Friday, October 31, 2014

Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate

It's officially fall-like weather here and I couldn't be more excited.  Bring on the jackets, comfort food and cozy beverages.

To me there's nothing better than sipping on a warm cup of coffee in the mornings or relaxing with a cup of warm hot chocolate in the afternoon or evenings.  Hot chocolate has always been one of my favorite fall and winter time beverages.  There's just something about having a cup full of steaming, smooth and rich hot chocolate that makes me feel so happy.

Over the past few years, I've ventured out and started trying different variations of hot chocolate. Mexican hot chocolate.  White hot chocolate. And even white chocolate in my pumpkin lattes. Craziness right?
Since I am beyond addicted to my white chocolate pumpkin spice lattes, I wanted to try omitting the coffee and whipping up a simple cup of pumpkin spice white hot chocolate.
All I can say is, what took so long?  Why in the world did I wait so long to act on my idea.  This stuff is amazing.  If you like pumpkin and have a weakness for white chocolate then you must try this drink.

It really is like sipping on pumpkin pie.  This drink has become an instant favorite in my house, my little guy asks for a mug of this almost every single day.  It's creamy and smooth, the perfect ratio of pumpkin to white chocolate, and the perfect amount of warmth from all the spices.
This pumpkin spice white hot chocolate will become an instant favorite in your house this fall and winter.  It will be your families go to drink to warm them up!

Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate
Ingredients:

1 Cup milk
1/2 Cup heavy cream
1/4 Cup +2 Tbsp pumpkin puree
1/4 Tsp cinnamon
1/2 Tsp pumpkin pie spice
Pinch of cloves
1/4 Tsp vanilla
2 Oz white chocolate, roughly chopped, reserve a little for garnish

Directions:

Combine milk, cream, pumpkin, and spices in a small saucepan. Place over medium-low heat until it comes to a simmer, being sure to stir the entire time.  Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla and white chocolate until completely combined and chocolate has melted.

Pour into two mugs.  Right before serving top with marshmallows or whipped cream and sprinkle with additional cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice.

Recipe source: A Lynsey Original

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