Hot Chocolate with Caramel and Cinnamon

Pierre Herme's Caramel-Cinnamon Hot Chocolate Two

Pierre Hermé’s hot chocolate recipe calls for milk sweetened with cinnamon-infused caramel. A mug of spiced hot chocolate in the dead of winter sounds tough to resist, doesn’t it? I usually skip drinks unless there’s caffeine or booze involved, but this definitely counts as an exception.

Which is not to say that this hot chocolate drink can’t be spiked with alcohol. Monsieur Pierre recommends a splash of rum or orange liqueur such as Grand Marnier, so I think I’ll pass on the eggnog and go for something like this instead.

recipe adapted from Pierre Herme’s Chocolate Desserts

Pierre Herme’s Caramel Cinnamon Hot Chocolate

makes 2 servings

Pierre Herme's Caramel-Cinnamon Hot Chocolate Milk
Milk sweetened with cinnamon-infused caramel – reminds me of dulce de leche


2 1/4 cups whole milk (540 ml)
1/4 cup water (60 ml)
1/3 cup granulated sugar (67 grams)
1 cinnamon stick
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted (113 grams)



  1. Heat the milk and water just to a boil in a saucepan. Turn off the heat.
  2. In a separate saucepan, heat the sugar with the cinnamon over medium heat. Leave the sugar undisturbed until it begins to caramelize and take on color around the edges. Gently swirl the syrup around the pan at this point until the sugar is completely melted. Continue heating the caramel until dark amber.
  3. Watch out for sputtering hot syrup and steam in the following step. Pour the milk over the caramel and cinnamon (the milk might foam up as it boils). Stir until the caramel is completely dissolved.
  4. Remove from the heat and whisk in the melted chocolate. Discard the cinnamon stick.
  5. Using an immersion or regular blender, whip the hot chocolate for about 1 minute.
  6. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container and refrigerate. Caramel cinnamon hot chocolate can be made up to 2 days ahead.

Pierre Herme's Caramel-Cinnamon Hot Chocolate
Maligayang Pasko!

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31 Responses to “Hot Chocolate with Caramel and Cinnamon”

  1. Elizabeth - Cake or Death? says:

    I am loving the dulce de leche-themed recipes lately! This sounds like the perfect drink for a chilly Christmas night.

  2. joelen says:

    This sounds delicious and reminds me of Mexican Hot Chocolate. I love that the cinnamon sticks serve dual purpose as it imparts flavor and as a stirring stick! Here’s wishing you a Maligayang Pasko Jude from our family to yours :)

  3. Lien says:

    Mmmm, this would go perfect with snow (wish we had any)…
    Made your dulce de leche ice cream yesterday…. it was great. That is tonights dessert together with some banana gelato. Happy holidays!!!

  4. Manggy says:

    Hmm, two cups, huh? ;) Maligayang Pasko indeed! :D

  5. pixen says:

    super duper yummylicious! It’s so windy over here now… give me Chocolat Chaude anytime!

    “Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année 2009″

  6. Megan says:

    This sounds delicious! What a yummy treat to enjoy on a cool winter morning. Thanks for sharing!

  7. jillian says:

    Oooh this sounds so good! A perfect dessert in a cup!

  8. lalaine says:

    Your post called memories of my childhood Noche Buenas in the Philippines…my grandma used to make hot chocolate with peanut butter whipped in. I tried finding the wooden “batidor” she used then but I couldn’t find any even when I checked a dozen wet markets in our city. I guess electric beater na! Maligayang Pasko Jude!

  9. Vera says:

    This looks rich and delicious!

    Merry Christmas, Jude! And the Happiest Holidays!

  10. Maria says:

    Hi! I love your website. I couldn’t have too much of your featured recipes because I’m diabetic, but I like your ideas anyway. I’m having a bit of an adventure of my own trying to make a lot of recipes diabetes friendly.

    Anyway, I’d like you to know that I put you on my blogroll :)


  11. Aparna says:

    Who can resist hot chocolate?

    Best wishes for a festive season and a Happy New Year.

  12. noobcook says:

    I love the idea of the cinnamon stick in the hot chocolate which looks so thick and rich! Season’s greetings and a delicious new year! =)

  13. snookydoodle says:

    this looks interesting ! sound yummy too:) i love cinnamon :) Ha i just posted about cupcakes with dulche de leche, cinnamon and chocolate this goes well with them :)

  14. maris says:

    Sounds like a great combo! Hot chocolate is one of my favorite winter treats!

  15. Caroline says:

    That looks really yummy! And cinnamon sticks as stirrers – how Martha Stewart of you. Hope you had a Maligayang Pasko.

  16. grace says:

    “I usually skip drinks unless there’s caffeine or booze involved…”

    so true, so true. :)
    great beverage, and happy holidays!

  17. kat says:

    Oh, that sounds absolutely wonderful

  18. oggi says:

    I’m making this tomorrow for breakfast. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Enjoy the rest of the holidays.:)

  19. Alison says:

    I’ve been thinking about making this for the past few days, but finally got around to it just now. Wow! Incredibly rich and a perfect cup of real hot chocolate. Just what I’ve been wanting! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  20. Sweatha says:

    Perfect Winter Drink.Irresistible

  21. rainbowbrown says:

    Oh my yes. I take bourbon in my hot chocolate. I like making it with cocoa powder, but am looking forward to trying this method. Hip hoorah for winter.

  22. RebeccaC says:

    I’ve been on a marshmallow making kick and this looks like just the thing to drop them into. Thanks!

  23. Lynne says:

    I’ll definitely try this recipe! My favorite flavors!

  24. Elizabeth says:

    I usually like hot chocolate to be unsweetened but this sounds awfully good. It had never occurred to me before but like the idea of adding rum too….

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    sooo fake ;-)

  28. Chloe says:

    In a word, “YUM”!! ;)

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