Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate


I haven’t always been a coffee drinker.  Up until my late 20’s I swore against it.

You wanna know why?

This is the stupidest thing, so please don’t judge me…

I went to Senior Prom with a boy that I was dating at the time.  He was a nice guy.  We got all dressed up and went out to eat with a group of friends before the dance.  The restaurant we went to was very fancy.  When you are used to TGIFridays, anyplace with multiple forks on the table was big time.

Anyway, I don’t remember much about the meal, but what I do remember is that after the meal the waiter came over and asked our table of high school seniors if we would be interested in any coffee or dessert.  Now, I don’t remember if anyone ordered dessert, what I do remember is that MY date ordered coffee.

I was so incredibly embarrassed in only a way that a teenage girl can be.  None of the other dates ordered coffee and it just seemed like he was trying hard to be fancy or something.  Starbucks hadn’t really made it’s way to Texas at that point, so coffee was a completely uncool, parent beverage.  I wanted to cry, seriously.

I am sure that this is not exactly how it went, but in my mind’s eye my date transformed instantly.  He went from cute athlete to  James Lipton leaning across the table drinking his coffee, asking questions and talking in a slow soothing voice.

Now, you can see, he clearly did not resemble James Lipton…but as I look at this picture I am thinking that maybe he ordered the coffee as paybacks for the hideous dress and Bernadette Peters hair.  It’s a legit thought.

I know I had/have issues.  I understand that.  But I still remember (18 years later) that minute detail of the night and the stress induced by that single hot beverage.  I did not agree to go to prom with a coffee drinking James Lipton. Plus, coffee breath is never cute.

My senior prom, ruined by coffee.


So it took me many years to decide to give coffee a fair shake.  I am now an avid coffee drinker, much in part to the deliciousness that is flavored coffee.

BUT for all you non-coffee drinkers out there I thought you needed a chance to get in on the action, because those Pumpkin Spice Latte’s are pretty much everywhere this time of year!

So here ya go…the Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate.  Dig it.

These are super easy.  All you need is milk, hot chocolate mix, pumpkin pie spice, some canned pumpkin and then whipped cream if you’re feeling crazy.

In a large saucepan heat up your milk and and hot chocolate mix.

Stir over medium low heat.  Whisk in your canned pumpkin and pumpkin spice.

Continue stirring until it gets warm and cozy.

Serve it with a little whipped cream or some marshmallows you’re good to go!

Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate
Makes 3 servings
  • 2½ cups milk
  • ⅓ cup hot cocoa mix (no marshmallows)
  • ¼ cup canned pumpkin
  • 1½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • whipped cream or marshmallows optional
  1. In a medium sauce pan over medium low heat whisk together your milk and hot cocoa mix.
  2. Add your canned pumpkin, vanilla, salt and pumpkin pie spice.
  3. Heat until desired temperature is reached.
  4. Pour into glasses and top with whipped cream and/or marshmallows and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.


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September 27, 2011 8:09 pm

Yum! This sounds soooo delicious! Would have been super duper delicious wiht the pumpkin dump cake the other day! 😉

This is on my must make list soon as I have all the ingredients on hand!

Lauren at Keep It Sweet
September 27, 2011 8:10 pm

I am a coffee drinker but would love this too!

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
September 27, 2011 8:19 pm

I’m a reformed former coffee drinker, so this is right up my alley!

Jessica @ How Sweet
September 27, 2011 8:21 pm

haha that is SUCH a great picture. i also would like to swim in that mug, FYI.

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
September 27, 2011 8:29 pm

Oh this looks delish! The photography is awesome, too!

And that pic…oh, classic. I love it 🙂

Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray
September 27, 2011 8:42 pm

I’m totally in love with this. If it weren’t so gosh darn hot and humid in New York right now, I’d seriously go home and make myself a giant mug right now.

Except for I’m already planning on roasting potatoes tonight anyway, so I’m going be sweltering as it is…hot chocolate time!

Amy | She Wears Many Hats
September 27, 2011 8:53 pm

Yummy! Will you be my barista? I’ll be over shortly. ; )

September 27, 2011 8:55 pm

I love this!! I’m not an avid coffee drinker, but I love the pumpkin lattes at Dunkin’ Donuts. I want to go to Starbucks and try their Pumpkin Spice Latte, but I am scared to death to go because I totally do not know how to order there. I feel like such a country bump-kin, so I avoid that place. I can’t wait to try this, hot chocolate is totally how I roll!

Kristen E
Kristen E
September 28, 2011 3:30 pm

Don’t be scared – even if you go in and say “me need coffee,” they’ll figure it out. 😉 I never order “correctly” and yet I always get exactly what I wanted!

September 27, 2011 8:59 pm

OH I love this! I love the coffee version, but I’m willing to try both. You know, for scientifical research and stuff. It looks delicious!

PS. You were a cutie, Bernadette Peters hairdo or not. 🙂

September 27, 2011 9:03 pm

Isn’t it funny how past experiences shape our taste and views on food? I swear the cafeteria in grade school ruined many dishes for me. Especially when kids like to create gross concoctions with their leftovers. Ick!

September 27, 2011 9:09 pm

Omg. I am so on this!!!!

Jennifer @ Jane Deere
September 27, 2011 9:28 pm

Too funny! I love coffee, but this hot chocolate looks absolutely delish! I can’t wait to try it…as soon as it decides to cool off around here!

September 27, 2011 9:34 pm

Your story cracks me up! I’m a huge fan of coffee, but it’s great to see fall flavors brought to the non-coffee peeps.

September 27, 2011 9:37 pm

To make that picture even more perfect, is that a run I see in your stockings? I don’t think I made it past the fried calamari at the Olive Garden before I tore mine.
Thank you for making awesome non-coffee drink!

