Salted caramel is one of my favourite things in the world, the saltiness and the sweetness is just so good together. Add that to a nice warm frothy mug of hot chocolate and you have something close to warm, wintery, sweet tooth heaven.
Makes 2 large mugs
Salted caramel sauce:
1 cup golden caster sugar
1/4 cup water
1 tsp treacle
1 knob butter
2 tbsp double cream
Big pinch of flakey sea salt
Heat the sugar and water in a pan. Keep stirring and watch closely until you're left with a dark golden brown, clear syrup. This should take over 10mins, so don't freak out if it takes a while. Add your teaspoon of treacle and continue to stir until you're left with a glorious dark nectar. Add the salt. Turn the heat right down and stir in the butter, followed by the cream. Put to one side.
50g good quality dark chocolate
50g milk chocolate
Blitz the chocolate in a food processor until you're left with a fine, soft, chocolate gravel. Pop into a jug and put to one side. Heat the milk and just before it begins to boil, pour in the chocolate. Stir until totally melted.
Pour a few glugs of caramel into the bottom of the mugs, pour in the hot chocolate, top with whipped cream and drizzle with extra caramel.
Light a few candles and snuggle down with someone delicious.
Recipe from The Londonder