Food & Drink

Make Chocolate-Orange Guinness, Cuz You Fancy

There’s no reason to limit the unbelievable combo of chocolate and orange to Christmastime.

By Michael Kolkas   |   March 09, 2021

It’s the real triple threat—chocolate, orange and Guinness all in one go. No chugging allowed: You'll want to savour every drop.

When I came across a recipe for chocolate-orange Guinness cake, I thought, How can I rework this into a drink, an actual Guinness, my favourite beer? And then, it hit me.

First, let’s candy some oranges to use as a garnish. Slice however many oranges you need into thin slices, arrange on a baking tray and sugar the sides that are facing up. Then, put them in the oven at 300° F for 20 minutes.

For this recipe, I’m making my own orange-chocolate sauce with a 300-gram bag of Hershey’s semi-sweet chocolate chips, 2 tablespoons of orange extract, 3 tablespoons of orange marmalade and 1 cup of table cream.

Set up a double boiler with a heat-resistant glass bowl (a metal bowl will lose heat faster). You can also create your own version of a double boiler by filling a saucepan with an inch or so of water and placing the bowl inside it.

Get the water boiling on high, then reduce the heat to medium. Put the cream in first and get that to room temperature, then add the other ingredients and stir until you get a chocolate-sauce consistency. Don’t go too hot with the heat, because you can burn the chocolate or the cream.

I like a wineglass for this drink. Chocolate can get a bit messy, and the stem helps prevent sticky fingers.

Once the chocolate sauce has reached the correct consistency, simply dunk the rims of the glasses in the chocolate, then pour 1 ounce of sauce inside each glass and roll it around. Put the glasses in the refrigerator for a minimum of 15 minutes, longer if you want a harder chocolate shell.

When you’re ready, fill the glasses with Guinness and garnish with the candied orange slices. 

Leftover sauce can be introduced to other boozy beverages, pancakes, ice cream or coffee. Or just eat it with a spoon if you want a cheeky pick-me-up. Orange you glad you have chocolate-orange sauce now?

Michael Kolkas

Michael pulled at his dad’s apron strings at a young age at the family-owned Greek diner. He owned a cult classic underground pizza shop in the East End of Toronto called Pizza Thick, but is now looking at bringing his skills to the countryside where he now resides.

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