There’s nothing like a warm mug of hot chocolate for cozying up during a chilly evening. And although it never gets cold where I live, during this time of the year, temperatures do start to drop and it’s nice and cool at night. Which inspired me to come up with this pumpkin spice hot chocolate recipe.
Now a pumpkin spice hot cocoa mix recipe would be fine and all (not to mention quick), but I love me some homemade hot chocolate, just like my mom has made it all her life. It’s just richer and more indulgent, and once you’ve made hot chocolate from scratch, the mix kind will just seem “meh” in comparison. So if you’re looking for some fall hot chocolate ideas, scroll down for this decadent Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate recipe.
How to make hot chocolate from scratch
Just like my mom, I like to make hot chocolate from scratch using Cortés Chocolate bars. When I was a kid, my mom would make my sisters and me this type of hot chocolate at serve it to us with soda crackers for dunking (it’s how we do it here in PR! #dontknockittilyoutryit). Chocolate Cortés was actually founded here in Puerto Rico in 1929, by Don Pedro Cortés Forteza.
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Making hot chocolate from Cortés bars is actually quite simple. Just break off one of the portions (each bar comes with 6), and add it to small saucepan of 1 cup of warm milk. The chocolate is melted in the milk at low temperature, and once it’s fully melted and the milk is starting to bubble, remove from heat and serve. Easy, right?
What does pumpkin pie spice contain?
This pumpkin spice hot chocolate recipe uses pumpkin spice, of course! So what does pumpkin pie spice contain? It’s a mix of:
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What can I use if I don’t have pumpkin spice?
If you don’t have any pumpkin pie spice on hand, you can make your own with spices you probably already have in your kitchen. All you have to do is mix 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp allspice, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 tsp ground ginger and 1/8 tsp ground cloves. Combine well and store in an airtight container.
How to make homemade Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate
For this pumpkin spice hot chocolate, I use equal parts regular milk and evaporated milk, cause that’s how my mom always makes it. However, you can use just all regular milk, or plant based alternatives (soy, almond, oat, hemp, etc).
Place the milk in a heavy bottomed saucepan, and heat under low heat. Add the bar of chocolate to the milk, and stir frequently until it melts. You can also chop the bar up so that it could melt faster.
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Next, add the pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla and combine well. Once the chocolate is fully melted and the milk starts bubbling, remove from heat and serve. You can also top this hot chocolate with whipped cream and a touch of ground cinnamon. Enjoy!
And if you love pumpkin, or anything in the pumpkin family, here are some additional recipes you might like:
Homemade Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate Recipe
- 1 cup milk*
- 1 cup evaporated milk*
- 2 bars Cortés chocolate, or sweet baking chocolate
- 2 tbsp canned pumpkin puree
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- whipped cream optional
- Add the milk to a heavy bottomed saucepan. Heat milk under low heat.
- Add whole pieces of the chocolate bar, or chopped for faster melting.
- Add pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla extract. Combine well.
- Once chocolate is fully melted and the milk starts bubbling, remove from heat. Serve in mugs and top with whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon if desired.
Hi! I’m Melissa, Registered Dietitian and mother of two dragons. When I’m not talking nutrition you can find me rolling around the floor with my kids, sewing, crafting, cooking or missing the 90s (seriously, music just isn’t the same). Read More…