I have to say I’m just not feeling winter this year. I mean I’m usually the winter is awesome girl, but this year not so much! If it would snow and actually stick around for a day or two, I might change my mind, but so far we’ve just had bitterly cold weather and a lot of ice. We’re supposed to have some convincing snow over the next day or so, but who knows.It’s snowing now and seems to be sticking around but for the most par it has just been super duper well, cold! And I’m just not feeling it! I’d love some spring like or fall like weather if it’s not going to snow, but you can keep summer and you can keep this bitter cold!
I’ve got to go away – Baby it’s cold outside
The other day on Twitter FaceBook I posed the question wondering if I was the only one who frequented Starbucks who did not order coffee. Most of the time when I go I order an unsweet green iced tea. If I don’t go with the iced tea, I sometimes go with hot tea if I’m cold. Occasionally however I just want something hot that isn’t in the tea family, especially when it’s so bitterly cold outside as it has been as of late. When I’m feeling the non-tea hot drink call I normally get a Caramel Apple Spice (which I’ve created at home too, but haven’t blogged about…I’ll have to do that sometime in the future!) because I had tried Starbucks’ normal hot chocolate and wasn’t all that impressed or now that there is a choice I’ll sometimes get a Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate, which I do like.
When Starbucks came out with their Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate this year I was immediately intrigued, even though as I mentioned above I wasn’t a fan of their regular hot chocolate and I tried one the next time Miss G and I took a spin through one of their locations. I loved it! The Barista that made it for me compared it to a melted Snickers bar in a cup and that pretty much summed it up! And I have ordered a few more over the next few months as the winter has worn on. Only once was it not that great, but for the most part I was highly impressed and my mind started working on how to make something similar at home. This is what resulted and trust me…It’s good!
What You’ll Need for the Hot Chocolate:
4 cups of milk or dairy (Note: I used skim milk, but you could use any type of milk that you liked or even half and half or heavy cream if you just wanted to go all out!)
1 cup of organic cane sugar
1 cup of cocoa (Note: This is the stuff like you bake with.)
In a medium sized pot whisk together milk, sugar and cocoa until completely incorporated. This may take a minute or two. Heat over medium heat until steaming, but not boiling, stirring occasionally.
Proceed to the step to bring it all together below.
What You’ll Need for the Totally Cheating “Caramel”:
1 can of sweetened condensed milk (Note: You can use regular or fat free.)
1 cup of natural brown sugar
(Note: This makes a very quick, very dulche de leche type caramel. But trust me you’re the only really who will know!)
In a small pot over medium heat, melt brown sugar in sweetened condensed milk until smooth, stirring frequently. You can do this while the hot chocolate is heating…It’s that fast!
What You’ll Need to Put Together the Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate:
Hot Chocolate (See above)
Totally Cheating “Caramel” (See above)
Marshmallows (Note: I chose to use marshmallows instead of whipped cream as Starbucks does, but you can use whipped cream instead if you prefer. The marshmallows were really fabulous though!)
In a cup add about 1 cup to 1 1/2 cups of hot chocolate. Top with 2-4 large marshmallows or a handful of mini-marshmallows. Drizzle some warm caramel over the top and sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt. Serve immediately.
How easy is that?
Notes: If you aren’t a fan of caramel you could drizzle it with hot fudge or melted chocolate instead for a double chocolate punch.