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Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

I have a confession to make – I love Starbucks – I love the beverages, the atmosphere, the friendly staff but what I don’t like is the damage it can do to my budget. We love the Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate so as a family one night we thought – “we can make this at home for a fraction of the cost”. I believe with Google you can figure out how to make anything – so we started searching and below is the recipe we came up. There is much joy in being your own at home barista!

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate
(adapted from A Sweet Savory Life)
2 Tablespoons Caramel Ice Cream topping of choice
8 oz milk
2 Tablespoons Hot Chocolate Mix
Whipped Cream
A little more caramel to dribble over your whipped cream
A pinch of sea salt

Put two tablespoons of caramel in your mug of choice. Heat your 8 oz of milk (we cheat and use our microwave for two minutes) add your two tablespoons chocolate mix to your heated milk (see recipe below for chocolate mix) and mix well. Pour this over your caramel in your mug and mix well again. Top with whipped cream, a dribble of caramel and your pinch of sea salt (this makes it a little healthy). Serves one.

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix
(adapted from Martha Stewart)
3 1/2 cups sugar
2 1/4 cups cocoa

Mix well and store in an airtight container. Make sure you shake it or mix it well each time before using.
Use two tablespoons mix to every eight ounces of milk.



  1. Laura Lane says:

    Hi Marci,

    I was wondering, are you talking about the caramel sauce that comes in a bottle like Hershey’s syrup or the sauce that comes in a jar like hot fudge sauce? I’d really like to try this with my family.

    Laura Lane
    Harvest Lane Cottage

    1. Hi Laura 🙂

      It is just the caramel ice cream topping sauce. Let me know what you think when you try it. It is a favorite dessert here in the winter.


  2. Six Sisters says:

    This hot chocolate looks so delicious! We loved having you come to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” We hope you’ll be back again soon! -The Sisters

  3. The Babiak Family says:

    That sounds wonderfully dreamy! Thanks for sharing.

  4. I have pondered the healthy version too Whitney 🙂 – I wonder how stevia would work mixed with the cocoa and milk? What I am at a loss for is what to do with the caramel :)- any thoughts? Maybe we just enjoy the indulgence occasionally 😉

  5. This looks so good! I’ve been attempting to find a good homemade hot cocoa recipe for a while. My difficulty lies in trying to find something that doesn’t have a lot of refined sugar. Of course, hot cocoa is one of those indulgent beverages but as much as I love them during the winter I figured I should probably search for a healthier version. haha Any ideas? Thanks!
    -Whitney @

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