Salted Vanilla Hot Chocolate Recipe

Lindsay Landis | Love & Olive Oil

Salted Vanilla Hot Chocolate would be perfect to drink with your Valentine. Sweet, salty, and perfectly amazing.

The contributor was compensated by Nielsen-Massey Vanillas for her time in developing this recipe and post. All opinions are her own.

There’s something to be said for the classic powdered hot chocolate mix. You know what I’m talking about: those little pouches of cocoa with itty bitty little marshmallows mixed right in.

French-style hot chocolate is amazing, thick and rich like a melted candy bar, but sometimes you want something a bit more drinkable, more like the instant hot chocolate you grew up with.

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At the same time, you are a grown up now (at least that’s what people tell you), and your adult taste buds crave more complexity and refinement, not to mention less artificial sweeteners and mystery preservatives.

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This recipe is a sophisticated upgrade to that childhood staple, with a pinch of sea salt and a generous scoop of Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Powder. You might think of chocolate and vanilla as polar opposites, but in fact, they are really quite complimentary.

And the sea salt? Well, just like salt amplifies the flavor of savory dishes, it does the same thing here: clarifying and intensifying the distinct flavors of chocolate and vanilla as they come together in perfect harmony.

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Note you can also substitute one tablespoon vanilla extract in place of the powder, though you will get a slightly alcoholic aftertaste. The vanilla powder doesn’t impart any sort of harsh alcoholic flavor to the cocoa, which is why it is so perfect here.

Another benefit of the vanilla powder is that this recipe could easily be made into a hot chocolate mix: cleverly packaged in a glass jar, it’d make a great homemade gift.

Just add warm milk.

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When it comes to cocoa powders, we taste-tested a few different types, and preferred the flavor of a high quality Dutch processed cocoa powder. Since the cocoa is the source of 90% of the flavor, it’s worth the effort and cost to track down and buy the good stuff. Trust me.

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Salted Vanilla Hot Chocolate Recipe

    3 Servings


  • 2 cups Whole Milk
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder, Sifted, good quality
  • 3 tablespoons Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Fine Sea Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Powder
  • Marshmallows, Or fresh whipped cream, optional, for serving


  1. Heat milk in a saucepan over medium heat until it just begins to bubble around the edges (do not let it fully boil or it will form a skin).
  2. Meanwhile, whisk together cocoa powder, sugar, sea salt, and vanilla powder.
  3. Pour about 1/2 cup of warm milk into cocoa powder mixture and whisk until smooth and no stray lumps of cocoa powder remain. Whisk in remaining milk until smooth. Pour into mugs and serve warm, topped with marshmallows or freshly whipped cream (if desired).


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Author: Lindsay Landis
Recipe Yields: 3 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 3

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 59
Calories 187

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g
  Saturated Fat 3g
Sodium 70mg
Total Carbohydrate 22g
  Dietary Fiber 3g
  Sugars 8g
Protein 7g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Lindsay Landis

About Lindsay

With a blog name like Love & Olive Oil, it's pretty obvious why Lindsay is our Olive Oil fanatic. Sweet and savory, this is where you'll find all of Lindsay's favorite olive oil recipes.

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