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Creamy Homemade Caramel Hot Chocolate

December 20, 2021
Recipes - Breakfast - Holiday Drinks
Three kinds of chocolate, sweet caramel, and a hint of vanilla come together in this Creamy Homemade Caramel Hot Chocolate. Ready in under ten minutes, the smooth velvety texture and decadent chocolate flavors are perfect for cold winter nights.

Creamy Homemade Caramel Hot Chocolate

Once you learn how to make homemade hot chocolate, nothing else will do. And, after you try my Caramel Hot Chocolate recipe, you’ll wonder how you ever had the packaged stuff. Which, by the way, has so much added sugar, and none of the health benefits of dark chocolate.

Creamy Homemade Caramel Hot Chocolate

Okay, let’s talk about what makes this easy creamy, caramel hot chocolate recipe so amazing! You’re not going to believe it, but my Creamy Homemade Caramel Hot Chocolate has three types of chocolate. That’s right, I use semi-sweet chocolate, dark chocolate and organic cocoa powder for a rich, decadent blend of pure chocolatey goodness!

It’s literally layer upon layer of chocolate. Yum!

The ingredients for this recipe come together so easily. First, we heat oat milk and coconut cream, then we add the cocoa powder, and finally we melt in the chocolate bar pieces. For a finishing touch, my vegan caramel hot chocolate recipe is sweetened with maple syrup, salted vegan caramel sauce, and vanilla. Adding a pinch of cinnamon for some warm holiday spice makes for one of the best warm Christmas drinks I’ve ever had!

If you have ten minutes, you can have creamy homemade caramel hot chocolate. It’s such a special treat for those cold, snowy days.

Creamy Homemade Caramel Hot Chocolate

What kind of chocolate to use in hot chocolate? 

When you buy your chocolate bars, you’ll notice that chocolate comes in a ton of different types. Dark chocolate, for example, can be as high as 80% dark chocolate, or as low as 65%.  

Bon Appetit does a great job of breaking down the differences between the many types of chocolate out there. For this vegan hot chocolate recipe, the only chocolate you’ll want to avoid is milk chocolate. Because, you guessed it. Milk chocolate contains milk!

Creamy Homemade Caramel Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate Topping Ideas

Homemade hot chocolate is so customizable. When it comes to hot chocolate topping ideas, try:

  • Vegan marshmallows
  • Chocolate chips or shaved chocolate pieces
  • Almond or coconut milk whipped cream
  • Vegan caramel sauce

Creamy Homemade Caramel Hot Chocolate

Ways to use homemade caramel sauce

Drizzle creamy caramel over oat milk, almond or coconut ice cream. Add a dollop to vegan brownies (yum!). You can even add homemade caramel sauce to your morning coffee for a sweet coffee treat.

Creamy Homemade Caramel Hot Chocolate

What to serve with Homemade Caramel Hot Chocolate

While salted caramel hot chocolate is great on it’s own, pairing this rich, delicious drink with some extra sweet treats is pretty heavenly! If you’re enjoying my Creamy Homemade Caramel Hot Chocolate around the holidays, try serving it with Soft and Chewy Christmas Gingerbread Cookies, Soft Oversized Crinkled Sprinkle Sugar Cookies, or Vegan Brownie Cookie Dough Cake.

You could also try my Homemade S’more Ice Cream with the hot chocolate. The way hot and cold flavors and textures go together is delightful!

Creamy Homemade Caramel Hot Chocolate

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Creamy Homemade Caramel Hot Chocolate

Creamy Caramel Hot Chocolate (Dairy-Free)

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Three kinds of chocolate, sweet caramel, and a hint of vanilla come together in this Creamy Homemade Caramel Hot Chocolate. Ready in under ten minutes, the smooth velvety texture and decadent chocolate flavors are perfect for cold winter nights.
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Serves: 4 servings

Ingredients

HOT COCOA:

  • 2 cups Oat milk (You can use your favorite plant-based milk!)
  • 1 (14 oz.) can full-fat coconut milk/cream
  • 1 cup dark chocolate bar, chopped (Ensure that it's dairy-free, of course!)
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate bar, chopped (Ensure that it's dairy-free, of course!)
  • 2 Tbsps organic cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsps pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup vegan caramel sauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of ground cinnamon

HOMEMADE VEGAN CARAMEL SAUCE:

  • 1 cup organic brown sugar
  • 6 Tbsps vegan butter
  • 1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • pinch of sea salt

OPTIONAL TOPPINGS:

  • Vegan marshmallows
  • Coconut whipped cream
  • Semi-sweet chocolate bar shavings (Ensure that it's dairy-free, of course!)
  • Vegan Caramel Sauce, drizzle

Instructions

TO MAKE HOMEMADE VEGAN CARAMEL SAUCE:

  • Heat the brown sugar in a medium skillet over medium-high heat and stir constantly using a rubber spatula until clumps are formed. Add vegan butter and continue to stir until everything has melted and become a dark 'amber-like' color. Continue to stir consistently until fully melted and bubbly, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Now, slowly whisk in the coconut milk and continue stirring until well incorporated and sauce has fully thickened. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly before using. Set aside.

TO MAKE THE HOT COCOA:

  • In a saucepan over medium-high heat, add the milk and coconut cream and bring to a boil for 1-2 minutes, whisking to combine.
  • Add the cocoa powder and continue to whisk until fully incorporated and smooth. Turn the heat to low and add chopped chocolates, vanilla, caramel sauce, maple syrup, and spices. Continue to whisk until completely smooth and mixture becomes thickened. NOTE: If hot chocolate isn't sweet enough, you can add an additional 1 Tbsp of maple syrup.
  • To serve, pour hot chocolate in prepared mug(s) and top with marshmallows or coconut whipped cream and sprinkle with chocolate shavings and a caramel sauce drizzle, if desired.
  • Sip and enjoy!

Tips & Tricks

  • SWEETENER: You can always use Agave, maple syrup, Vegan honey, or organic brown sugar as a sweetener, For vegan honey—-Bee Free Honee, click link.
  • STORAGE: Best when consumed once prepared. If there is leftovers, simply store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
  • CHOCOLATE: If preferred, you can always use dairy-free chocolate baking chips instead of chocolate bars. However, for best results----chocolate bars are what I recommend.
  • MAKE AHEAD: Simply make your hot chocolate a day in advance and follow storage instructions. To reheat, simply add hot chocolate to a medium saucepan and heat over the stove top for about 3-4 minutes, whisking consistently.
  • OTHER SPICES: To really spruce things up, you can always choose to mix and match the following spices: instant espresso powder, allspice, cayenne pepper, or turmeric.

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