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5 Dark chocolate after-dinner drinks

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Forkless chocolaty treats

Do you want a little dessert after a good meal but don't know if you can eat another bite? Dark chocolate is full of intense flavor and sweetness in small amounts. Try one of these five dark chocolate after-dinner drinks to satiate your sweet-tooth... no fork required!

1Dark Chocolate CherryccinoDark Chocolate Cherryccino

Ordinary cappuccino becomes extraordinary when it tastes like chocolate-covered cherries. Add the liquid from maraschino cherries (or cherry syrup) and finely grated, high-quality Belgian dark chocolate to a cup of piping-hot cappuccino. Top with whipped cream and garnish with more grated dark chocolate and three maraschino cherries.

2Intense Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Coffee

This delectable coffee drink is the perfect end to any dinner. While you're brewing up your favorite robust gourmet coffee, heat some milk (about 1/4 cup per cup of coffee) on low until warm. Be careful not to scorch it. When your coffee and milk are almost done, melt intense dark chocolate chips or shavings in the microwave for 20 or 30 seconds at a time until melted (stirring occasionally). You'll need about a tablespoon of chocolate for every cup of coffee you're brewing.

When your hot ingredients are ready, combine them with a splash or two of hazelnut syrup. Stir well to ensure the chocolate melts and serve in a mug topped with whipped cream, nuts and chocolate shavings.

3Dark Chocolate Virgin Grasshopper

If you like a bit of mint after dinner, the cool Dark Chocolate Virgin Grasshopper is the drink for you. In a blender, combine three cups of chocolate or vanilla ice cream with 1 1/2 cups of milk. Add a few handfuls of high-quality dark chocolate mint squares (the more, the mintier!) and enough green food coloring to make your favorite shade of green (dark or light green will vary depending on the type of ice cream used). Blend until smooth, pour into two frosty mugs and top with whipped cream.

4Dirty Snowflake

A candy cane complements rich dark chocolate in this tasty drink. Combine 2 cups of whipping cream, 6 cups of milk, 6 ounces of white chocolate chips or shavings, 6 ounces of dark chocolate chips or shavings and a teaspoon of real vanilla extract. Heat on low, stirring occasionally until the chocolate is melted. Top with whipped cream and dark chocolate chips or shavings. Serve with a candy cane as a stirring stick.

5Double-Down Dark Chocolate Shake

What's better than chocolate? Double chocolate of course! Dice up 3 ounces of your favorite high-quality dark chocolate candy (try squares or bars of your favorite mint, caramel or orange-filled favorites), toss it into a blender with 2 cups of premium chocolate ice cream and 1/4 cup of whipped cream, and blend until smooth and silky. Garnish it with more whipped cream and bits of the same candy, then pour into a frosted mug or glass to serve.

More chocolate tips and ideas

Throw a chocolate themed party
Tips for pairing chocolates and wine
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