Hot Chocolate-Stout Float

Kids love a version of this without stout. Stir crushed pretzels into the shake for added crunch.

Hot Chocolate Stout Float Dessert with sauce pan
Photo: Andy Lyons
Start To Finish Time:
15 mins


  • ½ cup Easy Fudge Sauce

  • 1 12 ounce bottle chocolate stout beer or stout beer

  • 1 quart vanillla bean ice cream

  • Edible rose petals (optional)

Easy Fudge Sauce

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • ½ cup butter

  • ½ cup milk, half-and-half, or light cream

  • 2 teaspoon vanilla, instant coffee crystals, or instant espresso coffee powder


  1. In a small saucepan heat Easy Fudge Sauce and 1/4 cup of the stout until warm and combined.

  2. Place two scoops of ice cream into each of six soda glasses. Spoon 2 Tbsp. warm fudge sauce-stout mixture over scoops of ice cream. Pour stout over ice cream in each glass. Top with edible flower petals. Serve at once with long-handled spoons.

Easy Fudge Sauce

  1. In a small bowl stir together brown sugar and cocoa powder; set aside. In a small heavy saucepan combine butter and milk. Cook and stir over low heat until butter is melted. Cook and stir over medium heat for 5 to 6 minutes or until mixture begins to bubble around edge of pan. Stir in brown sugar mixture. Cook and stir for 1 to 2 minutes more or until sugar is dissolved and mixture is smooth and thickened. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla.

Use only rose petals that have not been chemically treated.

To Store:

Transfer sauce to an airtight container; cover. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. To reheat, microwave on 100 percent power (high) until warm, stirring every 15 seconds.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

330 Calories
16g Fat
37g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 330
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 99mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Total Sugars 31g
Protein 3g
Calcium 101mg 8%
Iron 0.5mg 3%
Potassium 88mg 2%
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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