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My son introduced me to this wonderful treat and the search was on! I had to find a way to make my own as I can't rationalize driving 35 miles one way to my fix. This delicious drink can now be had any time of the day or night! I hope you enjoy this as much as I do. *Prep & cook times are estimated. The first few times it took me longer, each time does get easier.
- 1 fluid ounce espresso or 3⁄4 cup coffee
- 1 1⁄2-2 tablespoons caramel sauce (see recipe below)
- 1 -2 tablespoon cocoa powder (the hot chocolate kind, not the unsweetened baking kind)
- 1 pinch sea salt (Starbucks uses a blend of smoked sea salt and turbinado sugar for sprinkling on top)
- 1⁄2 cup milk
- 1 -2 tablespoon whipped cream (optional)
- With an espresso maker:.
- Prepare espresso. Place caramel sauce, cocoa powder and sea salt in a mug and pour espresso over them. Froth milk and slowly pour into mug, stirring to combine everything. Taste and add more caramel, cocoa and/or salt to taste. Top with whipped cream, drizzle caramel sauce, and a tiny pinch of sea salt.
- Without an espresso maker:.
- Prepare coffee. Place caramel sauce, cocoa powder and sea salt in a mug. Pour coffee into mug, stirring to combine everything. Heat milk in microwave or on the stove and add to mug, stirring everything to combine. Taste and add more caramel, cocoa and/or salt to taste. Top with whipped cream, caramel sauce and a tiny pinch of sea salt.
- Salted Caramel Syrup:.
- Makes enough for around 3-4 salted caramel mocha or hot chocolate beverages.
- 1/2 cup sugar.
- 3 tablespoons salted butter, cubed.
- 1/4 cup heavy cream, at room temperature.
- In a medium saucepan, cook the sugar over medium heat, stirring occasionally with a spatula (if it becomes lumpy, reduce heat and refrain from stirring). When it turns a deep amber color, add the butter and stir until it is melted. Add the heavy cream and whisk until the caramel is smooth (be careful, it will bubble up when you add the cream). Remove from heat and let cool. Refrigerate extra syrup.
Just a word to the wise... Starbucks doesn't actually use caramel in their Salted Caramel Mocha! In the mocha part, they use Toffee Nut flavoring. They top it with whip cream, caramel DRIZZLE, and sea salt. But unless you use toffee nut instead of caramel, yours will never turn out the same!
This turned out great--except for the scorched caramel sauce part. More instructions about how to keep it from scorching would be appreciated, because I'm really not sure what I did wrong. I used 2 pinches of sea salt, and that amount was about perfect. Next time I may add more coffee to cut down the sweetness. But if I can perfect the caramel, it really will taste astonishingly like Starbucks Salted Caramel Mocha. I can tell already.