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Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

This Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate is made with real pumpkin purée, a simple homemade hot cocoa mix, real milk, and a pinch of pumpkin pie spice. It’s like the holidays never left!

Pumpkin spice hot chocolate in mugs with whipped cream

We’ve had a pretty cold winter here in the land of sunshine, in Southern California. Not to compare it to certain parts of the country, but considering that I grew up in the tropics, 60°F is freezing to me. I need a mug of Pumpkin Hot Chocolate to warm my hands morning and night!

How to make Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

I used to live by hot cocoa mix, but ever since I discovered how easy it is to make hot cocoa from scratch, I parted ways with the store bought version because it is one less jar in my overcrowded pantry!

What you need to make this recipe

This pumpkin spice hot chocolate recipe requires 7 ingredients and takes roughly 10 minutes to make.

Pumpkin hot chocolate in a blue container with a whisk

Pumpkin Hot Chocolate in a serving container

  1. Pumpkin puree – add the real stuff for real pumpkin flavor. Make sure to use pure pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling.
  2. Pumpkin pie spice – a pinch of this stuff gives it that signature “pumpkin pie” taste. Use the store-bought version or your homemade mix if you have any leftovers from holiday baking. Or simply add a pinch of each — cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cardamom, fennel — if you have them readily available.
  3. Milk – I like whole milk but 2% will work too. You can also use lactose free milk if you’re lactose intolerant. I haven’t tried milk alternatives in this recipe, but make sure to pick one with mild flavor so it doesn’t compete with the pumpkin flavor if you must.
  4. Cream – I usually add this to both the hot cocoa for added richness and also use it to make whipped cream topping for the hot chocolate. If you are lactose intolerant, substitute lactose free milk and skip the whipped cream or explore lactose free/dairy free whipped cream alternative.
  5. Cocoa powder – you can’t make hot chocolate without cocoa. You can use either natural or Dutch-process.
  6. Sugar – you need sugar to sweeten the hot chocolate, regular granulated sugar is fine. You could also use brown sugar for additional flavor depth, or try maple syrup if you want a non-refined sugar option.
  7. Vanilla extract – I usually add a splash of vanilla extract to the whipped cream. If you’re skipping whipped cream or using canned whipped cream or other whipped cream alternatives, adding a splash of vanilla extract to your pumpkin spice hot chocolate itself will enhance the flavor. Stir in at the end when you take the hot cocoa off the heat.
Pouring pumpkin hot cocoa into a pink mug

Pouring pumpkin hot cocoa into a mug

More tips for the best pumpkin hot chocolate

  • For even more chocolate flavor, add chopped dark chocolate while your pumpkin hot chocolate is cooking on the stove top.
  • For a pumpkin white hot chocolate version, replace the cocoa powder and sugar with ½ cup of chopped white chocolate instead. Taste your hot cocoa while cooking and add more white chocolate if desired.
  • If making a large batch for a party, you can keep it hot in a slow cooker.

What to serve with pumpkin hot chocolate?

Is it acceptable to serve pumpkin on top of pumpkin? Because I have plenty of pumpkin muffins and pumpkin cookies to go with this pumpkin hot chocolate.

Pumpkin spice hot chocolate in a green mug with whipped cream

More hot drinks to warm your hands

If you make this recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment, send me a photo, rate it and don’t forget to tag me @wildwildwhisk on Instagram. I’d love to see what’s cooking up in your kitchen. Cheers!

Pro Tip: The whipped cream can be made in a stand mixer or with an electric hand mixer. But for the small amount called for in this recipe, it can easily be made by hand. Whisk vigorously until soft to medium peaks form, this whipped cream does not need to have stiff peaks.
Pumpkin spice hot chocolate in a mug with whipped cream

Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

This Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate is made with real pumpkin purée, a simple homemade hot cocoa mix, real milk, and a pinch of pumpkin pie spice. It’s like the holidays never left!
5 from 7 votes
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Course: Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 462kcal
Author: Trang

Ingredients

Hot Chocolate

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 20 ounce whole milk
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree

Fresh whipped cream

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • A splash of pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  • To make whipped cream, add heavy whipping cream, sugar and vanilla to a medium mixing bowl and beat vigorously with a whisk until soft to medium peaks form. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • To make hot chocolate, add cocoa powder, sugar, and pumpkin pie spice to a small bowl. Pour heavy cream over the cocoa powder mixture and mix with a spoon until a thick paste forms.
  • Heat milk and pumpkin puree in a small pot over medium heat until it starts to simmer, stirring occasionally. Scrape the cocoa powder paste from the bowl and add it to the simmering pot, mix with a whisk until completely dissolved.
  • Pour hot chocolate into two mugs. Top with fresh whipped cream, and a few sprinkles of pumpkin pie spice.

Notes

The whipped cream can be made in a stand mixer or with an electric hand mixer. But for the small amount called for in this recipe, it can easily be made by hand. Refrigerate leftovers if necessary.

Nutrition

Serving: 397g | Calories: 462kcal
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Pumpkin hot chocolate in mugs with text overlay

This post was originally published on 10/28/2017. The post has been updated and republished on 1/15/2020.

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16 Comments

  1. October 29, 2017 /

    Wow! This looks so creamy and delicious!

    • Trang
      Author
      October 29, 2017 /

      Thanks Megan!

  2. Tina
    October 29, 2017 /

    5 stars
    My daughter will be all over this when she comes home for the holidays, thanks for this recipe!

    • Trang
      Author
      October 29, 2017 /

      Yay, I hope she’ll love it!

    • Trang
      Author
      October 29, 2017 /

      It sure is 🙂

  3. October 28, 2017 /

    5 stars
    gonna try this tonight!

    • Trang
      Author
      October 28, 2017 /

      Great! Hope you like it 🙂

  4. Ginny McMeans
    October 28, 2017 /

    5 stars
    What a delicious treat! Your photos are beautiful and I think pumpkin cocoa sounds perfect!

    • Trang
      Author
      October 28, 2017 /

      Thanks Ginny!

  5. October 28, 2017 /

    5 stars
    I never thought to do a pumpkin hot cocoa, such a festive and cozy drink for fall!

    • Trang
      Author
      October 28, 2017 /

      Thanks Rebecca, you should try, it’s so tasty!

  6. October 28, 2017 /

    5 stars
    I could stare at these pictures for hours – what beautiful photos. The fact that they are filled with that gorgeous looking pumpkin pie hot chocolate really doesn’t hurt either ? It’s a bit warm here in Australia right now but this is definitely on my list for winter.

    • Trang
      Author
      October 28, 2017 /

      Yeah it’s a still a bit warm here too, but it’s almost November and I’m drinking what I want! hahaha

  7. Jessica Williams
    October 28, 2017 /

    5 stars
    I absolutely LOVE the idea to add pumpkin to hot chocolate!! Perfect flavors for this time of year.

    • Trang
      Author
      October 28, 2017 /

      Thanks Jessica! It actually tastes like a pumpkin pie in a drink, so good!

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