Alibi V.13 No.7 • Feb 12-18, 2004 

Eating In

Make Your Own Superfabulous Chocolate Body Paint

The ultimate topping for necks, nipples and Neapolitan ice cream

The episode of Laverne and Shirley you never saw.
Singeli Agnew

If you spend any time doing Valentine's shopping at adult gift shops or chocolate shops you'll probably run across jars of chocolate body paint. This stuff can be a recipe for a sexy (if sticky) night of fun but not if the chocolate paint tastes cheap and fake as most of them do. So we set out to make a chocolate sauce that would leave you licking your lips whether it's used to write a love letter across your lover's back or top a bowl of ice cream. We tried easy methods like simply melting chocolate chips and coating chocolate but couldn't come up with a sauce that had the two essential qualities we were looking for: rich, deep chocolatey flavor and a thick, dark, glossy look that would be perfect for painting. Eventually we came up with a recipe that gets instense flavor from cocoa powder, just enough sweetness from a simple syrup and a touch of richness and shine from butter. We can't guarantee it won't ruin your sheets but we can bet you probably won't care.

Go ahead and drool.
Singeli Agnew

Superfabulous Chocolate Body Paint

You can make this chocolate sauce a few days ahead and store it in the refrigerator. Warm it in the microwave or in a double boiler and stir thoroughly before using. Keep in mind that the microwave can create hot spots in food, so be sure to stir the sauce up well and make sure it's not searing hot before you start painting. Feel free to add some booze for flavor. We liked it with raspberry-flavored Chambord and also with bourbon.
Makes about 1/2 cup


1/3 cup granulated sugar

1 pinch kosher salt

3 tablespoons water

2 tablespoons butter

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon (or more) booze, or to taste


1) Put sugar, salt and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Don't stir but wait for the mixture to come to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer and watch closely until all of the sugar granules have dissolved. Remove from heat.

2) Add butter and stir with a wire whisk until incorporated.

3) Add cocoa powder, vanilla and booze; Whisk until incorporated.

4) Pour into a small crock, mug or other deep, microwave-save container.

5) Use the paint as soon as it is cooled enough to be comfortable. The hotter the sauce the easier it is to paint with but you don't want to burn your Valentine. If the sauce becomes hard, warm it in the microwave for 20 seconds. Stir and test the temperature again before using.