Hot Chocolate for the Holidays

Don’t just make this stuff – make it as fast as you can gather the ingredients. I have to get this stuff out of my house as fast as I can as this stuff is so good you will find yourself eating this out of the jar!
Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Mix. That is all.
When I came across this recipe, and I don’t even remember where I found this one at, I had to try it.
Addictive. Delicious. A tad bit salty. A bit caramel flavor. And tiny, tiny, bits of ground up chocolate bars that melt into that cup of deliciousness. Have I sold you yet? Make it. That’s all I can say.

this will be the best drink of the Season. Top with some homemade (yes, i said homemade) marshmallows and what a treat.

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Mix
2 1/2 cups white sugar (you use this to make your caramel – read and forge ahead! it’s worth it)
3 Tbs. vanilla
1 cup dry milk powder
1 1/2 cups cocoa powder (do like me and use Ghiradelli Sweet Ground Chocolate Cocoa that comes in a bag – you won’t be sorry for this)
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 Tbs. coarse sea salt
7-10 oz. of chocolate bars – mix them up – I used a 4 oz. Hershey’s milk chocolate bar and a 4 oz. Ghiradelli bitter-sweet chocolate bar because that’s what I had on hand (you have these on hand all the time, too, don’t you?!)

Now – the fun part!
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, foil or a Silpat and set aside. Put the 2 1/2 cups granulated white sugar in a saucepan with a heavy bottom or a skillet. Cook the sugar over medium-high heat until it starts melting. I stirred it during this time constantly to speed up the melting process and to keep it from burning. Don’t worry if it looks like it is clumping, as it will all melt together into a beautiful dark amber, caramel color. As soon as it all melts together, to that color, turn off the heat and stir in the vanilla but be careful as it will sizzle and swell up a bit – don’t let it pop on your hand – burn city! Pour onto the prepared lined cookie sheet and allow to cool and harden. After an hour or so, (mine only took about 30 minutes) you can take the handle of a knife and bang it lightly to break it up into smaller pieces. Place these pieces into a food processor or blender (I used my food processor) and pulverize them into a powder. Add all the other ingredients and process until thoroughly mixed. Add the chocolate bars (I chopped mine up somewhat before adding) and pulse to chop them up pretty fine (some tiny pieces of chocolate is fine). That’s it. Serve by mixing 2 to 3 Tbsp (depends on your tastes) with hot water or hot milk (yummy!) and enjoy.

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Just look at those tiny bits of chocolate in that spoon.
Let me tell you, I repeat, that this stuff is so good you will find yourself eating this stuff out of the jar! I hope you will try this and it becomes a favorite in your house.

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