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PUMPKIN SPICE HOT CHOCOLATE

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Wrap your fingers around a warm cozy mug of pumpkin spice hot chocolate. It feels and tastes like love and happiness. It’s the perfect way to celebrate the fall season. Add more joy by topping hot cocoa with mini marshmallows and a light sprinkling of pumpkin pie spice. So delicious!

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A warm cozy mug of pumpkin spice hot chocolate with mini marshmallows on top.

Pumpkin spice is the hallmark of the fall season. When September rolls around, it’s the flavor and aroma we all crave most!

If you enjoy Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate Starbucks, you’ll also love this easy homemade drink with a decadent flavor profile. You’ll feel pampered and satisfied. Like sipping a beverage from a neighborhood coffee house.

After a busy day, treat yourself to something special. You deserve it. Carve out time just for you. Sip and savor this comforting hot cocoa while reading, soaking in a warm bath, wrapped in a blanket on the porch, or sitting by a roaring fire.

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate Starbucks on a white marble trivet with metal spoon.

INGREDIENTS

Pumpkin spice hot cocoa is easy to make in 15 minutes with some simple ingredients you may already have at home.

  • Whole milk
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Semi-sweet chocolate bar (high-quality)
  • Sea salt
  • Maple syrup
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • OPTIONAL: Mini marshmallows or whipped cream
Ingredients for pumpkin spice hot chocolate.

EASY INGREDIENT SUBSTITUTIONS

Missing an ingredient for this pumpkin spice hot chocolate recipe? Don’t put on your shoes and head to the store. Instead, head to your fridge and pantry. Check for these easy ingredient swaps.

It’s convenient and money-saving to use ingredients you already have on hand!

  • WHOLE MILK: Use 2% instead. Although non-fat milk can also be used, this delicious beverage will lose its satisfying mouthfeel. The sumptuous sensation of thick rich texture is just as important as flavor and taste.
  • SEMI-SWEET SOLID CHOCOLATE: A bar of dark chocolate is the best swap. It’s more intensely chocolaty and less sugary, so you might need to add a little sugar to balance out the flavor. You can also use semi-sweet chocolate chips. Milk chocolate will give hot cocoa a sweeter flavor. If using that, you may need a pinch of salt to offset sweetness.
  • SEA SALT: This ingredient wakes up the chocolate. It enhances the flavor. It makes this drink more delicious. If you’re on limited salt intake, go ahead and just skip this ingredient.
  • PUMPKIN PIE SPICE: Sub with 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon plus 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg.
  • MAPLE SYRUP: Sub with light brown sugar or granulated sugar.
  • VANILLA EXTRACT: Sub with brandy, amber rum, or bourbon.
Pumpkin spice hot cocoa in a clear glass mug. Drink is garnished with mini marshmallows.

RECIPE STEPS

  • STEP 1: Gather ingredients together. Pull out a liquid measuring cup and measuring spoons. Roughly chop or snap the semi-sweet chocolate bar into small chunks.
  • STEP 2: In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring milk and cream to a gentle simmer. Stir occasionally. Once the milk starts to bubble, add in the chocolate pieces and a pinch of salt. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Remove pan from heat. Add maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla extract. Stir briefly to combine.
  • STEP 3: Pour pumpkin spice hot chocolate into a coffee mug.
  • STEP 4: If desired, top with mini marshmallows or whipped cream. Garnish with a light sprinkling of pumpkin pie spice. Enjoy!

HOW TO RAMP UP THE FLAVOR: Add a bit of espresso. It’s an easy way to enhance the flavor of chocolate. Or drizzle this creamy beverage with thick chocolate syrup and caramel.

How to make pumpkin spice hot chocolate Starbucks at home in 4 easy steps.

RECIPE FAQ

These are the most commonly asked questions when making pumpkin spice hot chocolate, and the most helpful answers for recipe success.

CAN I USE BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE FOR THIS RECIPE?

It’s not recommended. Bittersweet chocolate has a very strong flavor. It can easily overpower the gentle fall flavors in pumpkin pie spice.

BEST SECRETS FOR AWESOME HOT CHOCOLATE?

To achieve a beautiful, creamy, European-style beverage, it’s important to use high-quality solid chocolate. NOT cocoa powder. It’ll give the hot cocoa a smooth texture that’s not grainy. Always add a pinch of salt. It greatly enhances the flavor of chocolate. It makes a huge difference.

