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Sep 7, 2010 06:21 AM

Creme de cacao - Does it spoil?

I have a very old bottle of creme de cacao - no longer totally clear, but a pale yellow.
It seems to taste ok. Any thoughts as to whether I can add 1/4 cup to make a chocolate flavored whipped cream before I toss it?


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  1. If you had a cap on it tightly screwed should be fine.

    1. Creme de cacao should be ~40% alcohol. It may lose flavour, but it should be good for consumption basically forever.

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      1. re: Indirect Heat

        Many Creme de Cacaos are around 20% ABV.

        Some liqueurs do change color over time. If it tastes fine and smells fine, I wouldn't worry. It might have shifted in terms of one botanical over another (not that cacao has too much other than cacao/chocolate and sometimes vanilla), but I haven't tasted a liqueur that went that off that it was not usable (people buying decades old bottles of defunct ingredients is a different story).