Home for the Holidays: Dairy-Free Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate with GlutenTox Kits & More

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. See all the winners here. What do you do if you’ve worked on a recipe for a while and still haven’t gotten it the way you want it and then another person comes up with the perfect solution and recipe? Do you keep plugging away at creating your very own recipe because it just has to be yours, you want to claim ownership, you want the glory, etc.? Or do you bow gracefully to the other person, say “thank you!” and enjoy the wonderful recipe that you couldn’t quite get right no your own. I definitely do the latter.

What on earth am I talking about? Well, let’s backtrack a moment. Remember when I posted about Zoe (Z’s Cup of Tea) and her Cranberry White Chocolate Chunk Cookies that were inspired by Starbuck’s Cranberry Bliss Bars. Well, it was Zoe—Starbucks’ aficionado that she is—who introduced me to Starbuck’s Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate. I had never even heard of it, but the moment she mentioned it, I had to have it. Never mind that I was really trying to avoid dairy (then and now). You know those chocolate-covered caramels with the sprinkle of sea salt. LOVE. So last winter, after I had my very first Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate at Starbucks and that salty caramel flavoring made me so very happy, I made it a point to stop by Starbucks any time I was in the area. I may have even re-routed my trip a few times. All told, I only enjoyed it about four times, but I loved each and every time. And oh, how sad I was for winter season to end because it meant that Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate was off the menu. So to close out our Home for the Holidays … Gluten-Free Style event, I thought this would be a lovely recipe to share. Fix a mug and sit and admire your Christmas tree or sip on some while visiting with family during Hanukkah or share with your family while enjoying your favorite holiday celebration.

It sounds lovely, doesn’t it? Well, I have great news … even though I wasn’t able to create the perfect recipe, thanks to my dear friend, Kim (Cook IT Allergy Free), you can enjoy Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate. Serendipitously, just the other day for the Desserts week of A Gluten-Free Holiday event, she shared her recipe for Salted Caramel Apple Pie. (Maggie of She Let Them Eat Cake was hosting that week, but Amy of Simply Sugar & Gluten Free hosted the event; check out all the links here.) The Salted Caramel Sauce she created is just perfect for making Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate. When Kim mentioned on Facebook the other day that she had added some of the sauce to her Good Earth Sweet and Spicy Tea (another new love that she introduced me, too) for a lovely dessert tea, I went Ah-Ha!

You can find Kim’s recipe for her Salted Caramel Sauce here in her post on her Salted Caramel Apple Pie. (I’m sure you’ll want that recipe, too!) The only change I made when using Kim’s Salted Caramel Sauce was to increase the amount of sea salt from ¼ teaspoon to ½ teaspoon and I added a pinch to the top of my hot chocolate right before drinking, too. (Starbucks uses turbinado sugar and sea salt as their final topping so I may try a little bit of that mixture next time.) For my mug of hot chocolate, I used from 2 to 3 tablespoons of Kim’s salted caramel sauce added to my mixture of milk and cocoa powder. The amount depends upon personal tastes and the milk used. For example, vanilla almond milk overpowers the salted caramel sauce and more is needed, so I recommend using unsweetened almond milk, unsweetened rice milk, or even cow’s milk if you consume dairy. Use your typical amounts of milk and hot cocoa for making your hot chocolate, but leave out any sweetener as the salted caramel sauce will be your sweetener. I urge you to make Kim’s sauce—again you can find the recipe here in her post—so you can enjoy Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate from the comfort of your own home this holiday season!

Of course, I have some giveaways today. First, I have another copy of Dangerous Grains for one reader. As I’ve shared before, this book was the very first book that I read after being diagnosed with gluten intolerance (later through MyCeliac ID, I found out I was 16 times more likely to develop celiac disease). I couldn’t put this book down. I greatly respect and admire its primary author, Ron Hoggan, Ed.D. He was the guest speaker at my support group’s annual open house event a few years ago. His knowledge and willingness to share it with others amazed me and everyone present. Dangerous Grains covers a couple of hundred conditions and symptoms related to gluten issues, but it’s an easy read.

Next up, I have another copy of Dr. Stephen Wangen’s Healthier Without Wheat for another reader. Healthier Without Wheat addresses celiac disease, gluten intolerance/non-celiac gluten sensitivity, and wheat and gluten allergies. Dr. Wangen also addresses other food intolerances that often come into play when gluten is one’s enemy. Dr. Wangen is gluten free and dairy free himself. He’s a frequent and popular speaker at celiac and gluten intolerance conferences.

