Thursday, October 13, 2011

Recipe Hack: Starbucks Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

Earlier this week I got an e-mail from a reader requesting a salted caramel hot chocolate recipe, a la Starbucks. I love when I have reader's make requests because it helps me feel connected to you all...instead of just feeling like I'm typing into an endless internet void. :)

I got hooked on these fabulous drinks last year and once the addiction really kicked in, I knew I had to start making them at home. After experimenting and trying different methods, I finally came up with a winning recipe - and it's super simple to make! 

So, without any further ado, I'm excited to share with you my knock-off for Starbucks' Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate.

Starbucks (Knock-off) Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate
Serves 2

2 1/4 cups whole milk (or indulge and use half & half)
2 tbsp. dark cocoa powder
2 tbsp. cocoa powder
2 tbsp. sugar
2 tbsp. caramel sauce
1/4 tsp. sea salt

whipped cream
caramel sauce
sea salt

In a saucepan, combine all of the ingredients. Whisk together over medium heat until it reaches your desired temperature and the sugar has dissolved.

Pour the hot chocolate into mugs and top with whipped cream, a drizzle of caramel sauce and a tiny pinch of sea salt. Inhale, sigh, sip, smile and enjoy!

*You could make this a mocha by stirring instant coffee into each cup.

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  1. Thank you! This looks amazing. Can't wait to try it!

  2. Sounds totally yummy! I will for sure try this. As soon as the weather cools off a little more and I run to the grocery store for caramel sauce and dark cocoa powder! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thank you for this recipe. The salted caramel mocha is my weakness. Now I don't have to spend a small fortune at Starbucks anymore.


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