¼cupsugar(use less if you like a less sweet beverage)
1cupsalted caramel ice cream(½ pint)
Garnishes: whipped creammarshmallows, caramel sauce, pinch of sea salt
Place milk, cocoa powder and sugar in a microwave safe measuring cup and heat for about 60 seconds, stirring after 30 seconds. Make sure all the sugar has dissolved.
Whisk in softened ice cream and blend well. You can reheat it in the microwave for 30 seconds if the temperature has cooled down too much.
Pour into mug and top with whipped cream, a few marshmallows and a drizzle of caramel sauce.
This creamy hot chocolate can be enjoyed all different ways. Serve it with your favorite ingredients or set up a DIY Hot Chocolate Bar and let everyone add the flavors they want, from ice cream to liquor, to toppings.
Change up the flavor of ice cream. Try Peanut Butter Chip, Butter Pecan (or Bourbon Praline Pecan - yum), Mint Chocolate Chip, Coffee or even Rocky Road.
Add a bit of a kick, about 2 ounces, of your favorite liquor such as Kahlua, whiskey, bourbon, brandy, peppermint schnapps, marshmallow, mint or vanilla vodka, tequila, Drambuie or even red wine.
Touch it up with some spices. Cinnamon is always a favorite, ginger, nutmeg, cardamom and even cayenne.
Replace about ¼ cup of the milk with a flavored coffee cream such as French Vanilla or a seasonal flavor like eggnog, pumpkin or peppermint.