Crème de cacao is a liqueur of chocolate flavor, often scented with vanilla. It is light and clear in appearance, though there is a dark colored variant as well. The name is derived from the French word 'creme' which represents the liqueur's creamy tecture, though dairy cream is not an ingredient of the drink. The word 'cacao' means chocolate bean, which is used to flavor the drink. 20 to 25 percent ABV is the most common alcohol content of the drink, though there may be variants beyond this range as well. It is usually more syrupy and sweeter than other chocolate liqueurs. Popular brands of the drink are Bols and Marie Bizard.
History of Chocolate Liqueur
As a result of the chocolate craze of the 1990s, a number of chocolate liqueur drinks came into the market. The drink, however, is not a new invention, and has been a part of traditional French culinary culture. Records as old as of 1666 suggest production and sale of chocolate liqueur in France. Another French manual of 1780 describes the liqueur. One such recipe is also contained in a French pharmacy manual of 1803. A chocolate wine was known to be popular in New England before the American Revolution in the 18th century. This was made with sherry, chocolate, port and sugar.
Serving Crème de Cacao
Creme de Cacao is often served as an after-dinner drink. It is also used as an ingredient in a wide range of cocktails. It may also be poured over ice cream or included as an ingredient in other desserts.
Crème de Cacao Drink Recipes
The liqueur is used to make many different types of cocktails. If crème de cacao is mentioned as an ingredient, without specifying the lighter or darker variant, it usually implies the lighter variant.
- Espresso Martini: This is made with white crème de cacao, espresso, vodka and coffee liqueur.
- Grasshopper: It is a drink made with white crème de cacao, green crème de menthe and light cream.
- Brandy Alexander: This crème de cacao drink also contains brandy, half-and-half and nutmeg.
Crème de Cacao Variations
The chocolate flavored liqueur is available in two variants. White creme de cacao is the clear and colorless liqueur, while dark creme de cacao is a dark caramel colored one.
Related Chocolate Liqueur Drinks
Many other forms of chocolate liqueur are consumed worldwide. Some examples are as follows-
- Liqueur Fogg: It is a Brazilian liqueur flavored with chocolate.
- Sabra Liqueur: It is a liqueur from Israel flavored with chocolate and Jaffa oranges.
- Afrikoko: It contains coconut and chocolate extract.
The nutritional content per 1oz serving of white creme de cacao includes 100 kcal calories, 418kj energy, 0g fat, 15g carbohydrate, 10g protein, 0g fiber, 8g sugar and 5.7g alcohol.