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These Boozy Chocolates Are What You Need To Get Through The Holidays

Christmas is fast-approaching with retailers being swarmed by mobs of holiday shoppers. If you’re like me, you probably wait until the last minute to grab gifts, wrongly assuming a strategic edge. No matter your approach, finding the perfect presents can be a tad stressful. New babies tend to pop out yearly and shoe sizes grow quicker than heavy snowfall. It’s worth it of course, few things bring more joy than the smile on a loved ones face after receiving the perfect gift. 

Furthermore, along with joy, the holiday season always offers treats to help take the edge off. Spiked eggnog is an obvious favorite. Rum cake is another. For true sweet and slizzard spirits, boozy confections are definitely this year’s go-to. These clever creations contain enough alcohol content to give your Santa hat an extra lean. Below are a list of boozy chocolates that are sure to get you through the holiday hooplah:

1. Cognac Pine Cone

andSons’ Cognac Pine Cones are crafted to be the perfect balance of French Delamain and 61% dark chocolate ganache. Two pieces come in each box at a retail price of $15.50. 

2. Eggnog Snowmen Box

Hand-painted with care, andSon’s Eggnog Snowmen Box offers a fun take on a holiday confection. Each snowman is made with Tahitian vanilla eggnog white chocolate ganache, nutmeg and a touch of rum. Try taking a bite of one and saying that three times fast. You have the option of purchasing a box set of 6 or 13 at $19.50 and $39.50 respectively.

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3. Anthon Berg Liquor Bottles

Featuring a wide selection of premium liquor brands like Remy Martin, Cointreau and Grand Marnier, there’s no better companion for your holiday sweet tooth. These miniature bottle shaped treats are made with delectable dark chocolate and have an alcohol content that ranges from 2.5%-5%. A box of 16 bottles will run you just under $25.

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4. The Cocktail Menu by Butler’s Chocolates

These cocktail inspired chocolates are sure to leave you shaken, not stirred. Including 8 varieties of popular cocktails like Espresso Martini, Classic Gin Martini and Whiskey Sour. You can be the life of the mixer with this Great Taste Award winning box for just $20.  

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5. Guinness Liqueur Chocolate Pints

What better way to show your love for beer than with these pint-sized Guinness liqueur-filled candies? Crafted in Ireland, each piece is 2.29oz and made with delicious dark and white chocolate. Grab a round at your local World Market for under $10. 

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6. Baileys Irish Cream Fudge Sauce

This 10 oz jar of creamy delight comes packed with Dutch cocoa, sweet butter and Baileys. It’s the perfect topping for holiday desserts like ice cream and cake. True chocolate fiends can enjoy it by the spoonful for $12.95.

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7. Poire Williams Pear Chocolate Liqueurs

Why dip your fruit into chocolate sauce this holiday season when you can have fruit shaped chocolate with a saucy interior? This pear-shaped dark chocolate is filled with Poire Williams Brandy which is distilled from Bartlett pears, a unique pear liqueur known for its intense flavor of sweet, ripe pears. Each gift box is just $17.95.

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8. Jack Daniels’ Chocolate Bar

This chocolate bar is pretty self explanatory. Made with Swiss milk chocolate, you can have your syrupy choice of Jack Daniels’ Black Label or their sweeter Tennessee Honey for $10.95.

As you can see, your sweet tooth is covered this holiday season. If you’re still trying to figure out a holiday gift for those special someones, look no further than these selections of boozy confections. Getting chocolate wasted will take on a whole new meaning this Christmas.

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Two Men Were Jailed for ‘Looking Gay’ and Ordering Baileys Irish Cream

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This story makes its way out of  Cameroon, a country in west Central Africa.

The Cameroonian court has fortunately just overturned the conviction of two men who had been sentenced to five years in prison for “looking gay” and ordering Baileys Irish Cream. The DailyMail reports the two were arrested in a car outside a nightclub in the capital Yaounde, back in July of 2011. According to the National Post report on the matter, the two men had already spent more than a year in jail over the incident.

The most recent ruling has been garnering the attention of human rights lawyers and gay rights advocates who are urging country President Paul Biya to release all other prisoners found guilty under the country’s extreme anti-gay laws.

 

 

 

 

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This Thanksgiving, Avoid Family Interrogations with Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes

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Remember when you were little and Thanksgiving was just about the turkey and stuffing? Now it seems that every third Thursday of November when you return to the dinner table, between forkfuls of cranberry sauce and yams, you now have to explain, again, why you didn’t fulfill your family’s dream of becoming a doctor/lawyer/engineer. Well, Thanksgiving 2012 is going to be different. This year you’ll be bringing a dessert that’ll  cause even your family to hurrah in your decision to join the circus.

