Our Christmas Eve Tradition – Salted Caramel Cocoa

Homemade Salted Caramel Cocoa on Christmas Eve
For the past several years, this right here has been our Christmas Eve tradition.

After the family celebratin’ is all celebrated out and we’re back at home, warm in our PJ’s and cuddling with our sweet puppies, we whip up a batch of some kind of hot liquefied chocolate.

Not all traditions work for me – but this one?  This is a good one.

Homemade Salted Caramel Cocoa on Christmas Eve

Bet you want to know how to make some of your own, right?  Well, that’s what I’m here for!

Salted Caramel Cocoa

What You’ll Need:

For the ganache:

  • 6oz chocolate (we used semi-sweet baker’s chocolate)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1.5 TBS of flavored liqeuor, if you’re feeling sassy

Per mug:

  • 6oz of milk, heated
  • Dash of sea salt
  • Whipped cream
  • Caramel sauce, heated

Homemade Salted Caramel Cocoa on Christmas Eve

What You’ll Do:

Carefully melt chocolate into the cream (and liqeuor, if desired).  Add 4 tablespoons of ganache to  6oz of heated milk.  Use an immersion blender (one o’ those ‘magic stick’ things) to blend it all together nicely.  Coat the inside of a mug with caramel sauce and add the hot chocolate. Sprinkle with a small pinch of sea salt.  Add whipped cream and drizzle a bit more caramel sauce on top if desired.  Top with a final small dash of salt, and enjoy!

Homemade Salted Caramel Cocoa on Christmas Eve
You can also pretend you’re a kid again and just slop everything on. It tastes the same anyway, right?

Once we had our warm mugs full of chocolate-y goodness, we bee-lined it to the couch for the second half of our Christmas Eve Tradition:

A Christmas Story Tapestry of Obscenities Quote

Oh yeah.

I don’t know what it is about that movie.. I just love it to pieces!  That quote up there is one of my favorites.  There are some gems in there if you pay close attention to Ralphie’s narration.  Classic!

What are some of your Christmas Eve traditions?  Tell me about them in the comments below!

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Comments

  1. Well…as you may know…
    Our Christmas Eve tradition consists of watching ‘Love Actually’ and a dinner of some sort. This year it was Julia’s Lobster Thermidor! 

  2. That cocoa sounds delightful. Pretty pictures! I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog till Monday night and I’d love it if you’d come by and link your cocoa up. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/12/sweets-for-saturday-50.html

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