Hot Chocolate Flambe of Sorts




About: I am married with two children. Spring, summer, and fall are my very favorite times of the year. I enjoy working in the yard, sewing, cooking, quilting, gardening, and creating. I do this to keep my sanity.

I was inspired by the food editor here at Instructables to make flambe. Being short on ingredients I did not know what I could make. I decided to try my hand at a banana flambe but was unsuccessful at achieving the desired results. This is not unusual here at Instructables because much of our inspiration comes because no one has made something that we would like to make. We have to experiment and bloopers happen before we accomplish something amazing to share. I then decided to give a try at making a hot chocolate flambe which is the result of this instructable.

Note: Please be very careful and use caution if you make flambe. Do not use more liqueur than I have recommended. I am not an expert. I have written this Instructable to share. This is what I did and it worked for me. Everyone's environment is different and I can not know how to advice you on how to avoid risk for your particular environment. Consult a professional if you have no experience. You are at your own risk if you try this for your enjoyment.

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Step 1: Ingredients

What you need:
  • Milk
  • Instant coco
  • Nestles
  • Vanilla bean
  • Kahlua
  • Whip cream optional
  • 3 Tablespoons 80 Proof alcohol Flavor of your choice
  • Mini paper cupcake liner optional
  • Snack
Please note: I used Vodka for this Instructable because that is all the liquor I had. But if you want flavored coco choose a complementary brand of booze to add to your drink.

Step 2: Supplies

This is what you need (single serving:)
  • Shallow pan
  • Shallow glass custard dish
  • Skewer
  • Flambe Torch or skewer and matches
  • Cup
  • Saucer
  • Spoon I used a long tea spoon
  • Embellish
  • Jute tie
  • Stove top
  • Large pan for coco
  • Fire extinguisher.

Step 3: The Embellishment

Cup Embellishment:
  • I trimmed off a small piece of evergreen
  • Tied it to the cup using jute
  • Set it aside until needed

Step 4: Preparations

It is important to have everything laid out because you need to be quick at everything so the timing is smooth.
  • Pan on stove
  • Liquor in pan
  • Milk
  • Coco
  • Kahlua
  • Cups
  • Nestle's ready
  • Snack in small mini cupcake liner optional
  • Saucer
  • Spoon

Step 5: Making the Coco

  • Pour milk in a pan and heat it on the stove on low heat.
  • While it is warming:
  • Cut a small piece of the vanilla bean set aside.
  • When milk is hot remove it from the pan and:
  • Add coco.
  • Add vanilla bean sliver.
  • Add Kahlua.
  • Add Nestles.
  • Mix well.
  • Pour into embellished cups.

Please note: To be safe do not heat the milk and the alcohol at the same time. You need to have full attention so if things are out of control you will be able to address it. You need to make the coco then pour it into the cups. Then make the flambe as shown next and pour into the custard cups. This is not something to make for a crowd. Keep it to 2-4 people making each flambe separate.

Step 6: Flambe

I recommend anyone who has not done this to watch a few videos several times before attempting this.
Where is your fire extinguisher?

  • Flambe 1 serving at a time.
  • Heat the alcohol just until it barely steams around the edge.
  • Turn off the heat.
  • Light the alcohol.
  • It will flame up quiet big and then flame down
  • The flame will display a beautiful array of color.
  • It will burn down and then go out.
  • When the flame is distinguished:
  • Remove from the stove.
  • Then pour it into the small custard dish.
  • The guest will pour it into the coco and stir.

  • I know this is not the real deal but it does set the tone.
  • Here is a good video that shows the process of flambe.
  • I recommend that you watch this video and several others to get the hang of it.
  • Experiment with Vodka so you don't spend a lot on the good stuff.
  • I read where too high of a percentage is dangerous.
  • I read where too low of a percentage is dangerous in that it will explode.
  • I do not know.
  • I still do not know how to perform it the way I would like.
  • From 3 Tablespoons of alcohol I had 1 Tablespoon left over after the alcohol burned off.
  • The Vodka is not a good choice for flavor so we did not use it in the coco.
  • This is just an instructable on how to flambe basically.
  • I am crediting dailymotion site and the maker of the video owner ( I assume) Yummly . .

