What kind of hot chocolate do you prefer - milk, dark or white? I love them all, but I go through phases where I'll only drink one kind. Currently, I'm in the white chocolate phase. If I'm going to have a hot chocolate - it's got to be white. If I'm going to have a mocha - it's got to be with white chocolate. There's something wonderful about the rich creamy taste and subtle vanilla flavour of white chocolate that I just knew would work wonderfully alongside pumpkin pie spices - and I wasn't wrong!
Sure, you can make hot chocolate by scooping out a few tablespoons of a pre-made mix and stirring them into a mug of milk, but I prefer to make my hot chocolate with real chocolate, milk and a bit of cream if I'm feeling indulgent.
We have a fancy coffee machine at home with a milk frother and it creates the lightest, fluffiest, most-perfect-for-hot-chocolates-ever milk! But I understand that most people don't have a mini Starbucks in their home. But not to worry! You can still get the incredible thick and frothy milk texture by using a hand-held milk frother which will only set you back a few dollars. Awesome, right?
After checking out some other pumpkin spice hot chocolate recipes online before I went ahead and made my own, I noticed that a fair few of them included pumpkin puree, as well as pumpkin pie spice - like this one from Good Life Eats. I wanted to give it a try, but I simply couldn't find the batch of homemade pumpkin puree that I knew was in the fridge just a few days ago. Then I remembered what I said about making and eating as many of these as was possible before pumpkin season was out and came to the realisation that I must have used up the entire jar. Hence there is no pumpkin puree in this recipe!
Don't you just want to take a great big pumpkin spice nap in that frothy milk? I know I do!
I just thought - you could easily turn this recipe into a pumpkin spice hot chocolate mix to give to friends and family. Either as a present just to remind them how grateful you are to have them in your life or for handmade Christmas presents. It's never too early to start planning for Christmas! Check the notes at the bottom of the recipe card to find out how to turn this recipe into a pumpkin spice hot chocolate mix.
- ½ cup white chocolate chips or chopped up white chocolate
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon ground allspice
- 2 cups milk
- Place all the ingredients into a small saucepan over a medium-high heat.
- Bring to the boil then reduce the heat medium-low, until the mixture is simmering.
- Cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly, until all the chocolate has melted and all the spices are well mixed into the milk.
- Use a milk frother to make the milk thick and frothy whilst it's still in the saucepan.
- Pour into two mugs and enjoy whilst hot.
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