Salted caramel seems to be all the rage these days. I've never had it before, but I do love salty and sweet things like chocolate covered pretzels or chocolate covered potato chips. So my logic told me that I would love salted caramel as well.
One of Starbucks seasonal beverages is a salted caramel hot chocolate, which I have also never had. (Yeah, I know. We've been through this before. I live under a rock.) When I came across the recipe on Taste and Tell for salted caramel hot chocolate I figured I had hit the jackpot.
This would be the perfect way to use some of that dulce de leche that I made in the microwave. Woah. That stuff totally solidified like real caramel in the fridge. Man. The slow cooked stuff never did that. I gave the dulce de leche a test taste to make sure it was still good. Yes. It was good, but very very chewy.
So I heated up the caramel in the microwave in 20 second bursts until it was scoopable. I put my 4 Tablespoons in the pan with the milk and cocoa, then heated the whole thing up on the stove. I tested a spoonful and it was not nearly sweet enough. In went a few more tablespoons of DDL. Mrblocko gave it a test taste and we declared it to be sweet enough.
At this point I realized that I hadn't added the salt. So I put in 1/4 teaspoon of coarse salt and stirred the brew some more.
Mrblocko divided the hot chocolate into 3 mugs and I heaped on the marshmellows as usual. The first sip tasted fine. But I couldn't drink any more after the second. The drink tasted off to me. I thought it was just me as I had a cold. Then Mrblocko put his mug down and made a weird face.
"It's too salty!" he exclaimed.
Oh well. Lots of people like salted caramel stuff, but I guess it just isn't our thing.
Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate from Taste and Tell
4 tablespoons dulce de leche
1 1/4 cups milk
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
In a small pot over medium heat, warm the dulce de leche. Whisk in the milk, cocoa powder and salt until smooth. Heat until warmed and serve immediately topped with whipped cream.