This Salted Pumpkin Hot Chocolate Mix only takes minutes to make and is perfect for sipping all fall! Use the printable gift tag to give it as a gift this holiday season!
You know how we all get cravings. And some people are “sweets” people… and some are “salty” people? But everyone is a pumpkin spice person?? Oh, and chocolate! That fits into the equation somewhere too!
So how do you satisfy all those fall flavor cravings??? With this Salted Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate Mix of course!
Salted Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate Mix
Okay, so the point is, whether you are a sweets person, a salty person, a pumpkin spice person or a chocolate lover… this salted pumpkin spice hot chocolate mix is for you! It’s the perfect combination of all those flavors! It’s a great twist on traditional hot chocolate and it’s almost more salty than sweet, which is a nice change IMHO!
But the best part is that you can whip up a batch of this hot chocolate mix in just about 2 minutes! Seriously, if only taking the pictures for this post could have been that easy! I know I always say I’m not a recipe blogger for a reason, and the trail of chaos that followed the photo shoot for this post reminded me why! But, it was worth it so that I could share this recipe with all you lovely folx!
This salted pumpkin spice hot chocolate mix makes a great gift! That’s actually how I created it… because we all know how much I love giving out edible gifts! It looks great packaged in a mason jar with a ribbon and some cinnamon sticks!
Or, you can just make it to keep! It’s great to have on hand throughout the fall and winter. I think it has that perfect fall-y flavor to accompany a Halloween movie night, an after turkey Thanksgiving treat, a fall bonfire or a walk through colorful crunchy leaves.
You got questions? I got answers!
Can I make it dairy free?
Yes! You can easily leave out the powdered milk. It won’t effect the recipe. Just mix in some milk or dairy free milk when you mix up a cup of the mix. I do this sometimes when we want to use our own goat milk. But for gifting, I like to include the powdered milk so that it’s just an easy “mix with hot water” type of food gift.
Can I substitute regular sugar instead of coconut sugar?
Yes, you definitely can! Nutritionally, coconut sugar is only slightly better than any other sugar. So use whatever sweetener you want, whether that’s sugar, brown sugar, etc. You could even omit the sweetener from the mix and just mix honey or maple syrup in each time you make a cup. You can also make the mix sweeter or less sweet by adjusting the amount of sugar in the recipe. You do you, boo!
What toppings can I add?
Oh I’m so glad you asked! This hot chocolate of course looks gorg served with a cinnamon stick. But if you want to get really fancy, you can pour a bit of coffee creamer in – I’m sure a pumpkin spice blend would be delish! You can also go all out with marshmallows or whip cream! And if you are feeling extra kitchen-witchy, you could make some homemade marshmallows! These chocolate swirl cinnamon marshmallows look positively divine! Or how about some pumpkin spice marshmallows?!
How can I dress it up to give as a gift? (+ FREE GIFT TAG!)
This hot chocolate mix is perfect for gifting! It looks incredible in a repurposed glass jar too! The whole recipe makes enough mix for 4 pint jars with some extra room so you can top it with chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, caramel squares or marshmallows! Tie a ribbon around it, add a cinnamon stick and the cute printable tag – viola! Perfect gift for Halloween, Thanksgiving company, neighbor gifts or teacher gifts!
- 2 cups cocoa powder
- 2 cups coconut sugar
- 2 cups instant powdered milk (optional)
- 1 TBS Himalayan Sea Salt
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- Combine all ingredients into a bowl
- Whisk to fully combine ingredients
- Alternatively, you can also pulse them in a bullet-style blender to mix them
- To serve: Add two heaping spoonfuls (about 1/4 cup) of the mix into a heat-safe mug. Stir in 6-8 ounces of hot water. Stir well to combine or use a frother.
Top with whipped cream, marshmallows, or cinnamon sticks!
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