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Pumpkin spice hot chocolate

20 October 2020 | Last Updated: 23 May 2021 By Aleksandra

Amazing hot chocolate with a fall-themed twist? The answer is pumpkin spice hot chocolate! Thick, warming, chocolatey, well-spiced, and fragrant. It’s made with pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice. This super easy and quick to make hot beverage is a perfect fall dessert.

Two glasses with pumpkin hot chocolate topped with whipped cream. Small pumpkin and leaves scattered around.

Ingredients:

Labeled ingredients for pumpkin hot chocolate.

You need just 5 ingredients:

1. Chocolate – you can use milk, white, bittersweet, or dark chocolate – it depends on which chocolate you like the most! Use the best quality chocolate you can get – the drink will be as good as your chocolate.

  • white chocolate – the pumpkin flavor is most noticeable
  • milk chocolate – my favorite chocolate to use with this recipe, but also my favorite kind of chocolate
  • bittersweet and dark chocolate – make the drink more rich and less sweet, if you’ll use this type of chocolate also add a little bit of heavy cream

2. Pumpkin puree homemade pumpkin puree is really easy to make and tastes so much better than canned pumpkin. This hot chocolate made with canned pumpkin puree will be a little more thick so you can add just a little bit more milk if you wish.

3. Pumpkin pie spice – use store-bought spice or make your own! If you grind your spices yourself it will be so aromatic. You only need 5 spices to make this spice mix (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, ginger).

4. Milk – I used cow’s milk but you can also use plant-based milk like almond milk (use unsweetened milk or your beverage will be too sweet).

5. Vanilla extract – makes everything taste better, but can be omitted.

What you could also add? You could spike your hot chocolate with bourbon.

How to make pumpkin hot chocolate step by step:

Ingredients for pumpkin spice hot chocolate in a small pot.

Pumpkin spice hot chocolate in a pot is being whisked.

STEP 1: Add all the ingredients into a small pot (break the chocolate into smaller pieces).

STEP 2: Cook over low heat, stirring with a whisk until the chocolate is melted and everything is well combined and very warm.

STEP 3: Add the hot chocolate into a blender and mix for a minute or two. This is optional but very recommended. Pumpkin puree can be sometimes lumpy. Hot chocolate mixed in a blender has a smooth, velvety consistency, and the spices and perfectly distributed.

STEP 4: Optional: you can top your pumpkin spice hot chocolate with whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

Enjoy!

Storage:

This pumpkin spice hot chocolate reheats very well. Keep it in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Check out also our coffee mocha recipe!

Two glasses with pumpkin hot chocolate topped with whipped cream. Small pumpkin and leaves scattered around.

Pumpkin spice hot chocolate

Amazing hot chocolate with a fall-themed twist? The answer is pumpkin spice hot chocolate! Thick, warming, chocolatey, well-spiced, and fragrant.
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Two glasses with pumpkin spice hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and cinnamon sugar.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 246kcal
Author Aleksandra

Ingredients

for the pumpkin spice hot chocolate:

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree 120g
  • 3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 oz (60g) milk or white chocolate, broken into a couple of pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

to serve:

  • whipped cream
  • cinnamon sugar

Instructions

  • Add all the ingredients into a pot and cook over low heat, stirring with a whisk until the chocolate is melted and everything is well combined and very warm.
  • Add the hot chocolate into a blender and mix for a minute or two. This is optional but very recommended. Pumpkin puree can be sometimes lumpy. Hot chocolate mixed in a blender has a smooth, velvety consistency, and the spices are perfectly distributed.
  • Optional: you can top your pumpkin spice hot chocolate with whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • Chocolate – you can use milk, white, bittersweet, or dark chocolate – it depends on which chocolate you like the most! Use the best quality chocolate you can get – the drink will be as good as your chocolate. White chocolate – the pumpkin flavor is most noticeable. Milk chocolate – my favorite chocolate to use with this recipe, but also my favorite kind of chocolate. Bittersweet and dark chocolate – make the drink more rich and less sweet, if you’ll use this type of chocolate also add a little bit of heavy cream (1-2 tablespoons)
  • Pumpkin puree – you can use homemade or canned puree. This hot chocolate made with canned pumpkin puree will be a little more thick so you can add just a little bit more milk if you wish.
  • Milk – I used cow’s milk but you can also use plant-based milk like almond milk (use unsweetened milk or your beverage will be too sweet).
  • What you could also add? You could spike your hot chocolate with bourbon.
  • Storage: This pumpkin spice hot chocolate reheats very well. Keep it in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Calories = 1 serving (1/2 of the recipe), without the whipped cream topping. This is only an estimate!
Course beverage, hot beverage
Cuisine American
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