Finally, thanks to the folks from GlutenTox Home Detection Kits, I have two testing kits to give away. Heidi (Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom) did an outstanding job (as is always the case!) on discussing the science behind these testing kits and walking you through how to conduct testing here. She summarized and shared results from testing that both she and Wendy (Celiacs in the House) had conducted. Sometimes we suspect that we are getting “glutened” in our own homes. These testing kits are invaluable when it comes to determining the cause of such instances. Please remember that we still do not have a legal definition of “gluten-free” in the U.S. The push for gluten-free labeling—initiated by Jules Shepard and John Forberger in the First Gluten-Free Labeling Summit/Tallest Gluten-Free Cake/1in133.org event—continues, but right now we’re still in wait mode as the FDA evaluates comments submitted on their proposed “less than 20 ppm” standard.

While it would be grand to be able to believe that any product labeled “gluten free” truly was gluten free and would be safe for us to eat, the reality is far from that. Case in point, the Gluten-Free Watchdog program just released the findings of their independent testing on Food for Life Brown Rice Tortillas and Millet Bread. Neither tested gluten free. Let me repeat that, with even more emphasis. Neither tested gluten free. Founded by Tricia Thompson—long-time gluten-free advocate, registered dietitian, and nutritional consultant—Gluten-Free Watchdog does not just do one test, or simply test one batch/one lot. The organization does testing on multiple lots and more than one test, to be able to share accurate, comprehensive findings. You can read the release statement on the testing of Food for Life products by Gluten-Free Watchdog on its site here. Note that actual test readings are only available to Gluten-Free Watchdog subscribers (read more here), but what has been released to the public is that these products tested above 20 ppm, the level that is proposed as the “safe” level for gluten free. I personally don’t agree with less than 20 ppm as being safe (that level is unacceptable to me), so I was especially pleased when Emily Kauffman, the representative for GlutenTox, told me that “the test can detect as low as 3ppm, if you put 13 drops of extraction solution into the dilution vial.” She went on to say that most people find that too limiting. However, again, I was thrilled to know that I could test to 3 ppm with GlutenTox if I simply added more of the sample when doing my testing.

I’ve done some testing using the GlutenTox kit, but plan to do more. I shared my Turkey Tetrazzini recipe right before Thanksgiving. What I didn’t share at the time was that it made me sick; i.e., I got “glutened.” It’s a fabulous recipe that I’ve used many times before, but after just a few bites I was not feeling well at all. I was hosting Thanksgiving the next day and had to scratch several things off my “to do” list.  And Mr. GFE and Son had to step up to the plate and help out quite a bit to ensure that we had a successful Thanksgiving meal. For the Turkey Tetrazzini, I had used two products that were suspect. In hindsight. Obviously, using gluten-free ingredients is always my goal. The two that were suspect after the fact were a generic product from my local grocery and a gluten-free specialty item that was certified gluten free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization. The first—chicken stock—was labeled gluten free with no ingredients of concern on the label. I had used this product before without issue, but since I was certain that it was not certified and sure that the grocery chain had not tested it in any way; that was my suspect. So I used the GlutenTox test on it and checked it to the 3 ppm level. Note that each test kit allows you to test two items for gluten. The testing is very easy to do; instructions are clear.

The results of testing the store brand chicken stock? Negative. Because one of the vials arrived damaged, I had an extra test strip, so I applied the sample to that as well … somewhat of a double check, if you will. Again, the results were negative. So my initial suspect has been ruled out. That’s proof that the likely culprit is not always the true culprit, and guessing the source of gluten can be a very misleading exercise.

The kind folks at GlutenTox, who are sponsoring this giveaway and provided the first kit for my review, have sent me another complimentary test kit. However, I have not had time to use it on the other ingredient yet. The truth is I tend to have a deluded sense of time when it comes to what I can actually accomplish in a day that’s filled with holiday preparations! Plus, Mr. GFE and I did some last minute shopping and enjoyed a meal out today. What a treat that was! We have a local place where I can enjoy a gluten-free crab cake (no filler, safe cornmeal for some minimal breading, and oven baked versus deep fried) and salad with the house dressing, lemon tahini. This meal is a real treat and I decided to forego additional testing right now to enjoy that with Mr. GFE. But I will test the second ingredient and share the results soon.

This giveaway ends Sunday, December 25th, Christmas Day, at 4:00 pm EST. Winners for this giveaway, this week’s daily giveaways, and the final prizes—third prize, Caveman Cookies gift package ($89 value); second prize, Free From Gluten $150 shopping spree, and grand prize, a Vitamix—the 5200 Super Healthy Lifestyle package (that comes with a separate container for grains!)—will be announced later that evening. Can’t wait, as someone’s Christmas will be especially merry! Finally, Merry Christmas to all my dear readers who celebrate this holiday with me! And the happiest of holidays to all! I hope you get to spend some very special time with your family and friends.

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160 Responses to “Home for the Holidays: Dairy-Free Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate with GlutenTox Kits & More”

  1. Dana on December 23rd, 2011 11:17 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try salted caramel hot chocolate or latte. I think I will make some to serve tomorrow after we go look at Christmas lights.

