Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate

Drinks, Fall Recipes, Seasonal Recipes, Winter Recipes | 64 comments

I’ve had this idea for a Pumpkin Hot Chocolate brewing in my head for a while. I don’t drink coffee, so I’m a little jealous when I see people talking about Pumpkin Spice Latte’s and the like from Starbucks. Where’s the love for the non-coffee drinkers?? This Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate is my solution.

Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate

Doesn’t that look good? Madeline and I cooked up this recipe last Saturday morning while Eric and Logan were off together. It was the perfect Saturday morning treat. We just made enough for 2 mugs and shared them after I snapped a few pictures (and cleaned up some spills). She was in heaven!

pumpkin hot chocolate

I’m not sure why I decided on white chocolate, because I do like chocolate and pumpkin together (like in this Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcake Recipe), but white chocolate just sounded right for some reason. I wanted the pumpkin to be center stage in this recipe. I didn’t add any sugar because the white chocolate already added enough sweetness for me.

pumpkin spice hot chocolate

Check out this picture! I decided that the hot chocolate mugs weren’t photogenic enough on their own so I decided to add some whipped cream. I had filled the glasses a little too high before hand and – OOPS! – but I actually really like how the picture turned out. After this is just continued to over flow like lava. I didn’t have any towels because I was photographing in our formal living room, so I had to lick the sides of the mugs before it was all over the tablecloth and everything. I know you’re laughing at the ridiculousness of that! And here you probably thought I was just trying to be artistic.

This would be a fun treat after a night out trick-or-treating if you’re not already on a sugar high. Or maybe something to drink by the fire on a cold winter night while snuggled up with a blanket and a great book. That sounds really relaxing!

Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate

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4-5 cups whole milk
12 ounces white chocolate, chopped
4 teaspoons cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup pure pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1/8 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger


In a heavy saucepan, combine 2 cups of milk, white chocolate, and cocoa powder. Cook over medium heat, whisking periodically, until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is well combined. Whisk in the pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, allspice, and ginger. Add the remaining milk, 1 cup at a time, until the desired consistency is reached.

If desired, serve topped with whipped cream and a sprinkling of nutmeg. Just be sure not to fill the mugs too full before adding the whipped cream, or you might have some overflow.

Katie Goodman

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Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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  • 1
    Courtney - October 22, 2010 @ 5:39 am

    Haha, the drips did turn out nice. I love hot cocoa, pumpkin white cocoa sounds even better!


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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles - October 22, 2010 @ 6:39 am

    The white chocolate and pumpkin combo sounds lovely, and very complimentary. I am positive my daughter would also love to share a mug of this when I try this out. I will be making this once our grand fall weather turns on us!


  • 3
    Aimee @ Simple Bites - October 22, 2010 @ 6:41 am

    Thumbs up for drips. And whipped cream. And, well, all of it!


  • 4
    Sarah - October 22, 2010 @ 8:40 am

    This looks great! I’ll have to to try it!


  • 5
    Kristen - October 22, 2010 @ 12:01 pm

    I can’t believe it is hot chocolate season already. Crazy stuff!


  • 6
    naomi - October 22, 2010 @ 12:02 pm

    I love the drippy cups. My little guy is going to love this! I can’t wait to make for our pumpkin carving gathering.


  • 7
    megan @ whatmegansmaking - October 22, 2010 @ 1:43 pm

    beautiful! And I did think you were being artistic :) I love hot choclate in any form


  • 8
    Alison @ Ingredients Inc. - October 22, 2010 @ 1:52 pm

    Breathtaking and drooling all in one! Will you give me photography consulting lessons?


  • 9
    AManda - October 22, 2010 @ 3:20 pm

    I dont think I have ever seen anything quite as beautiful. Wow. Plus I love white chocolate. ;)

    That last picture with the drip is AWESOME!!!


  • 10
    Laura - October 22, 2010 @ 3:21 pm

    I am so making this one Katie! I am a hot chocolate girl.


  • 11
    Petra (Zoom Yummy) - October 22, 2010 @ 3:43 pm

    Oh, wow, those photography are beyond beautiful! Wow! :) Petra


  • 12
    Jamie | My Baking Addiction - October 22, 2010 @ 6:36 pm

    Love, love, love the drippy cup photo! This is on my must make list. So incredibly perfect for fall!


  • 13
    Jennifer @ Maple n Cornbread - October 22, 2010 @ 7:14 pm

    I love pumpkin cafes but never have has as white hot chocolate! Must try this!!


  • 14
    the blissful baker - October 22, 2010 @ 7:45 pm

    oh my goodness, this sounds incredible, and your photos are make it look even better! the cold fall weather is making me crave all hot beverages, and i definitely am going to be making this soon!


