Chocolate and alcohol. The king and queen of the "edible stress relief" category, the two most beloved, time-honored methods of celebration and relaxation. They work so well as a side-by-side pairing (seriously, try some bourbon with your next brownies) that it only makes sense to try and combine them into one epic means of taking the edge off. But while the idea is noble, the resulting cocktails are too often syrupy, cloying gimmicks that bring out the worst in both ingredients.

If you've long sought a cocoa-based buzz but have only found distressingly gloopy "choco-tinis" on your quest, don't give up hope -- we've gathered five great ways to infuse your booze with just the right amount of candy.