  2. Dana on December 23rd, 2011 11:17 pm

    shared on facebook

  3. Rachel Williams on December 23rd, 2011 11:30 pm

    My friends have been raving about Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate as I sit and wish I could try some and now I can!

  4. Rachel Williams on December 23rd, 2011 11:32 pm
  5. Pamela Zeringue on December 23rd, 2011 11:36 pm

    Hi there! I’ve been following your blog and am grateful for everything that you share! Thank you for the wealth of knowledge!

  6. Paula on December 23rd, 2011 11:41 pm

    The salted caramel hot chocolate sounds great.

  7. Michelle @ Gluten Free Vegan Journey on December 23rd, 2011 11:44 pm

    I definitely will try this with unsweetened almond milk as you suggest! Also I want to thank you for the idea to have this series of wonderful bloggers with Home for the Holiday recipes, I have really enjoyed them all! And a chance at wonderful prizes, well that’s a real Christmas spirit! Thanks Shirley!

  8. Janell on December 23rd, 2011 11:46 pm

    Thank you (and all the bloggers) so much! This was such a Christmas treat! I am lovin all the new recipes that I’ve added to my “to try” list ;)

  9. Michelle @ Gluten Free Vegan Journey on December 23rd, 2011 11:47 pm
  10. Michelle @ Gluten Free Vegan Journey on December 23rd, 2011 11:48 pm
  11. Rachel Blom on December 23rd, 2011 11:49 pm

    Yum, Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate.
    Thanks for all the introductions to such great bloggers.

  12. Gretchen Corbin on December 23rd, 2011 11:54 pm

    this recipe sounds delicious – I cannot wait to try it out.

  13. Gretchen Corbin on December 23rd, 2011 11:55 pm

    I have tweeted this recipe too!

  14. Sarah P on December 23rd, 2011 11:56 pm

    I have really enjoyed this series – thanks for the fun ideas!

  15. Christy M on December 24th, 2011 12:04 am

    Love the blog! The gluten tox test would be really interesting to use around the house on things you think are gf. I know we have eaten something before that was gf, only to have a reaction and find out later that they were manufactured on lines where wheat was also processed.

  16. Christy M on December 24th, 2011 12:06 am

    Shared the giveaway on FB and tagged you in the post. Thanks so much for this wonderful opportunity. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  17. jennifer on December 24th, 2011 12:10 am

    Oooh, would love to win the tox kit. I have a few things that are suspect……have been wanting to try the test. AWESOME event Shirley, Thx!

  18. Sarah on December 24th, 2011 12:11 am

    Yum, this looks delicious! I’ve recently become a huge fan of sea salt, freshly ground, on food.

  19. Megan R on December 24th, 2011 12:12 am

    Thank you for doing this contest! :) I now have some awesome recipes for my cookbook! Can’t wait to see who won! :)

  20. jennifer on December 24th, 2011 12:14 am

    Tweeted @GFADVOCATE

  21. jennifer on December 24th, 2011 12:15 am

    Shared on my persona FB

  22. Laura on December 24th, 2011 12:25 am

    While I’ve never actually bought anything from Starbucks, this sounds amazing! I will definitely have to try it.

  23. Laura on December 24th, 2011 12:26 am

    I shared this on facebook!

  24. Brandae on December 24th, 2011 12:27 am

    What a great post. I’m really curious how your next test for the suspect ingredient goes. I’m so thankful for all of the education, recipes, encouragement, and fun that bloggers like you bring to all of us. This series has been spectacular, and I appreciate the time and energy you’ve invested.
    The salted caramel hot chocolate sounds wonderful…I’ll have to add it to my ever-growing list. :)

  25. Andrew on December 24th, 2011 12:28 am

    I’m not usually a big tea or coffee drinker, but anything with salt, caramel and chocolate in the title has to be good. Thanks for putting this whole event together. It’s been great!

  26. Andrew on December 24th, 2011 12:28 am

    Shared on fb.

  27. Sarah Louise on December 24th, 2011 12:32 am

    Thanks for the fabulous event, shirley!

  28. Heather on December 24th, 2011 12:38 am

    I can’t wait to give this hot chocolate a try. I’ve never tried the original. Alas I am sorry that this event is ending! But thank you for putting it together and for all the posters. I can’t wait to see who won!

  29. SherriS. on December 24th, 2011 12:56 am

    Hot chocolate sounds so wonderful. I’d love to win one of these great prizes.

  30. Julie on December 24th, 2011 1:00 am

    I’ve been collecting all these salted caramel recipes from all over, but I have yet to try one out. I think this one might get the honor of being the first. I do love me some hot chocolate, you just can’t go wrong.

  31. Shaina on December 24th, 2011 1:00 am

    That sounds absolutely DIVINE! I’ve never had the original Starbucks one but this sounds like it must be just as scrumptious! Thank you for sharing and, thank you so much for hosting this giveaway! It has been so much fun discovering all the great new recipe blogs, I have so many new recipe’s to try now!

