Chocolate is probably my biggest weakness. Followed closely by salted caramel but let’s ignore that for now. There is rarely a day that goes by that I don’t have at least a little piece of dark chocolate. I think I inherited this from my mom. So, when John DeKuyper and Sons released their Crave Chocolate Truffle Liqueur I was more than a little excited to try it. It sounded right up my alley.
About Crave Chocolate Truffle Liqueur
DeKuyper’s line of chocolate liqueurs already included three flavors: Chocolate cherry, chocolate chili and chocolate mint. The chocolate truffle liqueur is their most recent release. I haven’t tried the other three flavors but the chocolate chili liqueur has always peaked my interest. Maybe one day I’ll try it.
The Crave Chocolate Truffle liqueur is dark brown in color. It’s slightly darker than dark creme de cacao liqueur. On the nose it smells like chocolate tootsie pops and cocoa with hints of vanilla and caramel. It kind of reminds me of walking into a chocolate candy store, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory to be exact.
On the palate it reminds me again of a chocolate tootsie pop combined with Hershey’s syrup. I get hints of vanilla and caramel. I compared it in smell and taste to dark creme de cacao and I preferred Crave in all aspects. It is rich and sweet but not overly sweet. I’m not really sure what’s “truffle” about it but I like it for a chocolate liqueur. It’s bottled at 30 proof so it’s a low proof addition for cocktails.
Where to buy Crave Chocolate Truffle Liqueur
This liqueur was released September 2013 so it’s still pretty new. It’s supposed to be distributed nationwide so if you can’t find it at your local liquor store yet, stay tuned. My guess is it will show up alongside the other flavors shortly. There is also a product locator on DeKuyper’s site that can be used to find locations for the liqueur. A 750 ml bottle should retail for $17.99.
Crave Chocolate Truffle Liqueur cocktail recipes
This liqueur can be enjoyed neat, over ice or in a cocktail. I’ve tried it all three ways. Neat or on ice, it’s easy going down. It could be used to replace dark creme de cacao in various cocktail recipes. It could also be used to replace Godiva Chocolate Liqueur although if doing that, you might want to add a splash of cream to the drink. I tried it in a few different cocktail recipes including the Brandy Alexander that I’ve shared below. It’s also good with equal parts Cruzan Velvet Cinn and a few dashes of homemade coffee pecan bitters from the Bitters book.
- 1½ ounces brandy
- 1 ounce Crave Chocolate Truffle liqueur
- 1 ounce cream
- Freshly grated nutmeg for garnish
- Add all ingredients except for the garnish to a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.
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Note… I was sent a bottle of the liqueur to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. As is my deep, deep, deep love for all things chocolate.