2017 Choctoberfest Don’t Judge Me Mondays: Crypt Cocoa

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Welcome to this special edition of Don’t Judge Me Mondays!


Today is one of my favorite days of the year, because it is the official start of #Choctoberfest. This is the third annual food blogger celebration of all things chocolate, made possible thanks to our gold sponsor Imperial Sugar and the other sponsors listed below.

Over 70 bloggers are participating in #Choctoberfest 2017 and will be posting 200+ chocolate recipes over the next week. Keep your eyes peeled, visit any of the blogs listed below, or use the #Choctoberfest hashtag on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to follow along. You can also check out our #Choctoberfest Pinterest board, where we post chocolate recipes all year long.

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Stay tuned to see the delicious recipes bloggers have cooked up using Imperial Sugar and Barlean’s products. Thank you also to Davis Chocolate and Rodelle for being #Choctoberfest shoutout sponsors! Watch Instagram and Facebook to find out more about about their chocolate products.



Along with chocolate, one of my favorite flavors is licorice.  I know it’s not for everyone, but I love it!  My husband, Derek, is not a fan and jokingly says that licorice tastes like “death and broken dreams”. Since we are now in hot cocoa season, I’ve decided to make a licorice flavored boozy cocoa!  The licorice flavor will be coming from Sambuca.  If you just want a dark hot cocoa without the licorice flavor, you could use cinnamon whiskey or Kahlua.  Both of these flavors would go well with cocoa.

Let’s get to it!

Because we’re just a few weeks from Halloween, I thought it would be fun to make some spooky decorations for this cocoa, white chocolate cobwebs.  You can put it on top of your mug of cocoa and then it will melt right in. Yum!

To make the webs start by melting the white chocolate in a double boiler.  Set that aside and get out a piping bag or small Ziploc bag.  Cut off just the tip of the bag or use the finest tip on your piping bag you have.  Now lay out a large sheet of parchment paper.

Pipe about eight lines to make the starting grid for your web, almost like the shape of an asterisk.

Now pipe circles or lines between the grid lines to complete the web.  Chill your webs in the fridge to harden up.

Now onto the cocoa!  Whisk together your cocoa powder, sugar and milk in a small sauce pan.  I used this midnight cocoa which is really rich and dark.  If you can’t find that, just use the darkest unsweetened cocoa powder you can find.

Put the pan on medium heat and cook about five minutes until it starts bubble.

Take it off the heat and add the Sambuca.  You should be able to find Sambuca in the liqueurs section of most liquor stores.  It’s thick and syrupy with that lovely anise flavor.

Now pour into your mugs.  This recipe will make two large mugs of cocoa.

Top with your white chocolate webs and enjoy it melting into the cocoa.

I love watching the web melt!


Here is a complete list of all the bloggers participating in #Choctoberfest 2017, so you can see the recipes they are posting throughout the week:

The PinterTest KitchenFix Me a Little LunchSavory MomentsCrumbs in my MustachioHouse of Nash EatsBake It With LoveThat RecipeHardly A GoddessCooking With CarleeA Kitchen Hoor’s AdventuresBody RebootedCindy’s Recipes and WritingsThe Redhead BakerFaith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered AccompliceSweet CoraliceSeduction in The KitchenCooks&Books&RecipesEveryday EileenUnder My Apple TreeFamily Around The TableBottom Left of the MittenThe Spiffy CookieFairyburgerJoin Us, Pull up a ChairJonesin’ For TasteJane’s Adventures in DinnerTake Two TapasJennifer BakesThe Unlikely BakerHostess At HeartKaren’s Kitchen StoriesKate’s Recipe BoxKelly Lynns Sweets and TreatsWildflour’s Cottage KitchenChocolate SlopesLittle House Big AlaskaMakes, Bakes and Decor2 Cookin MamasThat Skinny Chick Can BakeBooks n’ CooksMildly MeanderingLiving IdeasRestless ChipotleGet the Good Stuff!The Weekday GourmetAn Affair from the HeartWest Via MidwestCookie Dough and Oven MittThe Bitter Side of SweetCookaholic WifeDaily Dish RecipesFor the Love of FoodThe Saucy SouthernerCook’s HideoutBy the PoundsTramplingrose: Cooking, Baking & Ranting in Small-Town South DakotaSarah Cooks the BooksChef Sarah ElizabethFantastical Sharing of RecipesSarah’s Bake StudioThe Pajama ChefFrankly EntertainingLong Distance BakingPalatable PastimeThe Freshman CookThe Food Hunter’s Guide to Cuisine ♥ A Day in the Life on the FarmWendy PolisiTampa Cake GirlMy Southern Sweet ToothCanning and Cooking at HomeFull Belly SistersSuperSizeGuy.comOur Good Life ♥ Life Jolie



Crypt Cocoa
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  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 ounces Sambuca
  • 4 ounces white chocolate


  1. Melt the white chocolate in a double boiler.
  2. Put the melted white chocolate in a piping bag and lay out a large sheet of parchment paper.  Pipe about eight lines to make the starting grid for your web, like an asterisk.  Now pipe circles or lines between the grid lines to complete the web.  Repeat to make more cobwebs. Chill in the fridge.
  3. Whisk together cocoa powder, sugar and milk in a small sauce pan.
  4. Put on medium heat and cook about five minutes until it starts bubble.
  5. Take off the heat and add the Sambuca.
  6. Pour into your mugs and top with your white chocolate webs.



1184 cal


61 g


140 g


34 g
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  1. This looks like a lot of fun! I however just CANT do black licorice, it is one of the only flavors I just can't stand! I would be happy to recreate with hot coco however :)
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