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Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate Recipe: Two Beloved Fall Flavors In One Drink

You don't have to choose one over the other.

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Cozying up to a warm drink by the fireplace is — for me — the perfect end to a chilly fall day. My drink of choice is typically a mug of hot chocolate with a few jumbo marshmallows floating on top. That said, I also love pumpkin spice lattes (PSLs). Sitting by the fireplace the other night with hot cocoa in hand, I wondered aloud: ‘Why have I never combined my favorite fall flavors in a single sip?’‘ The next day, I did just that. It turns out that whipping up a pumpkin spice hot chocolate is pretty easy.

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How To Make Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

I’m not knocking powdered hot chocolate mix, but homemade versions definitely reign supreme (you can customize all of the ingredients!). I tried this hot chocolate recipe from AllRecipes.com, which has a PSL-flavored twist from ingredients like pumpkin puree and the namesake spice blend. Before serving, each portion is topped with whipped cream and a dusting of cinnamon and nutmeg. Caffeine lovers may be disappointed that this PSL-inspired concoction doesn’t contain coffee, but look on the bright side: you can drink it in the evening without feeling jittery at bedtime.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup milk
  • ⅓ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pumpkin puree
  • ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ cup whipped cream
  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg

Directions:

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Total time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 2 drinks
  1. Whisk milk, cream, chocolate chips, and cocoa powder in saucepan over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes. Cook until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.
  2. Stir pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice into mixture until combined.
  3. Pour hot chocolate into 2 mugs. Top with whipped cream: sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg over cream. Enjoy.
My test of pumpkin spice hot chocolate
Alexandria Brooks

My Taste Test

Making this recipe was a breeze and produced two tasty mugs of pumpkin-flavored hot chocolate. The drink’s rich, chocolatey taste is complemented by warming notes of pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg, plus the whipped cream adds a hint of sugar without making the drink too sweet. While I could barely taste the pumpkin puree, the drink smelled strikingly similar to a pumpkin pie — and who doesn’t love that around this time of year? Thanks to this easy recipe, I’m saving myself a trip to the cafe next time my hot drink cravings hit.

Looking for more ways to jazz up regular hot chocolate? Take a peek at these mouth-watering recipes for nutella hot cocoa or DIY hot chocolate bombs.

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