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Progna Ghosh Sengupta
Progna is the creator of A Whiff of Spice a blog that is all about “Making Diabetes Delicious!” She is an eternal optimist and loves Trivia Night. Googling for random information is her favorite hobby. She’s also a self-proclaimed Pinterest addict. When she is not developing new recipes, or shooting them or blogging about them, she loves doing simple crafts or crazy science experiments with her 7 year old son. They also bake a lot of muffins together.
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This Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate is so so good! If you liked it at Starbucks, I bet you’ll fall in love with this! Read on to learn how to make it.

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

Hi there! This is Progna and I’m back with our family favorite recipe of Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate!

The moment we receive the first snow of the season, it’s Hot Chocolate time in our house! Most part of the year we try to follow “clean eating”. But it is the Holidays… and holidays are all about indulgence.

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

This Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate is decadence at its best. The recipe starts with a pan of homemade caramel and ends with finely chopped bittersweet chocolate slowly meting in the puddle of caramel infused milk. You get the idea.. right!

This drink is thick, rich and utterly delicious, with the undertone of smoky caramelized sugar and a savory finish from the salt.

Lets make this delicious drink!

Ingredients for Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

• ½ cup of granulated white sugar
• 3 cups of Milk (I used 2%—any fat percentage you enjoy drinking should work)
• 4 oz. of bittersweet chocolate, chopped
• ¼ to ½ teaspoon of salt
• Whipped cream or mini marshmallow and caramel sauce, to garnish (optional)

The process:

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

It all starts with a pan full of amber color caramel!

Place a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once the saucepan is hot, add the sugar and keep stirring continuously. Since the pan is hot, the sugar will start cooking immediately. Stir constantly and cook till it is amber colored.

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

Add milk in a slow steady stream. The caramel will bubble a lot and seize a bit too. But once the milk is heated through, it will melt back into a smooth liquid. At this point you can add some salt and be done with.

The Salted Caramel Milk is divinely delicious in it own right!

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

But we won’t stop there.

It is the Holidays after all!

Keeping the heat to medium, bring the milk to a simmer. Add the chopped chocolate, once the caramel is fully incorporated.

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

Whisk until the mixture is smooth and the chocolate is melted. Keep the heat low, as we don’t want the chocolate to burn.
Add the salt. Taste. Add more salt, if desired. The hot chocolate should have a prominent salty taste but not too overwhelming or overpowering.

Serve the Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate with whipped cream or mini marshmallow and more caramel sauce.

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

My 7 year old L-O-V-E-S it. We love it just the way it is. But here are few variation you could try:

    –   Replace half the quantity of milk with strongly brewed coffee and get Salted Caramel Mocha.

    –   Use white chocolate instead of bitter sweet chocolate and have a rich and decadent Salted Caramel White Hot Chocolate.

    –   Or  just omit any chocolate altogether and enjoy Salted Caramel Milk, which is absolutely delicious in its own right!

    –   Add one ounce of Rum, or Bourbon, or Coffee Liqueur  to any of the variation and make your own ‘Spirited’ Hot Chocolate, strictly for the adults!

Have a wonderful Holidays and make beautiful memories!

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate
 
With the undertone of smoky caramelized sugar and a savory finish from the salt, this Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate will make your holidays extra special.
Author:
Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Ingredients
  • ½ cup of granulated white sugar
  • 3 cups of Milk (I used 2%—any fat percentage you enjoy drinking should work)
  • 4 oz. of bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon of salt
  • Whipped cream or mini marshmallow and caramel sauce, to garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once the saucepan is hot, add the sugar and keep stirring continuously. Since the pan is hot, the sugar will start cooking immediately. Stirring constantly, cook till it is a medium amber color.
  2. Add the milk in a slow steady stream. The caramel will bubble a lot and seize too. But once the milk is heated through, it will melt back into a smooth liquid.
  3. Bring the milk to a simmer over medium low heat. Add the chopped chocolate, once the caramel has melted.
  4. Whisk until the mixture is smooth and the chocolate is melted.
  5. Add the salt. Taste. Add more salt, if needed. The hot chocolate should have a prominent salty taste but nothing overwhelming or overpowering.
  6. Serve the Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate with whipped cream or mini marshmallow and caramel sauce.
Notes
It can be made ahead and kept in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Replace half the milk with strongly brewed coffee to get Salted Caramel Mocha.
Use white chocolate instead of bitter-sweet and have a rich and decadent Salted Caramel White Hot Chocolate.
Or omit any chocolate altogether and enjoy Salted Caramel Milk, which is absolutely delicious in its own right!

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Progna Ghosh Sengupta
Progna is the creator of A Whiff of Spice a blog that is all about “Making Diabetes Delicious!” She is an eternal optimist and loves Trivia Night. Googling for random information is her favorite hobby. She’s also a self-proclaimed Pinterest addict. When she is not developing new recipes, or shooting them or blogging about them, she loves doing simple crafts or crazy science experiments with her 7 year old son. They also bake a lot of muffins together.
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