Pumpkin Hazelnut Hot Chocolate

This pumpkin hazelnut hot chocolate is warm, comforting and the perfect thing to cozy up with as the weather gets colder.

About this time seven years ago (wow, it’s crazy how fast time goes as you get older), I received an unsolicited home decor magazine in my mailbox. Married just over a year, I had packed up New York for Florida to be with Ulysses the day we returned from our honeymoon. We had a beautiful house, a pool in the backyard and life was good. Or, so I thought until that magazine arrived. Normally, I’d throw that kind of junk right into the garbage and not give it a second thought. For some unknown reason though, I opened that one. I can vividly remember looking through it on the couch as the sun poured in through the living room window. The door to the screened in patio was open while the late October 70 degree breeze flowed through the house, and I just lost it.

Pumpkin hazelnut hot chocolate

I saw picturesque fall foliage setups with pumpkins, gourds and hay bales. I saw snowy covered front porches with monogrammed welcome mats. I saw people bundled up in cozy winter jackets, scarves and hats with cups of warm drinks in their hands and as the tears streamed down my face, I told Ulysses we needed to move back to New York, that I missed the “changing of the seasons”. Fast forward to present time and if you’ve read this blog for any length of time you know that I sincerely regret that decision. Twenty-five year olds shouldn’t be able to make life altering decisions like that. And while I love my family close by here, I love my quality of life a lot too. For six months during the barren wasteland of a New York winter, I’d give anything for that 70 degree breeze and sunny Florida sky again to be able to just be outside and active.

Pumpkin hot chocolate with hazelnut

All that being said, the first few weeks of fall in the northeast are magical. It’s still warm enough in the middle of the day where the heat has yet to kick on, but mornings and nights are filled with that deliciously fall crisp air. The trees are the most gorgeous display of colors, flickering through the windows as the leaves drop to the ground. And, of course, the arrival of cozy warm spice drinks becomes not only socially acceptable again, but your body craves them because it just “feels” right. It’s hard to make a pumpkin spice latte feel appropriate in 80 degree weather with palm trees swaying about. I much prefer creating those cozy comforting drinks at home so I can customize them to my taste and easily create the coffeehouse flavors and sweet aromas I love at home, my way.

Even after trying to modify drinks in the coffee shops, they just never come out good enough to justify their inflated pricing. Hazelnut is my all-time favorite coffee flavor. Pumpkin is, well, pumpkin and of course a necessity this time of year. And chocolate just makes everything better. So with all three in this drink I can assure you, it’s a brilliant addition to your fall routine and a great way to reward yourself with a cozy treat. Tate+Lyle® Gourmet Beverage Syrups (available in the sugars aisle at Walmart and other retailers) are made with 100% natural pure cane sugar, are Fairtrade certified, and are the perfect in-home solution to flavored drinks. No more suspect bottles of liquid “who knows what” being pumped into your drink by some hipster barista. I’ll be enjoying quite a few of these as the days get shorter, the air colder, the tree branches more bare and the Florida blues start to set in. I’m thinking this drink might be just the thing to help me make it through this season.

Yield: 2 servings

Pumpkin Hazelnut Hot Chocolate

Pumpkin Hazelnut Hot Chocolate

This pumpkin hazelnut hot chocolate is warm, comforting and the perfect thing to cozy up with as the weather gets colder.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes


  • 2 cups milk (any kind)
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons Tate + Lyle hazelnut pure cane syrup
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • whipped cream for topping


  1. Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pot over medium heat. Whisk and bring to a simmer.
  2. Pour into mugs once hot and top with whipped cream.


  1. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    it’ll be one year on november 1st that we moved from Seattle WA to Madison, WI. Girl, you wanna talk barren wasteland of a winter? :) I think it’s hilarious that you don’t see your neighbors for like 4 months. . anyway, I hear you on those home decor magazines. . I can no longer look at those. . too beautiful and makes me wish I had a million dollars so I could buy everything for my house :P for my entry: I would make this pumpkin-hazelnut-hot-chocolate!!!

  2. Angie Jerde

    Oooh these look good! I would for sure use them in my coffee and maybe in my oatmeal as well. Thank you for this giveaway : )

  3. Kelly D

    I would reward myself by using the Vanilla syrup to make a vanilla latte in the morning, instead of my regular coffee.

  4. Margaret Smith

    I would love to make a Hazelnut beverage similar to this one. This would be wonderful for cold winter days too.

  5. Nicole

    I would use Tate+Lyle Gourmet Beverage Syrups to reward yourself by making myself a caramel latte with a whipped cream top. YUM!

  6. Alisha White

    I had no clue that Walmart carried such excellent quality syrups. I have yet to buy syrups, because I always worry about that content. I’m glad they’re right down the road. I will definitely try this recipe out soon.

  7. Stacey Roberson

    The Caramel Cane Pure Syrup looks delicious! I would put this in my coffee to give myself a morning boost.

  8. Katelyn

    I didn’t know that Walmart sold flavored syrups like these. I’m a big latte girl and will definitely be using them to make some at home and save myself a few dollars along the way!

