Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Mix+Microwave Caramels

Hot chocolate is one of the best inventions in the world! It makes me smile. Dark, milk, white or mocha/ I am a sucker for a good (huge) cup of hot chocolate. I am also a sucker for the taste of salted caramel. It’s sweet salty, rich and just darn delicious. Combine my favorite drink with one of my favorite flavors and you get one heck of treat! My salted caramel hot chocolate mix is sure to warm your insides and put a smile on your face this Holiday season.


The key’s to this mix is that there is no dry milk powder (score!), there is liquid vanilla extract in the dry mix (crazy huh!) and it is made with Coconut Sugar! Madhava Coconut Sugar at that. Madhava Coconut Sugar is all natural and blends perfectly with the chocolate and caramel flavors. Surprisingly, it doesn’t taste a bit like a coconut and has its own subtle taste, making it a perfect 1:1 replacement for refined sugar.. The caramel flavor in the mix is easy to include by adding in a handful of caramel (store bought or homemade- see below) and grinding it up to a thin powder along with the other ingredients. I am giving you an extra little treat with this hot chocolate mix because I am also including my SUPER EASY PEASY MICROWAVE CARAMEL recipe. If you can use a microwave you can make caramels:) Try it!

Madhava is an amazing company with a mission to bring us, the consumers, healthy alternatives to highly processed, refined sugars and artificial sweeteners. They have recently expanded their line to include pancake mixes and other creative syrups like Coffee Syrup and Maple Cinnamon Syrup. Both of which are delicious! This year for the Holiday Season Madhava is throwing a huge contest by giving away! This is one you will definitely want to ENTER! See below for the details:)

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Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Mix+Microwave Caramels
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1.5 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 1.5 ounces dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • around ⅛ cup caramel pieces (chopped) either store-bought or following my recipe below
  • Homemade Microwave Caramels:
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • ½ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. For the Caramel: Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper and set it aside.Place butter in a large microwave safe bowl and melt. Add in the rest of the ingredients except for the vanilla.Return to microwave and cook mixture on HIGH power for 6 minutes until it reaches 240 degrees with a candy thermometer. If it isn't done after 6 minutes return to the microwave and cook for increments of 30 seconds until it does reach 240 degrees.
  2. Remove bowl from microwave. Add in vanilla extract and mix well. Pour mixture into prepared baking sheet. Place in refrigerator until set, about 20 - 30 minutes. Break up the caramel into as many pieces are you want in your mix ( I chose about ⅛ cup of caramel pieces.)
  3. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until powdery. To prepare: use 3 TBSP of the hot chocolate mix to 1 cup of boiling milk or water.




  1. Balvinder

    You are right. The best invention! I love it very much but never had with salted Caramel. Have to try this mix!

  2. Tricia @ Saving room for dessert

    This sounds wonderful and I do love a good cup of hot chocolate. The ingredients fascinate me – and love the salted caramel! Yum!

  3. Bonnie

    I’d like a cup right this minute! I’ve never heard of coconut sugar but I’m going to check it out.


  4. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen

    Sounds divine. This is the second recipe I’ve seen that calls for coconut sugar. I’m going to keep my eyes out for it.

  5. Liz

    Hot chocolate with caramel??? You’ve got my attention! It really sounds amazing…and I love your microwave caramel recipe, too 🙂

  6. Sylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchen

    I could go for a nice warm mug of hot chocolate right now it’s so muggy and rainy out today.

  7. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    It was 95 today and going to be 95 tomorrow. I’d LOVE come of this hot chocolate but I don’t think I could take the heat. 🙂 It sounds WONDERFUL!

  8. 2 Sisters Recipes

    WOW …This sounds so good Jessica! Never heard of coconut sugar before this… and just LOVE the little gift idea!

  9. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes

    I’ve never had caramel in hot chocolate. I’ve been missing out.

  10. Joanne

    Yes, please to a BIG mug of this!

  11. Velva

    I definitely enjoy a good hot chocolate and if it is a healthier alternative even better!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.


  12. Daphne

    I do like coconut sugar and your version with salted caramel- SO perfect for the season. It needs to come cold for the Australia summer weather!

  13. Karen (Back Road Journal)

    A cup of hot chocolate is so nice when coming in from the cold. Your mix is a perfect little gift to hand out at a Christmas party.

  14. Roz

    I’m really REALLY working hard on getting the artificial sweeteners OUT of my life Jessica. It’s happening, just slowly. This hot chocolate sounds so amazing with the salted caramel addition! Wishing you and yours a most blessed and joyous Christmas!
    Love, hugs, and kisses,

  15. K / Pure & Complex

    Hot chocolate is the best invention. There is only one thing that is better, CHOCOLATE itself lol. Girl I love this.

  16. lena

    this hot chocolate sounds wonderful and thx for the caramel recipe! i would love a cup of this right now! Merry Christmas to you, Jessica!

  17. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    It must taste extremely satisfying and delicious with salted caramel.
    Happy Holidays, Jess!

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