When we were thinking of something fun for another beer recipe, we thought “Is there any way to incorporate our beer into something in time for Halloween?”… Low and behold we found this recipe from Craft Beer.com and had to try it out. The best part about this recipe is you can prepare it a few days in advance if necessary, so you donʻt have to impede on your beer drinking/Trick or Treating time!
While they suggested a chocolate stout, weʻre partial to the toffee flavor of our Southern Cross Double Red Ale. The results were fantastic! Hereʻs what we did:
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 2 cups half and half
- 19.2 oz can of Southern Cross Double Red Ale (Youʻll only need 1 cup, but why not enjoy the rest!)
- 6oz. semisweet chocolate
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract (almond extract is also tasty!)
- 18 Oreos or more if you really like Oreos!
- Li Hing Mui Gummies (a Hawaii favorite!)
Combine salt, sugar, and cornstarch to a double boiler (not on yet!). Slowly add 1 cup of Southern Cross & half and half, making sure to incorporate all of the dry ingredients in. After you mix those ingredients and have a nice silky texture, start the water boiling for the double boiler and bring to a simmer.
Place combined ingredients over a the heat and occasionally whisk until the liquid is thick, which should take about 20 minutes. If the back of your spoon is covered with the mixture, youʻre doing it right! At this point, you add the chocolate, again stirring occasionally until itʻs all melted (about 5 minutes). Youʻll know itʻs ready if itʻs thick AND smooth. Remove from heat and then add the vanilla.
Place plastic wrap over mixture and put in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
Smash cookies in a sandwich bag. This can be done by hand, with a rolling pin, or using the leftover can from the beer you drank! Add some of the pudding to a cup (about half-full), add some of the broken up cookies, then more pudding, and then more cookies! Place a few of the li hing mui gummies on top and you now have an adult version of the classic “dirt pudding cups!”
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