  9. Debra S

    WHO knew, indeed………….Walmart? I DO go to Walmart about once a month, they are the most close type of big store near me so I do pop in for household cleaning things AND they have some brand of sausages I am insane over.. AND they carry Old Home Yogurt which is THE Best and hard to find. Anyway I would use this syrup not only in my coffee, but why not on vanilla ice Cream? Why not let the kids put it in their milk? Why not add exotic flavors to a Flan?

  10. Robert Tschinkel

    I would use Tate+Lyle® Gourmet Beverage Hazelnut Syrup in black coffee, what a great alternative to flavored dairy creamers

  11. kelly nicholson

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  12. Karen Gray

    I’d love to reward myself at the end of each week this winter by making myself some hot chocolate with the caramel syrup. Sounds so delicious! Can’t wait to try this stuff!

  13. Carla

    As much as I may be grumpy about the snowy weather, I think changing of the seasons is a wonderful thing. Fall is probably my favorite as we gear up for pumpkins and apples. Loving this pumpkin hazelnut twist on hot chocolate!

  14. Dawn Monroe

    I’ve never used sugar syrup to sweeten any recipes before but I would try to add a little of the vanilla flavoring to a french toast batter or waffle batter. I wonder if it would work in popcorn balls? We make them every Christmas.


    I would use Tate+Lyle® Gourmet Beverage Syrup to make myself a relaxing and delicious milky coffee drink after work to warm up during the winter. I particularly like the sound of the caramel variety.

  16. g andolina

    I’d use it in custards and puddings. Hazelnut chocolate pudding, butterscotch caramel and rice pudding with vanilla and berry sauce.

  17. Pat Mapley

    I love Hot Chocolate of any flavor. Using a product like Tate+Lyle that is made with natural cane sugar would make the beverage even better!

  18. Roy F.

    I would use the Tate+Lyle® Gourmet Beverage Syrups to make hot chocolate that I can enjoy while I watch late night movies.

  19. Kimberly Ripley

    I would love to add the caramel syrup to my coffee and add some whipped cream and drizzle some chocolate syrup on it!

  20. Kathleen Marie Smith

    I use Tate+Lyle® Gourmet Beverage Syrups to reward yourself by using them in beverages, flavoring home made yogurt, baking amd recipes.

  21. Deborah Anderson

    I already love hazelnut in my coffee, but I’ve recently discovered the pleasure of caramel in coffee too. So I’ll definitely put these on my shopping list!

  22. Anne

    As a tea drinker, I think the Vanilla Syrup would be a great addition to my regular tea to make a special treat. A self-reward would be sitting down with a nice hot cup of tea infused with vanilla flavor after a bout of housework. With that reward to look forward to, I might actually get my house clean for the holidays! :-D

  23. Jennifer

    I would try mixing it in my favorite cake mixes, to make a new, delicious variety. There are so many different combinations that I could try!

  24. Gina M

    I would use the caramel syrup in my morning coffee to sweeten it, and give it flavor!

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  25. Cindy Merrill

    I would add these luscious syrups to a large dollop of whip cream, which I use to top gingerbread or lemon pound cake. I think the caramel flavor would enhance gingerbread.

  26. Anton Leppo

    I love pumpkin and I love coffee so this drink is quite tasty I believe and if the chance comes to making it then it will be the first creation on my list.

  27. Anastasia Falling

    Oooooooh Yummy!!! I would love to try this in my coffee!! I see, on their site, that they have lots of recipes though, including ones for smoothies!! That would be a tasty way to use them too :)

  28. Susan Ladd

    I would Tate+Lyle® Gourmet Beverage Syrups in my coffee in the mornings – yummy. Thanks for this wonderful sweep and Happy Thanksgiving :)

  29. Terri Moore

    I like the taste of caramel and chocolate and so would reward myself by mixing it in hot cocoa or homemade brownies.

  30. April V.

    I can easily see myself considering a lovely, flavored cup of coffee, tea or chocolate (I’m thinking the vanilla syrup would work well for all three) as a reward for surviving a difficult day at work or doing well on a project or completing some long-standing project at home.

  31. Megan C

    I would try it in coffee or hot chocolate, like you’ve suggested. Or maybe match the flavors with complementing liquers?

  32. Amberly Miller

    I would use the Vanilla to liven up my normal coffee. I use coffee throughout the day to reward myself at work, so that would be one sweet reward! :)

  33. Katie Rose

    I know it sounds odd, but I’d love the hazelnut syrup in my pregnancy tea. Soo delicious, but not against dr recommendations!

  34. Jill Myrick

    I would use Tate+Lyle Gourmet Beverage Syrups to make myself a hazelnut latte after a long hard day.


  35. Emmalene Schneider

    I drink ALOT of coffee because I have twins who never sleep so I would use hazelnut and/or vanilla in all of my daily coffees!

  36. angie

    First, I am so excited to see a syrup that is made from cane sugar and not HFCS! 2nd, I would use the caramel and the hazelnut to make a delicious hot cocoa or hot coffee or just topping for ice cream! mmm!!!

  37. Birdiebee

    I would use Tate+Lyle® Gourmet Beverage Syrups to reward yourself with a Salted Caramel Latte after a hard days work.

  38. Sunny D

    Yummy! Love everything about this hot chocolate. Especially the pumpkin and hazelnut combination. Thanks for sharing!


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