Friday, October 25, 2013

Salted Carmel Hot Chocolate

In my world hot chocolate is an everyday occurrence, it is my coffee or tea but for many they only like to drink it during the cool crisp days of  Fall and the downright cold days of Winter.

Normally I am a purist, the most I will add to my hot chocolate is a dollop of whipping cream. However I was persuaded to try something new this year and it is delicious. 

Salted caramel hot chocolate is just that, rich dark chocolate, infused with the creamy buttery taste of caramel, and sprinkled with salt. The perfect drink for Fall and Winter!

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate 
Serves 2-4

1 1/4 cups of milk

1/4 cup of heavy cream

2 Tbsp. water
2  Tbsp. granulated sugar
4 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped 

2-3 tablespoons of dulce de leche or caramel sauce
whipping cream for garnish
sprinkle  of sea salt

In a medium saucepan, combine the milk, heavy cream, water, and sugar. Place over medium heat and whisk occasionally until the sugar is dissolved. Increase the heat to medium-high and heat the mixture until bubbles form around the edge of the pan.  Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the chocolate. Then add the dulce de leche, add it to your taste preference.  Blend mixture with an immersion blended. You can do this  in the saucepan but  make sure that you are careful or you will have hot chocolate all over the kitchen! If you do not feel like blending it than just whisk vigorously. Pour into cups, garnish with whipped cream and salt. Enjoy!

If you have a hot chocolate recipe please share!