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Pumpkin Spiced Hot Chocolate

This pumpkin spiced hot chocolate recipe combines creamy hot chocolate with your favorite fall flavors. Pumpkin spice and purée add pumpkin pie notes to this spiced hot chocolate while cocoa and maple syrup offer a rich and creamy hug in a mug. Warm your hands and soul with this delicious hot cocoa and spice up your fall!

A mug of pumpkin spiced hot chocolate on a wooden board.
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Why you’ll love my pumpkin spiced hot chocolate

  • Homemade seasonal drink: Packed with fall flavors, this autumn hot chocolate is a great budget-friendly alternative to store-bought seasonal drinks.
  • Quick & easy: 6 staple ingredients and 10 minutes of prep time only.
  • Versatile: You can easily adjust the recipe to match your taste.
A jar of Christmas spice mix in a moody setting next to cinnamon quills.

Ingredients

  • Pumpkin spice – Use your favorite pumpkin spice powder or make your own using this Christmas spice mix recipe.
  • Pumpkin purée – You can use canned or homemade pumpkin purée. If using canned, make sure it’s unsweetened and pure pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling.
  • Cocoa – Dutch-processed cocoa or raw cacao creates a rich taste and color to this drinking chocolate.
  • Milk – Full-fat milk works best but you can also opt for a lower fat alternative including dairy-free versions.
  • Cream – Heavy cream creates a rich and creamy taste.
  • Maple syrup – You can also use honey, agave syrup, stevia, or sugar to sweeten your autumn hot chocolate.

Variations

Vegan: Substitute dairy milk and cream with your favorite plant-based alternatives.

Spiked: Add a shot of your favorite liquor like spiced rum or bourbon for an adult version.

Extra creamy: Increase the amount of cream for an even richer taste.

Tips

  • Simmer, don’t boil: Heat the mixture gently over medium heat. Avoid boiling, as it can cause the milk to curdle and result in a less creamy texture.
  • Whisk vigorously: Whisk the hot chocolate mixture continuously while adding ingredients. This ensures a smooth, lump-free texture.
  • Adjust to taste: Feel free to adjust the amount of pumpkin spice powder and maple syrup according to your taste.

Serving

Serve the hot chocolate with a dollop of whipped cream or mascarpone cream. Add a chocolate sauce drizzle for some extra indulgence. A light dusting of pumpkin spice or cinnamon powder adds some visual appeal and extra spice.

Pumpkin hot chocolate mix

Create an instant pumpkin spiced hot chocolate powder by substituting the maple sugar with 1 tbsp maple sugar and the milk with 1/3 of milk powder. Serve with whipped cream.

FAQ

How long does hot cocoa store in the fridge?

Hot cocoa can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. It’s best to keep it in an airtight container to maintain its freshness.

Can I freeze the leftover hot chocolate?

While hot chocolate is best enjoyed fresh, you can freeze leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw it in the refrigerator and reheat gently on the stove, whisking continuously to maintain the smooth texture.

Can I make this hot chocolate in advance?

Yes, you can make a large batch of this pumpkin spiced hot chocolate and refrigerate it. Reheat on the stove or in the microwave, and then add your desired toppings before serving.

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A mug of pumpkin spiced hot chocolate on a wooden board.

Pumpkin Spiced Hot Chocolate

Caro Jensen
This pumpkin spiced hot chocolate recipe combines creamy hot chocolate with your favorite fall flavors. Pumpkin spice and purée add pumpkin pie notes to this spiced hot chocolate while cocoa and maple syrup offer a rich and creamy hug in a mug.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving
Calories 410 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin purée unsweetened
  • 1 tbsp cocoa
  • 1 tsp pumpkin spice mix
  • 2 tsp maple syrup

Instructions
 

  • In a saucepan, combine milk, heavy cream, and pumpkin purée over medium heat. Heat the mixture until it's hot but not boiling, stirring occasionally to prevent scorching.
    1 cup milk, 1/4 cup heavy cream, 1 tbsp pumpkin purée
  • Gradually whisk in cocoa powder, pumpkin spice powder, and pumpkin purée. Continue to whisk until the mixture is smooth and well combined.
    1 tbsp cocoa, 1 tsp pumpkin spice mix
  • Add the maple syrup, adjusting the sweetness to your preference. Stir well using a whisk or froth it up using a milk frother or blender to incorporate the syrup into the hot chocolate and create a rich creamy texture.
    2 tsp maple syrup
  • Pour the pumpkin spiced hot chocolate into a large mug. Top with a dollop of whipped cream or garnish with a light dusting of pumpkin spice powder.

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Notes

Check out the cream-colored box in the article for more tips on how to make this pumpkin spiced hot chocolate.

Nutrition

Calories: 410kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 11gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 19gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 97mgSodium: 113mgPotassium: 574mgFiber: 3gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 3610IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 379mgIron: 1mg
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