Let’s talk about chocolate—that rich, sweet substance that takes away every stress with a single bite. We understand that some of you may be bigger fans of say, Twizzlers or a handful of Sour Patch Kids, but we still stand tall alongside any cocoa confection.

For this reason, we want to raise a glass to today’s birthday boy and business extraordinaire, Milton Hershey. The man loved chocolate more than we do, and for that we propose a toast. Since the opening of Hershey’s beloved chocolate plant, he has provided the world with a broad selection of sweets. So to celebrate this chocolate connoisseur, we’ve chosen four cocktails that represent Hershey’s most classic candy bars.

Hershey Highway Cocktail (1 serving)

  • 1 oz. Kahlua
  • 1 oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 1 oz. crème de cacao
  • chocolate milk
  • Hershey’s chocolate syrup
  • Chocolate shavings/sprinkles for garnish
  • Ice

Coat the bottom of a glass with chocolate syrup. Fill the glass halfway with ice. Mix in the Kahlua, Bailey’s Irish Cream and crème de cacao. Pour chocolate milk into the glass until filled. Shake or stir. Sprinkle on your garnish.

Almond Joy Martini (1 serving)

  • 1/2 oz. amaretto
  • 1/2 oz. crème de cacao
  • 1/2 oz. coconut-flavored rum
  • 1/2 oz. heavy cream
  • Hershey’s chocolate syrup to garnish

Pour all ingredients into an ice filled cocktail shaker. Shake mixture for around 30 seconds and then strain into a glass. Drizzle the chocolate syrup on top and serve.

York Peppermint Pattie Cocktail (1 serving)

  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. peppermint schnapps
  • 1/2 oz. white crème de cacao
  • Chocolate shavings/sprinkles

Mix ingredients together and shake in an ice filled cocktail mixer. Strain into a glass and garnish with chocolate shavings. Serve.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Martini (2 servings)

  • 6 oz. vodka
  • 1/4 cup Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

(This will make 2 ½ oz. Reese’s Peanut Butter infused Vodka)

  • 4 oz. milk
  • 1 tsp. Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup
  • 4 mini Reese’s Peanut Butter for garnish

Combine vodka and Reese’s cups in a sealed container and store in a cool dry place for a few days, shaking it a few times a day. Once the infusion is complete, strain into another container and put in a cool place or the freezer. To prepare the martini, mix the vodka, milk, and chocolate syrup over ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake for about 30 seconds and serve. Garnish with the mini Reese’s cups.


So here’s to Milton Hershey–the man, the legend, and the genius behind edible happiness.