Paul Wahlberg whips up his signature holiday drink.
Paul Wahlberg whips up his signature holiday drink.
photos by Jessica Bartlett for the Boston Globe

DESSERT DRINK: Hot Mocha Madness

Paul Wahlberg; Alma Nove and Wahlburgers, Hingham

Though Paul Wahlberg makes this signature drink with high-quality chocolate these days, he joked that it was the cheap powdered stuff when he was a kid. “But Mom always made hot cocoa with Fluff,” he said. Since becoming adults, the entire Wahlberg family has jazzed up this holiday drink, adding alcohol and spices to the mixture. “The mocha flavor with Bailey’s is a great combo . . . both those blend beautifully with Fluff. It’s not winter without Fluff,” he said. This also can be a sweet treat for kids — without the alcohol, of course.

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4 cups milk

3 ounces unsweetened chocolate

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup Kahlua

1/2 cup Bailey’s Irish Cream

Marshmallow Fluff for garnish

1. Place milk, sugar, cinnamon, and chocolate

in a heavy-bottomed pan.

2. Stir and bring to a simmer.

3. Add the Kahlua and Bailey’s.

4. Place in four mugs and top with a tablespoon of Fluff and a drizzle of Bailey’s.