Today I decided that I literally wanted to drink some chocolate and so I decided to make my favorite homemade recipe. But then I was thinking about this fab hot drink I got with breakfast the other day at my favorite local cafe and the spice in it made me want to do something a bit more seasonal.
You see here there isn’t much of a fall. No leaves change color and, I don’t think they even fall off of the trees, really. It just doesn’t get cold enough! My crisp Autumn days used to be in the 50’s and 60’s and now I’m lucky if I get high 70’s! Like, I freak out and will yell to Rob “the weather says 74 on Wednesday, I’m SO EXCITED!” Yep, it doesn’t feel so much like fall when it’s in the nineties out but I suppose I’ll eventually adjust :)
But even if Mother Nature isn’t going to play ball here in South Texas, I’m still going to get my hot beverages and pumpkin spice on.
Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate Recipe
Dark and super rich, drink a cup of melted chocolate made perfect for Autumn with the perfect flavors of the season, pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices. With a consistency similar to melted chocolate, this drink is truly rich and though this recipe makes 2 small servings, due to the decadence the size is perfect!
- 1 cup of half and half
- 1/2 cup of bittersweet chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons of white sugar
- 1/4 cup of pumpkin puree
- 2-3 tablespoons of pumpkin pie spice
- Whipped cream
- Cinnamon or nutmeg sprinkle
- In a small saucepan over medium, heat the half and half, chocolate, sugar, pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice until the chocolate is thoroughly melted.
- Transfer to a mug and top with whipped cream, which makes the drink sweeter, and dust with nutmeg or cinnamon.
This truly a very rich recipe with a strong flavor of DARK chocolate with a viscosity so similar to straight melted chocolate that it is unreal. If this is TOO thick for you can replace the half and half with milk in any proportion you deem fit as long as it adds up to 1 cup (use 1 cup of milk or 3/4 cup milk + 1/4 cup of half and half).
If you don’t like a dark chocolate taste, replace the bittersweet chips with milk chocolate and eliminate the white sugar.
The pumpkin adds a lovely flavor to the chocolate but is not strictly necessary if you don’t care for the taste or if you don’t have it on hand. If omitting the pumpkin, add an extra 1/4 cup of dairy.
Pumpkin spice and everything nice!
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