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Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate with Butterscotch Whipped Cream

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The weather will be cooling off and it will soon be hot chocolate season. Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate with Butterscotch Whipped cream takes this favorite seasonal beverage to a new level.

Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate with Butterscotch Whipped Cream is a delicious seasonal beverage.

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My house is filled with hot chocolate lovers. I love coming up with new flavors and this pumpkin spice version is a keeper. It’s a great way to use up leftover canned pumpkin. I made a recipe recently that didn’t use the entire can so I thought I’d throw some pumpkin in hot chocolate. I’m glad I did.

Pumpkin hot chocolate simmering on the stove.

Simmer the hot chocolate mixture over low heat. It may look like a film forms on top but a quick stir will incorporate the chocolate. I started stirring with a spoon and changed to a whisk to use until it was smooth. Resist the urge to turn the heat up to incorporate the pumpkin or melt the chocolate. You don’t want to burn the chocolate because then the recipe will be ruined.

Butterscotch whipping cream tops pumpkin spice hot chocolate.

I’m also glad I made butterscotch whipped cream for the top using Torani butterscotch syrup. What a delicious flavor combination with the pumpkin and chocolate. Usually I’d pipe the whipped cream on and make it look pretty but I wanted a more homey feel so I just put a dollop, or two, on top. I love the look of a few mini chocolate chips with the orange sugar crystals from Sweets and Treats as a garnish.

Tips for making butterscotch whipped cream (or any flavored whipped cream):

  • Use a chilled stainless steel bowl, if you have one, and a whisk beater.
  • Make sure the whipping cream is cold from the refrigerator.
  • Add the flavorings BEFORE you begin whipping the cream.
  • Whip the cream to very stiff but don’t make butter!
  • Don’t make the whipped cream too far in advance. It will weep if it sets too long.

More hot chocolate varieties:

Winter White Hot Chocolate

Ultimate Hot Chocolate

Hazelnut Hot Chocolate Drops

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Butterscotch whipping cream tops pumpkin spice hot chocolate.

Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate with Butterscotch Whipped Cream

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate with Butterscotch Whipped Cream is a delicious seasonal beverage.


  • 2 ½ cups whole milk
  • ⅓ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (I used Dixie Crystals)
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Butterscotch Whipped Cream

  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons butterscotch syrup (I used Torani)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (I used Dixie Crystals)
  • Orange sugar sprinkles for garnish (I used Sweets and Treats)


  1. In a small saucepan, heat milk over medium heat until it begins to bubble around the edges, about 5 - 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Turn heat to low and stir in pumpkin puree, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla extract. Stir until all ingredients are combined and pumpkin is incorporated.
  3. Add mini chocolate chips and continue stirring until all are melted and chocolate is smooth.
  4. Divide hot chocolate among 2 mugs, top with butterscotch whipped cream and orange sugar sprinkles.
  5. Make butterscotch whipped cream: In a chilled mixing bowl, using a chilled whisk beater whip heavy cream, Torani butterscotch syrup and sugar. Whip briskly until stiff.

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