Please note: Years ago I was making soap in my kitchen. The oil caught on fire and we had a big fire in my kitchen. The fire department was called and an insurance claim was made. My point is: do the research and be safe. Fires are not fun. Understand the principle of how to do this before trying it in your kitchen.

Step 7: Serve

My brother would not let me take his picture but he really enjoyed the display! I am the back seat driver! Still am!

I am trying to figure out how to perform a flambe in a coffee cup. When I have it mastered, I will add it to this Instructable.

Step 8: Sunshiine's Final Thoughts

My twin brother stopped by tonight and I made this for him. He enjoyed the flambe so much he left a little something for me. He knows I love the color purple and it matched my Instructables t- shirt wonderfully! I enjoy going the extra mile for my family, friends, and guest. I want to create lasting memories for them so they keep coming back.

I came across this video that shows a simple way to make another type of flambe and the risks are much smaller.
I am crediting Chow Tip: .

Thank you for stopping by and do have a warm and relaxing night.

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    7 years ago on Step 6

    The reasons for too high/too low alcohol being dangerous are unsurprisingly 2 different reasons.
    Alcohol above about 100 proof (50%) is flammable at room temperature. Alcohol nearing 200 proof (100%) can have explosive vapors at room temperature. The stuff is about as flammable as gasoline, except the flames are much dimmer, (invisible in daylight.)

    Alcohol well below 100 proof would probably nearly need to be boiling to be lit. Basically you would need a lot more heat, and the difference in heat between a small flame and a huge one would probably be quite small. Also with the higher heat comes the risk of it self-igniting.

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    Reply 7 years ago on Step 6

    Thanks for sharing! It was a challenging experience especially the first time. Sunshiine


    7 years ago on Introduction

    This sounds delicious! I hope you master the banana flambe one day. I'll keep an eye out for it.

    Sorry to hear about your kitchen fire in the past. It must have been so scary for you. BTW, I'm a twin too! The good one of coarse...

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Yes, I will try again. I had to use what I had on hand because my car needs work and hubby has been feeling bad. So all I had was frozen bananas. But I really think it was not the bananas I think I had the wrong booze. I also have not mastered the method. Fires can be very frightening. And oh my you are a twin! I have never met an adult twin before. So nice to meet you. Are you identical? I always wanted a twin sister. But my brother and I are very close. He kind of fills in and seems to know when I need to take a break and go somewhere with him. We have a lot of fun together. Thanks for sharing, Sunshiine


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    We are identical! 1 minute apart. Unfortunately, we live over 3000 miles apart and it has been really rough on both of us.

    Happy Friday!


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    How nice! I always thought it would be so much fun that people would not be able to tell you apart. I suppose that had is negative side also.
    I can relate to that!
    Happy Friday to you too! Sunshiine


    7 years ago on Introduction

    The photos are awesome.I like the way you have explained about the recipe,I tried it and Its tastes good.Looking for some more related recipes from you.Stonewall Kitchen Coupons.Thanks for sharing and keep posting..


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks scoochmaroo! I am making one where the cup flames and posting it here. It was really a shock the first time, it caught on fire in the pan and I did not light it. I always make sure I have a spotter because you never know. I asked my husband to help and when he knew what I was going to do he said NO! NO! NO! He recalls the soap incident. . . . I assured him that I knew what I was doing not to worry! It was great fun! I got some awesome pictures. Can't wait to share with my kids.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks scoochmaroo! Yes, I have some more work to do on this ible. I had trouble figuring out how to do this. I tried and tried. I thought it was because of the liquid but I will search until I get it right and come back and re-work it! It was great fun. Thanks for the inspiration, and input. Yes, my brother and I have a great connection. It is a twin thing. Have one of those extraordinary scoochmaroo kind of day, week, month, years! Sunshiine


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Lovely! I bet you could float some 151 rum on top of the cocoa and light it on fire too. Gorgeous ring! What a sweet brother!