Friends, I have a confession to make. I had never tried pumpkin spice before this year.
I know, right!? This is especially scandalous because I have a Starbucks at work. So, this fall I decided to see what all the fuss was about and picked up a cup of the ever-popular Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate…. and let me tell you, it changed everything. I danced in the streets singing this Taylor Swift Parody:
I even documented the occasion with an Instagram selfie… ’cause lets be real, that’s how you know it’s serious.
Flash forward to earlier this week as temperatures dropped, snow was in the forecast, and I was strolling through the grocery store craving some warm cocoa. It occurred to me that perhaps I could make my own!
So, here is how I make my Pumpkin Spiced Hot Cocoa for about 60 cents* a cup!
Ok, sidebar. I adore this coffee cup! My favorite mug was in the dishwasher, like always. But I picked this one up from Target earlier this fall and it probably comes in second at the moment. I love the simple, gold monogram. It is so stinking cute!
Anyway, back to cocoa. First, I picked up some single serving Swiss Miss packets. I love using the packets because you don’t have to measure and I love having a few flavors to choose from rather than being tied to one huge tub of cocoa that I never finish. For my Pumpkin Spice Cocoa I decided to go with the Dark Chocolate Sensation flavor. It is so rich and yummy.
Then it was time to add some spice to my
life cocoa. I visited the spices aisle first and another lady grabbed the last Pumpkin Spice right in front of me. It was devastating, but I was not to be deterred. As I sulked my way over to the dairy section to continue my grocery shopping I noticed two coolers full of coffee mate creamers. I figured, if it works for coffee why not cocoa!? So I picked up the Pumpkin Spice flavor and went on my way.
Putting everything together is so simple and easy. It is really the lazy girl’s Pumpkin Spiced Hot Chocolate! I just heat up my water using my electric kettle (which I love!) and add in the cocoa packet. I leave a little room at the top of the cup to add the creamer, it is quite strong so a little goes a long way in adding that festive fall flavor.
The dark chocolate works especially well with the creamer because the cocoa flavor is still so rich and creamy. It is delicious! I would have loved to go the extra step to make it pretty and add some whipped cream and sprinkle on a little Pumpkin Spice on the top. Can’t you just picture it!? Oh well, maybe next time, once they restock the spices.
I can’t wait to try other festive flavors through the holiday season. I think once I finish the Pumpkin Spice, I want to try the Hazelnut creamer next. What else do you think I should try? How do you feel about the “Pumpkin Spice Everything” trend?
*Rough estimate… Math is hard. That’s why I was a Theatre major. 😉