Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate has to be one of my favorite holiday drinks. I discovered it during the winter of 2009, thanks to Starbucks and my cousin Tim. Today, I'm sharing a delicious recipe from Caroline of Coeur de La Photography. If you missed the "hot chocolate with a twist" recipes in the newest issue of Delighted, have a look on page 62.


For the hot chocolate:
3 cups whole milk
4-6 tablespoons hot chocolate mix (I prefer Silly Cow Hot Chocolate)
2-3 tablespoons salted caramel sauce (Trader Joe's has a great one)

For the whipped cream: 
1-2 cups heavy whipping cream
3-4 tablespoons sugar
1-2 teaspoons vanilla


For the hot chocolate:
Pour milk into a medium sized pot and lightly heat. Once warm, add chocolate mix. Add less or more to your liking. Whisk until chocolate is incorporated. Turn the heat up to medium and simmer until hot. Keep whisking. Do not overheat. Pour into your favorite mugs. For the salted caramel sauce, fill guests’ spoons with salted caramel and let them stir their hot chocolate with a caramel spoon. Dollop with homemade whipped cream and serve. Enjoy!!

For the whipped cream:
Add ingredients to a medium sized bowl and mix with an electric mixer for 5-10 minutes on high. Your mixture will begin to softly thicken. Do not overmix as the cream will become too thick and lose its sweetness. Once done, place into a mason jar and serve when ready.

Recipe and Photos courtesy of Caroline at Coeur de La Photography