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



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.


  • 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.


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.


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

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