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How to Make A Starbucks Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

Updated on May 17, 2014

Starbucks Mock Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

It's so wet, cold and windy here in New York, all I want to do is bundle up, read my textbooks and settle down with a nice cup of hot chocolate. What better than a Starbucks Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate?

This is a simple and easy Starbucks Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate recipe, so we can pass up on the ganache.


  • 3 Tablespoons Caramel Syrup, (Any that tastes good to you will do)
  • 4 Tablespoons Ghiradelli Hot Chocolate, Double Chocolate, (Make sure you have a HIGH QUALITY Hot Chocolate, I really recommend Ghiradelli's brand)
  • 8 oz or 1 cup Milk, (2% or whole for yummiest taste)
  • A Pinch (About 1/16 Tablespoon) Coarse Sea Sale
  • Reddi-wip, (Or your favorite Canned Whip Cream)
  • Ganache, (optional)

You will also need:

  • 10-12 oz coffee-mug
  • Microwave
  • Spoon


  1. Grab your mug and measure 2 out of the 3 tablespoons of Caramel Syrup . You are going to want to pour the Caramel Syrup into your mug, coating it, as evenly as possible.
  2. Take your cup of milk and pour it into your coated mug. Place in microwave and heat up the milk. You want the milk to be hot enough to stir in the hot chocolate powder. This time may vary from microwave to microwave- about 1 minute to 1 & 1/2 minutes does it for me.
  3. Measure out the 4 tablespoons of your high quality, delicious hot chocolate and add this to your hot milk. Stir so the milk, caramel syrup and hot chocolate powder mix evenly. At this point you may want to add the pinch of coarse sea salt here. You could wait until step 6 and have the sea salt on your whipped cream.
  4. Top off with your canned whip cream (home-made whip cream is good too!)
  5. In this last step you're going to have to eye-ball about 1 tablespoon of caramel syrup. This last bit of caramel syrup is going to go on top of your whipped cream. I recommend a cross-hatch pattern.
  6. Lastly, add the pinch of coarse sea-salt of top of the whipped cream with caramel sauce. (If you have Ganache, add a little)

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And Enjoy!

This is a delicious version of Starbucks famous drink. Completely un-nutritious, with caramel and chocolate goodness topped off with whipped cream. Really, what more could you ask for in a cozy, yummy drink? Please leave ratings below!

Make your own adjustments to the recipe!

So now that you know how to make this delicious version of a Starbucks Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate recipe, you make want to make some adjustments to make it perfect to your taste and mood!

  • If you want to make adjustments to the caramel syrup, I would suggest using less or more syrup when coating your coffee mug.
  • If you want to add more salt, I would suggest adding it to the actually hot chocolate and not on top of the whipped cream.
  • You could also (if you want it a bit saltier), put salt in the drink and stir it in AND add the pinch of salt to the top.
  • If this hot chocolate is too creamy for you, instead of using 8 ounces of milk, make it so it's half milk and half water!

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  • titi6601 profile image

    titi6601 5 years ago

    This looks yummy.

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    CarNoobz 5 years ago from USA

    Mmm..."salted" and "caramel"... Two of my favorite words in the whole world.

    I wanted to vote "yummy", but there's no button for that. However, "funny" kinda rhymes with "yummy", so...

    Voted up and funny =)

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    Nancy Yager 5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

    These are very good. My friend used to make them for me.