Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

homemade salted caramel hot chocolate

I recently shared the Homemade Chai Latte mix that I’m gifting this year, and today I have another holiday drink mix for you. The Salted Caramel Mocha is my favourite seasonal indulgence from Starbucks, and now I can enjoy it at home for a fraction of the cost. I have been enjoying a hot mug of this Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate nearly every evening. It’s so smooth and creamy with just the right hit of salt and caramel.

salted caramel hot chocolate recipe

I used this recipe from Seeded at the Table, and it was really easy. I made the caramel, let it harden overnight and stuck it in the freezer for a couple hours before breaking it up and pulverizing in the food processor. I read that some people ran into issues with the caramel warming up and getting sticky, so I froze it first to ensure that I’d end up with a nice dry powder. It worked out perfectly. I like to use 2 tablespoons of the mix (instead of 3)  in a big mug of hot water (instead of a cup of milk) for a wonderfully rich, but not overly sweet or salty drink.

Along with the Homemade Chai Latte mix, this Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate would make a great Christmas gift, especially done up in a mason jar along with marshmallows and a little bottle of Baileys!

salted caramel hot chocolate recipe

Homemade Chai Latte Mix

chai latte recipe

We’re really into the holiday season now! Days are short, but nights are long and busy with shopping, visiting, making, cooking, baking, eating, drinking.

I had bought these little bottles for something a few months ago, but didn’t end up using them, so I filled them up with a delicious homemade Chai Latte mix for gift add-ons.

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I used this Chai Latte mix recipe from Show Me the Yummy. Simply grind, assemble and stir.

I think this is wonderfully creamy made with water. But use milk or add a splash of booze for a sweet and perfectly spicy Chai Latte.

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chai latte recipe

chai latte recipe

A great tip to choose the right gift

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While Christmas shopping recently, my sister gave me the best tip for coming up with personal gift ideas. She suggests choosing a gift for the person he/she wants to be.

Rather than just trying to think of an item that your friend would like, try to start by thinking about who they are trying to or would like to be. Then choose a gift that supports that vision of themselves. Especially as we head into a new year, I thought it was such a brilliant way to approach gift giving!

How do you choose the right gift?

Mason Jar Gifts – DIY

mason jar gifts

My cupboards are overflowing with mason jars. My mason jar hoarding drives Mike completely crazy, but they’re just so useful. Each week, I stock my freezer with 6 to 8 mason jars full of my Green Glowing Smoothie, but I also use them to store leftovers and pantry items. They’re also great for making easy mason jar gifts.

For crafting, I especially love the pint-sized mason jar mugs, but any mason jar will work. I like to try to get all of my mason jars for under a dollar each, and have found lots at second hand stores, so each of these mason jar gifts works out to just a few bucks a pop.

A few coats of glass paint (I use this kind) is all it takes to transform those mason jars into inexpensive, personalized gifts.

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A little paint and a light sanding for rustic mason jars for vases and organized desks.

painted mason jars

A few coats of chalkboard paint give this mason jar mug a modern look.

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Mason jars are also perfect for poured candles.

mason jar hot chocolate & baileys

And hot chocolate.