Recipe: Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

I’m pretty sure most people out here could use a scrumptious mug of hot chocolate on these chilly December nights.

I definitely did. With a ton of whipped cream and caramel sauce on top. OMG.

I definitely needed something sweet and warm to end the year. And to end the holidays. I hope you all had a lovely holiday, by the way. Mine was quite nice :] I love seeing my family.

So per usual, I had a very lazy Sunday. But honestly, what would the weekend be without at least one lazy S-day? I generally prefer Sundays, but Saturdays are nice too. I sat on the couch all day enjoying my new laptop and a ton of hot chocolate. I’m pretty sure I nearly watched half a season of Breaking Bad today on top of all the football I watched. It was a big weekend! (Not to mention– it’s the last weekend of 2013!)

Anyways, although the LA weather was beautiful today (as always), it’s getting a bit cold at night. Yuck. But really, it’s not much to complain about. It’s still gorgeous when the sun is out. Yesterday I went to Venice beach and witnessed this amazing sunset. Agh. I freaking love LA.

But now it’s night time and it’s cold 😦

My theory is– what you lack in cuddle buddy, you make up for with hot chocolate.

Hot chocolate is always an easy fix to warm yourself up. Here’s my lazy Sunday creation.

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate
makes 4 servings, takes 10 minutes

1/2 cup of water
1/2 teaspoon of salt
2/3 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup of white sugar
1 teaspoon of caramel sauce
3 1/2 cups of milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup of half & half cream

Boil the water with the salt in a saucepan. Stir in the cocoa, caramel, and sugar. Allow to boil for about two minutes. Turn down to low heat and stir in the milk, and do not allow to boil! (Unless you like things that taste burnt) Turn off the stove and add the vanilla and cream.

Pour evenly into four cups and top with whipped cream, caramel sauce, and sea salt.

Enjoy and stay warm 🙂

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