Homemade pumpkin pie spice hot chocolate recipe

Decadent Homemade Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate Recipe


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.

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How to make hot chocolate from scratch

Ingredients used in the pumpkin pie spice hot chocolate recipe
Cortés chocolate is what gives this recipe its rich, chocolatey flavor. If you want to spice it up a notch, you can use the cinnamon version.

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?

chopped Cortes chocolate bars
You can chop up the chocolate bars so they can melt faster

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:

  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Cloves
  • Allspice
  • Ginger

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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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Stir frequently as chocolate melts to avoid burning it.

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:

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Top with a dollop of whipped cream and cinnamon for even more decadence!
Homemade pumpkin pie spice hot chocolate recipe

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate Recipe


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