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Caramel Corn Hot Chocolate

A caramel corn infused hot beverage:  Caramel Corn Hot Chocolate.

For my Caramel Corn Hot Chocolate, I used Pacific Natural Foods Almond Milk.

And some of my best-ever homemade caramel corn.

Here’s how you make it:

You’ll need a cup of the almond milk.

Pour it into a small saucepan.

Heat it up…

…until it is nice and toasty hot.

Add caramel corn to the hot almond milk.  Yep, you heard that right.  You’ve gotta trust me on this one.

Stir it up.

Put a lid on top.

After the caramel corn sits in the almond milk for a few minutes, it will have infused all of its wonderful flavor into the almond milk.  But you don’t want the popcorn in there any more.

So get rid of it by pouring through a fine sieve (or strainer, for you folks who aren’t into sieve-terminology).  Then you can dump that popcorn gook out.

Chop up some white chocolate.

Add it to the caramel corn- infused almond milk.

Stir it up until the white chocolate is melted and your drink is nice and smooth.

Pour it into a mug.

I like these clear kinda mugs so you can see what exactly is going on in there.

Top with whipped cream.

DRIZZLE real-live caramel syrup on top of the whipped cream.  I just used sundae syrup that was hidden in the back of my refrigerator.  It was hidden for reasons that might be obvious to anyone who reads my weight loss woes.  Oh well, it’s just a drizzle for goodness sake.

You can drink it at this point.  You’ll be tempted to.  It’s like drinking caramel corn in a… um… drink.

Hey, here’s the best part!  Top it with some more caramel corn!  Drink and munch.  It’s hot and warm and comforting and sweet.  And it’s perfect and interesting enough to serve during the holidays as a special treat.

Yield: 1 drink

Prep Time: 25 min

Cook Time: 3 min

Caramel Corn Hot Chocolate

Caramel Corn infused milk is paired with white chocolate in this hot and festive drink recipe...


1 cup unsweetened almond milk (see *Tips below)
1/2 cup caramel corn, homemade or store-bought
1 to 2 tablespoons finely chopped white chocolate (or chips)
whipped cream
caramel sauce
additional caramel corn


1. Heat the milk in a small saucepan until it is hot and beginning to bubble. Remove the pan from heat, add the caramel corn to the milk, stir and place a lid on the top of the pan. Let the milk absorb the flavors of the caramel corn for about 15 minutes. Pour the infused milk into a glass measuring cup or small bowl through a fine sieve that will catch all of the solids. Discard the solids.

2. If the milk is not hot to touch- go ahead and microwave it for 20 to 30 seconds to warm it up again. Stir in 1 tablespoon of white chocolate. Give it a taste to see if it has the sweetness you prefer. If not, stir in a little more of the white chocolate. Stir until the chocolate is melted and the drink is smooth.

3. Pour the caramel corn hot chocolate into a mug. Top with whipped cream, a drizzle of caramel, and a few nibbles of caramel corn. Serve with caramel corn, of course.


*You can use any sort of milk or non-dairy milk substitute for this recipe. The almond milk works nicely because it tends to be creamier than regular milk.


Disclosure:  I have been provided with compensation and products for my task in creating an original recipe and participation as a judge in the Pacific Natural Foods EveryDay Chef Challenge. 

17 Responses to “Caramel Corn Hot Chocolate”

  1. postedOct 19, 2011 3:20 AM

    Omg you outdid yourself!!!

    “You’ve gotta trust me on this one.” <– I totally do. Thanks for the step by step in this post. Very helpful.

    And caramel corn is one of my fave things ever. Told you that in your last post where I was drooling over that caramel corn…and now this. WOW!!

    Good luck on your entry!

    • October 19th, 2011 @ 6:47 PM

      Hi Averie, I’m actually a judge for the contest, not entering. But I’d love it if you sent in a recipe!

  2. postedOct 19, 2011 3:28 AM

    This sounds dreamy. As if you came up with this! Yummmmm!

  3. postedOct 19, 2011 5:04 AM

    Genius! Sounds amazing!

  4. postedOct 19, 2011 8:04 AM
    Bianca @ South Bay Rants n Raves

    Brilliant! You’ve been stumbled!

  5. postedOct 19, 2011 9:42 AM
    kayla @ La Cucina Del Bargello

    This looks delish! I’d love to make it a little concentrated then foam it up with a frother and add it to my morning coffee for a bit of indulgence.

    • October 19th, 2011 @ 6:47 PM

      That sounds perfect!

  6. postedOct 19, 2011 10:42 AM

    This is a delicious looking and genius drink, how fun! Thanks for the info on the contest:-)

  7. postedOct 19, 2011 12:54 PM
    Dana B

    Congrats on being a judge this time!! This looks delicious. btw, I can totally empathize with weight loss woes. good luck with that; you look great tho!

  8. postedOct 19, 2011 2:05 PM
    Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids

    Oh, my! It is like dessert in liquid form, and that is simply perfect. I cannot wait to try it.

  9. postedOct 20, 2011 3:59 AM

    Holy cow! I’m heading out the door for work and now all I want to do is sit on the couch and sip some of this :) Looks incredible!

    I was just reading about that contest yesterday – it looks like a great one, I’m excited to check out some of their products and see if I can think of something good to make!

  10. postedOct 20, 2011 9:33 AM

    Does using almond milk make it healthier? Can you tell me yes so I can drink one every day? Thanks!

    • October 20th, 2011 @ 11:59 AM

      I believe it is healthier, yes. And you can get the low fat kind too, which has fewer calories than dairy milk!

  11. postedOct 20, 2011 9:50 AM

    This sounds heavenly! I have to try it this winter! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  12. postedSep 14, 2012 5:26 AM

    Love this recipe! Will be linking back to this in my upcoming post :)

  13. postedOct 16, 2015 6:25 AM

    Oh, wow! This looks and sounds absolutely wonderful and I am so excited to see almond milk being used in this recipe! Can’t wait to try recreating it!

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