Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Recipe



Hot chocolate is probably one of my favorite autumn/winter beverages! And although I am no stranger to store-bought hot chocolate mix for a quick and easy treat I wanted to create a hot chocolate recipe that was more like a decadent dessert drink.

This Salted Caramel version really fits the bill. It will be quite rich and thick and although I just adore caramel paired with a little sea salt, if you don't like the sweet and salty combination then just leave the salt in this recipe out.

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate, makes 2 large servings.

Needed: 16 ounces milk or cream (I used a combination of 8 ounces milk and 8 ounces cream), 4 ounces dark chocolate, 4 ounces chocolate caramel (such as Hershey's version), a pinch or two of sea salt.

In a sauce pan or small pot heat half (8 ounces) of the milk and 4 ounces chopped dark chocolate and salt until melted. Continue heating and whisk in the remaining milk and 4 ounces chopped chocolate caramel. Continue whisking until the entire mixture is warmed through and smooth in texture.

Serve with a little whipped cream, a drizzle of caramel and a sprinkle of sea salt.


Have fun sipping something sweet. xo, emma + elsie

  • these look! As it’s spring I’ve rustled up some oreo milkshakes… also called Irish milkshakes as I’ve added some baileys to them… and they are soo good. I think you salted caramel with a dash of baileys (and maybe an oreo cookie) would totally top it!


  • This is one of thé tastiest beverages ever. I changed the recipe a bit to utilize what I had. I used caramel squares rathere than a square of caramel chocolate. I also added a splash of coffee. Yum!

  • I might drool. seriously! =) This looks delish!!!!! So happy I found your blog, def exploring at bit while I have downtime! mwah!

  • Amanda, the basic compnents of caramel are sugar and butter. This is a great explanation/recipe for caramel sauce.

  • @Hope: Hi Hope. You could make your own caramel. It’s not that difficult as long as you have access to regular sugar, butter, cream, and a little salt. There are a billion and a half homemade caramel recipes on the interwebs. I’m certain you will be able to find one that you can make with what is available to you in India.

    This blog is just darling, and this drink looks stupendous!!! I will be making this for my bff when she comes to visit for the holidays! Thanks for the recipe.

  • I make this for my mom’s group this morning and it was a huge hit!!! who needs Starbucks’ Salted Caramel Mocha Frappucino when you have this recipe!!! we LOVED it!

  • I made salted caramel hot chocolate a lot last winter and found that using caramel topping (the thick Hershey’s kind) worked really well. Rich chocolate’s not my thing, so it helped level it out some. Yours looks dreamy, though!

  • Hello.. YUMMY! mmm.. can’t wait to make this one when the girls come over!

  • this is my favorite at starbucks + i was just thinking i needed to find a recipe for it. + BAM, there it was here…thank you 🙂

  • Thank you! I am a big fan of sweet and salty as well (kettle corn pop corn, Lindt sea salt dark chocolate, Take 5 chocolate, Chex Mix Turtle mix) so this is perfect!YUM!!!

  • Very indulgent looking! I’m actually quite getting into this autumn weather and everything that goes with it, like finally being able to properly enjoy hot drinks!

  • I will try this and let you know how I like it – BTW I’m obsessed with those mugs


  • Looks super delicious! I’m definitely going to have to hit the store & make this soon. After the week I’ve had & the weather here, a nice cup of hot chocolate would be the perfect pick-me-up.

  • I love hot chocolate I have it all year round – you should look into making Haitian hot chocolate I had it with a friend and it’s the creamiest most decadent take on haute chocolate!

  • Yum! Looks delish!

    And oh my word! Your new blog layout looks gorgeous! 🙂

  • that looks so amazing that I am literally drooling….I need that right now!!! haha

  • This looks so good. I love anything salted. Great job. xo, rv

  • Wow, that sounds so delicious. Salted Caramel is so yummy, but I’ve never thought to try it in hot chocolate, marvelous idea 😀

  • the starbucks one is the first drink I got when I arrived here. Things make me go one year ago these days and I can remember that perfectly!
    Your recipe looks just…. no words for that!

  • This is PERFECT! I just had a salted caramel mocha at Starbucks and am officially addicted 🙂 Thank you!

  • That looks yummy, personally I like my hot chocolate thick (european style since I grew up with my spanish grandma) have you try this type of HC??

  • AH! I’ve been craving hot chocolate for the last few days! This recipe will definitely hit the spot!! Thanks!!! I love the new design for your site too! <3 <3 <3

    Caitlin Cote’

  • This looks delicious! I absolutely love the new look elsie, its so beautiful and really easy to navigate around. I love your blog even more, is that possible?

  • This looks delicious! I’m a sucker for chocolate flavored anything!!!

    ♥ Gina Michele

  • That looks so unbelievably amazing. I want to make it right now! Thanks so much!


  • Looks great! I love your blog and I’d love to know you! Nice new layout too, it’s looks really good! thank u for putting this blog out in our world <3

  • Ohmy! This looks so yummy! My sister and I have hot chocolate plans for tonight, hopefully we can try this recipe. Thanks for sharing it!

    pea.ess. I seriously cannot get over how amazing your blog looks! You did a great job designing in! <3

  • That looks so good. I must try this when winter hits…no I need to try this now 🙂

  • This is perfect. I’m dying laughing how humongous those mugs are. Makes this recipe 10 times better!

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Elsie, i follow your blog… it´s so complete, so vintage… i just super like ♥ all you post… the recipes… wow! your work is amazing… thanks for it

    xoxo from Mexico

    alesthesia ★

  • Oooh, I love hot chocolate! I always associate it with fall 🙂
    Btw, your new blog design is gorgeous!!! Honestly, I’m in love with the navigation bar at the top.
    Did you design it yourself? I’d love so see a tutorial how you did it 🙂

  • Oh my goodness! This looks absolutely yummy! I’ve been sipping on cocoa for the past two weeks because of the cooler weather! I MUST try this! Also, the new blog layout is lovely! eep! <3

  • i will SO DEFINITELY try it for my incoming polish winter! I love the mixture of salty and sweet.. yummy!
    The new look of your blog is great! 😀

  • Salted caramel chocolate everything is my favorite dessert stuff in the WHOLE WORLD so this is magical. Thanks!

  • We have those same cups. They’re so nice and big and make every warm drink taste even better!

  • This looks absolutely delicious! I will definitely be saving this for a cold winter night! Thank you for sharing!

  • i do love salted caramel. you know they have em at STARBUCKS now?? love the new blog layout btw!

  • That looks positively gorgeous! We don’t get chocolate caramel (or even just caramel) here in India. 🙁 What can I use as a substitute?

  • yums! i love salted caramel hot chocolates. AND salted caramel mochas for that matter. perfect fall treat.
    and i’m loving the new look of the site! top notch 😉

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