Pumpkin Spice Caramel Mocha

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The addition of caramel and cocoa turns a regular cup of coffee into a coffeehouse style drink. Pumpkin Spice Caramel Mocha will warm you up on a cool day.

Homemade pumpkin spice caramel mocha is easily made at home.

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I always like experimenting with coffee drinks at home, for a couple of reasons. The cook in me always likes trying new things and recreating memorable recipes from restaurants. Probably the most important reason, I love saving money. Coffee house drinks can get to be so expensive.

Homemade pumpkin spice caramel mocha is easily made at home.

If you’re new to the gourmet coffee drinks you may be wondering what the difference is between a mocha and a latte. So let’s clear that up.

What makes a mocha a mocha?

The short answer is chocolate. Some will argue to use espresso, but that’s not everyone’s favorite. Espresso can be strong, and it’s too strong for me so I like using coffee.

What makes a latte a latte?

A latte is creamier. They have more cream than a mocha. A latte is lighter, with more cream than coffee per ounce.

Homemade pumpkin spice caramel mocha is easily made at home.

Now that you know the difference, you can make what you like at home and save money. Many of the coffee shop coffee drinks also use a flavored syrup which adds to the sweetness.

I like to start with flavored coffee, which is a big reason I love the coffee flavors from Door County Coffee and Tea Company. They offer such a variety of flavors the possibilities are endless when wanting to make coffee drinks at home. Plus, if you’re watching your sugar intake, you can control it better and also use a sweetener of your choice.

I’ve chosen to sweeten this with brown sugar because I like the bit of molasses flavor too. You can certainly use a sweetener of your choice. If you prefer a more mocha flavor, add more cocoa, a teaspoon at a time until you are happy. As for the whipped cream, make it fresh or use a product like Reddi Whip.

When the weather is warmer, I enjoy an iced birthday cake latte. Mexican coffee and spiked iced caramel vanilla latte are two other favorites I like to serve after dinner. 

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Pumpkin Spice Caramel Mocha

A hint of cocoa takes this pumpkin spice coffee to a whole new level.
5 from 12 votes
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Beverages and Cocktails
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2


  • 2 cups brewed Pumpkin Spice coffee
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon caramel sauce
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice divided
  • Whipped cream for garnish
  • Caramel sauce for garnish


  • Brew a pot of Pumpkin Spice coffee.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan over medium heat, stir together milk, pumpkin puree, 1 teaspoon caramel sauce, cocoa and brown sugar. Heat, stirring often, until warm but not boiling, and sugar is melted. Remove from heat.
  • Place one cup of hot coffee in each of the two mugs. Evenly pour pumpkin mixture between each cup, leaving about ⅔ of space from the top, and stir.
  • Garnish with whipped cream, a sprinkle of pumpkin spice and drizzle with caramel sauce.

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  1. I’m not sure if it is fall, but I make a chai spice blend that I use fall and winter, so good! Shake in coffee, tea, anything!

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