Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

adapted from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks 

Makes 1 C

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cost: $.40 (now, that can sure compete with Starbucks)

(caramel sauce: .15, milk: .10, whipped cream: .05, cocoa: .10)

3 tsp caramel sauce (make your own or use some from a jar)

3 tsp cocoa

pinch pumpkin pie spice

3/4 C milk (I used 2%)

1 tsp pumpkin

whipped cream (try homemade for sheer awesomeness)

another pinch pumpkin pie spice for garnish

Mix/whisk caramel sauce, cocoa, and pumpkin pie spice in a small saucepan. This helps make the cocoa so it's not grainy in your end product. When it's smooth, add just a bit of milk. Whisk until the substance is warm enough that the chocolate and caramel mixture is one with the milk. Then add the remaining milk.

Heat until steaming (not boiling). Remove from heat and whisk in your pumpkin.

Garnish with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice. Drink.

Note: For those interested in dessert in a cup, here's the original, very rich and caloric first experiment:

3/4 C milk (2%)

3 tsp caramel sauce

pinch pumpkin pie spice

1 packet of your favorite hot chocolate mix

1 tsp canned pumpkin

whipped cream

pumpkin pie spice

Heat caramel sauce, milk, and pumpkin pie spice until milk is steaming. Remove from heat and whisk in pumpkin and packet of hot chocolate mix.

Garnish with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice. Drink it slowly my friends.

Too rich for you? Add 1/2 C hot water to the mix. Don't worry, it doesn't water it down, just tones it down a bit.

Posted by The Tasty Cheapskate: tastycheapskate.blogspot.com