  32. Shaina on December 24th, 2011 1:02 am

    Shared on facebook

  33. Molly on December 24th, 2011 1:11 am

    You had me at salted caramel hot chocolate….yumm.
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  34. Christa on December 24th, 2011 1:16 am

    Thanks for sharing! I wonder if the caramel sauce can be made sugar-free…maybe with coconut sugar? I would love to be able to eat dairy-free, sugar-free caramel. :)

  35. Catybakes on December 24th, 2011 1:17 am

    That recipe for the Dairy Free Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate looks incredible. I had always intended to try some at Starbucks, but procrastinated a little too long and missed my opportunity. Ha! Now I plan to relax with a mug of that a couple of days after the holiday! As long as I don’t procrastinate again! ; )

  36. Christa on December 24th, 2011 1:18 am

    I shared this post on Facebook.

  37. Marykay on December 24th, 2011 1:20 am

    I love salted caramel hot chocolate too, this sounds great! Thanks for the info on Glutentox too!

  38. Mary on December 24th, 2011 1:20 am

    This sounds yummy! I am going to try this beverage!

    I am also sharing the drawing on my Facebook page.

    Happy Holidays! May we all stay healthy and un-glutened over the coming week or so.

  39. Monique on December 24th, 2011 1:21 am

    Im really interested in those books now!

  40. Karol on December 24th, 2011 1:31 am

    The Glutentox kit would be great to win.

  41. Karol on December 24th, 2011 1:31 am

    I shared the contest on facebook.

  42. Lisa on December 24th, 2011 1:45 am

    Brilliant! A couple weeks ago, my husband and I attended a party with friends that included a white elephant gift exchange. My husband ended up with two boxes of Starbucks hot chocolate mixes…one peppermint and one salted caramel. I took just a little taste of the salted caramel one and wished I could make an equivalent version that I could really drink! I look forward to trying this version…
    Thank you for hosting this event; I’ve enjoyed the amazing recipes!

  43. Shelby on December 24th, 2011 2:05 am

    Shirley- Thank you so much for putting together this wonderful resource for healthy (mostly) holiday recipes! This event has been so helpful to me. I now have a list of things that I am going to try- and I can’t wait. Thank you also for the opportunity to win these great prizes!!

    Oh, the salted caramel hot chocolate sounds heavenly, too!

    Have a wonderful Christmas!

  44. Annette on December 24th, 2011 2:22 am

    Thank you for hosting the Home for the Holidays event. It’s been fun reading new blogs and discovering new recipes!!!

    Merry Christmas!

  45. tanyaci on December 24th, 2011 2:41 am

    Tweeted. Hopalong15

  46. tanyaci on December 24th, 2011 2:41 am

    The salted caramel hot choc sounds delish. :)

  47. Megan Holder on December 24th, 2011 3:07 am

    I’ve always loved caramel and hot chocolate, so this is the perfect recipe to try! :) I never even knew Starbucks made their own version, but that is neat to know too.

    Thanks again for hosting such an incredible event. It has opened my eyes to MANY gluten-free (and dairy-free) recipes that I’m sure will soon become a holiday favorite. :)

    Happy Holidays!!

  48. Megan Holder on December 24th, 2011 3:16 am

    Shared on Facebook! :)

  49. Isabel on December 24th, 2011 3:45 am

    Thank you for hosting this whole event – half of the blogs featured, and the recipes on them, I’d never seen before, so this has been a wonderful way to gather more gluten/dairy/etc free recipes. I’m so glad to have found it!

    Gluten seems an awful lot like meat – it shows up everywhere it’s not supposed to (meatless soups/marinades in restaurants are obnoxious beyond all belief…). It’s a shame, because it isn’t as though it’s always just a novelty; people really do get sick from missing those kinds of things.

  50. Linda S. on December 24th, 2011 4:21 am

    Great post, thank you for sharing!

  51. Linda S. on December 24th, 2011 4:21 am

    I shared on facebook. Thanks for the chance to win!

  52. Elisa on December 24th, 2011 5:03 am

    I think I just added another beverage to Christmas Eve menu! Perfect timing, thanks for sharing.

  53. Elisa on December 24th, 2011 5:05 am

    I shared on facebook! Thank you again for putting this on and lining up such great giveaways. ( :

  54. Andrea M on December 24th, 2011 5:51 am

    Please sign me up! Also, please know that all your effort in putting this Hone for the Holidays with 25 days of giveaways is so appreciated and really fun. I’ve never been apart of something like this and it is great! so thanks so so much!!!

