Bailey's hot chocolate drink topped with coconut whipped cream. Be sure to get the full-fat coconut milk - it makes all the difference.
If you prefer to use whipped cream (dairy) it's also great with the Baileys and chocolate.Jump to Recipe
See how creamy that hot cocoa is? It's from the coconut whipped cream! I'll take it any day over regular whipped cream, and it's perfect with a Baileys hot chocolate.
Now that we live in the mountains, and are experiencing apocalyptic amounts of snow, Baileys hot chocolate has been my go-to drink. How much snow, you might ask? A resort across the Lake had to close one of its lifts because in the last storm, the snow depth was higher than the chairs. They were over 40 feet above the ground.
Thankfully, we're getting a sunny breather for the next couple of weeks, although I'm not sure how much melting is in our future since the temperatures barely nudge over 30˚F. A reprieve before the next onslaught, but I'll take it.
Meanwhile, we're looking at houses in all this weather. Our days are a combination of hunkering down for a few stormy days, and then when the roads get plowed and re-open, our realtor meets us at various properties. It's been quite a change after living in the Bay Area for the past 30 years of mild weather.
But, and I'm sure you think I'm crazy, I haven't lost a bit of my excitement over moving here. I just need to make sure I have a stash of coconut whipped cream in the refrigerator, Baileys on the bar, and fixings for hot chocolate on hand.
Tips for Making Baileys Hot Chocolate
I think I've tried every one of Silly Cow Farms Hot Chocolate powder flavors, and they're all great. But if you like a super chocolate-y hot chocolate, then go for Chocolate Truffle flavor. I find it at my grocery store with all the other hot chocolate powders.
Or if you want to try all the flavors, you can order a sample kit of all four: Marshmallow Swirl, Chocolate-Chocolate, Chocolate-Truffle, and Chocolate-Moo-uss.
The Original Bailey's is an alcoholic beverage flavored with cream, cocoa, and Irish whiskey. However, they have a vegan version of its creamy liqueur: Baileys Almande, an almond milk liqueur. Both work wonderfully in this drink.
Tips for Making Coconut Whipped Cream
Use full-fat coconut milk. The low-fat version doesn't separate into a solid and liquid as well in the can before refrigeration.
You only need to use the solid coconut cream to make Coconut Whipped Cream. The liquid is coconut water, and can be reserved for smoothies and other drinks.
Make sure everything is cold when you get ready to whip the coconut cream. Chill the coconut milk, the bowl it will be whipped in, and whatever kind of beaters or whisk that you use. Everything except the coconut milk needs only a quick 10 - 15 minute chill. The coconut milk must be chilled overnight. Otherwise, it won't harden up enough to be whipped.
If I can find it, I use Aroy-D Coconut Milk. Cook's Illustrated did a taste test in 2017 and declared it the winner. I've also used Thai Kitchen with very good success.
Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 week.
More Bailey's Love
Bailey's and chocolate is a natural partnership in this Easy Bailey's Mousse. Think of it as a fluffy chocolate dessert with a whisper of a cocktail.
Bailey's Hot Chocolate withi Coconut Whipped Cream
- 4 cups milk either whole milk or 2% milk
- 8 tablespoons Sillycow Farms Hot Chocolate-Chocolate Truffle powder
- 8 tablespoons Bailey's Irish Cream or more, depending on your preference
- 8 tablespoons Coconut Whipped Cream
Coconut Whipped Cream
- 1 (14-ounce) can unsweetened full-fat coconut milk, preferably Aroy-D
- ⅓ cup Bakers sugar (fine granulated sugar)
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Combine the milk and chocolate powder in 4 cups you plan to serve the hot cocoa in. Microwave until the milk is well heated and the chocolate melted. The length of heating time will differ according to the strength of your microwave oven. Mine takes 1 ½ minutes. I recommend you start there, as you don't want to the milk to boil. Once the milk is heated, stir so that the chocolate mixes into the milk.
- Stir in the Baileys, and top with the Coconut Whipped Cream.
Coconut Whipped Cream
- Place a can of full-fat coconut milk in the refrigerator overnight. Place a bowl and beaters from a mixer in the freezer at least 30 minutes before making the whipped cream.
- Remove the can from the refrigerator and open it, being careful not to shake the can. The cream should be solidified at the top of the can. Carefully scoop out the cream, using a spoon, and transfer it to the cold bowl. Whip it up for a few minutes with the chilled beaters, until creamy. Add the sugar and vanilla extract. Whip until smooth. You should have enough whipped cream for 4 cups of hot cocoa.
- Use immediately, or cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Mmmmm....I'd love to sip on this hot cocoa after my St. Patrick's Day meal! What's not to love????
Oh wow!! You guys have been getting a LOT of snow. I don't think I would mind the snow if I did have this hot cocoa to keep me warm. Love the coconut in it, will try it soon
I can't imagine all that snow and cold weather but I can definitely imagine cuddling in front of a fire with a cup of this deliciousness. I'm not dairy free but I love coconut cream. And with Baileys - oh yeah!!
I love snow fall and I wish I had this delicious Coconut Whipped Cream while enjoying my snow......
Love it! I add Bailey's to our afternoon chai so I can image how absolutely delicious it is in hot cocoa. YUM!
Chocolate and coconut -- a yummy combo. Like my favorite Girl Scout cookies, Somoas. And almond milk is a good witch-up. Tell me, does almond milk have more protein than cow's milk? What about fat content?
Wow! what a great dairy free option! Yum!