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Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

This pumpkin spice hot chocolate is the perfect treat for after-trick-or-treating. Deliciously creamy milk and semi-sweet chocolate, with pumpkin pie spices and topped with mini marshmallows.

Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate in a glass.

Everyone deserves a special treat at the end of a long night of trick-or-treating!

I’m a huge fan of making fall-flavored drinks at home, where you get to control the quality of the ingredients like my Pumpkin Spice Whipped Coffee, and my Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew.

This pumpkin spice hot chocolate is perfectly packed with semi-sweet chocolate, maple syrup, warm pumpkin pie spice, creamy whole milk, and generously sprinkled with sweet mini marshmallows.

If you’re not a fan of mini marshmallows, feel free to switch them out for some whipped cream, or a sprinkle of chocolate shavings. (And for adults 21+ only, maybe even a splash of Baileys, or rum).

Trust me, everyone from boys and ghouls to dads and mummies will love sipping on this pumpkin spice hot chocolate!

Love hot chocolate? Try a few of my other delicious hot chocolate recipes – Vitamix Hot Chocolate, Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate, Orange Hot Chocolate, or my Gingerbread White Hot Chocolate.

Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate getting poured into a mug.

Ingredients for pumpkin spice hot chocolate

  • Whole milk and heavy cream – This is the base for our pumpkin spice hot chocolate, which will make it extra smooth and creamy.
  • Semi-sweet chocolate – Not too sweet, and not too bitter, semi-sweet is the perfect balance for the best chocolatey flavor. 
  • Maple syrup – Maple syrup will add sweetness and also give us that classic fall maple flavor. Be sure to use maple syrup and not “pancake syrup” for this.
  • Pumpkin pie spice – Feel free to use homemade or your favorite store-bought variety.
  • Vanilla extract – Vanilla extract helps bring all of the flavors together and adds sweetness.
Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate topped with marshmallows.

Using alternative milks

You can absolutely swap out the whole milk and heavy cream that is used here, for alternative milk.

Just be sure to use the “unsweetened” varieties, so it doesn’t add too much sweetness and overpower the drink.

Toppings for hot chocolate

Feel free to use your favorite beverage toppings!

Mini marshmallows, whipped cream, cookie straws, chocolate shavings, or (for the adult crowd) a small splash of Baileys or your favorite dark rum, would all be perfect substitutions!

Storage and leftovers

Unfortunately, this pumpkin spice hot chocolate is best consumed immediately after it’s been made, but the recipe is very adaptable if you need less or more, just scale it to your needs!

 A hand holding a mug of Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate.

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Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

Author: Brandy O’Neill – Nutmeg Nanny
This pumpkin spice hot chocolate is the perfect treat for after-trick-or-treating. Deliciously creamy milk and semi-sweet chocolate, with pumpkin pie spices and topped with mini marshmallows.
5 from 2 votes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 drinks


  • 1-1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • In a saucepan set over medium heat, bring the milk and cream to a simmer, stirring occasionally.
  • Once simmering, add in the chocolate and continue stirring until fully melted.
  • Remove from the heat and add in the maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla extract.
  • Enjoy warm. Store any leftover hot chocolate in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two days. 


Serving: 1g | Calories: 886kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 68g | Saturated Fat: 42g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 21g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 159mg | Sodium: 146mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 59g
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword cinnamon hot chocolate, easy hot chocolate, homemade hot chocolate, spiced hot chocolate
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About Brandy!

I am a food lover and recipe developer bringing you delicious recipes that taste great and are easy to make! My food is inspired by travels around the world and my love of flavorful food. A list of things that make me happy: cats, Coke Zero, houseplants, and travel. Read more...

Recipe Rating

Shadi Hasanzadenemati

Monday 31st of October 2022

I was looking for a recipe like this, thank you for sharing! I can't wait to try it soon!


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