Starbucks Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

My favorite way to warm up during these cold winter months, are with a nice hot cup of Starbucks Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate. It is the most amazing combination, and full of delicious flavor.

It’s a chilly 9 degrees in my small college town this week, and I am certainly not prepared to handle that.

I’m too big of a wimp to even go outside to get into my car, so I have to improvise on some of my favorite warm treats.

This Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate is my favorite Starbucks copycat, that may even be better than the real thing, only because I can add an extra heaping amount of caramel if I want to.

If you’re struggling with this cold weather like I am, or just want to sit down and enjoy the fact that Christmas is just around the corner,  I would suggest whipping up a quick batch of this chocolatey goodness.

the best things to serve with hot chocolate:

Because you can have hot chocolate plain, but it’s way better to eat it with a holiday snack, I have a few ideas of what you could serve with it.

Hot Chocolate is so delicious, when you have something to dip in it. I also love washing down desserts and various goodies, with hot chocolate. It’s a win win, and you will love these flavor combos.

Here are a few of my favorite Hot chocolate dippings and sides:

Donuts: The ultimate holiday combo. This is also a fun date night or family night. Our favorite donut recipe, is our Puff Pastry Donuts.

Graham Crackers: Graham crackers and milk are delicious, but have you ever had graham crackers and hot chocolate? Out of this world.

Chocolate chip cookies: Okay does it get any better than this combination? The two ultimate comfort foods come together to create holiday magic. Try our favorite cookies, Sheet Pan Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars.

-Oreos: Another cookie classic, but they are way better when dipped in hot chocolate, than in milk.

Candy Canes: I love adding a taste of peppermint to my hot chocolate. It just tastes like Christmas in a cup.

Related Recipe: If you love this hot chocolate, you’ll love our Copycat Disneyland Hot Chocolate.

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This Warm Spiced Cider has been in our family for years. It is so easy to make, and tastes amazing. I love warm holiday drinks, and the spice in this one, is just perfect.

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looking for more holiday drinks? here are a few of our favorite:

Pumpkin Steamers
Snowberry Steamer
Grandma?s Frappe
Cozy Caramel Cider
Evergreen Punch

Serves: 4

Starbucks Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

Starbucks Copycat Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate is the best way to keep warm this winter!

10 minPrep Time

10 minTotal Time

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  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 cups of milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 Tablespoons hazelnut syrup
  • 3 Tablespoons caramel sauce + extra for topping
  • Whipped Cream for topping


  1. In a pot over medium heat, mix sugar, cocoa, and water and bring to a boil.
  2. Add in milk, vanilla, and salt and heat until warm.
  3. Mix in Hazelnut and Caramel sauce.
  4. Serve topped with whipped cream, caramel and a sprinkle of sea salt. Enjoy.



307 cal


9 g


53 g


9 g
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4 Responses to “Starbucks Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate”

  1. This looks so yummy. I live in MA and it is so much warmer here than usual. As a matter of fact, I just played in a Christmas concert in 60 degree weather. Although it was nice not having to drag timpani through the snow, I'm mourning my winter. Maybe I'll save this recipe for the first time it snows.

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