivalent of eating almost four 100g blocks of chocolate.

So if you were truly dedicated to rendering yourself fully inebriated by eating alcoholic chocolate alone, it’s likely you would need to eat close to 2kgs of chocolate.

If you research this yourself, you will likely find many willing participants who have tried to get drunk on alcoholic chocolates. Albeit in the name of research, they have stepped up to the mark, invested in breathalysers and gone to work. As many people conclude, if you were to try this, it’s highly likely your stomach would give out long before you got to any substantial levels of inebriation.

One such example led to a dedicated test subject consuming an admirable 20 truffles which were around 5% alcohol in volume. At the end of the test, the blood alcohol reading on the breathalyser was a resounding and disappointing 0.00.

Premium spirits and smooth irresistible chocolate is a match made in heaven. The partnership of alcohol and chocolate in its many forms is meant to be a delectable treat suitable for many occasions – getting steaming drunk, however, is not one of them.

Whether it’s a romantic gift or a dinner party treat, alcoholic chocolates are a winning combination. They give you all the nuanced flavour of your favourite drink, without having to worry about not being able to drive home!

Our favourite alcohol chocolates

table with four cocktails on it

At Hotel Chocolat, we’ve delved deep into experimenting with different alcohol chocolate flavours, and we’ve kept the best for you to try. We only have room to talk about a couple here, but our Alcoholic Sleekster has them all – treat yourself! We have put a vast array of flavours together so there is sure to be something for everyone. Our particular favourites include the white chocolate mojito truffle, the red wine truffle and the classic whisky truffle.

Another option would be to go for the ‘Selectors Collection’ if you have a penchant for champagne and liquor, you can’t go far wrong with this pack of tasty treats. We always go the extra mile with the quality of our ingredients, so expect to taste Mercier champagne, small-batch Salted Caramel Vodka Liqueur and a 12 year-year-old Speyside single malt.

Here are some of our favourite alcohol truffles selectors.

Champagne: Elegant and uplifting milk chocolate and cream truffles with a generous splash of Mercier Champagne.

Pink Champagne: Fruity and enlivening milk chocolate and cream truffles with a generous splash of Mercier Champagne and a hint of strawberry.

Whisky: A shot of 12-year-old Speyside single malt – notes of apple blossom, pear and heather; smoky finish – all mellowed in a soft truffle.

Salted Espresso Martini: A slug of our own small-batch Salted Caramel Vodka Liqueur, organic Turkish coffee and a pinch of salt. Sealed in caramel-milk chocolate.

Liquor Collection No. 1: A trio of tipples in one Selector: real Mercier Champagne with strawberry; a lively, floral London gin and Saint Lucian Rum with a twist of lime.

Liquor Collection No. 2: One Selector, three recipes: single-estate Aged Cognac, 10-year-old Single Malt Whisky and Saint Lucian Golden Rum.’

Alcohol Chocolate gift sets

Chocolate and Gin Gift Collection from Hotel Chocolat

We have got all bases covered regardless of your favourite tipple – including the ever-popular gin. The Chocolate and Gin Gift Collection will satisfy all those who hanker after the ‘opium of the people,’ as the drink was once known. This collection includes two 50ml bottles of small-batch cocoa gin distilled in the traditional way with a burst of juniper and zesty Minneolas. We used cocoa shells from our plantation on Satin Lucia to create an aromatic cocoa depth.

When you really want to surprise someone, go for the Chocolate and Fizz Collection. This option gives you the perfect pairing of prosecco with a variety of different signature chocolates including Salted Caramel Puddles, Champagne Chocolate truffles, Dark Fruit and Nut Nano Slab and a Salted Caramel Nano Slab. Then, wash it all down with a 20cl bottle of clean and full-bodied prosecco (11.5%) from the Dolomite foothills near Venice.

Whatever tipple you like to pair with your chocolate, we’ve got you covered! Browse our online alcohol chocolate selection to find the perfect one for your palate, or choose a boozy collection as a gift – you’re sure to bring a smile to their face!