  55. Heather on December 24th, 2011 6:05 am

    That hot chocolate sounds AWESOME!!! I’ve actually never heard of salted caramels before..but I’ve never drank at Starbucks either (I’m not a coffee person). But any hot cocoa sounds great to me..it’s chocolate!! ha ha! So I’ll definitely have to give this one a go. I continued reading though and was surprised by the gluten tox kit…and finding ‘certified gf’ items that were contaminated w/gluten. I kinda feel like i can’t trust anything now, especially if something that’s supposedly ‘certified gf’ is glutenated. I get the Food for Life english muffins for my kiddos all the time and now…dangit…just ticks me off that it’s probably glutenated. The gluten tox kits sound awesome in testing to see if there’s gluten…but impractical if you need to test a whole bunch on your grocery list.particularly if the kits are expensive. And by the way that gluten watchdog group makes it sound…there’s a LOT more glutenated stuff out there than I previously thought. Probably a lot more on my own grocery list. Ugh. Just depressing. It amazes me that there’s a kit out there though that tests down to 3 ppm. That’s awesome! Why doesn’t gf food producers use THIS kit?!! Would save us all a lot of trouble, wouldn’t it? Thanks for the contest and the eye opener on the products GFE! I’m posting this to my FB page right now. Enter me in this contest…i’d love to give one of those kits a go! ;D

  56. Heather on December 24th, 2011 6:49 am

    Posted the contest on my fb page! :D

  57. Gloria B on December 24th, 2011 7:00 am

    Thanks so much for the recipes! I am new to GF and am amazed at two things. One is how many great recipes there are out there. Two is how misleading so much packaging can be. Thank you for all of the helpful info. Sharing this on FB as well!

  58. Ina Gawne on December 24th, 2011 9:43 am

    Shirley, Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate sounds divine! Thanks for sharing all of the wonderful recipes. Actually I say yes – been there done that. One time I tasted a bakeries delicious Lemon Poppyseed cake, and asked if they would share the recipe. No they most certainly would not! It took me one year, but I did it – and mine was better than theirs to boot! Then there is Bette Hagman’s dream pastry…you can’t mess with perfection – the best pastry I have ever had!
    Happy Holidays to you and yours Shirley, and thank you for sharing your wonderful blog! :)

  59. Sharon on December 24th, 2011 9:44 am

    The hot chocolate looks great!! Thanks for all you do!! Merry Christmas!!!!

  60. Sharon on December 24th, 2011 9:47 am

    Tweeted this post!

  61. Kristine on December 24th, 2011 10:03 am

    Salted caramel hot chocolate? Yes, Please!!! Sounds absolutely wonderful. Of course, I’ll have to test it to be absolutely sure. heeheehee

  62. pat on December 24th, 2011 10:47 am

    Salted caramel hot chocolate sounds wonderful!

  63. Laurel on December 24th, 2011 10:47 am

    Salted Caramel Sauce? Is that in her book? I bought it a month back but saw so many oat recipes I just put it down and didn’t look further. Stupid me.

    • Shirley on December 24th, 2011 10:55 am

      Hi Laurel–I’m not sure whose book you are referencing. This recipe comes from Kim at Cook IT Allergy Free. She is the creator of the wonderful Cook IT Allergy Free app. :-) She doesn’t have a cookbook out and since this is a new recipe I am pretty sure that it’s not on her app yet. But you can follow the links to her blog to get the recipe! :-)


      • Laurel on December 24th, 2011 12:03 pm

        Oops! So sorry. Kim Lutz and I’m looking for the book right now but I must’ve dropped it on my head. Merry Christmas and thanks. I’ve got Cook It Allergy Free on my feed. Doh!

        • Shirley on December 24th, 2011 12:11 pm

          Laurel–LOL No worries! ;-)


  64. julie on December 24th, 2011 10:50 am

    Thanks for the hot chocolate recipe, it looks yummy

  65. heather on December 24th, 2011 11:03 am

    the hot chocolate sounds divine!

  66. Stephanie on December 24th, 2011 11:11 am

    Thanks for the giveaway! This entire event has been wonderful :-)

  67. Stephanie on December 24th, 2011 11:12 am

    I shared this post on Twitter – @livelocaliveraw

  68. Suzanne H on December 24th, 2011 11:43 am

    Thanks so much for all the giveaways! All the recipes during this event have looked amazing and the giveaways have been so great. Thanks for all your work!

  69. Dawn-Marie Valdron on December 24th, 2011 11:44 am

    Unfortunately we buy the brown rice tortillas often. Thanks for the heads up! Merry Christmas!

  70. Suzanne H on December 24th, 2011 11:49 am

    I shared it on Facebook.

  71. Joanie H on December 24th, 2011 11:49 am

    Merry Christmas Shirley! What a fun and tasty way to finish this wonderful event. May we all lift a mug of salted caramel hot chocolate and “toast” good cheer toward you and all the food bloggers for sharing so many delightful recipes. Abundant blessings!

  72. Suzanne H on December 24th, 2011 11:50 am

    I tweeted.