Four words: Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes.

Guinness never looked so good poured into a bowl of chocolate, sugar and flour. But while the alcohol from the Guinness is cooked out, the lovely lady over at Smitten Kitchen made a hole in her cupcakes to fill with Irish whiskey ganache and topped them with Baileys frosting for good measure. These chocolate whiskey & beer cupcakes have nothing on your run-of-the mill boxed cupcakes. Because, let’s be real, alcoholic treats are always more fun to make, tastier and more amusing to eat.

Hell, bring the new girlfriend over. These cupcakes are going to make the whole family click their heels.

via Smitten Kitchen

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Here’s How to Make Irish Car Bomb Strawberry Shortcakes

Happy Half St. Patrick’s Day!

If you are looking for ideas on how to celebrate, I have a few: wear blue and yellow, tell everyone to hug you because you’re half Irish, and make these Emerald Isle-inspired shortcakes: chocolate Guinness® Draught Beer shortcakes, filled with Baileys® Irish Cream whipped cream and strawberries, and topped with a decadent chocolate Jameson® Irish Whiskey sauce. 

Irish Car Bomb Strawberry Shortcakes (serves 8)

Chocolate Guinness Shortcakes (adapted from Bisquick)

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4c Bisquick®
  • 2/3c Guinness
  • 1/4c cocoa
  • 1/4c sugar
  • 1/2c milk-chocolate coated toffee bits (Necessary!)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Prep baking sheets with parchment.
  2. In medium bowl, stir Bisquick mix, beer, cocoa, sugar, and toffee bits until soft dough forms.
  3. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto cookie sheets so that you have 8 shortcakes that are the same size.
  4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until firm around edges.

Baileys Whipped Cream

Ingredients

  • 1cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4c Baileys
  • 2T sugar

Directions

  1. Chill bowl and beaters before whipping cream.
  2. Pour heavy cream, sugar, and 2T of Baileys into chilled bowl.
  3. Beat on medium for 1 minute until frothy, then on high 2 to 3 minutes until soft peaks form.
  4. Fold in the remaining Baileys.

Chocolate Jameson Whiskey Sauce (adapted from Serious Eats)

Ingredients

  • 5oz dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2c milk
  • 2T sugar
  • 3T heavy cream
  • 2-3T Jameson Whiskey

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together milk and sugar.
  2. Bring milk to a steady simmer, stirring until sugar has dissolved.
  3. Pour in chocolate chips and let sit for 3 minutes. Whisk until smooth.
  4. Whisk in cream. Let mixture come to room temperature, then mix in whiskey.
  5. Chill until ready to serve, but feel free to heat it up in the microwave if you want to serve it hot.

Strawberries (from my wonderful America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook)

Ingredients

  • 2 quarts of strawberries
  • 6T sugar

Directions

  1. Hull and slice up the strawberries and smash about 1/3 of them with a pastry cutter.
  2. Mix smashed strawberries, sliced strawberries, and sugar together and let them hang out with each other for 30 minutes before serving.

When the shortcakes are cool enough, slice them in half, throw some of that spiked whipped cream on them, add some strawberries, put the top half back on, and drizzle it with some of that tasty, tasty whiskey sauce. Separately, the shortcake, whipped cream, and sauce might seem heavy and overwhelming, but put together (especially with the lightness of the strawberries) they create a dessert that is balanced, layered, and unbelievably good.

Slàinte!

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Mudslide Cookies

Have you ever had a Mudslide from TGIFriday’s? It’s a chocolate-y, milkshake-y cocktail of vodka, Bailey’s, Kahlua, ice cream, and awesomeness.

Sometimes you might go to Friday’s just to get one, but let’s be honest, there are plenty of times you’ll be hard pressed to come in for a mere cocktail. For those times, I suggest snagging a bottle of TGIFriday’s Mudslide mix (just add ice…and lots of Hershey’s syrup) from your local package store. And, if you happen to have some left over, you get to make Mudslide Cookies!

I got the base recipe from How Sweet Eats and traded the Bailey’s in the original recipe for Mudslide mix.  And I added a super important step: dunk the dough in more mudslide before you bake it!

