Hot Caramel Milk: A Tasty Alternative to Caramel Milk Tea & Latte

This hot caramel milk is the perfect caffeine-free alternative to a caramel milk tea or caramel latte. Indulge in the creamy and comforting taste of caramel in every sip. Enjoy the ultimate comfort in a cup with this hot caramel milk recipe. Try it now and satisfy your caramel cravings!

Hot Carmel Milk

Apparently today is national coffee day. For all of the caramel lovers out there, caramel lattes are great but. . .what do you do if you don’t drink coffee?! There’s caramel milk tea, but what if you want something non-caffeinated? I like herbal teas, but they aren’t SWEET! Someday I’m going to tell you about my OBSESSION with mugicha aka roasted barley tea, but that’s kind of an acquired taste, and the average non-Japanese/Asian person would probably say it tastes like cigarette butts.

Moving on! I want to tell you about this hot caramel milk. Last week I was kicking the sheets off at night because it was so HOT! Last night I put my fluffy bathrobe on in the middle of the night because I was freezing! What’s up, weather? Anyways, this week has had some chilly mornings, and when the mornings are cold, you want to drink something warm, obvs.

If morning coffee is your thing because, caffeine, then I’m going to let you in on something. Hot milk before bed. It’s not just for little kids. There’s sugar in this, but, I mean, I ate cheesecake right before bed last night, and this is a 100x better idea than that. Just to let you know, I brought the cheesecake to my room to share with my husband but he said he had already brushed his teeth… traitor.

Back to this hot caramel milk. It’s sweet but not overly so, and you can adjust the sweetness to you liking by… adding more milk! Or less, if you’re going for more of a dessert drink. You caramelize the sugar to a deep amber for a deep caramel flavor, or just a little if you don’t like that burnt sugar taste (you’re crazy if you don’t, sorry). The flavor shines through the milk perfectly. Milk makes such a good base for drinks, don’t you agree? There’s also butter in it, which you might think is weird, but it adds a smooth richness to it that is just great. You can skip it if you really must.

I also want to mention that this is great COLD as well.

It’s really easy to make and comes together in just a few minutes. Plus you have all of the ingredients.  If you want another sweet Japanese desert with a Hawaiian twist, try my butter mochi

p.s. aren’t these cups so cute? My friend in Japan gave them to me as a wedding gift. I can’t wait until my kids are old enough that I can let them use it. My oldest already loves them, but I can only let her drink from it if I’m watching her like a hawk O_O.


For all of the caramel lovers out there, try my other caramel recipes including Caramel Apple Cupcakes with Caramel Whipped Cream Frosting and Caramelized White Chocolate Blondies!

7 thoughts on “Hot Caramel Milk: A Tasty Alternative to Caramel Milk Tea & Latte”

  1. 5 stars
    I first had this at restaurant never having heard of it before. I loved it and tried this recipe and fount the flavour to be much the same. It’s rich and sweet and perfect for a little something different. The best comfort drink.

  2. 5 stars
    This was honestly so good! I’m a big fan of caramel candy so I love this. I bet it would also be good in a latte or mixed with hot chocolate.

  3. 4 stars
    It’s good, my only comment would be that you could do much less butter, or omit it completely. It leaves a film on top of the milk once it’s just sitting in a cup or mug(and this might be just something that bothers me as someone that never really uses butter much. I know Americans love butter). Other than that, it’s rather delicious.

  4. 5 stars
    This is perfect! I wanted a hot caramel because I am allergic to chocolate and this recipe hit the jackpot. My only comment would be I wish there were pictures because didn’t know what I was doing with the caramel. You really do need to keep going until it caramelizes. It looks like it is boiling or separating but is just heating up. This is so yummy, perfect for a late night.

4.80 from 5 votes

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