Chocolate Guinness Beer Floats with Salted Dulce De Leche Sauce

guinness beer float

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

The weekend parades may be over but the revelries continue today and tonight. If you’re so inclined to celebrate with something with alcohol, forget the green beer and instead consider this special treat that you can easily whip up at home: Chocolate Guinness Beer Floats with Salted Dulce de Leche Sauce.

This cocktail-dessert hybrid combines the most Irish of all beers and two of the best things on the planet: chocolate and dulce de leche. Guinness and chocolate pair perfectly together –  dark and bitter and velvety – but adding some salted caramel sauce takes everything up a notch.

chocolate guinness beer floats

I made my own salted dulce de leche sauce by combining a couple of tablespoons of thick dulce de leche with a little cream and smoked sea salt. I always keep cans of Nestle La Lechera Dulce De Leche in my pantry for desserts, and (let’s not lie) for eating directly with a spoon. You can use jarred dulce de leche (I like La Salamandra), or make your own (Smitten Kitchen has a great post for homemade dulce de leche). You can also use salted caramel (I like the fleur de sel caramel sauce from Trader Joe’s) or make your own (Lauren from Keep It Sweet can show you how to make salted caramel sauce without a candy thermometer).

Of course you can just make a two-ingredient float – just Guinness beer and chocolate ice cream – that’s delicious as well. But the little touches (dark chocolate rim, salted dulce de leche sauce) make these floats special.

batch chocolate ice cream

Using great quality ice cream is also key. I used Batch chocolate ice cream, from the local ice cream company I love. Batch ice cream is made from scratch, using fresh ingredients from local farms, using no stabilizers or artificial flavors. The chocolate version is so creamy and pure-tasting.

guinness beef float with salted caramel

The last time I made ice cream floats, it brought me back to my high school days, but now there’s nothing high school and sweet about these floats. These Chocolate Guinness Beer Floats are all adult. Thick, creamy beer, almost milky chocolate ice cream, luxurious salted dulce de leche sauce, and a dark chocolate rim all combine for a dark and intensely chocolate-y concoction.

chocolate guinness float

Yield: serves 2

Chocolate Guinness Beer Floats with Salted Dulce De Leche Sauce


Beer Floats

1 cup chocolate ice cream
1 can (14.9 oz) Guinness beer
dark chocolate shavings

Salted Dulce de Leche Sauce

2 tablespoons dulce de leche
1 tablespoon heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon smoked sea salt or any flaky salt (I used smoked Maldon salt)


  1. Rim your glasses with shaved chocolate. I used a microplane to grate a small piece of dark chocolate for the shavings and placed it in a small saucer. Moisten the glass mouths with water then turn the glasses upside down and dip into shaved chocolate. Twist to make sure rims are covered in chocolate.
  2. Divide ice cream equally and scoop into glasses.
  3. Pour 1 tablespoon salted dulce de leche sauce on top of ice cream.
  4. Divide beer equally and pour over ice cream.
  5. Top with remaining dulce de leche sauce. Serve immediately.

chocolate guinness beer float with salted dulce de leche sauce

Do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? What’s your favorite float flavor? Raspberry Beer Floats will always have a special place in my heart.


48 Responses to “Chocolate Guinness Beer Floats with Salted Dulce De Leche Sauce”

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    Alaina posted March 17, 2014 at 8:38 am

    How appropriately timed is this post! I just bought a six pack of Guinness and know I know what else I can do with it (to go along with my Guinness pound cake.) ;-)

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day Bianca!

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      Bianca Garcia posted March 17, 2014 at 11:07 am

      Guinness pound cake served alongside chocolate Guinness beer floats sounds perfect!

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    Mariel posted March 17, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Love your blog makeover, Bianca! :)

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      Bianca Garcia posted March 17, 2014 at 11:07 am

      Thank you, Mariel! Hope all is well!

  3. #
    Michelle Lahey posted March 17, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    I have Guinness in my fridge right now. I might have to go get some chocolate ice cream this afternoon…

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    Jenny @ BAKE posted March 17, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    This is pretty much the only way I would enjoy a glass of Guinness! I will have to remember this recipe for next year!

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    Shashi @ RunninSrilankan posted March 17, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Your grown up ice cream/beer floats look so pretty! The shaved chocolate rim dresses these floats up! Gorgeous photos, Bianca!

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      Bianca Garcia posted March 17, 2014 at 5:17 pm

      Thanks, Shashi. I think next time I will even add shaved chocolate to the actual floats!

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    Susie Parish posted March 17, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    So I know what we’ll be doing with our chocolate ice cream tonight! Thanks for choosing Batch to be a part of this tasty concoction!

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      Bianca Garcia posted March 17, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      Thanks for dropping by, Susie. I love your ice cream!

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    Shannon posted March 17, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    wowsa, what a drink! love batch :) especially their salted caramel… swoon!

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      Bianca Garcia posted March 17, 2014 at 5:19 pm

      And I bet that would make a nice ice cream float too! I’m also a sucker for the match flavor hehe

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted March 17, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    I’m obsessed with your blog name. AND these fantastic floats-that salted dulce de leche addition is genius!

