When the weather gets chilly, the only thing I want to do is curl up on the couch and drink hot chocolate. But we all know how bland hot chocolate packets can be. As much as I love the ease and affordability of those little packets (I have to admit, I only buy them for the tiny marshmellows), they taste pretty much like chocolate and water. The older I get, the more I realize that those packets are just not going to cut it anymore!
For the colder months, I like to make my own hot chocolate in the stovetop. No more of those hot chocolate packets for me (unless there’s a hot cocoa emergency, to which I have no choice)! However, if you’re anything like me, you just can’t leave well enough alone. Fall weather requires Fall hot chocolate! Today I’m going to share with everyone a pumpkin hot chocolate recipe I found from Food.com. It’s easy to make, and tastes great!
- 1 1/2 tbs cocoa powder
- 2 1/2 sugar
- 1/4 tsp pumpkin spice
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 tps almond extract
- 4 1/2 cups milk (or soy milk)
- 2 tsp instant coffee powder (optional)
On the stovetop, heat up the milk until warm. Stir in all liquid ingredients. Then add all dry ingredients (starting with cocoa powder) and whisk until the clumps are melted. When the hot cocoa reaches the desired temperature, pour into a mug and serve! Add in the instant coffee powder for an optional coffee flavor. This recipe is for 1-2 servings.
Once your pumpkin spice hot chocolate is ready, feel free to cozy up on the couch and delve in a good book!