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Recipe for Homemade Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate (So Good!)

This Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate is infused with real pumpkin puree and plenty of pumpkin spice for a delectable fall drink! It’s a fun twist on classic recipes for traditional hot chocolate and perfect for snow days!

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Homemade White Hot Chocolate

This idea for a Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate has been brewing in my head for a while – like a white hot chocolate but with the flavors of pumpkin spice!

I don’t drink coffee, so I’m a little jealous when I see people talking about pumpkin spice lattes and such from Starbucks. Where’s the love for the non-coffee drinkers?? This pumpkin white hot chocolate recipe is my solution.

Doesn’t that look good? Madeline and I cooked up this recipe last Saturday morning while my husband and Logan were off together. It was the perfect Saturday morning treat.

We just made enough for two mugs and shared them after I snapped a few pictures (and cleaned up some spills). She was in heaven!

I’m not sure why I decided on white chocolate. 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.

Enjoying this Recipe for White Hot Chocolate

Check out these pictures! I decided that the hot chocolate mugs weren’t photogenic enough on their own so I decided to add some whipped cream.

After filling the glasses a little too high beforehand and then adding the whipped cream — OOPS. But I actually really like how the picture turned out. After a while it 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 this homemade hot chocolate was all over the tablecloth and everything.

You’re probably laughing at the ridiculousness of that! And here you probably thought I was just trying to be artistic.

This pumpkin spice hot chocolate 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!

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Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate Ingredients

For this white hot chocolate recipe, I used a blend of spices rather than pre-made pumpkin pie spice. This way, you can make it even if you don’t have pumpkin pie spice where you live!

Here’s what you’ll need to make this pumpkin spice hot chocolate:

  • Whole Milk
  • White Chocolate
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Pumpkin Puree
  • Spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.)
  • Heavy Whipping Cream

For the complete ingredient list and detailed instructions, scroll to the bottom of this post for the FREE printable recipe card.

Good Quality White Chocolate

Using a high-quality white chocolate is super important for a creamy white hot chocolate. Here are some suggested real white chocolate options to consider when making this pumpkin spice hot chocolate:

I do not recommend using white chocolate chips found in grocery stores as they aren’t very good quality and won’t give as nice of flavor.

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How to Make Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate

Here’s a quick overview of the instructions to make this easy white hot chocolate recipe:

Place a medium saucepan on your stove top. Add most of the milk, the white chocolate chocolate, and cocoa powder to the heavy saucepan. Combine until mixed. Heat milk mixture over medium heat until the chocolate is fully melted. Stir periodically.

Whisk in the pumpkin puree, spices, and the rest of the milk.

Meanwhile, prepare the whipped cream using the heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla. Set aside. Once the homemade hot chocolate is warmed through, pour into glasses and top with whipped cream and nutmeg.

The above is simply a quick summary of this recipe. Check out the full recipe in the free printable recipe card at the bottom of this post for all the detailed instructions.

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Can I Prep Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate in Advance?

This pumpkin spice white hot chocolate is best enjoyed immediately. However, I bet you could let it cool to room temperature and then store it in the fridge for later. Reheat the white hot chocolate on the stove, not in the microwave.

Substituting Non-Dairy Milk in this Recipe

I’ve only made this recipe using whole milk, but I’m sure you can use an unsweetened non-dairy milk. Oat Milk is probably be the substitute for dairy milk in this pumpkin spice hot chocolate due to its neutral flavor.

Almond milk would be ok as long as it is unflavored and unsweetened, but you’ll likely have some of that almond flavor come through in your mug of white hot chocolate.

However, it is important to note that white chocolate does contain dairy, so substituting the kind of milk you use in this homemade hot chocolate recipe will not remove all dairy.

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Tips for Making Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate

For the richest homemade hot chocolate, whole milk is a must. Don’t use fat-free milk in this recipe, as that will make your white hot chocolate taste watered down.

If you have pre-made pumpkin pie spice on hand, I’m sure you could use that in place of the individual spices I’ve listed. Start with a teaspoon of it, and slowly add more until your homemade hot chocolate is the right flavor.

Also, you want to use unsweetened cocoa powder in this pumpkin spice hot chocolate and not actual hot chocolate mix. I’ve gotten a few questions about that, so I wanted to clarify!

Ideas for a Hot Chocolate Bar

If you want to make a large batch of this pumpkin spice hot chocolate to serve for a social function, a hot chocolate bar is a fun idea for guests to customize their drinks. Here are some suggestions to include:

  • Whipped Cream – I like to make homemade whipped cream and put it in a piping bag with a pretty piping tip to make nice designs.
  • White Chocolate Shavings – for those who want to sprinkle extra white chocolate on top.
  • Pumpkin Spice Seasoning – perfect for dusting on top of the homemade hot chocolate.
  • Cinnamon Sticks – cinnamon sticks make great garnishes and stirring sticks!
  • Mini Marshmallows – marshmallows and homemade hot chocolate are classic together!

For a hot cocoa bar, I would recommend adding the pumpkin spice hot chocolate to a slow cooker or crock pot with the warm setting to keep this decadent treat warm for your guests.

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Try this Homemade White Hot Chocolate Recipe!

Next time you’re looking for hot drinks to try on a cold day, give this Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate a try! Did you think it was the perfect cup of hot chocolate? Leave a comment below and give it a review for others to see what you thought of this easy recipe.

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Easy Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte, featuring real pumpkin, can be whipped up in just a few minutes for you to enjoy and warm up with this fall.

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Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate

Yield: serves 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate is infused with real pumpkin puree and plenty of pumpkin spice for a delectable fall drink!


For the Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

  • 5 cups whole milk
  • 12 ounces white chocolate, chopped
  • 4 teaspoons unsweetened 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

For the Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Bean Paste or Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon Powdered Sugar


Preparing the Hot Chocolate

  1. In a heavy saucepan, combine 2 cups of milk, white chocolate, and cocoa powder.
  2. Cook over medium heat, whisking periodically, until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is well combined.
  3. Whisk in the pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, allspice, and ginger.
  4. Add the remaining milk, 1 cup at a time, until the desired consistency is reached.
  5. If desired, serve topped with whipped cream and a sprinkling of nutmeg or pumpkin spice. Just be sure not to fill the mugs too full before adding the whipped cream, or you might have some overflow.

Preparing the Whipped Cream

  1. Combine the cold heavy cream and vanilla or vanilla paste in a chilled non-reactive bowl.
  2. Whisk by hand or using an electric mixture until the cream holds a loose peak.
  3. A soft peak will hold a lazy curve when the beater or whisk is held upside down.
  4. Then, sprinkle the sugar on top of the whipped cream and continue beating until soft peaks are formed.


This recipe is best served immediately.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 452Total Fat 25gSaturated Fat 15gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 32mgSodium 141mgCarbohydrates 48gFiber 2gSugar 45gProtein 10g offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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Cristina pop

Thursday 30th of January 2020

Your recipe is so amazing! So easy to make and so delicious! I included it in my Best Hot Chocolate round-up!


Thursday 30th of January 2020

Thanks so much!

Julia @ The Smart Baker

Saturday 31st of January 2015

I love all things pumpkin.


Monday 22nd of September 2014

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

Katie Goodman

Tuesday 23rd of September 2014

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

Rachel C.

Monday 16th of September 2013

Think this would work okay in a crockpot?


Tuesday 8th of October 2013

I have never tried it in a crockpot


Tuesday 10th of September 2013

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!

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