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    Kathi @ Deliciously Yum! posted March 17, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    I totally agree with Kayle! I am in love with the name of your blog… I mean, how could I not?? And these floats are pretty amazing, too. Cannot wait to make my own Dulce de Leche Sauce :)

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    Kelly - LEFT SIDE OF THE TABLE posted March 17, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    This looks amazing. Creative too ;) Salted dulce ice cream speaks to me. Add some guiness….voila. Pinning this one! Thanks for sharing, Bianca! Hope you’re having a lovely day!

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    Megan posted March 17, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    These sound delicious! I love the layers!

  12. #
    Erin | The Law Student's Wife posted March 18, 2014 at 12:20 am

    Total party in a glass! Guinness and ice cream and caramel and chocolate? Hold me!

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    ATasteOfMadness posted March 18, 2014 at 1:52 am

    You know, I bought dulce de leche a while ago, and never found a way to use it. I think I can use up the whole can making these, this looks fantastic!

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    yummychunklet posted March 18, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Great drink!

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    Natalie @ Tastes Lovely posted March 18, 2014 at 11:38 am

    This is such a great idea! I’ve had a guiness float with vanilla ice cream, but DUH chocolate would be so much better. Hurray for booze + desserts!

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    the Squishy Monster posted March 18, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Um, this is genius! Wish I’d seen this yesterday and not today–I guess this means I’m making these this weekend!!!

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      Bianca Garcia posted March 19, 2014 at 10:47 pm

      That means you will have a great weekend then!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert posted March 18, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Wow Bianca – this sounds wonderful. Love Guinness, especially in Ireland! Dulce de leche and chocolate and beer. That makes for a perfect world!

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    2 Sisters Recipes posted March 18, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Ohhh this looks so yummy! I haven’t had ice cream floats in years and this is so inspiring to make one. All the flavors together must be amazing! Love this recipe. Thanks for sotpping by our site, that was so sweet of you!

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    michael posted March 18, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Oh Wow, that looks great, adding the chocolate to the rim of the glass is a good idea! I am a chocoholic too, love chocolate!!

    Did you see my recent post, Hot Fudge Cake!! If you love chocolate, this recipe is for you!! It will make want to do the Happy Dance!!!
    Michael :-)

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    Rosa @HHR posted March 18, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Oh my, this looks delicious. I love Batch ice cream–it’s absolutely heavenly and worth the price (and it never seems to go on sale, grr). Will definitely give it a try!

  21. #
    Micheline posted March 18, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Ah! Yum. These are so grown up. <3

  22. #
    Chris @ Shared Appetite posted March 18, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    I don’t even care that it’s the day AFTER St. Patrick’s Day. I’m making this. They sound incredible… that salted dulce de leche… oh my gosh I want it right now! Pinning :)

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      Bianca Garcia posted March 19, 2014 at 10:49 pm

      Thanks, Chris! The salted dulce de leche sauce definitely takes things up a notch :)

  23. #
    Choc Chip Uru posted March 18, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    This sauce looks incredible, and this float is so delicious :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  24. #
    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes posted March 19, 2014 at 1:27 am

    Oh my goodness…I love this!! I am a huge fan of Guinness!

  25. #
    grace posted March 19, 2014 at 8:33 am

    my celebration of st paddys day was nowhere near this delicious. what a magnificent creation–you’ve done the irish nation proud. :)

  26. #
    Liz posted March 19, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    What an amazing St. Patrick’s Day treat! I think your photos just made my stomach do a flip flop :) And your new look is terrific, too!

  27. #
    Sacha posted March 19, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    I don’t drink enough floats. And it doesn’t need to be St. Patrick’s Day for me to tuck into one of these babies. Wednesday is reason enough, right?

  28. #
    Jenn @ Deliciously Sprinkled posted March 19, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    What a awesome idea and a perfect way to enjoy a guinness beer! :)

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      Bianca Garcia posted March 19, 2014 at 10:51 pm

      Thanks, Jenn! I’m not normally a beer fan but beer floats I can’t say no to :)

  29. #
    Joanne posted March 20, 2014 at 7:10 am

    I have zero desire to drink green beer, but one of these floats….you don’t have to ask me twice!

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    Ashley posted March 20, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    So is it bad that I would love one of these as an afternoon snack right now?? lol Don’t answer that : ) And with that salted dulce de leche sauce…. gah, so good!

  31. #
    GINA KLEINWORTH posted March 22, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    This will certainly be very popular in this house. Great recipe.

  32. #
    Katrina @ WVS posted March 23, 2014 at 10:32 am

    These floats look so yummy! Awesome recipe!

  33. #
    Molly Galler posted March 23, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    Batch ice cream is the absolute best!

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    Jules @ WolfItDown posted March 25, 2014 at 4:19 am

    I have seen a couple of Guinness floats about since before St. Patrick’s, but this is by far the fanciest one I’ve come across. I’m intrigued as to how the beer goes with the chocolate, mmmm. Oh, and Batch ice cream, looks absolutely deeeelicious :D x

  35. #
    Sarah & Arkadi posted March 26, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    yum! the combination of flavours must be fantastic!

  36. #
    Andi @ The Weary Chef posted March 27, 2014 at 1:14 am

    I’m usually a bit squeamish about beer floats, but you really sold me on the idea with this one. These look incredible!

  37. #
    Chelsea posted March 28, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    These are really pretty pictures! Love how you rimmed the glasses!

  38. #
    Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling posted March 29, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Wow – these are so delicious looking! I love these flavors and the fact that you salted the dulce de leche. Yummy!!

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