Pumpkin Hot Chocolate

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A creamy and delicious hot chocolate recipe, this Pumpkin Hot Chocolate recipe is just perfect for fall!

A delicious pumpkin hot chocolate, perfect for fall parties, this hot pumpkin drink is sophisticated enough for adults but kid-friendly, too! A fun alternative to hot chocolate or apple cider

I first shared this Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate recipe on my friend Amanda’s site.

Pumpkin Hot Chocolate Recipe

Ella just adores anything made with pumpkin. She’s the reason I have about eleventy-billion pumpkin recipes on this site, and always have a couple cans of pumpkin in the pantry.

Our night time ritual in the colder months is to sit down in the living room with a couple mugs of a warm beverage and then read together for awhile before starting the rest of our bedtime routine. We’ve found some delicious herbal teas that we both like, and we also love a warm cup of apple cider, but some nights warrant a creamy mug of hot chocolate.

For a fun twist, I thought I’d experiment with swapping out the chocolate in our hot chocolates for some cinnamon chips and a spoonful of pumpkin puree – and it turned out wonderfully!

Of course, you could still leave the chocolate in this recipe, as pumpkin and chocolate go deliciously together (as evidenced by my Magical Pumpkin Cake), but this recipe would also be perfect for that weird family member who doesn’t like chocolate.

You could also add an espresso shot or a shot of rum or vodka for a grown-up take on this hot chocolate, but we kept things strictly PG over here.

The result was a creamy, decadent “hot chocolate” with a subtle pumpkin taste and a sweet cinnamon earthiness. Miss G drank two cups before I had to cut her off (we were getting close to bedtime). There’s also no added sugar beyond what’s in the cinnamon chips, so if you wanted to use a sugar-free cinnamon chip, you could keep this recipe completely sugar-free.

Ingredients for Pumpkin Hot Chocolate

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.

Tip: pumpkin isn’t necessary but it adds a bit of earthy sweetness to this recipe.

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How to Make Pumpkin Hot Chocolate

Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan over medium heat.

Whisk occasionally until the chocolate is completely melted and the milk begins to foam. Taste and adjust seasoning.

Divide into mugs and garnish with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin spice.

 

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A creamy and delicious hot chocolate recipe, this Pumpkin Hot Chocolate recipe is just perfect for fall entertaining. This kid-friendly hot chocolate recipe is sophisticated enough for grown-ups, too

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Yield: 2

Pumpkin Hot Chocolate

Pumpkin Hot Chocolate

A creamy and decadent hot pumpkin drink, perfect for cozy fall nights. Perfect for fall parties, this hot pumpkin drink is sophisticated enough for adults but kid-friendly, too! A fun alternative to hot chocolate or apple cider

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips or cinnamon chips
  • 1-2 teaspoons pumpkin spice plus more for serving
  • 1 Tablespoon pumpkin puree, optional
  • Whipped cream, optional for serving

Instructions

Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan over medium heat.

Whisk occasionally until the chocolate is completely melted and the milk begins to foam. Taste and adjust seasoning.

Divide into mugs and garnish with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin spice.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 387Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 135mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 3gSugar: 29gProtein: 11g

Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.

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This hot pumpkin drink recipe is not exactly a hot chocolate, but it sure hits the spot just like one!

For more delicious pumpkin recipes, check out our

Magical Pumpkin Cake or our Easy Pumpkin Pie Turnovers.

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