Creme de cacao is a chocolate-flavored cream liqueur that also has less prominent notes of vanilla flavor. There are both alcoholic and non-alcoholic substitutes for creme de cacao. These include chocolate liqueur, coffee liqueur, chocolate syrup and powdered white chocolate mixed with powdered sugar, water and non-alcoholic vanilla extract.
White creme de cacao is clear and colorless, while dark creme de cacao is a dark brown version of the same liqueur. Creme de cacao is an ingredient in a vast assortment of alcoholic beverages, including the Brandy Alexander, Mocha Martini, Chocolate Martini and Pink Squirrel. It can also be served over ice cream or used in desserts such as the Cuban Opera cake.