Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

12.31.09 by Jackie
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Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Recipe

Salted caramel is a wonderfully complex flavor. When combined with hot chocolate, it provides plenty of stimulation for your taste buds. All of this is wrapped in a velvety blanket of milk and heavy cream that is perfect for relaxing away an evening.

Lya received three boxes of cocoa mix from her secret Santa at school. Everyone was so crazy about the salted cocoa mix that we ran out very fast. The girls asked if we could make our own from scratch. The result: a lot of fun and a delicious new recipe to ring in the New Year!

Salted Caramel Cocoa Mix

Ingredients

Servings: 10 servings
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1-1/2 cups heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon cocoa powder, + extra for dusting
6 cups whole milk
1/8 teaspoon sea salt (or regular salt)
1/2 cup whipped cream (optional)

Preparation

In a mixing bowl, combine the cocoa powder and cornstarch.

In a saucepan, heat the milk. As soon as it's warm, add to the cocoa powder and cornstarch. Stir well.

In another saucepan, heat the heavy cream. Set aside.

In a non-stick sauce pan, combine the sugar with water over medium-high heat. It's important to watch the sugar carefully; as soon as the edges of the pan start caramelizing, immediately lower the heat to medium-low.

Gently jiggle the saucepan in circles. Do not use a spoon! Lower the heat to the lowest setting when there are only a few remaining non-caramelized pieces. Don't let the sugar get dark brown or you'll get a burnt taste.

When all the sugar is an amber color, remove from the heat, pause for about a minute (be careful of splattering when the cream is added), then slowly add the warm cream and sea salt. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon. Let the sauce cool down a bit. Reserve about 1 tablespoon of caramel on the side and add the hot cocoa to the caramel. Stir until the caramel is dissolved in the milk. Add the vanilla extract.

Pour into 10 cups, filling up the cups 3/4 of the way up with the drink. Top with a dollop of whipped cream. Drizzle the reserved caramel sauce and finish with a little cocoa powder, using a fine mesh shaker or a strainer.

Serve with tea cakes or holiday cookies.

Enjoy!

Tips

While waiting for the caramel to become golden, watch it carefully; it could burn very easily!

Using a good quality sea salt will bring so much more flavor to the drink. Fleur de sel, for example, doesn't taste as harsh as regular table salt; it has a more briny flavor. You can find it at any specialty stores like Whole Foods.

See the last post: Asian Style Warm Potato Salad


Discussion:
[-] Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate - Guest-Jenofa2eatwrite
This looks wonderful and wonderfully easy, all things considered! Happy New Year!

Jen of a2eatwrite Website Link
[ Posted at 5:14 PM on 12/31/09 | Reply ]
[-] Julia @ Mélanger - Guest-JuliaMlanger
Oh, delicious. Could just picture myself with my hands tightly wrapped around a mug of this hot chocolate ringing in a cold new years. Yum!

Hope you had a good one! :)

Julia @ Mélanger Website Link
[ Posted at 8:43 PM on 12/31/09 | Reply ]
This looks like a perfect cup of chocolate... and caramel... brilliant!

deana Website Link
[ Posted at 6:38 PM on 1/3/10 | Reply ]
[-] Looks Delicious! - Guest-Heather
Any tips on making a smaller batch?
[ Posted at 12:51 AM on 11/25/10 | Reply ]
[-] Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate - Guest-wajeedbasha
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[ Posted at 10:17 PM on 2/4/11 | Reply ]
[-] Ugh... - Guest-Daniel944
When we were making this hot chocolate, the sugar took FOREVER to boil. I do not understand. We did it twice in different pans and then same thing happened. The recipe is not specific at all and it makes me want to shoot myself in the face. JK! But, seriously, this person needs to update this recipe and make it more specific.
[ Posted at 8:29 PM on 12/3/11 | Reply ]
The recipe sounds amazing! But I'm curious as to why the cornstarch, is it purely for thickening? Wondering how it do without...
[ Posted at 2:05 PM on 9/27/12 | Reply ]
This recipe sounds good - hot chocolate. I think I would try it. But I just wonder if that ONE TEASPOONFUL of cocoa powder is too little for 10 servings!
[ Posted at 1:56 AM on 11/4/12 | Reply ]

 
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