Drink Up: Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate with Homemade Salted Caramel Marshmallows

By Brittni • Updated on 01/21/2016

Recipe for salted caramel hot chocolate from scratch (and homemade salted caramel marshmallows)

After the Nutella marshmallows recipe, which looked to be a hit, I promised I’d share a homemade hot chocolate recipe soon… and this is it.

But to make things a little bit more interesting, I’m also sneaking in a second marshmallow recipe that I’m pretty sure you’re going to love. This new one is my fave marshmallow recipe so far…I’ve been eating them like candy. AND a homemade caramel recipe. Holy crap, that may be too many recipes for one most. But oh well! Doing it anyway. Let’s do this…

Who’s ready for some homemade salted caramel hot chocolate?

Recipe for salted caramel hot chocolate from scratch (and homemade salted caramel marshmallows)

Recipe for salted caramel hot chocolate from scratch

Chocolate Caramel Hot Chocolate Recipe (makes 2 servings)

  • 1 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup of heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons of homemade caramel sauce (recipe below)
  • 1 chocolate candy bar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • candy thermometer

1) Whisk the milk and cream together in a sauce pan and let it come to a simmer.
2) Once the milk mixture is warm, add and the caramel, chocolate, and vanilla.
3) Turn the heat to medium and whisk until the chocolate has dissolved.
4) Pour and enjoy.

Recipe for salted caramel hot chocolate from scratch (and homemade salted caramel marshmallows)

Homemade Caramel Sauce Recipe (makes 1.5 cups)

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 1 cup of heavy cream

1) Heat both sugars over the stovetop in a medium saucepan on medium heat until you have a thick paste (about 8 minutes).
2) Then add the butter and whisk together
3) Once the butter is combined whisk in a steady flow of cream.
4) Once everything is combined allow the caramel to reach 250 degrees while whisking continuously.
5) Next, pour the caramel through a strainer and store in an air tight container.

Recipe for homemade salted caramel marshmallows

Caramel Marshmallows Recipe (makes one 9×13 pan)

  • 3 packs unflavored gelatin
  • 3/4 + 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 4 tablespoons of homemade caramel sauce (recipe above)
  • candy thermometer

1) First, lay out parchment paper over a 9×13 pan and dust extensively with powdered sugar. They will be sticky.
2) Pour the three packs of gelatin into 1/2 cup of water and let sit for about ten minutes.
3) While you wait for the gelatin go ahead and add the rest of the water, corn syrup , salt, sugar to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and allow the candy thermometer to reach 240 degrees.
4) Next, in your mixing bowl combine the gelatin and slowly add the sugar stovetop mixture. Be careful it will be very hot.
5) Beat in the mixer for roughly 8 minutes.
6) Now you can add flavor to the marshmallows by adding in your vanilla. Then add in the caramel and beat until smooth about 1 minute.
7) Work quickly and pour the marshmallow mixture into the pan and use a spatula sprayed with grease to smooth it out.
8) Let it sit for about six hours or overnight. Dust with powdered sugar and cut as desired (or use cookie cutters).

Recipe for salted caramel hot chocolate from scratch (and homemade salted caramel marshmallows)

Recipe Anissa Saxton
Styling and photography Brittni Mehlhoff

Think you’ll give this hot chocolate recipe a try?

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Oh my!!



This recipe sounds divine! I’ve never thought to make my own marshmallows, but it seems like you can have so much fun inventing all kinds of different marshmallow recipes! Maybe I’ll have to give this a try- the perfect indulgent treat for those cold winter nights 🙂
Tasmin | Grandiose Days


gorgeous! love the shape of those marshmallows


I LOVE salted caramel so definitely trying this!!



I made the nutella marshmallows and they were superb. I’m really looking forward to trying this variation. Thank you for sharing.


With the snow coming this weekend, I can’t wait to try this recipe! Looks delicious


Thanks KNC and Keri! Anissa nailed it on the recipe….totally hits the spot on a cold day.


This looks amazing!

Keri Blair

This looks PHENOMENAL. With potential snow coming in, this is going to be the greatest sweet treat!


Definitely Hayley! I think you’ll like it. And try it with little pieces of waffle cone on top! So good.


This sounds like just what my pregnant body needs . . . so craving anything sweet and chocolatey! yum yum!!



Yay! Anything slated caramel is my favorite too, Liv. So good.


Oh my. Salted caramel is my all time fave & you have just made all my hot chocolate/marshmallow dreams come true… *heart eyes emoji* x


It’s REALLY good, Katelyn. Let me know how you like it.


Love this! Thanks for sharing- I can’t wait to try this recipe. My mouth is already watering 🙂


Katelyn McPhee

Haha. Glad to hear that, Emily.


My mouth is watering… YUM!


Thanks Alice. The marshmallows might be my favorite part (even though the actual hot chocolate is really, really good too). I love anything salted caramel.


This looks so delicious my mouth is watering just looking at the photos! I love that you made the marshmallows as well 🙂



Haha. I guess I don’t want to know how many calories are in there either, Michelle. 🙂 It was worth it though, whatever it is.


Sounds so heavenly, and wow, I don’t want to know how many calories are in there but I guess sometimes you just need this!

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