  73. Joanie H on December 24th, 2011 11:50 am

    I shared this on my blog.

  74. Joanie H on December 24th, 2011 11:50 am

    I shared on facebook.

  75. alena m on December 24th, 2011 11:51 am

    Have a very merry Christmas! Thanks for all the great giveaways!

  76. marissa w on December 24th, 2011 11:57 am

    Wow it’s really here. I wish u the merriest of holidays. Have an amazing New year. Thank you for all the great giveaways.

  77. Mary S on December 24th, 2011 12:10 pm

    This recipe for Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate sounds wonderful as have all of the other recipes in Home for the Holidays.

  78. Valerie on December 24th, 2011 12:12 pm

    Thanks for all of the great giveaways! Merry Christmas!

  79. Valerie on December 24th, 2011 12:12 pm

    I tweeted about the giveaways

  80. Sarah M on December 24th, 2011 12:13 pm

    Thanks for everything that you share! Happy Holidays!

  81. Sharon on December 24th, 2011 1:13 pm

    This caramel hot chocolate sounds wonderful. This has been a terrific event. Thank you for introducing us to so many dedicated and special people

  82. Jill on December 24th, 2011 1:36 pm

    I love to make homemade hot chocolate. This recipe looks great – I must give it a try!

  83. Jill on December 24th, 2011 1:36 pm

    Shared on Facebook (Apple Jenny).

  84. Tessa Domestic Diva on December 24th, 2011 1:50 pm

    I only tweak broken recipes…if it ain’t broke, don;t fix it Shirley! And who better to steal from than kim?!

  85. Tessa Domestic Diva on December 24th, 2011 1:51 pm

    shared on fb

  86. Tessa Domestic Diva on December 24th, 2011 1:52 pm


  87. Arlee on December 24th, 2011 2:10 pm

    Looks so yummy!And great giveaways!!!

  88. Arlee on December 24th, 2011 2:10 pm

    Shared on FB!

  89. Venessa on December 24th, 2011 2:14 pm

    Thanks for such great recipes and info.! I am really interested in the Gluten Tox Kits. Thank you for the lovely giveaways! :-)

  90. Melissa Lawler on December 24th, 2011 2:15 pm

    I love caramel. One of my faves and I used some in a Vanilla Soy Hot Chocolate that I made. YummY!

  91. Claire on December 24th, 2011 2:15 pm

    Ooh! Another fun holiday recipe! Thanks!! And thank you for the giveaway!

  92. Spring on December 24th, 2011 2:15 pm

    Can’t wait to try this after a brisk walk in the snow!!

  93. Kathleen Conner on December 24th, 2011 2:17 pm

    Thanks–I’m really interested in that gluten-test, and read your review with interest.

  94. Kathleen Conner on December 24th, 2011 2:19 pm
  95. Kathleen Conner on December 24th, 2011 2:19 pm

    shared on my FB wall

  96. sj guetthoff on December 24th, 2011 2:29 pm

    Inever had thisdrink before but boy does it look yummy..I’m just sorry its to late for me to make it up this year..But I will make it mid-week when the rest of the family getsto town…
    I also want to thank you for all you give of yourself & your time to help all of us have a happy holiday…
    I’ve enjoyed this so much. And I have never won a thing so I would be excited about any of the gifts….

    Merry Christmas

  97. Debbie on December 24th, 2011 2:29 pm

    Wishing you and your loved ones a joyous and merry Christmas, Shirley. Enjoy each moment.

    Your gluten detecting experiment is very interesting. I will look forward to hearing more later.

    Merry Christmas!

    xo Debbie

  98. Renee S on December 24th, 2011 2:32 pm

    Just came across your blog and have learned a lot just from this one post! Didn’t know there was such a thing as “watchdog” testing or the home testing kits. I have friends who will benefit from this info. Thanks!

  99. cheryl on December 24th, 2011 2:51 pm

    Shirley, dear, thanks so much for sharing Tricia’s findings. I’m so glad she’s keeping companies on their toes!
    Re: gluten tox, Tricia also has an article explaining why it is not accurate, especially for barley. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

  100. nicole on December 24th, 2011 3:05 pm

    I love, love, love sea salt caramels so I am truly inspired to try this! Thanks again for the great ideas!

  101. Gaye on December 24th, 2011 3:07 pm

    Great information on your website, a lot to read. I will save it for after the holidays!

  102. Danielle C on December 24th, 2011 3:17 pm

    Can’t wait to try the salted caramel hot chocolate! (neither can my kids)

  103. Sharon McD. on December 24th, 2011 3:33 pm

    Merry Christmas, Shirley! Hugs! Hugs! Hugs!Interesting about the brown rice tortillas. You know I had a funny feeling about those. I just threw away what I had left in my fridge as the result of this post. Thank you for helping me stay healthy and reminding me to listing to that inner voice.
    Sharon M.

