Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Hot Choc-o-late!

I'm not a coffee drinker, but when we go out to meet friends, we often meet a Starbucks because it's cheaper than a full-blown dinner, we often have gift cards, and it's a great place to just talk.  So what does a gal get when she doesn't drink coffee in the middle of winter?  Salted Carmel Hot Chocolate.  Incredibly good!  Since I don't want to use much of my $50/month blow money on Starbucks, I found this great knock-off recipe.  It's from a really fun foodie blog called Savory Sweet Life (did I mention that I read cook books like novels?).  Here's some pictures from when I made it over break.  I used semi-sweet chocolate chips for the chocolate as I had quite a few in my baking stash from the baking sales in November.
Coat your glass with caramel.

Ganache=whipping cream mixed with melted chocolate.

Heating up the milk, getting ready to add ganache.

Top with whipping cream, caramel and coarse salt.

The finished product!

To get the full recipe, click on this link to Savory Sweet Life.  I don't know how much longer Starbucks will have this in their stores since it's a seasonal drink.  If you make this let me know what you think!

*Update: I've had a couple of friends tell me after reading this post that Starbucks serves this year-round, you just have to request it if you don't see it on the menu board.

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