It is that time of year when the weather gets colder, the drinks get warmer, and all I seem to crave are holiday beverages. Green smoothies do not seem as satisfying as they once did in summer. When the last couple of leaves have fallen I always find it a telltale sign to start making my homemade salted caramels. I love how the sweet aromas of butter, cream, and sugar take over my kitchen and it does not really matter what the weather is like outside because in my kitchen it is … heaven. Now there are two things that I think should go hand in hand, and that is salted caramel and chocolate. This little duo is sure to put a smile on just about anyone’s face. Take your hot chocolate one step further and make salted caramel hot chocolates topped with homemade whipped cream. Believe me when I say this, your little holiday beverage will have you singing Christmas Carols and dreaming of cold winter nights. I am a big believer in doing little things that go a long way and I always make homemade whipped cream. For me, it is the way homemade whipped cream melts softly, tastes sweet but is not too overpowering, and transforms just about any ole hot chocolate that affirms why I make it.
I encourage you to set some time aside, grab a blanket and your favorite mug, and get to making your very own, straight from your kitchen, salted caramel hot chocolate. For the recipe check out the latest issue of Delighted Magazine. I was honored to contribute photos and share one of my favorite seasonal beverage recipes. I hope everyone is having a great week!! Bisous.