Salted caramel hot chocolate – whoohoo!  Caramel and salt are a match made in heaven.  This recipe uses a combination of half & half and milk which gives the hot chocolate a perfect consistency.  And it is incredibly easy to make, not to mention super-quick!


The recipe starts with making your caramel base.  Caramel is simply melted sugar with a touch of butter.  Once heated you’ll notice that it takes on that caramel color rather quickly.

Keep in mind that when you add the half & half / milk to the caramel it will seize up and become hard.  This is because the cold milk reacts with the heated sugar to harden the caramel – just keep on heating the mixture and eventually it will melt back to a liquid base.


This is a perfect recipe for those cold winter nights!

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Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate
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Salted caramel hot chocolate - perfect for those cold winter nights!
Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 4 cups
  • ⅛ Teaspoon Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1½ Cups Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 Cups Half & Half
  • 2 Cups Whole Milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  1. Add the lemon juice to a medium sauce pan
  2. Add the sugar ½ cup at a time and cook over medium high heat stirring with a spatula
  3. Dissolve all of sugar in pan before adding each ½ cup
  4. Continue to heat the sugar until it turns a golden brown (3-5 minutes)
  5. Add the butter and combine until completely melted
  6. Switch to a whisk and slowly add the milk, half & half and salt
  7. Continue to whisk until the mixture completely dissolves into liquid form
  8. Add the cocoa powder and heat until the cocoa is completely dissolved into the caramel/dairy base.
  9. Serve immediately
  10. Also can refrigerate and reheat at a later time, good for 3-5 days.

1 Comment. Leave new

  • Robin Ann Graves
    February 6, 2015 7:51 pm

    Amazing taste! I was very skeptical of using salt in my hot chocolate but it actually paired wonderful with the caramel flavor.


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