Pumpkin Hot Chocolate

1 Posted by - October 18, 2013 - Food & Drink, Halloween & Autumn

I’m so damn tired of pumpkin stuff, and it’s barely half-way through the month, with another month and a half of fall stuff to go. Urgh. But I had to try pumpkin hot chocolate. There’s no way around it.

Image from Fooddoodles.com

Image from Fooddoodles.com

Guys, it’s even vegan (supposedly– although I see a marshmallow in there and God only knows what animal by-products it takes to make one of those).

I made my post schedule at the beginning of this month and guessed on how much pumpkin puree I would need. I bought three cans of it. So far, even with completing the pumpkin spice krispie treats and pumpkintini, I have used a tiny fraction of a can. I was hoping to use up a bit more in this, but it still looks like I’ve barely touched it. I will have pumpkin forevarrrr.

hot chocolate ingredients

On the plus side, I did get to use up some almond milk, which I bought one day when the grocery store was out of coconut milk, and which both my husband and I hate. But this recipe actually calls for it, so yay.

You will recall that I do not have pumpkin pie spice, so I made my own last time. Well, this time, my Googling turned up a different result and also asked me to put in Allspice.


But since last time turned out so well, I wasn’t to concerned about it, and I honestly didn’t really measure this stuff. I just put in a lot of cinnamon and a little of everything else.

hot chocolate pre heat

Normally when I make hot chocolate, it involves heating water, opening a Swiss Miss packet, and mixing it up, so already this was way too goddamn involved. I had to get out ingredients and measure things and whisk them all together…

AND THEN I had to wait for it to boil, which took enough time that I cleaned my entire kitchen and some of my dining room before bubbles formed, and that’s with checking back frequently to make sure it wasn’t boiling yet, because I have had really bad luck with boiling dairy products in the past. (I forgot that almond milk isn’t really a dairy product. Sue me.)

boil motherfucker

When it was done heating, I carefully poured it into mugs so as not to fuck up my newly cleaned kitchen.

mess mugs


I garnished with marshmallows (because that’s how it was in the picture and I am not a vegan so I don’t care what animal by-products happen to be in marshmallows) and set to the task of drinking it. I also brought one to my husband. Because it made two mugs and I am Wife of the Year.

Except I think I have to give back Wife of the Year status because we both thought it was really disgusting. Seriously, it mostly tasted like Allspice, so I guess I put in too much of that. Secondary was the flavor of almond milk, which, as you’ll recall, neither of us like. And the pumpkin puree just sort of put me in mind of my vomit cocktail from the other day, so really, unpleasant all around.

I will not be making this one again because 1) it was gross (probably because I didn’t measure my spices, I hate almond milk, and I am really, really tired of pumpkin-flavored shit) and 2) it was kind of a pain in the ass to make it.


Pumpkin Hot Chocolate
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Pumpkin Hot Chocolate
The Pintester is tired of pumpkin stuff, but takes one for the team and tests out pumpkin hot chocolate. Should you make it or should you avoid it at all costs?


  • Robynne St. Marie October 18, 2013 - 10:22 am Reply

    Hahaha, well, now I know not to make that one. I have a can of pumpkin laying around, and I keep meaning to make pumpkin sugar cookies, but I think I’m too tired of pumpkin stuff too.

  • Cara October 18, 2013 - 10:33 am Reply

    Something I never understand about things that are “pumpkin spiced” is why they require you to actually add pumpkin- the pumpkin itself has a VERY mild, almost nonexistent flavor. That’s why you can sub it in baked goods without changing the flavor of the recipe.

    It’s the pumpkin PIE SPICE that adds the flavors we all associate with “pumpkin spice.” Why this recipe would have you add actual pumpkin to hot chocolate is beyond me. A little sprinkle of the spice would seem to give the flavor you actually expect.

    Brave girl, trying two drinks in a row with pureed vegetable in them. And this one didn’t even add rum… bummer.


  • Ethne Hedren Denham October 18, 2013 - 10:44 am Reply

    I bought out Trader Joe’s of their pumpkin stuff last weekend and my kids don’t like any of it. I’m stuck eating it all. I’ll send it to you.

  • beeethanyj October 18, 2013 - 11:21 am Reply

    I love it when people are real about this stuff. I just checked out the original blog that posted this, and OF COURSE people raved about it. Filthy liars. It sounds really gross to me!

