Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

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Sweet and salty in one delicious hot chocolate. It’s topped off with homemade whipped cream (so easy to make at home) and a drizzle of caramel sauce.

Salted caramel hot chocolate in a mug with whipped cream.

Recipe Highlights

  • Hot chocolate made sweet and salty with salted caramel sauce and chocolate syrup. The drink comes together in minutes by combining the sauce, syrup, and milk.
  • The salted caramel sauce and chocolate syrup can be homemade or store-bought. I recommend getting store-bought salted caramel sauce it’s not the easiest sauce to make, but definitely use homemade chocolate syrup since it’s quick and simple to make your own.
  • The drink is topped off with fluffy whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce. With a handheld milk frother, whipped cream is made in seconds.

Want to make more drinks with caramel sauce? Try my Salted Caramel Latte, Salted Caramel Mocha Latte, and Salted Caramel Cold Brew with Cold Foam.

Ingredient Notes

Salted caramel hot chocolate Ingredients.
  • Chocolate syrup
    Store-bought or homemade chocolate syrup can be used. It’s the base for hot chocolate and you can use it to make mocha drinks too.
  • Sea salt caramel sauce
    One sauce I don’t like to make from scratch is caramel sauce since it’s tricky to get it just right. Store-bought is what I recommend for this recipe.
  • Milk
    Whole milk will make the hot chocolate the creamiest but you can use any milk you like.
  • Heavy cream
    This is for the whipped cream topping.
  • Sugar
    Use granulated white sugar to add to the heavy cream to sweeten the whipped cream topping.

Step-by-Step Instructions

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For full ingredients and instructions, scroll down to the recipe.

  1. Make whipped cream topping.
    Sugar and heavy cream are whipped together using a handheld milk frother. Fluffy whipped cream is made in seconds.
  2. Combine milk, chocolate syrup, and caramel sauce in a saucepan and stir on low heat.
  3. Assemble drink.
    Pour salted caramel hot chocolate into a mug. Use a spoon to scoop up the whipped cream into the drink. Drizzle on salted caramel sauce.
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Expert Tips

  • Homemade chocolate syrup can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator. Once the syrups are made, it’s just a matter of heating up and combining the milk and the syrups.
  • The whipped cream can be made as stiff or soft as you like by adjusting the time you whisk. If you want a more pourable whipped cream with soft peaks that will stir into the drink easier, whisk until it thickens slightly. Make sure to move the handheld milk frother up and down to get air into the cream.
  • Whipped cream can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Stir it a little since it may have deflated a bit.
  • To make the drink more decadent, pour the hot chocolate into a French press and pump the plunger up and down until it doubles in volume. It’ll create a nice frothy hot chocolate.

Questions You May Have

Is there caffeine in salted caramel hot chocolate?

Yes, there’s caffeine in chocolate so there’s caffeine in the drink but it’s not a lot.

Can I use almond milk or oat milk to make this hot chocolate?

Any kind of milk that you prefer can be used.

Can I use caramel sauce instead of sea salt caramel toffee sauce?

Yup, just add two pinches of sea salt with the caramel sauce.

Salted caramel hot chocolate in a mug with whipped cream.

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Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

Author: Jee Choe
Sweet and salty in one delicious hot chocolate.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Yield1 serving

INGREDIENTS
 

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

Whipped Cream Topping

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Make whipped cream topping.
    Sugar and heavy cream are whipped together using a handheld milk frother. Fluffy whipped cream is made in seconds.
  • Combine milk, chocolate syrup, and caramel sauce in a saucepan and stir on low heat.
  • Assemble drink.
    Pour salted caramel hot chocolate into a mug. Use a spoon to scoop up the whipped cream into the drink. Drizzle on salted caramel sauce.

NOTES

  • To use caramel sauce instead of salted caramel sauce, just add two pinches of sea salt into the saucepan with the other ingredients.
  • Homemade chocolate syrup can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator. Once the syrups are made, it’s just a matter of heating up and combining the milk and the syrups.
  • The whipped cream can be made as stiff or soft as you like by adjusting the time you whisk. If you want a more pourable whipped cream with soft peaks that will stir into the drink easier, whisk until it thickens slightly. Make sure to move the handheld milk frother up and down to get air into the cream.
  • Whipped cream can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Stir it a little since it may have deflated a bit.
  • To make the drink more decadent, pour the hot chocolate into a French press and pump the plunger up and down until it doubles in volume. It’ll create a nice frothy hot chocolate.

NUTRITION

Calories: 445 | Carbohydrates: 83g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 257mg | Potassium: 514mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 54g | Vitamin A: 425IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 301mg | Iron: 2mg
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