Living in the #PNW – the Pacific North West – you have to embrace sweater weather. If you don’t, you’re kind of #SOL for 75% of the year. As a sufferer of SAD, seasonal affective disorder, I have struggled to embrace this so called ‘most wonderful time of the year’.
This year I am trying my best to not let the coming of the rain and clouds to dampen my spirit. Fighting back, I’ve learned a simple, yet simply delicious warm drink recipe to get me in the mood to snuggle up with my Bean in cozy sweaters and sip the good stuff. Today I am sharing with you this Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate recipe.
Hot Chocolate vs. Hot Cocoa
Did you know there is a difference between hot chocolate and hot cocoa? It’s pretty straight forward and when you read it you’re going to say “Pfft. I knew that.” Hot cocoa is made from cocoa powder, hot chocolate is made from chocolate powder. See, I knew you’d say it.
I prefer hot chocolate when I make a warm sweater weather beverage. Why? Because when I see recipes that are for hot cocoa they often have a whole tonne of extra ingredients. Including, but not limited to butter, heavy cream, vanilla, sugar, salt, cocoa powder… I’m not even kidding you. When I need a pick me up from being SAD, I need it quick. That is not a quick solution.
I enjoy hot chocolate, the premixed kind you can buy at any grocery store, walmart and even a single pack from the dollar store food aisle. This is the kind of recipe we’re working with today. It’s quick, but has a few twists that fill in those missing hot cocoa steps, but not so many that it’ll take an hour to make.
Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate
2 Cups Milk
6 Tblspn Hot Chocolate Powder
Step One: Pour milk into pot on stove, turn on burner and slowly heat up the milk.
Step Two: Add in Caramel sauce to milk and whisk until blended.
Step Three: Add in Hot Chocolate powder and whisk until blended, continue to heat drink mix until desired temperature.
Step Four: Pour drink into two cups, add whip cream, more caramel sauce and a pinch of sea salt.
Step Five: Drink, mix it together, be merry.
Extra Cooking Notes
The amount of caramel sauce you add when cooking on the stove is up to you. The more you add here, the less I would suggest you add in the final stage of dressing your drink to look scrumptious. This is a key step though, don’t forgo adding any sauce.
Also, I accidentally walked away from the stove for about 30 seconds and my drink mixture bubbled up and boiled over. Do not leave your drink on the stove unattended. And don’t stop stirring or whisking the hot chocolate while cooking for very long.
I highly recommend using a whisk while cooking. I started with a spoon, then fork and settled for causing a few extra milk bubbles while cooking to ensure my caramel was dissolved and the hot chocolate powder was not clumping together.
Lastly, while I don’t drink alcohol anymore, I used to be a huge fan of adding some Bailey’s into my Hot Chocolate. I can definitely can see me buying a bottle as the holidays draw near. Some Irish Cream Lacquer would really warm my belly on a cold night too!
Okay, I may finally break open the liquor cabinet since getting pregnant with Gregory. The bartender in me is coming to life again.
Well look at you, still reading, excellent. You’re getting treated to a video showing you the steps to make this. I didn’t vlog this, but maybe one day I will. I found this recipe on my guilty pleasure food channel on YouTube… Sweet Treats.
I’m fairly sure it’s a Canadian YouTube creator too, so I am pretty stoked to be sharing this recipe and video with you. Gotta support fellow creators, especially if they’re basically my neighbour. Are you a holosexual yet? Another post, another day.
“Sweet Treats is all about delicious and easy to follow recipes with simple everyday ingredients.” That’s what you’ll find in the Channel ‘about me’ page. You won’t find any other need to hit up that page unless you’re looking for a current posting schedule. Which is currently twice a week. And in September there was an extra video uploaded every Monday for a wicked awesome Muffin Monday series.
The videos are short, easy to follow and I am telling you that you are almost guaranteed to have the ingredients already in your house. OR it is cheap and easy to find in your grocery store. This is kind of important, because some food channels on YouTube have me running around looking for special ingredients that I have never heard of before.
I like to keep it simple while I #LevelUp my chef skillz.
Before You Go
I hope you try, and enjoy, this delicious(ly easy to make) Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate recipe. It’s amazing how a simple powder drink can be transformed with just an extra ingredient.
I always grew up drinking hot chocolate powder made with water. Only adding a dash of milk before chugging it so I didn’t burn my esophagus. I really enjoyed the difference of richness the warmed milk had on the drink.
Oh, it’s so rich that this recipe is actually perfect for TWO drinks, One cup of drink and a boat load of whipped cream on top to fill the rest of your mason jar cup.Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate is perfect for Sweater Weather #SweetTreats #MakeItIrish Click To Tweet
Let me know how you’ve grown up making hot chocolate in the comments, and whether this recipe was a hit in your house. It is a major hit in our RAD house… except my digestive tract didn’t care for all the dairy. I’ll make mine cow-free next time, if I find a delicious vegan hot chocolate recipe I will be sure to share.
I am coming to terms with the fact that I am part of the rule, not the exception, for the whole Lactose Intolerance as a result of my racial background. The white girl in me loves dairy though, so I may suffer a few more drinks yet.