BEST TOPPINGS FOR PUMPKIN SPICE HOT CHOCOLATE?

Mini marshmallows, whipped cream, dark chocolate syrup, caramel sauce, chocolate shavings, Oreo cookie crumbles, and soft candy sprinkles. Or make the drink a hot chocolate float. Rim the glass with thick hot fudge and add a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

MORE ADD-INS FOR THIS RECIPE?

Add a tiny bit of espresso powder to the hot mixture. Just like with tiramisu, it brings out and intensifies the flavor of chocolate. To give the drink a hot spicy twist, add a pinch of cayenne pepper.

HOW TO BALANCE OUT THE FLAVOR OF OVERLY-SWEET HOT COCOA?

Offset the sweetness with a pinch of salt. It’s an easy way to balance out flavors and tamp things down.

HOW TO MAKE HOT CHOCOLATE AN ADULT BEVERAGE?

Add a shot of Baileys Irish Cream, dark rum, Kahlua, Grand Marnier, bourbon, or chocolate liqueur.

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE VEGAN?

Use non-dairy milk instead of cow’s milk and cream. Select a chocolate bar that doesn’t contain milk. A popular choice is Trader Joe’s “Pound Plus” 72% Dark Chocolate.

Pumpkin spice hot cocoa being poured into a clear-glass mug from a ceramic pitcher.

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A warm cozy mug of pumpkin spice hot chocolate with mini marshmallows on top.

PUMPKIN SPICE HOT CHOCOLATE


Description

Make a delicious mug of pumpkin spice hot chocolate. Enjoy the most celebrated flavors of the season! Assemble this easy recipe in 15 minutes. Top with mini marshmallows or whipped cream.


Ingredients

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  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4 ounces (high-quality) solid semi-sweet chocolate*
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • OPTIONAL: Mini marshmallows or whipped cream

*SOLID CHOCOLATE BAR: A bar of baking chocolate like Guittard, Ghirardelli, or Baker’s premium baking semi-sweet chocolate.


Instructions

RECIPE PREP: Gather ingredients together. Pull out a liquid measuring cup and measuring spoons. Roughly chop or snap the semi-sweet chocolate bar into small chunks.

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring milk and cream to a gentle simmer. Stir occasionally.
  2. Once the milk starts to bubble, add in chocolate pieces and a pinch of salt. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Remove pan from heat. 
  3. Add maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla extract. Stir briefly to combine.
  4. Pour pumpkin spice hot chocolate into a coffee mug. If desired, top with mini marshmallows or whipped cream. Garnish with a light sprinkling of pumpkin pie spice.

Notes

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE VEGAN: Use non-dairy milk instead of cow’s milk and cream. Select a chocolate bar that doesn’t contain milk. A popular choice is Trader Joe’s “Pound Plus” 72% Dark Chocolate.

HOW TO RAMP UP THE CHOCOLATE: Add a bit of espresso. It’s an easy way to enhance the flavor of chocolate. Or drizzle this creamy beverage with thick chocolate syrup!

HOW TO MAKE HOT CHOCOLATE AN ADULT BEVERAGE: Add a shot of Baileys Irish Cream, dark rum, Kahlua, Grand Marnier, bourbon, or chocolate liqueur. 

HOW TO BALANCE OUT OVERLY-SWEET HOT COCOA: Offset the sweetness with a pinch of salt. It’s an easy way to balance out flavors and tamp things down. It also enhances the flavor of chocolate.

  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate, Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate Recipe, Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate Starbucks, Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa

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Have you ever tried Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate Starbucks? Are you craving similar fall flavors from a homemade drink? What do you think about this yummy hot cocoa recipe? Share your thoughts below!

5 thoughts on “PUMPKIN SPICE HOT CHOCOLATE”

  1. So yummy! The pumpkin spice and chocolate were such a delicious combo of flavors! It was cool and breezy last night so we bundled up for an outdoor visit with friends and enjoyed this recipe.

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  2. Okay, I need to try this!! I love hot chocolate, and pumpkin spice flavour is one of the best. Bookmarked to make when the weather’s chilly. Thanks so much for the recipe :)

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  3. Ok this has me SO excited for fall! What a perfect drink! I’m glad I don’t have to hit up the coffee shop for this. Love saving money making these Starbucks drinks at home.

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