  104. moriah on December 24th, 2011 3:37 pm

    Thanks for sharing! Info was so helpful – and the recipe sounds amazing :) Merry Christmas

  105. michelle on December 24th, 2011 4:02 pm

    It is such a hot chocolate day how yummy

  106. Shelly on December 24th, 2011 4:06 pm

    Thank you so much for all the hard work you have put into Home for the Holidays! What an awesome bunch of bloggers and recipes! Trying some new ones this year, and have saved them all! I have had so much fun reading the posts and getting the recipes, it has been like unwrapping a present each day this month! :) I wish you the very merriest of Christmases, thank you, thank you for everything you give!

  107. Pamela Chisum on December 24th, 2011 4:09 pm

    The recipe sounds great! I’ll definitely be making that tomorrow. Happy holidays!

  108. Shelly on December 24th, 2011 4:10 pm

    Shared on FB I could tag you, so here is the link! http://www.facebook.com/hoopyscoopsmom/posts/264688526926311

  109. Christine B on December 24th, 2011 4:15 pm

    Thanks for hosting this event! So many yummy holiday recipes to try.

  110. Cindy Dickens on December 24th, 2011 4:22 pm

    Very excited to try some new recipes-great event! Me and my two boys are gluten free. Very informative site and the first I’ve heard of glutentox kits! I could have used these many times over-thinking about my mother in law’s dinners throughout the years probably would have been a test subject LOL! I could use a prize this year more than any and would love to be entered in the contest! Happy Holidays!

  111. Amy on December 24th, 2011 4:49 pm

    That hot chocolate sounds yummy! I’m always excited when I find something we all can try with our various allergies. I had never heard of the testing kits – thanks for sharing them!

  112. Amy on December 24th, 2011 4:52 pm
  113. Jessie P. on December 24th, 2011 4:57 pm

    Love your site! We are recently on the SCD and sites like these help make things more manageable (eating real, whole foods, etc.) Would LOVELOVELOVE to win the vitamix! :)

  114. Amani on December 24th, 2011 5:19 pm

    This sounds yummy. I love caramel + chocolate but avoid dairy (for the most part) and never buy those drinks from Starbucks, so I’d really like to try this! Mmm mm! :)

  115. Amani on December 24th, 2011 5:22 pm

    I shared this on fb (I like encouraging others to make things themselves versus buying it from retailers who use God-knows-what as ingredients. :)

  116. dawn on December 24th, 2011 5:38 pm

    Merry Christmas! We’ve been making our own hot chocolate lately and this gives me more ideas for expanding and experimenting with different flavors. Thanks.

  117. Christie B. on December 24th, 2011 5:47 pm

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. It looks yummy. And thank you for hosting this event! I’ve been introduced to some new blogs that I really enjoy.

  118. Kristin Caudill on December 24th, 2011 5:54 pm

    Thanks for the great recipes! Can’t wait to try the Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate!

    Merry Christmas!

  119. John Billiris on December 24th, 2011 6:29 pm

    Love your blog, and appreciate the contests

  120. John Billiris on December 24th, 2011 6:30 pm
  121. John Billiris on December 24th, 2011 6:31 pm
  122. Sarah L on December 24th, 2011 6:34 pm

    This has been a wonderful event! I have learned a lot and have gotten some wonderful recipes to boot! And I love hot chocolate and to add a touch of salted caramel…sounds like heaven.

  123. Laurie Hetherington on December 24th, 2011 6:36 pm

    Sounds great. I missed the actual recipe on your page so I’m assuming I go to Kim’s blog to find it?
    Thanks for introducing me to so many GF blogs. I’d love to win something but if I don’t I’ll certainly “prize” all these new sites & their recipes.
    Merry Christmas to you!

  124. Julia on December 24th, 2011 7:34 pm

    I have enjoyed this event so much! Thank you for hosting!

  125. Joy on December 24th, 2011 8:27 pm

    Oh, that does look phenomenal! I can’t wait to try the salted caramel sauce–I’ve been wondering if there were a tried-and-true dairy-free caramel sauce available! It would be good in coffee, too…

  126. Deb on December 24th, 2011 8:34 pm

    I have enjoyed this Home For The Holidays series. THANK YOU!

  127. Ricki on December 24th, 2011 8:44 pm

    This sounds so intriguing, Shirley! I have only recently begun to appreciate the “sweet/salty” combination of flavors, as I didn’t use salt at all for many years. But I think I’ll have to give something like this a try!

    It’s been such a great event. Thanks again for putting it all together and for taking on the Herculean task of keeping it all straight and running smoothly. I hope you, Mr. GFE and your whole family have a wonderful, relaxing, happy and healthy Christmas! Big hugs! xo

  128. Charity Austin on December 24th, 2011 9:22 pm

    I just found out that I need to start eating gluten free, this site is amazing!! My husband is starting to have some of the same stomach problems as me and I think he’s going to need to start going GF when he gets back from his deployment! Fingers crossed for winning the Vitamix, my Mom had one growing up and I’ve wanted one forever!

