Can You Get Drunk From Eating Alcohol-Infused Chocolates?

Every once in a while, we all have those days in which we do very little more than wolfing down a box of chocolates. And quite honestly, a lot of us also experience days where all we want is a cocktail or a giant glass of wine (or two) to unwind. Well, folks, if you fall into either — or better yet, both — of these categories, you're in luck, because spirituous chocolate is a real thing. Why attend a fancy chocolate and wine pairing when you can enjoy it all within a single bite?

There are a handful of artisan chocolate brands that infuse booze into their bonbons for an extra kick. Midunu Chocolates, which are handmade in Ghana, offer several gorgeously designed truffle varieties, including one called Yaa – a ginger, honey, and dark chocolate ganache infused with a vodka-based ginger liqueur and rolled in cocoa powder. The Vermont Country Store sells chocolates made with cognac, rum, brandy, scotch, tequila, vodka, champagne, beer, and more. But the real question is: Can you actually get (or even feel) drunk if you eat boozy chocolates?

It's extremely hard to actually get intoxicated from alcohol-infused chocolate

While the short answer is yes, there's definitely a catch. You'll need to consume a lot of alcoholic chocolates to actually become inebriated. Most people would need to consume more than 700 grams of chocolate to exceed the legal blood alcohol limit of .08%. To get quite drunk, most would need to eat close to two kilograms (roughly 1.5 pounds), according to Good Food. At that point, you might as well just nosh on some candy while simultaneously indulging in an adult beverage.

Back in 2014, Vice put this theory to the test — with one writer eating lots and lots of chocolate. And as one can imagine, hilarity ensued. She bought a breathalyzer and as many liquor-marinated chocolates as she could afford, which amounted to 80 total. Even after consuming dozens of chocolates, the writer was barely impaired. She was, however, filled with candied regret. According to her own research, some of the unhealthy ingredients in the chocolates (namely, sugar and fat) could negatively affect the strength of the alcohol, which made her feel less drunk.

The verdict: If you get your hands on these sinful temptations, you can throw out your expectations of getting hammered along with the wrappers.