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Starbucks Copycat Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Recipe

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Starbucks Copycat Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Recipe brings you all the same flavors of your favorite Starbucks hot chocolate! Sip away on this smooth, ultra-creamy, salted caramel hot chocolate.

If you want a crowd worthy hot chocolate that is great for entertaining guests, sipping as you stream your favorite movie at home, or a treat to warm up after playing in the snow.

This is a simple and copycat Starbucks recipe you will want to keep on hand. Make sure to print the recipe card below!

salted caramel hot chocolate in instant pot

This Starbucks Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Is..

  • Easy to make in Instant Pot
  • Able to be converted to stove-top or slow cooker method
  • An ultra-creamy hot chocolate
  • A copycat Starbucks recipe
  • Easily double or triple to serve a crowd
salted caramel hot chocolate in mug

Ingredients For Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

  • Heavy Cream
  • Milk
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Sugar
  • Salted Caramel
  • Semi-sweet chocolate

How To Make Starbucks Caramel Drink

Add all your ingredients right into your Instant Pot. Turn the Instant Pot to the saute feature.

You need to whisk the mixture continuously for around 4 minutes, letting it boil and thicken a bit. If you don't mix constantly it will burn.

Once it is thickened, pour into cups, top with whipped cream, drizzle of caramel sauce and even chocolate.

How to Thicken Hot Chocolate

If you enjoy an ultra rich hot chocolate, you will want to grab some cornstarch and milk. I share the measurements in the recipe card below.

Whisk that up in a small bowl. Once the mixture is to a boil, stir in the cornstarch slurry. It will thicken your hot chocolate! As soon as it is thick enough, pour in mugs.

salted caramel hot chocolate in clear mug

Can I Make This Starbucks Hot Cocoa Recipe In Slow Cooker?

Simply add ingredients into the slow cooker, and give a good stir. Turn on high and let cook for 2 hours.

If you want you can whisk up the hot chocolate mixture every 30 minutes if you would like.

Supplies Used for Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

Is Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Good?

Starbuck's uses a buttery caramel that really stands out without overpowering the drink. If you love caramel and chocolate together you will enjoy this decadent drink.

Out of the Starbucks drink recipe this is one of my favorites.

Why Do You Put Salt in Hot Chocolate?

Salted caramel is a great way to incorporate a little salt into your hot chocolate. It helps to bring out all the dimensions and flavor of the chocolate and caramel.

If you have never tried salted caramel, it is a must. The little bit of salt transforms the flavor to a whole new dimension!

What is it Called When You Mix Coffee and Hot Chocolate?

Caffe mocha is what the combination of coffee and hot chocolate brings. If you want to spice up your hot chocolate with a punch of coffee, by all means!

Also, you could make this an adult version and consider transforming this drink into Baileys salted caramel boozy drink!

Have You Tried Hot Chocolate Bombs?

Here is a couple of fun and easy hot chocolate bomb recipes that are worth trying.

Want More Drink Recipes

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You're going to want to try these copycat Starbucks Egg Bites. This Starbucks Pumpkin creamer is also amazing. Try a splash of the creamer in our Starbucks hot chocolate recipe. YUM!

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Instant Pot Copycat Starbucks Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

Instant Pot Copycat Starbucks Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

Copycat recipes are the best. They are a great way to enjoy your restaurant favorites without having to leave home. This hot chocolate recipe is no different. It is impressive how quick and easy it is to do at home and how cheap it can be. You must try it!


Hot Salted Caramel Chocolate

  1. Set the Instant Pot on the saute setting. Add all the ingredients and whisk vigorously until incorporated. Bring to a simmer and cook for 4 minutes or until the chocolate is melted and combined.
  2. Serve topped with heavy cream and a salted caramel drizzle.


  • You can also cook it in the slow cooker. Just set on high for 2 hours.
  • If you want your chocolate to be super thick mix 3 tablespoons milk with 1 tablespoon cornstarch. Add it to the hot chocolate and stir until desired consistency.
  • For an alcoholic drink (not suitable for minors) you can add 50 ml of Baileys Salted Caramel for each glass.
  • If you use powdered chocolate, make sure it is really cocoa. The advantage of using cocoa powder is that it dissolves faster in both water and milk; Just read the back of the package carefully to make sure it is not a product full of pure sugar or substitutes.
  • You can get creative and use some spices, citrus, nuts, or a hint of your favorite liquor to elevate the flavor even more. Even adding a little sea salt or a splash of aged rum will add a delicious touch. Of course this will change the Starbucks copycat flavor, but sometimes your favorite ingredients are worth experimenting with. Give it a try!

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  • Jessica McCoy

    Jessica McCoy is a seasoned food blogger with 14+ years of experience in the industry. As a self-taught home cook, she enjoys creating and finetuning easy recipes that are fool proof and simple for anyone to make. Her expertise is in all things kitchen: cooking tips, air fryer recipes, Instant Pot and other pressure cooking recipes, and slow cooker recipes. Jessica was the previous owner of AllSheCooks, where she focused on easy every day recipes including budget friendly dinner recipes and desserts.

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