  • ThetaSigma October 18, 2013 - 11:28 am Reply

    And then we get to mid-October, when *everything* is saturated with pumpkin and people go, “ugh” at the thought of another one, and I am happy that I’m allergic and don’t have to deal with this bullshit!
    Seriously, that looks gross, and sounds like this stupid yearly pumpkin craze goes *way too far*! I am not a hot chocolate purist (I love raspberry hot chocolate, and I’m an inveterate hot chocolate meddler, always adding spices), but pureed veggies DO NOT GO in my guilty treat!

  • ThetaSigma October 18, 2013 - 11:29 am Reply

    Also, if you don’t wanna deal with the last two cans of pumpkin puree (not that I blame you), consider donating it — that may mean pumpkin pie or whatever for a really poor family. And now I shut up, because I hate telling people what to do with their stuff.

  • Brenda October 18, 2013 - 12:00 pm Reply

    I can’t recall ever seeing any posts about bananas, so aside from their inherent penis shape, I won’t speculate on your opinion of them. However, if you do like them, may I recommend Gwenyth Paltrow’s (I know, stay with me here) recipe for banana ice cream as it’s really simple, only a few ingredients, AND calls for almond milk!?

    Just don’t make the same mistake as I did, which was eating two bowls since it was so delicious (and good for me!), and then going for a run an hour later with it sloshing around…

  • Brenda October 18, 2013 - 12:02 pm Reply

    p.s. have you seen the Onion’s take on all things pumpkin, including porn??


  • Shila Gillotte October 18, 2013 - 12:04 pm Reply

    Top 5 things to do with your leftover pumpkin:
    1) Add a tablespoon a day to your adorable dog’s food. Pumpkin is super good for their digestion.
    2) Freeze it into ice cubes for fall smoothies.
    3) Add it to the brown sugar hair straightener and have the fall version of something that doesn’t work at all.
    4) Actually cook with it! Muffins or nut bread are perfect carby solutions, soup is the paleo way to go. (You can swap pumpkin for butternut squash if you have a recipe you like.)
    5) Chuck it in the freezer and be a leg up for next year’s inevitable pumpkin pins.

    • Catherine October 21, 2013 - 11:33 am Reply

      I make an orange pumpking poppyseed cake that’s really good.

  • DeepFriedYankee October 18, 2013 - 12:49 pm Reply

    I thought we had a lot in common, but if you can clean your kitchen and start in on another room before the HoCho boils…my jealousy for how clean your kitchen normally is just makes our imaginary relationship impossible. That and my hatred of coconut milk.

  • migrainegirl October 18, 2013 - 2:18 pm Reply

    Sounds much easier to go to Starbucks and order a hot cocoa with the pumpkin spice!

  • kittnen October 18, 2013 - 2:26 pm Reply

    I thought there was no way I would get tired of pumpkin. But after using up almost all of it that I had pureed already, I pulled the last 3 pumpkins out of the garden yesterday. Meaning after pureeing up this batch, I’m going to have almost as much pumpkin to use up all over again. Eeesh. I will admit though, pumpkin pie smoothies are pretty fucking awesome.

  • Rachel October 18, 2013 - 6:43 pm Reply

    I love almond milk!!! ‘Course, I only use it on cereal….and it DID take me a while to get used to….BUT NOW I LOVE IT.

  • Deborah Blake October 18, 2013 - 8:11 pm Reply

    I love hot chocolate. I would NOT make this. Ugh. But you can clean my kitchen any time. (Also, I think these days, marshmallows are mostly sugar. In the old days, they were actually made from a marshmallow plant. Very vegan.)

    • molly October 20, 2013 - 8:29 pm Reply

      I think Willy Wonka had a couple of those in his factory.

    • Lindsay Lovstrom October 22, 2013 - 1:23 pm Reply

      True. But Marshmallows now are sugar + gelatin (which is made from bones).

  • jadestormcloud October 18, 2013 - 8:23 pm Reply

    Well, of course you’re going to hate almond milk if you buy unsweetened! That shit’s nasty. You have to get the Original. Also, while most marshmallows have gelatin, there are vegan versions available. I buy them when I go camping, cuz I gotta have my s’mores!

  • jadestormcloud October 18, 2013 - 8:33 pm Reply

    Poor over-pumpkined peeps. I haven’t had a single pumpkin-flavored anything so far this season, so this actually sounds pretty good to me. I’m too lazy to, like, cook & stuff, and preprocessed punkin-flavored whatever always seems to have dairy in it, making it a no-go for me. I tell you, some days I real miss being able to just run my lazy ass out & get a Starbucks Pumpkin Mocha in the fall (or an Egg Nog Mocha in the winter).

