Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

I LOVE Hot Chocolate. One of my family’s favorite things to do in the winter is to sit around our table in our cozy pajamas sipping on hot chocolate while its cold and/or snowing outside. The moment my kids sense the slightest hint of cold air, they are begging us to start the hot cocoa.

Salted Caramel is a trend right now that I couldn’t be happier about! The combo is a perfect combination in my opinion. Sweet and salty just work together.

This hot chocolate recipe is extremely easy and incredibly delicious! If you need a yummy drink to warm up with this winter, then let this be it! You will fall in love just as my family has :)

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate... this hot chocolate is perfection! The right blend of chocolate, caramel and a hint of salt! The perfect way to warm up this winter!

4.7 from 3 reviews
Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1½ cups of half and half (part cream part milk)
  • 6 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup caramel sauce
  1. Comine all ingredients in a large sauce pan. Stir until smooth and hot.
  2. Pour into mugs.
  3. Garnish with whipped cream, caramel and coarse sea salt.


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  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    This looks more professional than Starbucks! Perfect whipped cream and caramel drizzle and I love hot chocolate too! Perfect way to get my chocolate fix AND all warm and toasty :) pinned!

  2. Joshua Hampton

    I can't imagine anything cozier than curling up with a mug of this chocolate. Looks better than anything Starbucks whipped up. Delicious.

  3. Micah

    How many does this recipe make. Was thinking of making it when friends are over but not sure if I would need to double it.

  4. Megan

    Its a little chilly here today so I made this for my boys for a special afternoon treat. I didn't have any half and half on hand so I used vanilla coffeemate instead and it was delicious! My boys have little chocolate mustaches to prove it! :)

  5. Jonathan

    Wow! Can't think of anything better than sipping back on a half of cup of sugar and feeling my teeth dissolve as I drink - great recipe!!!

    1. Janet

      I actually think that this is a recipe for three, since it has about 3 and a half cups of liquid. The 1/2 a cup of sugar does seem like a lot, but like I said, it looks like its for three people. Just think of the sugar that is in a lot of the things that we drink or eat. Moderation is the secret.

  6. Jocelyn

    Just finished making this OMG this exceeded my expectations. It really is super rich. Thank you.

  7. heather


    Love this!! Used all 2% milk its still awesome and so tasty!

  8. Kristi

    This looks delicious, but I don't have caramel sauce. Can I make it at home? How? Just caramelise sugar until it turns into a syrup?

  9. Whit


    This was really good!

  10. Karen Dunbar


    The Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate sounds so good I can't wait to try it Thanks

  11. Brenna Allen

    Would this work in a crockpot? And if so do you recommend any specific temps and times? Love your posts!!

  12. Scott

    Do you have any recomendations for sugar substitutes for diabetics?

  13. natalie

    how many does this serve?:)

  14. 2inmom

    Unsweetened cocoa...powder? Is it melted chocolate? Baking chocolate or a Hershey bar?
    Vanilla... extract? I've cream? Creamer? Almonds milk? The flower itself?

    1. Chef in Training

      cocoa powder and vanilla extract