  129. AJ on December 24th, 2011 10:16 pm

    This hot chocolate recipe looks so good! I LOVE cocoa and will definitely give this one a try.

    Thanks for coordinating all the bloggers for this event and for the wonderful prizes.

    Happy Holidays. :)

  130. Kate on December 24th, 2011 10:35 pm

    need to give this a try!

  131. jacqui on December 24th, 2011 10:41 pm

    This sounds so yummy!! I love anything caramel! AND salted?? Yummy!

  132. Eileen Cooper on December 24th, 2011 10:45 pm

    Salted hot chocolate sounds yummy. I love sweet and salty. Like others have said, this has been a great give away. I have enjoyed finding new blogs are recipes, I feel like a winner just from that.

  133. Sarah C on December 24th, 2011 10:59 pm

    This is all pretty cool!! The yummy looking recipes, the giveaways, the new knowledge.. Terrific!

  134. Amy LeTourneur on December 24th, 2011 11:03 pm

    Thank you so much for such a fun and informative month of giveaways! I got some great new recipes to try out, and I have SO many awesome new GF blogs bookmarked now.

  135. Sarah C on December 24th, 2011 11:05 pm

    Shared this on Facebook!!!

  136. Amy LeTourneur on December 24th, 2011 11:09 pm

    I also shared this post on facebook. =)

  137. Sally on December 24th, 2011 11:50 pm

    I’ve been loving your blog … all the info and the delectable recipes… and the giveaways! Wow. Thank you for all you do here! Merry Christmas!

  138. Brenda on December 25th, 2011 12:08 am

    I love sweet-salty combinations.

  139. Brenda on December 25th, 2011 12:08 am

    posted on facebook

  140. Kelli on December 25th, 2011 12:16 am

    Holy cow. Trying this drink tomorrow. Great giveaway!

  141. Aly on December 25th, 2011 12:52 am

    thank you for hosting all of these contests! merry christmas!

  142. Amanda on December 25th, 2011 2:21 am

    This looks awesome – two of my favorite things, caramel and chocolate!

  143. Theresa P. on December 25th, 2011 2:47 am

    YUMMY! This recipe is definitly a must try. Thanks for opportunity. Happy Holidays to you and yours.

  144. Charity Austin on December 25th, 2011 7:31 am

    I like this on Facebook too!! Have a great New Years!

  145. Teslaca on December 25th, 2011 8:43 am

    That gluten-free crab cake meal sounds wonderful! Yum!

  146. Teslaca on December 25th, 2011 8:44 am
  147. Sharon Baridon on December 25th, 2011 9:43 am

    Shirley, thanks for making this Holiday so tasty and fun! The Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate sounds yummy. Yesterday I just made a batch of Gingersnap Latte Syrup from this month’s Vegetarian Times. I had it last night with warmed almond milk. Yum!! Merry Christmas Shirley and to everyone else who delights in Shirley’s blog!

  148. Audrey J on December 25th, 2011 11:10 am

    I too have found somethings that should be or are labeled GF to aggravate my symptoms. Luckily for me it is Fibromyalgia pain, not a normal being glutened feeling.

    I am going to try the Pie. I think I could get my son, who doesn’t like apples to try it. He does love caramel!

  149. Jane on December 25th, 2011 12:24 pm

    I did not know that the Food for Life Brown Rice Tortillas were not gluten free! Yikes! Thank you for everything you do! Love reading your blog!

  150. Janis on December 25th, 2011 2:51 pm

    Happy Holidays. I shared this on facebook.

  151. Janis on December 25th, 2011 2:53 pm

    Thanks for all the great information you share and for the great giveaways.

  152. Charity Austin on December 25th, 2011 3:05 pm

    Merry Christmas!

  153. Joanne Kuchinski on December 25th, 2011 4:33 pm

    I would love to win a giveaway but I feel I am all ready a winner with all the grewt info I learn.

  154. Elise S on December 25th, 2011 5:29 pm

    Yikes, think I missed the deadline to enter? I’m very interested in these detection kits tho, thanks for sharing. And thanks for hosting this 25 days of giveaways!

  155. Cindy W. on December 25th, 2011 10:44 pm

    This recipe sounds wonderful. Thank you for the opportunity to win some great prizes.

  156. Pat @ Elegantly, Gluten-Free on December 26th, 2011 3:57 pm

    That sounds so delicious — thanks for inspiring me to try some Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate.

  157. Alfred on December 26th, 2011 6:20 pm

    I have to admit, the test kit intrigues me. I’ve gotten ill many times from products that seem “gluten free”, but had no definite way to make sure what the culprit was.

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