Sunday, November 22, 2015

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

First snow storm of the season in the Midwest!
What a beautiful sight we woke up to yesterday morning!
This year I have decided to embrace winter.  I am going to stay strong and not complain about the weather through the entire season.  You'll keep me in check, right?  Anywhoooo...
colder weather and snow makes me want to snuggle up by the fire with a warm cup of hot chocolate.  Check out this home-made Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate to rival any Starbucks drink!

Rich, hot chocolate topped with home-made whipped cream that is drizzled with caramel and sprinkled with sea salt.  Sweet and salty all in one.  Totally addicting and perfect for those damp, cold days when you just want to hunker down in front of the fireplace.  Winter hasn't even officially started yet, so best to be prepared with an arsenal of warm drinks, like hot chocolate.

Ingredients for 2 large mugs:
2 cups 2% milk
3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup sugar
sea salt
4 ounces milk chocolate bar
caramel sauce
1 cup heavy whipping cream
In a saucepan, pour in milk.  Whisk in cocoa powder, sugar, a sprinkle of sea salt, 1 Tbsp caramel sauce and milk chocolate.  Heat over medium heat until hot.  Stir occasionally.  Meanwhile, with an electric mixer, whip heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form.  This will take 10-15 minutes but is soooo worth it! No sugar needed.  Pour salted caramel hot chocolate into two mugs.  Top with whipped cream.  Drizzle on caramel sauce.  Sprinkle just a little sea salt. 
Add chocolate sprinkles if desired.

Super decadent!
You can easily double or triple the recipe.  If you are preparing for a crowd, pour the hot chocolate into a slow cooker to keep warm.  Make the whipped cream right before serving.  Guests can add their own caramel and sea salt.  Or just follow the recipe for two so that you and your sweetie can snuggle by the fire.

Celebrate the little things that make life sweet,

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