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

  • Author: Cookies & Cups


Makes 3 servings


  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup hot cocoa mix (no marshmallows)
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 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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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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61 Responses
  1. 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!

  2. 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!!

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Michelle

    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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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. 🙂

  9. 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!

    1. Kristen E

      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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

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