  • 15
    Kerstin - October 22, 2010 @ 10:12 pm

    Mmm, these sound amazing – I have hot chocolate almost every day after dinner in the winter! Oh, and nice job saving the tablecloth :)


  • 16
    Rachel - October 22, 2010 @ 10:28 pm

    Um, delish! We’re going to make this for the family after trick-or-treating is through! Thanks for the great idea.


  • 17
    Molly Kate Photo - October 23, 2010 @ 1:10 am

    Just found your blog and already I’m in love. Delicious recipes and beautiful photographs. Doesn’t get any better! Thanks!


  • 18
    Wenderly - October 23, 2010 @ 7:42 am

    Sounds divine! LOVE the photo with the drips down the side!


  • 19
    Pili - October 23, 2010 @ 7:44 am

    My, my! This sounds totally delicious, and a proper treat for a cold day!


  • 20
    Michelle - October 23, 2010 @ 8:03 am

    Sounds (and looks!) amazing – can’t wait to try it! BTW the drips make it!!! lol


  • 21
    Tickled Red - October 23, 2010 @ 9:04 am

    Katie that just looks heavenly :) My Sunday mornings just became more decadent :)


  • 22
    HolleyV - October 23, 2010 @ 2:10 pm

    That sounds sooo delicious!


  • 23
    m -a - October 23, 2010 @ 4:38 pm

    I love your blog, I love your recipes. You got beautiful pictures. These seem very good


  • 24
    chocolate freckles - October 23, 2010 @ 8:13 pm

    This drink looks awesome!!! I love drinks there are so many ways to make them so interesting!


  • 25
    mrsblocko - October 24, 2010 @ 7:04 am

    One quick question…is the cocoa powder mentioned the unsweetened stuff for baking, or the powder you use for making hot chocolate?

    ps i always feel left out with the pumpkin drink too. Thanks for making a non coffee version!


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — October 24th, 2010 @ 10:08 AM

      Unsweetened baking cocoa.

  • 26
    Gitte - October 24, 2010 @ 8:02 am

    This sounds simply amazing! I can’t wail to try this one out. I love your blog, so glad I found it.


  • 27
    Sharlene - October 25, 2010 @ 9:56 pm

    Oh I love this. I drink coffee but I don’t usually drink it later in the day for fear of it keeping me up. Hot chocolate usually just makes me feel warm and cozy so this is perfect for a cool night!


  • 28
    janet - October 26, 2010 @ 10:18 am

    I don’t drink coffee either and this looks phenomenal!


  • 29
    Melissa - October 26, 2010 @ 6:43 pm

    It looks so good!!!
    Is there a reason why you used white chocolate and not the regular one?
    Thanks for sharing!


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — October 26th, 2010 @ 8:39 PM

      Hi Melissa – thanks and happy to share! As I mentioned in the post about the white chocolate:

      I’m not sure why I decided on white chocolate, because I do like chocolate and pumpkin together (like in this Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcake Recipe), but white chocolate just sounded right for some reason. I wanted the pumpkin to be center stage in this recipe.

  • 30
    Erica - October 27, 2010 @ 6:53 am

    Thank you for this!! Can’t wait to try it! :)



  • 31
    Gloria - October 27, 2010 @ 7:41 am

    Just confirming…is that a 15 oz. can of pumpkin?


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — October 27th, 2010 @ 8:20 AM

      I’m not sure what you are asking about the can size. The recipe calls for one cup of pumpkin.

    • Gloria replied: — October 27th, 2010 @ 12:34 PM

      that’s what happens when you are reading quickly with kids bugging you…

  • 32
    geek+nerd - October 27, 2010 @ 9:04 am

    Oh gracious! I am a huge sucker for seasonal drinks, and this looks outstanding! Thanks for sharing!


  • 33
    bunkycooks - October 27, 2010 @ 10:39 am

    This could possibly encourage me to love white chocolate again!


  • 34
    Emily - October 27, 2010 @ 8:54 pm

    My teenage daughter drooled over this recipe and we have a date for Friday morning to make these! Can’t wait! Sound delicious!


  • 35
    Lori @ RecipeGirl - October 30, 2010 @ 8:04 am

    What a fun, fall drink! Love it for Halloween night!


  • 36
    Jennifer - October 30, 2010 @ 8:19 am

    Can you tell me if the leftovers can be refrigerated and reheated or do I need to split the recipe? It sounds so yummy but I am not sure anyone else in my house will drink it.


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — October 30th, 2010 @ 8:41 AM

      I have not tried refrigerating it, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. I would reheat it in a saucepan, not the microwave.

