With holiday parties coming up, here’s a neat idea for either bringing along to share, or giving as a hostess gift. It is delightfully easy to make, and it is decadently delicious.
If you don’t like alcoholic drinks, you can always leave out the booze and just have a really yummy chocolate sauce. This is great straight, over ice, or over ice cream:
Chocolate & Whiskey Liqueur
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup water
1 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate
One 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup half-and-half
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 cup Irish whiskey (or vodka, for a more neutral flavor)
In a saucepan, combine the corn syrup, water and vanilla seeds; bring to a boil.
Add the chocolate and whisk over moderate heat until melted.
Transfer to a blender and let cool for 5 minutes.
Add the condensed milk, half-and-half, and cream and blend.
Pour the mixture into a bowl and stir in the whiskey.
Blend the mixture in batches for 30 seconds.
Pour into bottles and refrigerate overnight.
Makes about 1 quart.
If you would like to give this as a gift, pour the liqueur into a simple long-necked glass bottle with a cork or plug. It will keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.