This is one of my very favorite treats. I like the homemade version even better than the Starbucks one- and so does my wallet, which also makes my husband happy. It’s a win-win-win!
2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp honey
1/4 cup water
2 tsp caramel (Try to find some at the store with only five or six ingredients. They are out there! Or make your own!)
generous pinch of sea salt (not coarse)
1 cup milk
Homemade whipped cream (see below)
caramel and salt (for drizzling and/or sprinkling)
1. Add cocoa powder, honey, and water to a mug. Microwave for 30 seconds. Stir. Add caramel and sea salt. Stir until dissolved.
2. Microwave milk in a seperate glass for one or one and a half minutes. Slowly pour into chocolate sauce while stirring. Top with whipped cream, caramel, and salt.
1. Add cocoa powder, honey, and water to a small saucepan. Stir over medium heat until honey is dissolved. Add caramel and sea salt and stir until both are dissolved.
2.Add milk. Heat until hot but not boiling, stirring occasionally. Pour into your favorite mug and then top with whipped cream, caramel, and salt.
For the more caffeinated version:
Reduce milk to 1/2 cup and add 1/2- 3/4 cup strong coffee. Pour in the coffee at the same time that you add the milk in the recipes above.
Homemade Whipped Cream:
1. Chill the mixing bowl for about fifteen minutes. Add 1 cup heavy whipping cream and 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract to the cold bowl. Mix on medium speed until soft peaks form (about five minutes). Don’t leave it too long or you’ll make yourself some butter!