  • 37
    Rachel - October 30, 2010 @ 9:10 pm

    This looks so delish – thanks for sharing! Just a little tip I recently discovered… I don’t drink coffee either and always feel left out when my boss offers to buy Starbucks for the office… but I recently discovered that you can order many of the popular drinks at SB without the coffee! They call it “making it creme”. I recently tried the famous Pumpkin latte (I just asked for a hot pumpkin creme with whip) and Mmmmmmmmmmmm….. it was like drinking pumpkin pie! So warm and creamy and yum! Yours looks like it would be even better, though!


  • 38
    Kristen - October 31, 2010 @ 10:13 pm

    That sounds delicious! I have some pumpkin left over from pumpkin pancakes – now I know what I’ll be using it for! And I love how the melting whipped cream looks a little “spooky” (in a sugar-high way).

    Also, I’m a big coffee drinker, but I don’t like pumpkin with coffee. So, thank you!


  • 39
    Ali - November 04, 2010 @ 10:31 am


    Thank you for sharing this. I CAN NOT wait to try it.


  • 40
    Nelson - November 06, 2010 @ 4:47 pm

    This was a great idea.

    White chocolate and pumpkin – GENIUS!!

    Thank you for sharing.


  • 41
    mrsblocko - December 06, 2010 @ 8:17 am

    I wrote about making this hot chocolate on my bloghere.
    There is no better description that to say this is like drinking pumpkin pie. Awesome for us pumpkin pie lovers. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!


  • 42
    Leisha - January 10, 2011 @ 9:32 pm

    love this _ it sounds stupidly like really STUPIDLY delicious tell me I am just viewing this now in January can u use canned pumpkin for this or not really? Please let me know.


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — January 11th, 2011 @ 7:57 AM

      Yes, you may use canned pumpkin.

  • 43
    Robin - June 13, 2011 @ 4:05 pm

    Mmmmmmmmm yummers! Can’t wait to give it a try!


  • 44
    Martha - October 04, 2011 @ 11:48 am

    Oh my, I want some! it looks fabulous!!


  • 45
    Vanessa - November 06, 2011 @ 6:35 pm

    My sister in law and I have been looking for recipes to make for Thanksgiving. I saw this one and made it tonight. This is by far the best hote chocolate I’ve ever had and was a big hit :) thanks for the yummy idea :)


  • 46
    Heather - Chickabug - December 22, 2011 @ 10:51 am

    This recipe is fabulous, Katie! I love all things pumpkin, I can’t WAIT to try it. I also just posted about the recipe today, at http://www.chickabug.com/blog/2011/12/hot-chocolate-six-ways.html – thank you for the inspiration! : )


  • 47
    Vanessa - December 31, 2011 @ 5:56 am

    I’m not a coffee drinker either, but I love hot chocolate {especially white hot chocolate}. I will have to try this one!


  • 48
    Karen - September 19, 2012 @ 9:36 pm

    I made this tonight after pinning your recipe on Pinterest. It was so good! Thanks so much for helping me kick-start the pumpkin season!


  • 49
    northern cottage - September 24, 2012 @ 3:44 pm

    you SERIOUSLY have me craving pumpking hot chocolate!!! I’m a pinner pro for BHG & have just pinned this as a new fav find – check it out here – http://pinterest.com/pin/56787645272528427/

    Happy fall to you!!


  • 50
    Lisa DeBoer - November 29, 2012 @ 1:44 pm

    Made this today…super delicious! I think I will add coffee to mine next time because I AM a coffee lover…but we all loved it as is! I’ll be linking to this recipe from my blog soon!


  • 51
    Annie - January 25, 2013 @ 12:01 pm

    Do i use cardamom powder?

    Also…i love the cups….what brand/company are they?


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — January 25th, 2013 @ 2:58 PM

      Yes, ground cardamom. The cups are either from Pier One, Cost Plus World Market, or Target (where I usually scout for the stuff I use in my photos). They were purchased a couple years ago.

  • 52
    Rainey - September 10, 2013 @ 10:55 pm

    What a great recipe! As a fellow non-coffee drinker I suggest you try starbucks steamers. All they are, are steamed milk and the flavor of your choice (my favorite being the pumpkin spice!) Give them a try and be jealous of the coffee drinkers no more!


  • 53
    Rachel C. - September 16, 2013 @ 2:54 pm

    Think this would work okay in a crockpot?


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — October 8th, 2013 @ 8:49 PM

      I have never tried it in a crockpot

  • 54
    Danielle - September 22, 2014 @ 11:31 pm

    Where did you get the cups?! I love them!!


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie Goodman replied: — September 23rd, 2014 @ 8:33 AM

      Cost Plus World Market or Pier1, I can’t remember.

  • 55
    Julia @ The Smart Baker - January 31, 2015 @ 12:29 pm

    I love all things pumpkin.


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