This post is sponsored by Divine Chocolate but all opinions are 100% my own.
The weather is finally getting colder. In fact it went from being almost 90 degrees one day to being in the 40's the next day. To say it's been a big shock would be an understatement. I don't like the cold weather to begin with a the huge shift in temperatures has left me chilled most evenings.
In order to warm up I like to drink a hot beverage because I'm a firm believer in warming up from the inside out. One of my favorite cold weather drinks is hot chocolate. There's just something about curling up under a blanket with a rich cup of cocoa to make me feel warm and cozy.
I know a lot of people just use instant hot cocoa and that's fine in a pinch but it's so easy to make your own hot cocoa at home. It usually takes between 3 and 5 ingredients depending on how you make it and they are all really common ingredients. Plus it only takes about 5 minutes to mix up and make your own cocoa at home so why by the packets of mix?
I was feeling like some really decadent and didn't want my regular hot cocoa. I've been loving caramel lately so I went into the kitchen and whipped up this Caramel Hot Chocolate with just four ingredients. It doesn't even need any additional sugar in it because the caramel sauce has enough in it. Word to the wise, use a good quality chocolate to make your hot chocolate! I used Divine Chocolate 70% Bittersweet Baking Bar because they don't use any palm oil, soy, or GMO's plus they use all natural ingredients and use fair trade cocoa! It feels good to use a high quality product like Divine Chocolate and know that you are helping others while you do it. In fact, 44% of all profits go back to the farmers which is awesome.
The cocoa was amazing. It had a deep, rich chocolate flavor that was enhanced by the caramel. The whipped cream and caramel drizzle were just the cherry on top of this hot chocolate. I could have had several cups of this cocoa and it warmed me up just like I had hoped.
- 2 c. whole milk
- 3 oz. 70% Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Bar
- ¼ c. caramel sauce
- Whipped Cream
- Place the milk, bittersweet chocolate, and caramel sauce in a small saucepan over medium heat.
- Heat and stir until the chocolate has melted and the hot cocoa is simmering.
- Remove from heat and divide between two mugs.
- Top with whipped cream and a caramel drizzle.
A Hezzi-D Original recipe
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