Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

Two clear mugs of Pumpkin Spice hot chocolate with whipped cream on top

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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Sep 10, 2017 3:51 am

I appreciate this but you can skip pumpkin. Pumpkin spice is about spice mix accosiated with pumpkin pie not the pumpkin. With pumpkin they should be called pumpkin pie drinks but not your fault your just following what the Starbucks said

Nov 29, 2012 9:31 am

thank you for sharing this post 🙂

Nov 20, 2012 10:00 am

Thank you so much for posting this!! I had to give up coffee, and every fall I miss it when all the pumpkin coffee stuff comes out, lol. I’ll definitely try this.

Nov 16, 2012 10:07 pm

What I do is buy the sweet harvest pumpkin tea by celestial seasonings and steep a bag or two in some hot half and half or cream and add that to the hot coco. Yummy!

Nov 10, 2012 3:40 pm

Awesome! Thanks soooo much.

Beth Brenton
Nov 9, 2012 7:28 pm

I am making it now and it smells yummy! I noticed that your ingredients cal, for vanilla and salt, yet your recipe itself does not include these. I put them in anyway, can’t wait to try it!

Beth Brenton
Nov 9, 2012 7:31 pm
Reply to  Beth Brenton

Call, not cal,!

Oct 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!

Oct 11, 2011 8:09 pm

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

Oct 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:)

Sep 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.

Sep 29, 2011 11:20 pm

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

Sep 29, 2011 3:19 pm

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

Sep 29, 2011 6:31 am

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

Sep 29, 2011 4:44 am

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

Sep 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:)

Shelly 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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