A few weeks ago, I made my first pumpkin recipe of the season, which, of course, incorporated pumpkin pie spice. As soon as I opened the spice container, it immediately felt like fall. There is just something about the scent of pumpkin pie spice that transports you to a forest full of turning colors and the months anticipating Thanksgiving. I decided right then and there that our family needed a pumpkin spice drink we could all enjoy (i.e. no coffee or alcohol included) that really featured and embraced the spicy flavors of fall.
There was a cafe in Boston back when I was in college that served white hot chocolate. I couldn’t get enough of that stuff! I decided to recreate that cozy drink, but with a twist! I thought this drink would be a nice canvas for pumpkin pie spice, and I was right. The result was perfect.
The flavors blend together how I thought they would, the pumpkin spice is featured nicely and doesn’t have to compete with any other strong flavors, and it’s just plain warm and comforting. Anna and I sat down together to enjoy our mugs of autumn perfection and she couldn’t stop saying, “Mmmmmmm.” Mission accomplished!
Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate
From Jane Maynard
- 1 cup milk
- 2 ounces white chocolate, finely chopped or shaved
- 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- Heat milk on the stove over medium heat, stirring regularly.
- When the milk is quite warm, add the chocolate. (If it’s shaved it will melt faster.) Whisk until all the chocolate is melted and the milk is as hot as you would like it.
- Whisk in the the pumpkin pie spice.
- Serve with a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice on top. Stir occasionally while drinking. Recipe can be easily doubled, tripled, quadrupled!
Don’t stop with white hot chocolate! If you want to really go pumpkin spice crazy, here are 8 more recipes sure to cozy up your autumn:
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When I was a kid I completely romanticized porridge. I never actually had it, but it always sounded like something I would want. I’m pretty sure this recipe would have lived up to all my porridge dreams!