Recipe Exchange: Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

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I love vanilla! I don’t think there are many baking recipes that I make that don’t include it in some form. Vanilla extract and vanilla beans are such essential items in your Holiday Baking Spice Cabinet.

I’m so excited for to kick off this Holiday Recipe Exchange with this week’s sponsor: Beanilla. I’ve created a delicious Vanilla Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate recipe using their Vanilla Fleur de Sel and their Tahitian Vanilla Beans.

Vanilla Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

I love a good mug of hot chocolate to warm up on a chilly day or when I need something a little sweet. Instead of using vanilla extract, I infused the milk with vanilla bean for the hot chocolate recipe. I also combined vanilla fleur de sel with melted caramel to drizzle in the hot chocolate. MMMMM GOOD! Head over to My Baking Addiction to see what Jamie has created.

Vanilla Fleur de Sel Caramel Hot Chocolate

serves 4-6

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2 teaspoons cornstarch
4 cups milk, divided
1 Beanilla Vanilla Bean
6 ounce dark chocolate (at least 70% cacao), chopped
4 tablespoons sugar
2/3 cup caramel, melted
3/4 teaspoon Beanilla Vanilla Fleur de Sel


In a medium saucepan, whisk the cornstarch and the milk together. Add the vanilla bean to the milk and slowly bring to a simmer, then reduce to low and let the vanilla steep for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine the melted caramel (or you can use homemade or a high quality store bought caramel sauce) with the Vanilla Fleur de Sel. Discard the vanilla bean. Stir in the chocolate and sugar, whisking until the sugar has dissolved and the chocolate has melted.

Pour the hot chocolate into 4 individual mugs. Drizzle 2 1/2 tablespoons of the vanilla fleur de sel caramel in each mug. Top with an additional splash of milk and sprinkle with Vanilla Fleur de Sel, if desired. Serve hot.

How To Participate

For a chance to win a gift basket of Beanilla products valued at over $150:

  1. Write and post a recipe on your blog featuring VANILLA.
  2. Include “Come join the fun at the My Baking Addiction and GoodLife Eats Holiday Recipe Swap sponsored by Beanilla.” in your blog post.
  3. Add your link to the widget on either GoodLife Eats or My Baking Addiction (we have the same widget code, so only add it on one site).
  4. Submit your post before Nov. 20, 11:59 pm. On Nov. 21, 12:00 am the widget will switch to voting mode. Be sure to encourage your readers to vote for you and/or vote for your favorites.
  5. Anyone can participate in the link up, but the prize will ship to US residents only.
  6. More detailed info, including buttons for your posts are available here.

Holiday Recipe Exchange

Link Up Your Recipes:


This Week’s Prize:

Vanilla Gift Basket (2 winners) $150+ value

  • 5 – Tonga Vanilla Beans – Packaging Vacuum Sealed Package
  • 5 – Madagascar Vanilla Beans – Packaging Vacuum Sealed Package
  • 5 – Indian Vanilla Beans – Packaging Vacuum Sealed Package
  • 5 – Mexican Vanilla Beans – Packaging Vacuum Sealed Package
  • 5 – Tahitian Vanilla Beans – Packaging Vacuum Sealed Package
  • 5 – Indonesian Vanilla Beans, Organic – Packaging Vacuum Sealed Package
  • 5 – Beanilla Vanilla Beans – Packaging Vacuum Sealed Package
  • Mexican Vanilla Extract, 2-Fold (8 fl oz.)
  • Madagascar Vanilla Extract, 2-Fold (8 fl oz.)
  • Beanilla Vanilla Extract, 2-Fold (8 fl oz.)
  • Ground Vanilla Beans, Madagascar (1/2 oz.)
  • Ground Vanilla Beans, Tahitian (1/2 oz.)
  • Bourbon-Madagascar Vanilla Paste, 3-Fold (1 oz.)
  • Tahitian Vanilla Paste, 3-Fold (1 oz.)
  • Vanilla Fleur de Sel (Sea Salt)
  • Tahitian Vanilla Sugar

Recipe Theme Schedule:

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Katie Goodman

About the Author:

Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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  • 1
    marla {family fresh cooking} - November 17, 2010 @ 5:19 am

    This is such a great contest! I might miss the vanilla category – but I will be sure to get in on some of the contests!


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    The Blue-Eyed Bakers - November 17, 2010 @ 5:23 am

    Wow this salted hot chocolate looks amazing! We will definitely be making this…we love hot chocolate and are suckers for anything salty sweet!


  • 3
    Courtney - November 17, 2010 @ 5:35 am

    Oh my.. this looks amazing. I love caramel in my coffee, I bet it’s even better in hot cocoa! :)


  • 4
    Estela @ Weekly Bite - November 17, 2010 @ 5:50 am

    Can you send me one of those hot chocolates for breakfast? That looks amazing! What a great contest!


  • 5
    Liz @ Blog is the New Black - November 17, 2010 @ 7:22 am

    Thhe smell of vanilla alone is amazing. This looks so good!


