Mug-a-Cocoa-Caramel Orange Pumpkin Spice

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The all-time most delicious cold-weather beverage is the Mug-a-Cocoa.  This cocoa is blended with pumpkin pie spice, ground cinnamon, and orange extract.  For a double-shot add fresh whipped cream, drizzled caramel topping, and coarse sea salt to this divine hot cocoa. To keep calories in check omit the double-shot and use skim milk.


Mug- a- Cocoa – Caramel Orange Pumpkin Spice

1   teaspoon Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa + 2 teaspoons milk

2   teaspoons sugar

1-teaspoon brown sugar or honey

1   cup milk*

¼ teaspoon orange extract

¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice and ground cinnamon

Dash of salt

Garnish:  whipped cream, caramel sauce, mini chocolate chips, or coarse sea salt


  1. Combine dark cocoa, extract, spices, salt, 2 teaspoons milk, and sugar in a microwave-safe mug.  Stir until smooth.  Fill cup with remaining milk.
  2. Microwave at High 1-1 /2 minutes or until hot.  Add whipped cream, drizzle with caramel sauce, and sprinkle with mini chocolate chips or sea salt.
  • Higher the fat content in milk the creamier the hot chocolate + more calories.
  • Mug size and power of microwave will determine the accuracy of cooking time.
Yields: one - 8 ounce mug serving