Sweet World #36: Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

This is one of my favorites! If you're a caramel lover, definitely try this with the White Hot Chocolate. Incredibly delicious!

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Salted Caramel Sauce

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1/2 t. fleur de sel, sea or kosher salt

Per serving of Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate:

  • 3 T. White Chocolate Ganache or 2 T. Regular Chocolate Ganache
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 T. Salted Caramel Sauce
  • whipped cream

For Salted Caramel Sauce:

1. Over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the brown sugar and whisk for 2 minutes. Keep stirring until the mixture comes to a rolling boil.

2. Slowly add the heavy cream and whisk constantly. Bring to a boil again, still stirring. Then add the vanilla and salt. Stir well, then remove from the heat. Taste to see if it is salty enough for you. If not, add a bit more. Let caramel sauce cool at room temperature, then place in container and refrigerate until ready to use. (Note: To soften the caramel, place in microwave on 1/2 power until just spoonable.)

3. When ready to serve, drizzle 2 T. of caramel into a cup and turn so that the inside is coated. Add the ganache and milk. Heat in microwave for 1-2 minutes, until chocolate is melted and milk is warm. (You can also heat the milk in a saucepan and pour into cups.)

4. Stir, then top with whipped cream and drizzle on an additional 1T. caramel.

Recipes for Ganache

Chocolate Ganache

  • 2 cups chocolate chips (bittersweet or semi-sweet) 
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream

White Chocolate Ganache

  • 2 cups white chocolate, chopped
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1-1/2 T. butter, cut into cubes

1. Place chocolates in a bowl. For Regular Chocolate, also add salt. Set aside.

2. Heat heavy cream on medium high until it comes to a boil. Immediately pour cream over chocolate, (for White Chocolate add butter, too) and stir until completely mixed and smooth. Cool to room temperature then refrigerate until ready to use. (Note: To soften the ganache, place in microwave on 1/2 power until just spoonable.)

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