September 27, 2011 9:49 pm

Adore this. Never thought to put pumpkin into hot chocolate but I am all over it.

September 27, 2011 10:08 pm

Perfect for the chillier fall days ahead! So excited to add this to my pumpkin recipes!

September 27, 2011 10:56 pm

I have tomorrow off and I will be having this !

September 27, 2011 11:10 pm

Im only a coffee drinker if it involves lots of creamer or pumpkin. Most recently, I’ve been doing vanilla creamer with pumpkin pie spice. I’ll be adding this to my pumpkin favorites though.

PS- Love the story about prom.

December 6, 2011 11:59 am

Um what if u don’t have pumpkin spice

September 27, 2011 11:25 pm

This sounds fantastic! I cant wait to try it!

September 28, 2011 12:49 am

I guess you can tell I’m a NY-er since I started drinking coffee religiously in high school…I’m sure it had NOTHING to do with the fact that I passed at least five starbucks on the way to school. Nothing. Don’t worry…I’m an equal opportunist hot chocolate lover This sounds dreamy.

Erika - The Teenage Taste
September 28, 2011 1:20 am

The best flavors of Winter and Autumn combined into one delicious treat. Love it!

Cookbook Queen
September 28, 2011 1:41 am

I don’t drink coffee. But my husband does. A lot. It’s like, my least favorite habit of his EVER.

This hot chocolate looks amazing though!! I”m all over it 🙂

September 28, 2011 2:21 am

Can you please send this recipe to Starbucks! It drives me crazy that they have so many fun pumpkin themed coffes and they don’t make it in hot chocolate form. I guess I will have to stop being lazy and make it for myeself!

Stephanie Miskew
September 28, 2011 3:29 am

What a great story and love that photo! I can only drink decaf but I can’t wait to try this delicious concoction – YUM! Thanks so much for sharing:)

September 28, 2011 12:34 pm

kjhkahbckajn; This sounds intoxicating! It’s like you read my mind 🙂 This weekend I strolled past quite a few Starbucks locations and wished I could like coffee so I could enjoy pumpkin spice lattes. But, welp, I’m not a coffee drinker at all, so I figured $4 spent trying to force myself to like it would be wasted after the first sip. Thanks to you, now, I’ve got something to make at home to treat myself. Thank you!!

The Black Kitteh
September 28, 2011 1:48 pm

Last year Walgreens had Pumpkin Spice Lattes in their Coffee machine (hey, we are small town Texas, no Starbuck’s here!). We instantly became addicts. Unfortunately, we discovered it at the end of it’s season. We have craved it ever since. I can’t wait to try. Now how I will fit this into the 90 Day Challenge to Christmas, I am not sure. But, where there is a will, there is a way!

Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen
September 28, 2011 1:55 pm

This is making me think of my senior prom…..I’m cringing!

Chocolate and pumpkin, on the other hand, has me smiling from ear to ear!

September 28, 2011 2:09 pm

You. Are. Awesome!!! This sounds amazing! I like the Pumpkin Spice coffee but I think this sounds WAY better!!!! The more chocolate the better right?

September 28, 2011 3:40 pm

I just LOVE autumn, pumpkin is the best thing ever and you can make everything with it. I can’t resist the idea of going to my kitchen and make some hot chocolate


Jess G
September 28, 2011 3:47 pm

I need this, like now. And thanks for an excuse to buy more pumpkin 🙂

September 28, 2011 7:34 pm

You are so hilarious! And this Pumpkin Spice hot chocolate sounds SO DELISH!

September 28, 2011 7:53 pm

Ur one smart cookie ….loving the pic. Coffee breath sucks! Ps…Glory and I are phone reading. She says great recipe 🙂

Katrina @ In Katrina
September 29, 2011 12:37 am

Ha! Sorry you had coffee issues but this is great! I’d take a cup to -go!

September 29, 2011 2:14 am

I can not wait to make this! I LOVE hot chocolate! and this is calling my name! Thanks for sharing!

Tracy | Screaming Sardine
September 29, 2011 2:43 am

Oh wow, this looks so yummy. Can’t wait to make this. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

Pinning on pinterest. 🙂


September 29, 2011 4:20 am

I love pumpkin hot coco, what I do is get the pumpkin ice cream as soon as it hits the stores, make my hot coco and put a scoop or two or three if I’m being honest in it. It cools the coco to the perfect drinking temperature and makes it so creamy so you don’t need to add whipcream, also try it with peppermint ice cream:)

Georgia Pellegrini
September 29, 2011 4:44 am

That picture of you is AWESOME. and so is pumpkin spice. I’m definitely making this!

September 29, 2011 6:31 am

sounds yummy!! definitely will be trying this! pinned it to my recipes to try board:D

Amy W.
September 29, 2011 3:19 pm

Oh that is a great, but sad story! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!

September 29, 2011 11:20 pm

Oh that is too funny, Shelly!! Yummy hot chocolate though.

September 30, 2011 4:41 am

OMG-that picture is AWESOME! Sorry, back to the drink at hand. I’m a coffee drinker I love it-alot, but I love chocolate alot too, so I probably double fist the two.

October 3, 2011 3:33 am

You are too funny! Thanks for the great recipe and great story to go along with it. I think you look darling in your photo:)


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October 11, 2011 8:09 pm

Oh, crazy yum. I sometimes do coffee, but I adore the flavors. SO yum. 🙂

October 13, 2011 1:19 pm

I use pumpkin syrup in my coffee almost every morning and luv it! I need to put some in my hot chocolate next time I make it. Sounds fantastic!


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