So I don’t know about you, but caramel hot chocolate is totally my vice at this time of year. Nothing makes me warmer than this creamy sweet drink.
Problem is, what you get from the coffee shop is always loaded with calories. They use full fat milk and cream, sugary thick syrups and richly naughty cocoa. This is fine every once in a while, but for hot choccy addicts like me, I indulge quite a lot! So, to feel a little less guilty about the whole thing, I’ve started making this healthier (and infinitely cheaper) version at home.
Before I share my method, I first want to sing my praises about Sweetbird. A colleague in my last job introduced me to this sugar free syrup (yes, you heard me…SUGAR FREE!). It’s only 3 calories per 100ml, and I just had to buy a bottle for myself from Amazon. They do full fat syrups too in lots of different flavours, so I highly recommend having a look at their site.
Anyway…on with the ‘recipe’!
– Options Belgian Choc Instant Hot Chocolate (or any other low calorie one!)
– Sweetbird Sugar Free Caramel Flavoured Syrup
– Semi Skimmed Milk (you can use skimmed to be even healthier, but I find it makes a hot chocolate taste odd)
– Anchor Light Squirty Cream (optional!)
First of all, add the recommended amount of hot chocolate powder to your mug. Then add enough milk to cover the powder and give it a really good stir. This stops your drink from getting lumpy, and also makes it creamier!
Give that a stir before adding the remainder of the milk (leave a 1-2cm space for your whipped cream if you like).
Have you tried any sugar free syrups before? Any other recommendations of flavours to give a go?