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Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate

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

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Homemade White Hot Chocolate

I’ve had this idea for a Pumpkin Spice White 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 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 Eric 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.

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.

I had filled the glasses a little too high beforehand 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 this homemade hot chocolate 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 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.)

How to Make Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate

In a heavy saucepan, combine most of the milk, chocolate, and cocoa powder. Cook over medium heat until the chocolate is fully melted.

Whisk in the pumpkin puree, spices, and the rest of the milk. Once warmed through, pour into glasses and top with whipped cream and nutmeg.

Can I Prep This 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.

Can I Use Non-Dairy Milk?

Most likely, yes. I’ve only made this recipe using whole milk, but I’m sure you could use an unsweetened non-dairy milk.

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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!

More Cozy Winter Drink Recipes:

Looking for some more cozy winter drink recipes to stay warm with this winter? Check out some of these favorite winter drink recipes, or browse the recipe index archives for even more great recipe ideas:

Spiked Peppermint Mocha Hot Chocolate takes traditional hot chocolate to the next level with the addition of the flavors of mocha, peppermint, and some optional Irish cream. Top it all off with Peppermint Mocha Whipped Cream and Marshmallows for an unbelievable sweet treat.

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.

Fresh pressed apple cider, tart pomegranate juice, and Tempranillo wine pair with mulling spices and fresh fruit to create Spiced Pomegranate Apple Cider Mulled Wine, the perfect warm cocktail for sipping during this autumn and winter season.

Christmas Wassail is a classic this time of year. Apple cider, orange juice, and cranberry juice are spiced with  plenty of cinnamon and cloves for a holiday treat.

Spiced Pomegranate Apple Cider is a twist on the classic mulled apple cider with the addition of fresh pomegranate juice.

Salted caramel and chocolate pair so well together, so why not put them together and enjoy a mug of this Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate.

Need a Christmas or Thanksgiving cocktail recipe? Try this Cranberry Rosemary Shrub Cocktail. It’s an easy bourbon cocktail that has hints of black pepper, cinnamon, and rosemary.

Be sure to check out these 25 Pumpkin Recipes to Try this Fall – So, if like me, you have a pumpkin hoarding problem you now have a very good excuse. I’ve just shared my favorite Pumpkin Recipes for you to try this fall.

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Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate

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!


  • 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


  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. Just be sure not to fill the mugs too full before adding the whipped cream, or you might have some overflow.


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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