Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

I am not a coffee drinker. Instead of a coffee mug, I have a tumbler of water on my desk at work. In the cold months, however, I do enjoy a nice, warm drink–usually English tea, spiced cider, or hot chocolate. The drink in this post is for anyone out there who, like me, gets a little caught up in the Fall pumpkin hype but doesn’t see it for the pumpkin spice latte. ย Or, maybe you are all about #PSL and just want to add something to your rotation. This hot chocolate is Fall in a glass and will definitely do the trick. The balance of pumpkin and chocolate is just right and the spice combination provides that Autumnal jumping-into-a-pile-of-leaves feeling of comfort that we don’t experience in my part of Texas until practically Christmas Eve. ๐Ÿ™‚ Per usual, this drink comes together in almost no time at all.

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Ingredients

1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon canned pumpkin

2 teaspoons cocoa powder ( I use Hershey’s 100% cacao “Special Dark”)

3 cups milk (I used unsweetened almond)

1/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Dash of ground ginger

Dash of nutmeg

Whipped cream for garnish

Makes two servings.

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In a small saucepan, heat pumpkin and milk over a medium-low flame.
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Stir together until mixture is smooth and a light orange color.

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Add cocoa and sugar. Mix very well, leaving no dry clumps of cocoa. Some scraping of the sides of the saucepan may be necessary. Bring to a light boil then reduce flame to lowest setting.

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Add cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger. Stir in then simmer for a few more minutes.

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Pour into two mugs and garnish with whipped cream and additional cocoa powder, if desired.

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Please leave reviews and ask any questions below. Thanks!

-Jazz

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