  • 6
    Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies - November 17, 2010 @ 7:54 am

    Just sent this link to my husband at work. I get the feeling he’s going to want to make this hot chocolate immediately


  • 7
    Lisa - November 17, 2010 @ 8:01 am

    This looks so heavenly! I’ll have to make this for the holidays. This is something my boys can enjoy too! You always have the prettiest photo’s and mouth watering recipes!

    I actually had time this week to post a recipe that featured vanilla! My kids and I had fun making some sugar-coated cran-nilla’s!

    What a fun contest, can’t wait to check out everyones recipes!


  • 8
    Chris @ the peche - November 17, 2010 @ 8:09 am

    I would like a gallon of this right now.


  • 9
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles - November 17, 2010 @ 9:17 am

    This looks delicious. I’m always looking for an alternative to hot chocolate and hot cider for the cold winter months.


  • 10
    naomi - November 17, 2010 @ 9:53 am

    My family loves hot chocolate, so your recipe will be perfect to serve for the holidays and through out winter.


  • 11
    the blissful baker - November 17, 2010 @ 10:14 am

    wow, your picture is amazing! the salted caramel hot chocolate sounds wonderful!


  • 12
    Kelley - November 17, 2010 @ 10:57 am

    Your picture is beautiful and this hot chocolate sounds divine!


  • 13
    Christi B - November 17, 2010 @ 1:28 pm

    That looks and sounds delicious Katie! Can’t wait to give it a try!


  • 14
    Summer - November 18, 2010 @ 12:00 am

    M sooo super excited about this entry!!!
    THought my Vanilla Bakes would add in too!
    All i have to do i add it to the linky here rite?
    Was looking at the Info post and havent yet caught if i email the post to u or link it here, sorry!!


  • 15
    Summer - November 18, 2010 @ 1:01 am

    The hot chocolate is jus like i love it , i love trying stuff with my hot chocolate and adding in goodies!
    ur pic is stunning!!!


  • 16
    Jana - November 18, 2010 @ 6:51 am

    Wow, this looks fabulous!


  • 17
    Caitlin - November 18, 2010 @ 7:53 am

    YUM. That looks amazing. They photos are gorgeous- the recipe sounds so good! Great job!


  • 18
    Carolyn Jung - November 18, 2010 @ 10:05 am

    I’d like to cozy up to a big ol’ mug of that. Mmm, I can taste it now.


  • 19
    Sues - November 18, 2010 @ 1:12 pm

    Oh man, I love the way this sounds. I LOVE vanilla too and always use twice as much as recipes call for :) My mom makes me big bottles of vanilla and I go through them like crazy :)


  • 20
    ana - November 19, 2010 @ 11:00 am

    oh yum… i’ll be coming back to this to visit the links. mmm vanilla! :P


  • 21
    Natasha - November 19, 2010 @ 4:59 pm

    I just found your site via twitter-I love it here! Thanks for this great recipe.

    Best wishes,


  • 22
    Nicole - November 20, 2010 @ 10:32 am

    MMM! That looks absolutely INCREDIBLE. I think I’ll have to make a trip to the store to make some. Ahhh I can’t wait!


  • 23
    Deborah - November 20, 2010 @ 1:15 pm

    This looks SO amazing!!


  • 24
    Courtney - November 21, 2010 @ 7:50 am

    So upset I didn’t have time to participate. These recipes look amazing. :)


  • 25
    Jessica - November 21, 2010 @ 2:05 pm

    This looks SO yummy!


  • 26
    make my day - November 21, 2010 @ 6:07 pm

    always great to see what you create! looks devine ! cheers kari


  • 27
    Robyn | Add a Pinch - November 21, 2010 @ 6:16 pm

    All of these recipes look scrumptious! What a great idea!

    Can’t wait to participate in some of the others. How fun!


  • 28
    Emily Z - November 21, 2010 @ 6:59 pm

    Your hot chocolate recipe looks amazing! Never been to your blog before, but glad I found it!


  • 29
    the urban baker - November 23, 2010 @ 8:18 am

    oh my, this sounds fantastic!


  • 30
    hunter - November 23, 2010 @ 11:13 am

    This sounds awesome!


  • 31
    Deliciously Organic - November 23, 2010 @ 5:38 pm

    Wow, Katie this looks amazing! I absolutely love caramel in my hot cocoa and can’t wait to try this.


  • 32
    Summer - November 24, 2010 @ 12:26 am

    Yuppppieeeeeeeeeeeeee yuppiieeee Hurray ….i wonnnnnnnnnnn …i did!!!
    Cant write anything more at the moment coz am way too excited!!
    Had also come to link my buttery bars:-)
    Congrats to Ryan too!!


  • 33
    clarice - November 28, 2010 @ 1:21 pm

    Yumm, thank you for this recipe. I have been meaning to figure out a recipe and now you did it for me. It looks delish. Clarice


  • 34
    geek+nerd - November 28, 2010 @ 7:23 pm

    That looks so good, I could lick my laptop screen. But, I won’t. OH MY!


  • 35
    jacquelyn | lark+linen - December 15, 2011 @ 2:48 pm

    Wow! I’ve seen caramel salted hot chocolate all over the place, but never vanilla. This sounds delicious!


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