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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Salgar ROCKS…and Recipe for Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

I am so voting for Leslie Knope because she truly is a visionary. She is the brains behind salgar after all, which is nothing short of a revelation! Plus, salgar is going to save me a lot of $$$ that otherwise would have been spent at Starbucks.

Let’s start at the beginning. I’m a little bit in love with the Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate at Starbucks. However, there are two things wrong with this love affair. First, it costs me too much money. Second, they only serve the stuff during the holidays. I’ve kind of sort of half-heartedly tried to replicate it at home before, but never with much success. Probably because I wasn’t trying that hard.

This year, things are different. Which brings me back to Leslie Knope. When she introduced the world to salgar last week, well, I knew that my days of whipping up salted caramel hot chocolate to rival Starbucks’ had finally arrived. And I was right.

For those of you who don’t watch Parks & Rec (p.s. you should be), salgar is simply sugar and salt mixed together. Sure, everyone thought Leslie was crazy, but I’m a believer.

Which brings us back to the quest for the perfect salted caramel hot chocolate recipe. On Sunday I pulled all my ingredients together. Yummy hot chocolate. Perfect whipped cream. Caramel sauce. Salgar.

I nailed it. And I might even be so brave as to say that it’s better than Starbucks. The best part? When the whipped cream and salgar topping are gone but you still have hot chocolate left, you can just throw a little more cream and salgar on top! For some reason Starbucks doesn’t let you go back for seconds. Who needs them? 😉

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate
From Jane Maynard, This Week for Dinner
  • Hot chocolate (whatever kind you like”¦but make sure it’s not flavored with cinnamon or peppermint or anything like that”¦just something pure”¦my favorite is melting chopped chocolate in milk)
  • Salgar (see below)
  • Perfect whipped cream (click through for “recipe”)
  • Caramel sauce (the kind that’s made for going on/in drinks, I got mine at Starbucks, I’ve seen it at other stores, too)
  1. Make your hot chocolate and pour in a mug. Add a pinch or two of salgar and a swirl of caramel sauce. Stir well. Top with whipped cream, another swirl of caramel sauce and salgar. Drink and get ready to thank me for transporting you to hot chocolate heaven in the comfort of your own home.

From Jane Maynard, This Week for Dinner, inspired by Leslie Knope
  • 1 Tablespoon turbinado sugar (i.e. sugar in the raw)
  • ½ teaspoon ground sea salt.
  1. Mix. Done and done.



  1. 1

    My kids are nuts for salted caramel hot chocolate, and I’m crazy for Parks and Rec. Love this, and it will definitely be making an appearance during the cookie-making activities this week.

  2. 2

    This is my kind of hot chocolate!

  3. 3

    jane. this is my favorite post ever. i’ve been wanting to make this FOREVER. perfect for christmas day! you’re my christmas hero.

  4. The first time I had a Starbucks Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate my daughter was with me. I ordered my typical Americano, she the hot chocolate. I had a taste and was sort of hooked. But really, no caffeine. Sooo I had them make one for me but but in a shot of espresso. Try that sometime. Heck yeah it’s good!

    I’ve been making them for her ever since using salted caramel sauce…I’ll have to try your recipe for Salgar and ‘test’ the difference (don’t you love some of the lovely testing?).

  5. Oh my gosh – Salgar is brilliant! Who knew?

  6. 6

    A few things:

    1. Not to get all political or anything but, Leslie Knope 2012, anyone?…just saying 🙂
    2. I’m seconding this as my favorite post in TWFD history.
    3. I bought William-Sonomoa’s Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate a few weeks ago HOPING it would be unbelievable. Sadly, it was too sweet but I found putting a spoonful into old fashioned hot chocolate was pretty good but still not the same. Can’t wait to try this one!

  7. Love it! Parks and Rec and the Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate are two of my favorite things. I was starting to worry that the holidays are wrapping up and I don’t know how much longer Starbucks will continue making it afterwards. Now I don’t need to!

  8. O.K. I know this is going to be fantastic. I’ve been mixing salt and sugar, but didn’t realize it was ‘salgar’ until I saw Parks & Rec 🙂 but now the caramel hot chocolate recipe with it.. I see this as my new favorite drink! Cool…

  9. 9

    Now if you look up “salgar recipe” on Google, you’re the number one link that comes up. 🙂

  10. Yum! I am wanting one of these really badly. Will be trying this out for sure – thanks!

  11. 11

    I was laughing when I saw the episode it am certainly not laughing now! I love salted caramel and hadn’t tried the Starbucks hot chocolate. But now I can skip it and just make this delicious, genius, concoction. So excited. Thanks Jane!

  12. 12

    Haha! Got a good laugh out of this, We love Leslie Knope. Can’t wait to try this!

  13. 13

    This is the greatest use of salgar EVER. When I saw that episode I even though “Hmm…that doesn’t sound that bad actually!” I’m glad you thought the same and created this concoction!

  14. 14

    Lovin’ this recipe for hot chocolate!

  15. 15

    starbucks dork alert: you can order it ANYTIME! Or at least I have been for the past couple years and haven’t been turned down yet.

    It came out when they did the signature hot chocolates a couple years ago – and then it stayed on the menu. I actually don’t see it on the menu anymore these days, but they still take my order in stride every time.

    I mean, not that I’m not going to try this recipe myself!

    • Jane Maynard

      you must be cuter than me. I’ve been turned down! I think they had run out of the salt stuff. or, like I said, maybe I need to be a blonde or something… 😉

  16. 16

    this sounds like the perfect winter drink!

  17. 17

    Christian if u don’t mind me asking where do u buy the salt from and does it taste the same as the Starbucks one?? I love the salted Carmel mocha frapp and I just need to get this salt.. I have tried mixing different salts and never got anywhere with it so I gave up however I’m craving it now n I have been driving to all the different Starbucks to see if they have this salt and everyone is sold out I want to puchase e ouch for the whole year!!

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