This began as experimental chocolate syrup made on one summer Sunday afternoon, but happened to turn out to be a perfectly decadent way to artfully create chocolate milk.
The caramelizing the cream and honey brings rich, toffee like flavors to the classic, chocolatey beverage that reminds us of childhood. It takes a bit more time and patience to make this than simply buying pre-made chocolate milk or a syrup from the store, but I promise you, it's worth it! I make it at least once a week for my handsome man. I pack it in his lunch, or make it for him as a little, after dinner treat. It brings a smile to his face that is quite contagious, which is why I keep making it. It's a win-win. I know a little mushy, but I couldn't help it. I love him to death, you guys.
Not only is it richer than store bought chocolate milks, it's cleaner and healthier than most with honey and whole milk so you can enjoy with more of a peace of mind.
With the hint of salt combined with the dark cocoa and the caramelized honey and cream, it is quite the luscious drink.
This recipe could easily recreated to be allergy friendly as well! Simply replace the milk with your favorite non-dairy milk (almond, coconut, cashew, soy, oat, etc.) and the cream with canned coconut milk or a non-dairy creamer.
// salted honey dulce de leche chocolate milk //
1/4 cup of heavy cream
2 tablespoons of honey
2 cups of whole milk
2 tablespoons of 100% natural cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon of sea salt
In a small saucepan on medium low heat, pour the cream, honey and sea salt. While whisking consistently, bring the liquid to a light simmer. Simmer for about 3-5 minutes or until the cream and honey begin to slightly thicken, making sure not to burn (this is the dulce de leche!). Turn the heat on low, stir in the cocoa powder, whisking out any clumps. Then add 1/4 cup of the milk and vanilla into the pan and whisk until smooth, keeping on the heat to thicken for 1 minute. Once a bit glossy and a little more thick, pour and stir well into your favorite cup, glass or mason jar with the remaining amount of milk (1 3/4 cups). Place into the refrigerator until fully chilled, about 30-40 minutes. Once refreshingly cold and decadent, enjoy every last smooth and rich sip!