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Heaven in a Mug: The Best Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

This salted caramel hot chocolate recipe is a cozy, sweet fall and winter treat that’s the perfect blend of rich flavors with a hint of salt.

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

Alright everyone, gather ’round – it’s time to talk about the beverage that’s about to revolutionize your winter beverage game. Meet the superhero of the season: salted caramel hot chocolate.

This is the stuff of legends, a concoction so decadent it could make a snowman melt with envy.

In this recipe, the classic comfort of hot chocolate collides head-on with the daring, sweet-and-salty sass of caramel.

salted caramel hot cocoa

It’s the kind of drink that makes you wonder why you’ve been settling for plain old cocoa all these years. It’s like discovering your favorite cozy sweater has secret pockets – life-changing!

Let’s set the scene. You’re wrapped in a blanket fortress, binge-watching your favorite show. The fireplace is on.

What could possibly make this scenario better?

A mug of hot chocolate with salted caramel, that’s what. It’s the culinary equivalent of finding an extra fry at the bottom of the fast food bag – an unexpected delight that brings joy to your soul.

salted caramel hot choc

And let’s be real, crafting this mug of wonder is incredibly easy. You don’t need to be a wizard in the kitchen to whip up this treat.

If you can stir a spoon, you’re overqualified. This recipe requires minimal effort and gives you maximum flavor payoff.

You’re about to embark on a journey to the land of cozy, chocolatey bliss with a touch of caramel flair. Say goodbye to those run-of-the-mill hot beverages and hello to your new winter staple.

Get ready to sip your way to sweet, salty, chocolatey nirvana. Winter blues won’t stand a chance against this liquid joy. Here’s what you’re going to need for this salted caramel hot cocoa:

Gather These Ingredients

  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup salted caramel sauce
  • Whipped cream to top

A Few Notes:

This hot chocolate contains caffeine, but in much smaller amounts compared to coffee. One serving of this beverage has about 20 mg of caffeine (but it depends on the chocolate chips you use).

For comparison, a cup of black coffee typically contains about 95 mg of caffeine, and black tea has around 25-50 mg of caffeine.

salted caramel hot cocoa recipe

To achieve a frothier hot chocolate, use a whisk while the beverage is heating up on the stove. Vigorously whisking helps to aerate the liquid, creating a lighter and frothier texture.

Another method is to use a handheld frother. This tool can quickly whip air into the hot chocolate, resulting in a frothy top layer that adds a gourmet touch to your drink.

salted caramel hot chocolate recipe

Get the printable recipe for this delicious drink below:

Yield: 4 cups

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

salted caramel hot cocoa recipe

Whip up a cozy drink with our homemade salted caramel hot cocoa —a perfect mix of rich chocolate and buttery caramel with a sea salt twist.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup salted caramel sauce
  • Whipped cream to top


  1. Warm the milk in the saucepan on medium to low heat.Whole milk, semi sweet chocolate chips, and salted caramel sauce
  2. Stir in the caramel sauce until well combined and warm.salted caramel sauce being poured into whole milk
  3. Whisk in the chocolate chips until completely melted, and everything is warm to hot in temperature.chocolate chips mixed into milk on the stove
  4. Pour into a glass; add whipped cream and any other toppings before serving.


Oat milk is a good non-dairy substitute for this drink because it's so creamy.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 295Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 117mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 2gSugar: 33gProtein: 7g

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