    • ThetaSigma October 20, 2013 - 11:31 pm Reply

      If you actually want to try pumpkin flavored whatever (idk why, but who knows), try Trader Joe’s — they have a good variety of stuff for pretty much all food allergies (which is why I do a good half of the family’s grocery shopping there! We got 1 vegan who is also gluten-free, 1 vegetarian who eats dairy rarely, 1 person who is allergic to eggs, so… fun! I gave up trying to cook for everyone and told my parents, “I’ll cook meat for us kids when it’s our night, you two fend for yourselves!”)

      • jadestormcloud October 21, 2013 - 4:15 pm Reply

        Not sure I’m craving enough to spend 45 minutes driving to the nearest Trader Joes. 😛

        • ThetaSigma October 21, 2013 - 9:44 pm Reply

          Fair enough. I forget sometimes I am lucky enough to live in a magical land where there are not one, not two, but *three* Trader Joe’s 20 minutes away (in 3 different directions)

        • Lindsay Lovstrom October 22, 2013 - 1:22 pm Reply

          At least you can get to a Trader Joe’s and back in one day! :p

      • jadestormcloud October 21, 2013 - 4:15 pm Reply

        BTW, love your name & pic. 😀

  • Katherine October 18, 2013 - 9:22 pm Reply

    As someone mentioned, you need vanilla sweetened almond milk. Way better. And when you make hot chocolate with it (from the packet, of course), it’s a bunch of sweet creamy goodness in your mouth. For reals. Also, skip the pumpkin and all the spices besides the cinnamon. You can add that to the vanilla hot chocolate, and then it’s Mexican hot chocolate. It is amazeballs.

    • jadestormcloud October 18, 2013 - 11:36 pm Reply

      If you’re just using your milk for drinking & cereal, vanilla works, but I always stick with original because I cook with mine too, & you REALLY don’t want to end up with vanilla mashed potatoes & vanilla cream of broccoli soup. 😛 Either way, don’t get the unsweetened.

      • ThetaSigma October 20, 2013 - 7:24 pm Reply

        We buy tons of vanilla soymilk at my house, because it’s awesome, and we cook with it too. Most recipes, it doesn’t matter, since the flavor is pretty mild, but there were a few things that you could taste the vanilla pretty strong, and it took me *forever* to figure out wtf was making it taste so vanilla-y.

      • Catherine October 21, 2013 - 11:31 am Reply

        I bought unsweetened almond milk so that I could have totally guilt-free chai lattes. It tasted like balls. Seriously nasty. I could barely choke it down. I kept trying to convince myself that it wasn’t that bad. It was that bad.

    • ThetaSigma October 20, 2013 - 7:22 pm Reply

      Or, get Dark Chocolate Almond Milk, which is basically like… um. Idk, I’m no writer, I suck at metaphors, so I’m going with FUCKING GOOD. The barest hint of almond makes it even better.

  • Jennifer Bickford October 18, 2013 - 9:55 pm Reply

    Dogs love canned pumkin. Seriously. Mine like it better than canned food and it is good for them.

    • Jennifer Bickford October 18, 2013 - 9:56 pm Reply


  • ShazyS October 19, 2013 - 12:21 am Reply

    Can I just say how jealous I am that you have canned pumpkin? I’ve never seen the stuff here in Australia which means if I wanna try pumpkin flavoured anything I have to buy a real pumpkin and puree that shit myself.

    • Lindsay Lovstrom October 22, 2013 - 1:20 pm Reply

      Make sure you roast it before you puree it!

      • ShazyS October 24, 2013 - 8:06 am Reply

        Well yes. I imagine it would be damn near impossible to puree it raw.

        • Lindsay Lovstrom October 25, 2013 - 12:10 pm Reply

          Mostly I meant cooking squash/gourds in the microwave is just not nearly as good as doing it the old fashioned way (although a helluva lot faster!)

  • Laurie Knight October 19, 2013 - 11:50 am Reply

    You know it’s fall when….PINTEREST is plagued with pumpkin crap. :/ Now mixing pumpkin and chocolate together just makes me want to puke. Thanks for your awesome reviews! You rock!

    • Catherine October 21, 2013 - 11:29 am Reply

      Chocolate chip pumpkin muffins are really good, though.

  • jirafeasaurusrex October 20, 2013 - 4:18 am Reply

    If you’re ever looking to get rid of the pumpkin, you can feed it to your dog! It’s good for their digestion, and it spices up their regular food. (I also have a recipe for pumpkin dog treats if you’re interested.)

