05 September 2022

Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate Recipe

How to make a pumpkin spice hot chocolate recipe.  This makes two servings, but it can easily be adapted to make in a slow cooker for a crowd.  This is an easy recipe, and it's absolutely delicious.

Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate Recipe

I've found my new favorite drink!  A pumpkin spice hot chocolate.  

This is the perfect fall drink for kids or adults.  It's crazy delicious and crazy easy to make.

I adapted the recipe so you can make it for two servings, but you can also double it or even quadruple it to make it in a slow cooker for a crowd.

If you're serving it to adults, you can make it a boozy pumpkin white hot chocolate with Kahlua or bourbon.

Like all of my coffee and drink recipes, this can be sugar free or keto.  You can even make it with a non dairy milk like oat milk or almond milk if you are dairy free.

For more fall drink ideas, check out these recipes:

What is a Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate?

Last year, the Cinderella Latte got popular.  You order a PSL from Starbuck's and add a pump of white chocolate.  It's a secret menu item that made its rounds on Instagram.

I had to try one, for research purposes of course, then I went home and made my own white chocolate pumpkin coffee creamer

That creamer is amazing.  I've been known to make it all year.  It's also good for making a cold brew latte.  Yum!

Can I Make Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate Ahead of Time?

This pumpkin spice white hot chocolate recipe is best served right away.  However, you can save leftovers in the fridge for later.

It will separate, but you can stir it as it heats.

I recommend heating on the stove for even heating and so you don’t over cook the milk.

How to Make a Non Dairy Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate Recipe

You can use cow's milk, heavy whipping cream, almond milk, or oat milk.  It's easy to make this a vegan pumpkin white hot chocolate recipe by swapping the milk and using vegan white chocolate.  

I do recommend using a creamy milk.  For cow’s milk, I like half and half or whole milk.  For non dairy, I like oat milk because it has a nuttier flavor.

You can also use coconut whipped cream on top to replace the whipped cream.

How to Make Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate in a Slow Cooker

If you want to make a pumpkin spice hot chocolate recipe for a crowd, then I suggest using a slow cooker.

SImply multiply the ingredients by 4 to make 8 servings.  Then place the ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on low for 2 hours or until the white chocolate chips are melted.  

Stir well.  When the chocolate is melted, reduce heat to warm and let your guests enjoy the pumpkin white hot chocolate.

Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate Recipe Topping Ideas

I usually drink my pumpkin white hot chocolate plain, but if I have whipped cream I add that.

You can also try one of the following toppings:

Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate Ingredients

Milk Choice

I like to use half and half or whole milk.  For dairy free, try oat milk or almond milk.

Pumpkin Puree

I used my Instant Pot pumpkin puree.  It has a true pumpkin taste when you make it from scratch.

If you use canned pumpkin, make sure it’s pure pumpkin and not pumpkin pie mix.

White Chocolate Chips

I recommend using a higher quality white chocolate chip or using white chocolate wafers.  I’ve used inexpensive white chocolate chips, and they work, but they don’t melt really well and tend to get grainy.

I like Ghiradelli white chocolate chips or a white chocolate wafers.

If you have dietary restrictions, try one of the following white chocolate chips:

Spiked Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate Recipe

If you want to make this an adult drink, try adding an ounce of Kahlua or a half ounce of bourbon or whiskey for each glass.  

If you make this in a slow cooker, set the bottles on the counter and add it to each cup.  This way everyone can enjoy the drink, and people can add a shot if they want.  

Tips for Making Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate Recipe

You can use white chocolate in a block or chips.  The higher the quality, the better your drink will be and the better it will melt.

You can use milk chocolate or dark chocolate, but I really like the white chocolate.

Add 1 ounce of Kahula or 1/2 ounce bourbon for a boozy pumpkin white hot chocolate recipe.

I do not add additional sugar, and it's plenty sweet with the white chocolate chips.  If you want, you can add sugar or stevia to taste.

Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate Recipe Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 5 tablespoons white chocolate chips or 2 ounces white chocolate
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice

How to Make Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate

Step #1

Place milk, pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice in a small saucepan.  Heat over medium heat until it starts to simmer.

Step #2

When it starts to simmer, add the white chocolate chips and stir until they are melted.

I have an electric stove, so I turn off the heat and leave the pan on the burner to melt the chips.  If you have a gas stove, turn the heat down to low to melt them.  

Step #3

Let cool slightly and enjoy!

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