Mudslide Cookies
makes 30-40 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1c butter, softened
  • 1 1/2c sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1t vanilla
  • 2 2/3c flour
  • 1/2c cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4t baking soda
  • 1/4t salt
  • 1t instant coffee powder
  • 8T TGIFriday’s Mudslide mix, plus more for dippin’
  • 1c white chocolate chips
  • 1/2c milk chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and ready your cookie sheets with parchment.
  2. Cream butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla until fluffy. Add in mudslide mix one tablespoon at a time.
  3. Combine flour, cocoa powder, instant coffee, baking soda and salt.
  4. Mix flour mixture into butter mixture.
  5. Fold in chocolate chips. Refrigerate dough for 4-6 hours (or stick in the freezer for 1/3 of the time if you are in a rush).
  6. Roll into 1.5T balls, dip into mudslide liquid (I’m totally okay with you drinking the leftovers), and set on baking sheet.
  7. Bake 10-12 minutes and let cool on tray for 2 minutes.

Oooooo boy, this is a good, chocolate-y cookie! The dunking of the dough was a superb idea, superb. It definitely made the cookies chewy and tasty. But watch out for the mudslide that slides off of the cookie and on to the tray. I tried some and managed to slice open the inside of my cheek on it. (I was disappointed, but I can’t say I was surprised).

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Irish Cake Balls 2: The Secret of the Booze

I know, I know, these sound vaguely familiar to you. As well they should. Back before I was a regular recipe contributor for Foodbeast, the boys posted a pic of my first attempt of these three-sheets treats.

So you may be thinking, “Yea, yea. Been there. Done that.” Well, let me put it in perspective for you. You know how much you love yourself some KFC Original Recipe? Well, remember when they came out with extra-crispy? Yea, it’s like that.

I didn’t want to be the only one to benefit from the improvements in both the execution and the result of this recipe, so I’m sharing the new developments with you:

Irish Cake Balls

Ingredients

– Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake mix (and the necessary oil and eggs)
– Guinness Extra Stout (as a substitute for the water)
– 1 stick of butter, softened
– 3 3/4c powdered sugar, sifted
– 4T (or more) Bailey’s Irish Creme
– 2t (or more) Jameson
– white chocolate baking bark

Directions

1. Bake cake as directed substituting Guinness for water.
2. After cake has cooled completely, demolish it into crumbs in a biiiiiig bowl.
3. Throw (or gently add—powdered sugar probably shouldn’t be thrown) the next four ingredients together in an electric mixer and beat until fluffy. You’ll have to do several taste tests to determine the right amount of Bailey’s and whiskey for your palate.
4. Mix the frosting into the cake crumbles until awesome. Then scoop into balls with your always helpful 2t cookie scoop (I suggest a heaping scoop).
5. Let the balls chill in the fridge/freezer for a bit, then melt the baking bark and coat away.

In my previous recipe, I said that any old chocolate cake mix would do; however, Dark Chocolate Fudge cake mix is the way to go. It has a strong enough chocolate flavor to balance out the pervasive stoutiness of the Guinness.

Also, before I just added Bailey’s to a can of frosting (and dipped the cake balls into a whiskey syrup that made the chocolate coating seize up). Lame. Lame. Lame.

Making your own icing is imperative. Basically, I just took a classic butter cream frosting and substituted Bailey’s for milk and Jameson for vanilla.

These are booze-riddled balls of bliss that you can’t pass up (even though you may pass out)!

P.S. Did you catch the awesomely clever TMNT2 reference in the title? Go Ninja, go ninja, go!

For more out-there recipes and witty word play (and let’s not forget my humble disposition), check out The Cereal Baker.

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Double Fudge Irish Cream Cookies

Anything combining sweets and alcohol in the same dish is right up my alley! This dynamic duo seems to be in abundance with St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner. These Double Fudge Irish Cream Cookies are no exceptions, they are filled with dark and white chocolate chips with a splash of Bailey’s Irish Cream! Don’t forget to drink responsibly… I mean, eat responsibly! (Thx HowSweetItIs)

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Irish Car Bomb/Spaghetti & Meat Ball Cupcakes

Cupcakes have been upgraded to a whole new level! Who would have thought that  Irish Car Bombs and Spaghetti & Meat Balls would ever find room on the same plate? Let alone the same cupcake!  The Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes are made with Guinness beer, Irish whiskey and Bailey’s Irish Cream! The Spaghetti & Meat Ball Cupcakes are made with Ferro Rocher chocolates topped with jelly and chocolate shavings! I hope Santa drops a few of these off  for Christmas this year, my adress hasn’t changed! (Thx Michelle)