  • Havana James October 20, 2013 - 12:33 pm Reply

    I was going to actually try this recipe until I saw that it called for almond milk. Luckily for me, I’m allergic to nuts (<—- insert joke here). After reading this review and trying a juicing recipe that involved pumpkin (really more of a smoothie(regardless, it was disgusting), I have decided to chuck all pumpkin inspired beverages this year. Cookies and pies are still on the menu!

    • ThetaSigma October 20, 2013 - 11:28 pm Reply

      I have been inserting all *sorts* of jokes in my head for like an hour now about being allergic to nuts! It has been a great hour (I can’t decide if being allergic to nuts is funnier if one is a straight woman or a lesbian. I’ve been debating that for an hour, too).

  • ThetaSigma October 20, 2013 - 7:21 pm Reply

    This may not be (probably is not) the right place to post this, but this is an IT problem I’ve been having. Now, granted, it may be my computer or my inability to use anything without fucking it up, but just in case: When I click random, and then ‘load more’, I often get repeats and then it tells me ‘no more posts’ even though I’m missing some things you’ve posted (maybe due to repeats? Idk, I’m pretty bad with computers). Anyway, like I said, odds are good that it’s me, not you, but I wanted to let you know!

    • Amanda October 20, 2013 - 8:45 pm Reply

      I am having the worst time on the iPad too. Scrolling sideways on the mobile version and I can’t view photos or anything anymore without opening new pages. It switched back to normal for awhile, then it came back. 🙁

  • steph gas October 20, 2013 - 7:38 pm Reply

    i haven’t had any pumpkin-flavored things yet this fall, and am not really planning on it. i don’t seem to like pumpkin flavored anything. but i am told i make an amazing pumpkin pie. it smells so good while i’m cooking it. but in reality, it smells like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and allspice. not pumpkin.

    maybe i should make hot chocolate and just add cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and allspice. not, you know. pumpkin. ALSO: everyone saying give pumpkin to your dog – great way to up the fiber intake for your pooch, also good if pets get a bit of diarrhea. however, too MUCH pumpkin can cause…. diarrhea. poop confuses me.

  • molly October 20, 2013 - 8:28 pm Reply

    You are so brave. I consider myself pretty adventurous when it comes to dining, but if I had been presented with a chocolate-pumpkin concocktion, I’d have bolted.

  • Outlander Kitchen October 20, 2013 - 11:19 pm Reply

    Pumpkin must die. That is all.

  • Stefanie Hilvers October 21, 2013 - 11:18 am Reply

    Fun fact: Marshmallows are a pork by-product! Pigs: not just for bacon anymore.

  • Jessica October 21, 2013 - 10:31 pm Reply

    I actually like pumpkin, but this sounds nasty, even with regular milk and measured ingredients.

  • Sarah October 21, 2013 - 11:40 pm Reply

    You could use the rest of your canned schmumpkin on your doggy! My lab loves these biscuits. http://simmertilldone.com/2009/10/07/retriever-retriever-pumpkin-eater/

  • Eleni October 22, 2013 - 8:26 am Reply
  • Lindsay Lovstrom October 22, 2013 - 1:17 pm Reply

    I made pumpkin white hot chocolate last year… it sounded delicious until I started blending it together, but then I didn’t even have the cocoa part to make it chocolatey brown so it kind of looked like watered down baby poo, if a baby had been eating nothing but carrots. Or I guess pumpkin.

  • Tiffany October 22, 2013 - 2:17 pm Reply

    Next time, add a scoop of coco powder and more Jack Daniels to the pumpkintini and heat that up. Or, you could just leave out everything except the Jack Daniels and put that shit on ice. Now THAT is an awesome Autumn night (that will probably also give you the runs, but it would be worth it)

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  • Llama spit October 24, 2013 - 5:07 pm Reply

    I really don’t understand the fascination with pumpkin pie flavored crap. Isn’t it bad enough that we have to listen to crazy white girls going on and on about them while wearing Ugg boots and shopping at Old Navy? Hasn’t the world suffered enough without adding some weird hot chocolate crap to the mix? Seriously, people, think of the children! *tear falls* The children.

  • Grant Spatchcock October 25, 2013 - 6:52 am Reply

    I can’t get over the fact that Americans eat pumpkin as a dessert. It’s just plain weird, people! Here in Australia, pumpkin is a savoury food, usually served as pumpkin soup or roasted along with potatoes and a leg of lamb.

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