The perfect chocolate sauce, with just a touch of Bourbon.
Well, maybe more than a touch. You know how I like my Bourbon. I’m guessing you do, too.
Here’s the scoop on my Chocolate Bourbon Sauce: It’s gluten-free. It’s also dairy-free. Vegan. Top Eight allergen free. But beyond that, it’s just the perfect chocolate sauce with a little kick. Because, really, sometimes a little kick is necessary. Right?
I’ve been eating this on tiny little servings of ice cream.
Oh, who am I kidding? The servings aren’t always tiny. Sometimes I put just a little chocolate sauce on the ice cream:
Other times I put a bit more:
And most of the time, to be honest, it’s more sauce and less ice cream:
When I run out of ice cream or we have the occasional cool day, I make the best hot cocoa ever. I swear by it, best EVER. Maybe that’s the Bourbon talking, but it’s really amazing. Just warm up a cup of non-dairy milk of your choice and then spoon in a bit of this sauce. Or more than a bit, it’s up to you.
(Insider tip: infuse a quart of almond or cashew milk with the seeds of one vanilla bean. Let it hang out in the fridge for a couple of days and then make hot cocoa with it. No thanks needed, I can hear you swooning all the way over here.)
If you were a really generous sort of person, you could make a few batches of this and put it in mason jars for gifts. You could start off by putting the full batch in a quart jar and then find it so irresistible you end up with only a pint to share. Or maybe just one of those tiny quarter pint jelly jars. It could happen… Ok, it did happen. Gosh, I hope my friends who got the tiny jars of sauce don’t read this.
Notes on ingredients: I used Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Morsels to make this. Use whatever chocolate you desire in the same quantity. I used full fat coconut milk, not the lite stuff. This isn’t the place to cut calories or fat, it’s a chocolate sauce. Coconut sugar is available at Trader Joe’s and probably your local grocery store. It’s also available on Amazon. Beyond the fact that it is not a refined sugar, it has a depth of flavor that lends itself well to both chocolate and Bourbon. I prefer vanilla bean paste over vanilla extract. The paste has pretty flecks of vanilla in it and a richer flavor. If you bake often, you should splurge and get yourself a bottle of this. And the really important ingredient information, Bourbon. While I am not a verifiable Bourbon snob, I do have my favorites. My current favorite to pair with chocolate is Blanton’s Original Single Barrel Bourbon. If Blanton’s isn’t in your liquor cabinet, Basil Hayden’s or Woodford Reserve would be nice in this sauce.
Alrighty, off to the recipe. Enjoy this one and keep it in mind for holiday gifting!
Chocolate Bourbon Sauce, Decadent and Dairy-Free
- 1 13.66 ounce can full fat coconut milk
- 1 package , 9 ounces, Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Morsels (or chocolate of your choice)
- 1/3 cup coconut sugar
- 3 Tablespoons Bourbon (Blanton's Original Single Barrel preferred)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
In a medium sauce pan, combine coconut milk, chocolate chips and coconut sugar. Over medium low heat, stir often until chocolate and sugar have melted into the coconut milk.
Once chocolate is completely melted, remove from heat. Stir in Bourbon and vanilla bean paste.
Allow to cool before storing in the refrigerator. Sauce will thicken considerably after it is cooled. You may prefer to warm it just a touch before serving.
Makes approximately 1 quart.
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I am going to need to find vanilla bean paste!
Trying to think of all of the places where I live that have it in the store, versus ordering on Amazon. Sur La Table, Williams Sonoma, cake decorating shops, sometimes in the gourmet section at TJ Maxx or Marshalls (a rare find, but well-priced when I do find it there) and at little kitchen boutique kind of stores. It makes such a difference!
I order it by the quart from Amazon and then put a bit of it in a half pint jar; more manageable for measuring into recipes. And then when the quart bottle is empty, I fill it with almond or cashew milk, give it a good shake and let it sit for a couple of days. Sooooo good!
Ooh…I’ll have to check those stores. I have to run to Whole Foods this weekend (have been there in forever) and was going to check to see if they have it.
Oh, I hadn’t thought about checking at Whole Foods. Do let me know if you find it there!
Oh, if one could only find Blanton’s these days!!! SOO sad!
I lucked out and snagged a couple of bottles right before Christmas at a seldom-visited liquor store. I had to dust off the boxes sitting at the back of a shelf. That said, this chocolate sauce is good with other high quality bourbons as well. I plan to make it with Basil Hayden’s and a bit of cardamom soon!
While I typically reserve a high end bourbon for neat sipping, I may need to sneak a little from one of my favs for this sauce…nummy! Totally jealous on the Blanton’s find!!!
I just saw three bottles on Blanton’s today. $55 each at a HyVee in the KC area. There is hope!
If only it would make it’s way to MN!!! 🙂
Will trade one bottle of Blanton’s for two bottles of Knob Creek Smoked Maple… (Only kinda kidding.)
Mmmm can’t wait to make this for some lucky gift recipients! Do you keep in the fridge? How long does it stay fresh/last?
I do keep this in the fridge, but have to let it come to room temperature before using. It keeps well for a few weeks here, but I don’t know beyond that because it never lasts that long.
This one is magical, I tell you!! I made a double batch for gifting but kept some. Took a couple big spoonfuls out to warm in a pot on the stove and poured over oatmilk ice cream. It heated up all bubbly and nice, with no worries. SO GOOD!!
Yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!