Recipe: “Pumpkin Spice” Hot Chocolate (or Mocha or Latte)

Just in case you aren’t feeling the spirit of autumn yet here’s one more reason to get you in the mood. EvePumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate from 100 Days of Real Foodry year there’s lots of talk about Starbuck’s famed “Pumpkin Spice Latte,” but why leave the kids out of all the fun? I don’t know about you, but my children have not graduated to lattes quite yet, which is why I came up with this “Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate” drink for them instead. And since it has cocoa in it you can easily add a shot of espresso to turn it into an adult “Pumpkin Spice Mocha” (or Latte) as well…which means there is something for everyone. Enjoy!

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5.0 from 3 reviews
“Pumpkin Spice” Hot Cocoa (or Mocha or Latte)
Serves: 1
Hot Cocoa Version:
  • 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (found in baking aisle of most stores)
  • ¾ cup warm milk
  • ½ teaspoon unsweetened dark cocoa or cacao (I personally love Hershey’s “special dark” cacao, which can also be found at most stores)
  • Optional: Homemade whipped cream topping
Mocha Variation: Add 1 shot of espresso
Latte Variation: Add 1 shot of espresso and omit cocoa
  1. Mix together the honey, spice, and cacao or cocoa (if using).
  2. Add hot milk (and espresso if using).
  3. Top with optional homemade whipped cream and a dash of pumpkin spice or cinnamon, we prefer fresh. Serve immediately.
We recommend organic ingredients when feasible.

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  • Comments

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy) |

      Hi Lori. We’ve not tried that but I imagine you could. You might have to do some remixing before reheating. ~Amy

    2. Jen |

      To make real hot chocolate do you just use unsweetened cocoa powder and a little honey? Thanks!

    3. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy) |

      Hi there, Jen. Yes, cocoa powder, milk and sweeten to taste with honey. ~Amy

    4. Rachael VanDyke |

      Oh my gosh this was amazing. I will never buy a pumpkin spice latte again

    5. Madeline |

      The kids don’t have to miss out on Starbucks! Starbucks actually sells Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa, too, and in the smaller (& cheaper!) kids sizes.

    6. Lisa |

      I just made the hot chocolate for myself. Then made it for my husband. I was sooo jealous that he had a full cup to enjoy and I only had 1/2 cup left. I’m definitely making this again tomorrow. So good!

    7. Mary |

      I’ve made similar recipes and the spices are always gritty and and clump at the bottom of my cup. Any recommendations?

    8. Tamara |

      This is great! It would be great to get a healthier spin on some of their holiday drinks like peppermint mocha and gingerbread latte and would love to know your take.

    9. Karen |

      I subscribe to Consumer Labs and they tested cocoa powders and dark chocolates and found high levels of lead and cadmium in many of them, including Hersheys Dark Cocoa. I stopped using it as a result and have switched to Bakers unsweetened chocolate bars which had the highest level of flavonoids and no lead or cadmium. I thought you might be interested in this information. I don’t think anyone wants to be exposing themselves or their families to lead and cadmium. It is very disappointing that so many of the chocolates and cocoa powders have lead and cadmium and are allowed to remain on the market. Consumer Labs is an independent lab that tests supplements and products that aren’t FDA regulated.

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