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Milk Punch

Tips: Milk punch is an old Southern custom; recipes for this potent drink range from the simple to the rather elaborate. This is on the easier side of the spectrum, but it is decidedly untraditional in the use of chocolate. I think you can use any good-quality chocolate syrup (if you don't make your own), but my favorite is Hershey's Special Dark, which helps to give a nice chocolatey color and, I think, tastes better. The 1:1 ratio of milk and heavy cream gives a richness and thickness I like, but you can use 3 cups of whole milk to 1 cup of heavy cream if you prefer.

You can also play with the type of alcohol used here to some degree; I'd think that coffee or orange liqueur could substitute for some of the brandy (however, other flavors that go well with chocolate, like black raspberry or peppermint, might be too strong in the amount listed). This would be nice for company on New Year's Eve, though servings should be small as it's quite rich. This is not one for the kiddies, and please be responsible about consuming alcohol whenever you do so!


  • 1/2 cup good-quality chocolate syrup
    (preferably Hershey's Special Dark)
  • 3/4 cup brown crème de cacao
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream


  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla

For serving:

  • Lightly sweetened real whipped cream (1 cup cream sweetened with 2 Tbsp. confectioners' sugar should be more than enough)
  • Grated chocolate

If you have a punch bowl of about 6 cup capacity, you can use it here. Otherwise, any nice bowl of about that capacity should be fine. You'll also need at least 10 to 12 smallish cups.

In a large nonaluminum bowl, combine the chocolate syrup, crème de cacao, and brandy. Stir very thoroughly to dissolve the chocolate syrup (this will take you at least a minute or two, and be aware that the chocolate syrup likes to hide on the bottom of the bowl). Cover tightly with plastic wrap and chill until cold. Uncover and stir well to blend once more. Stir in the milk, then the cream; if desired, add optional vanilla. Pour into punch or other serving bowl..

Fill small cups about two-thirds of the way to the top, then place a large spoonful of whipped cream and a few shavings of chocolate on top. Serve immediately!

Yield: Generous 5 cups, 10 to 12 or more servings

Note: If any punch is left over, refrigerate it promptly or discard it. This can be held overnight in the refrigerator if tightly covered—just make sure to stir it well before serving, as the chocolate syrup will sink to the bottom.

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