Sweet Tooth Friday: Sea Salt Hot Chocolate

by Allison @ Alli 'n Son on January 27, 2011

It’s Friday, which means it’s time to get your sweet tooth ready. Because I’ve finally narrowed done the name for my weekly sweet-inspired recipe. Sweet Tooth Friday.

Catchy isn’t it?

Each and every Friday I’m sharing a favorite recipe that’s sweet. Sometimes chocolaty. Sometimes not. But always sure to satisify even the sweetest sweet tooth.

I should know, my sweet tooth has been in overdrive my entire life.

It’s the middle of winter, which means I’m dressed in layers. At least three. Plus there’s a blanket wrapped around my waist like a skirt and a heater at my feet on full blast. Not to mention the super soft and warm socks covered by booty slippers. And I’m still shivering.

So when I stumbled on this amazing sounding recipe by the ever-delicious Rachel from A Southern Fairytale I knew that I had to try it. Hot. Chocolate. Anything that combines two of my favorite things can’t be wrong.

Penzys Spice Cocoa

Of course on the day I was determined to make this lovely concoction, I didn’t have the exact ingredients on hand. It was also 2 degrees outside {yes, that was the high for the day, it started out at -15 degrees} so there was no way that I was leaving the warmth of my stove to get the extra ingredients. I mean really.

So I made do with what I had, hoping for the best. And I have to say, it turned out wonderfully. Perfectly even. It’s so good that I just may boycott all of my favorite coffee spots in favor of this beverage. Okay, maybe not.

But it is perfect for those cold nights snuggled up on the couch with a loved one, afternoons building snowmen or sledding down snow-covered hills, or first thing in the morning when you need something ultra creamy and chocolaty to start your day {and who doesn’t}.

Homemade Hot Chooclate

While it may not be the exact beauty that is Rachel’s original hot chocolate recipe, I do have to say that it’s pretty darn good. Especially with the touch of sea salt, which intensifies the flavors. Mmmmmmm, can you taste it?

P.S. Starting next week I’ll be including a linky. So get your sweet-inspired recipes ready {cookies, breads, muffins, bars, beverages, as long as it’s sweet, it counts} and come back next week Friday to link up.

Sea Salt Hot Chocolate

Homemade hot chocolate mix with a touch of sea salt.


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 cups non-fat dry milk
  • 1-1/2 cups cocoa, the darker the better {I used Penzy's Natural High Fat Cocoa Powder, a rich dark cocoa}
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt


  1. In a large bowl mix all ingredients together. Working in batches pulse in a blender or food processor until finely ground.
  2. Warm 1 cup of milk {microwave on high for 90 seconds}. Stir in 1/3 cup of the hot chocolate mix. Top with marshmallows, whipped cream, sprinkles and a dusting of cocoa powder.
  3. Snuggle up on the couch, sip and relax in the body-warming, soul-calming creaminess.


Substitute 3/4 cup toffee bits for the 3/4 cup white chocolate chips.

Add a dash of cinnamon and a pinch of cayenne pepper for a spicy sweet drink.


This post is proudly linked up to Mouthwatering Mondays, Tuesdays and the Table, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, Tasty Tuesday, It’s a Blog Party, My Sweet and Savory, What’s Cooking Wednesday, Works for Me Wednesday, Foodie Friday, Grocery Cart Challenge, Friday Firsts, Food on Fridays, Sweets for a Saturday.

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1 Megan (Best of Fates) January 28, 2011 at 10:41 am

I LOVE salt and chocolate. LOVE LOVE LOVE. And now I’m dying that I’m at work so can’t run to the store and make this.

Why do you taunt me so?

2 Lydia January 29, 2011 at 4:26 am

Yumm I really want to try this now. I never thought to add salt to chocolate, but I could see how tha would intensify the flavor. I;m really glad I found this!

3 Lisa January 30, 2011 at 12:00 am

Oh my gosh, I have got to try adding salt to my cocoa next time. This sounds absolutely fabulous. I hope you’ll come by and link this up for Sweets for a Saturday #2.

4 Francesca January 31, 2011 at 8:37 am

I love sea salt! I’ll have to try this! Have you ever put sea salt on brownies! I am totally addicted to that.

5 Valerie January 31, 2011 at 8:47 am

Mmm… I love sea salt! i just made some double chocolate cookies last night, with Penzey’s Dutch Cocoa. So good! I’m a new follower from the Sweet as Sugar blog hop and would love it you followed back!

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7 Maggie @ Vittles and Bits January 31, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Oh YUM! I could really go for some of this right now… it sounds sooo good!

8 Rachel January 31, 2011 at 5:12 pm


I love that you tweaked it πŸ˜‰ I’m completely incapable of tweaking recipes πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰
Sea Salt is a delicious addition!

9 KB and Whitesnake January 31, 2011 at 11:56 pm

This looks delish. Thanks for sharing. We have a recipe up too.

10 Melinda February 1, 2011 at 7:23 am

Oh. my. This is just the recipe I needed for our Groundhog’s Day blizzard! Yum!

11 Dinner at Christina's February 1, 2011 at 2:42 pm

I’ve been seeing a lot of posts lately about sea salt and chocolate! I’ve never tried this combination, but I think I’m going to have to!

12 Anna June 8, 2011 at 5:03 am

very powerful blog, i will spread this good news to others!!! thankz

13 Daviv June 8, 2011 at 5:38 am

I never thought sea Salt can go so well with chocolate. However, it sounds like a great combination, so I will try this tonight see what my kids think about it…

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