I have to admit, I was curious when I received a press release about one of Independent Distillers Canada (IDC) new alcoholic beverages based on Cadbury’s Caramilk bar—Caramilk Cream Liquor.
Caramilk Cream Liquor (Suggested Retail Price $27.95) is made with real cream, double distilled vodka, and fortified with brandy, offering a delicious combination of smooth caramel and rich chocolate flavours. When entertaining, offer your adult guests a little something extra by drizzling Caramilk Cream Liquor over dessert, adding a splash to coffee or hot chocolate or simply serving over ice or at room temperature to enjoy the subtle flavours. Caramilk Cream Liquor also makes a perfect stocking stuffer or hostess gifts for the adults on your list. Caramilk Cream Liquor contains 17% alcohol and is available in a 750 ml bottle. For an extra special Holiday touch, a free festive bottle bag comes with purchase at select retailers.
I was intrigued to try the Bailey’s-like liquor, even more so because it was touted for use in a large variety of recipes as well and I was curious to see how sweet this was. Bailey’s, whilst a perennial favourite of mine, can sometimes be a little on the sweet side and I could only imagine that the whole “Caramilk factor” might make this too sweet. A small glass proved me wrong, however, the brandy cutting the sweetness quite a bit so it was not at all cloying. Like Bailey’s, I would recommend this be consumed in moderation and it was much nicer on ice than at room temperature.
The recipes that accompanied the bottle were a variety of festive treats and I was excited to try the Caramilk muffin recipe. Even though I am not home over this holiday period, I remember from when I was little, we would always go over to my Nana’s house on Christmas morning, and sometimes New Year’s Day, for a special breakfast and these muffins, whilst a perfect snack for anytime of the day, would be a great addition to anyone’s (adult) holiday breakfast table. They’re kind of like a grown up version of the festive cupcakes I made with Les Petits Chefs a couple of weeks ago.
The add-ins I used were chosen because I had them on hand and I liked the festive colours of the cranberries against the pale muffin. The addition of chopped up Caramilk bar is genius and I will be baking again with them – the filling melts as the muffins bake, creating a gorgeous, gooey, caramel throughout the muffin. If you have leftovers, a quick zap in the microwave or gentle heating on a low temperature will “wake up” the melty caramel-y, chocolatey goodness!
These muffins begin with a simple all-purpose batter and can be made into a custom creation using a number of add-ins.
Yield: 12 muffins.
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1 tbsp vanilla essence
1/2 cup butter at room temperature
1/2 cup Caramilk Liquor
100g bar Cadbury Caramilk chocolate, roughly chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
Cream butter and sugar, slowly adding the eggs one at a time. Add vanilla and Caramilk liquor then slowly add milk. Add flour, baking powder and salt. Add the Caramilk bar pieces, dried cranberries and walnuts. Mix well until all ingredients are combined.
Scoop into muffin tins lined with paper baking cups and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden on top and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
The resulting muffin was light and fluffy with a very very subtle hint of alcohol. They are not overly sweet and I loved the tartness of the cranberry against the sweetness of the muffin and the nutty walnuts. A perfect morning treat for the holidays (and beyond!)
Thanks to Julie from Broad Reach Communications for providing me with a sample bottle. Cheers!