One of my favorite parts of fall and winter are all of the yummy drinks that go along with it…mulled cider (okay, mulled wine, if you want full disclosure), cappuccinos, lattes, and hot chocolate.  After I got married, I got this awesome coffee carafe, and I envisioned sitting around on the weekends, lazily reading the paper and sipping coffee with the Tall Boy.  Except the Tall Boy doesn’t really like coffee, so it sort of defeats the purpose of having a carafe.

Not to be dissuaded, I decided I’d serve our traditional “decorating the Christmas tree hot chocolate” in the carafe…except that the Tall Boy doesn’t really care for sweets, and the Doodlebug has about three sips and declares himself “all done.”  So I do what any other rational person would do with an entire carafe of hot chocolate all to themselves…drink it.

Since it’s really not such a great idea to drink eight servings of hot chocolate all by yourself heading into the holiday season, or really any time of the year, I decided I needed to find a way to make fun drinks in single servings.  And because I’m on a pumpkin kick right now, this is what I came up with.

Except, as it turns out, this is really not an original idea.  Although it was new to me, I’m spotting similar drinks all over foodie blogs.  Wanna know why?

It’s really good.

Pumpkin Pie Hot Chocolate


2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
dash salt
3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 tablespoons canned pure pumpkin puree


Mix sugar, cocoa, salt, and pumpkin pie spice in a large mug.  Heat milk in microwave for approximately 1 1/2 minutes.  Stir in pumpkin and vanilla, and add to cocoa mixture.  Stir well and enjoy!


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