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Homemade Caramel Milk 

Caramel Milk is the perfect decadent drink for those with a sweet tooth. It is silky smooth, delicious and enjoyable hot or cold. This two ingredient, 5 minute caffeine free drink is a treat for all ages!

Two cups of Caramel Milk on a coaster surrounded by Caramel candies, caramel syrup, and leaves

It’s the time of year when a nice hot, cozy drink always sounds like a good idea. But what do you make when hot cocoa  just doesn’t sound appealing and you’re trying to avoid the caffeine in coffee or tea?

May I present to you: Caramel Milk. This recipe is incredibly easy and the result is a delicious treat that will warm you from the inside out. 

Sweet, creamy caramel sauce melts perfectly into warm milk and the simple ingredients create a treat anyone can enjoy. The best part is you can enjoy it hot or cold!

If you’re looking for a new warm sweet treat to try out this holiday season, add this one to your list and I’m sure you will not regret it.

Why Make This Recipe

a cup of caramel milk topped with whipped cream and cinnamon sitting on a coaster
  1. Caffeine Free: Most sweet drinks sold in coffee shops are packed with caffeine. This treat is a great choice for a cozy night in when you want to snuggle up but not be kept up.
  2. Easy Recipe: At its heart this recipe just calls for two main ingredients, caramel and milk. The rest just adds to the fun.
  3. Delicious Flavor: For anyone who doesn’t like chocolate or coffee, this drink is the way to go. It has all the flavor of caramel and all the comfort of winter time.

What Do You Need To Make This Recipe?

Ingredients 

Labeled ingredient sot of caramel milk
  1. Milk: I recommend 2% or whole milk but you can use creamy oat milk or whatever else you have on hand.
  2. Caramel Syrup: You can make your own homemade caramel sauce by slowly cooking sugar over medium heat and adding heavy cream. For an easier option (what I’ve done here), you can simply purchase pre-made caramel syrup from your grocery store. This recipe calls for ¾ cups of caramel which ends up with a strong caramel taste, but is also rather sweet. If you want a more subtle caramel taste and not as sweet of a drink, use ½ cup of caramel. 
  3. Salt: Just a pinch of salt brings out the flavor of the caramel. A little extra salt will make it taste like salted caramel, which is another delicious option.
  4. Whipped Cream: Optional, for topping
  5. Cinnamon: Optional, for topping 

Tools

  1. Small Saucepan
  2. Whisk: Use a rubber whisk if your saucepan is non-stick! A metal whisk will ruin the nonstick finish. 

How to Make This Recipe

Step One: Heat Your Ingredients

a small pot on a hot plate with caramel milk in it and a rubber spatula

In a medium pot, add the milk, caramel, and salt over the stove on medium-high heat. 

Step Two: Stir

Heat, stirring constantly, until the ingredients combine and the milk begins to steam. 

Step Three: Enjoy!

overhead shot to show the toppings of caramel milk. the glass is topped with whipped cream and sprinkled with cinnamon

Pour ½ of the Caramel Milk into each mug. Allow this indulgent treat to cool slightly, top with whipped cream, a sprinkle of sea salt and cinnamon if desired and enjoy!

Expert Tips

  • You can also serve this cold if desired. In that case, simply mix the salt and caramel syrup into your cold milk and serve! 
  • Feel free to adjust the amount of salt or caramel to your preference.
  • If you would like some caffeine, try adding Caramel Milk to your black tea for Caramel Milk Tea.

How to Make a Single Serving 

Use 1 ½ cups of milk with 6 Tbsp of caramel and a pinch of salt. 

How to Make Homemade Caramel Sauce

Hand holding a clear mug of caramel milk

Making homemade caramel sauce is easier than you think and there are many caramel recipes that require no special equipment.

Sugar melts into a beautiful amber color and when hot milk is added it becomes a delicious caramel sauce you can drizzle over ice cream, add to caramel lattes or melt into this recipe. Give it a try!

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Caramel Milk

Caramel Milk is the perfect decadent drink for those with a sweet tooth. It is silky smooth, delicious and enjoyable hot or cold. This two ingredient, 5 minute caffeine free drink is a treat for all ages!
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Course: Drinks
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 2

Equipment

  • Small Saucepan
  • Whisk

Ingredients

  • 3 cups milk, 2% or whole milk
  • ¾ cup caramel syrup, ¾ cup of caramel ends up with a strong caramel taste but is also rather sweet. If you want a more subtle caramel taste and not as sweet of a drink, use ½ cup caramel
  • ¼ tsp salt, use ½ tsp salt for a salted caramel drink
  • Whipped Cream, for topping (optional)
  • Cinnamon, for topping (optional)

Instructions

  • In a medium pot, add the milk, caramel, and salt over the stove on medium-high heat.
  • Heat, stirring constantly, until the ingredients combine and the milk begins to steam.
  • Pour ½ of the caramel milk into each mug. Allow it to cool slightly, top with whipped cream and cinnamon if desired and enjoy!

Notes

Recipe copyright The Domestic Spoon. For educational or personal use only. 
  1. Milk: I recommend 2% or whole milk but you can use creamy oat milk or whatever else you have on hand.
  2. Caramel Syrup: You can make your own homemade caramel sauce by slowly cooking sugar over medium heat and adding heavy cream. For an easier option (what I’ve done here), you can simply purchase pre-made caramel syrup from your grocery store. This recipe calls for ¾ cups of caramel which ends up with a strong caramel taste, but is also rather sweet. If you want a more subtle caramel taste and not as sweet of a drink, use ½ cup of caramel. 
  3. Salt: Just a pinch of salt brings out the flavor of the caramel. A little extra salt will make it taste like salted caramel, which is another delicious option
  4. You can also serve this cold if desired. In that case, simply mix the salt and caramel syrup into your cold milk and serve! 
  5. Feel free to adjust the amount of salt or caramel to your preference.
  6. If you would like some caffeine, try adding Caramel Milk to your black tea for Caramel Milk Tea. How to Make a Single Serving 
    Use 1 ½ cups of milk with 6 Tbsp of caramel and a pinch of salt.
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