With the days getting shorter and the air getting crisper, it’s a time that many of us turn to a nice warm mug of drinking chocolate. Throughout the summer we have been highlighting ice cold drinking chocolate delicacies. But now it’s time to turn up the heat – both in flavor and temperature! Drinking chocolate is an incredibly versatile indulgence. There are so many ways to make a delicious mug of drinking chocolate all yours. For example, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, spices and flavorings, read on to get inspired by some fall drinking chocolate ideas!
Pumpkin, Pumpkin, Pumpkin!
If there is one flavor that is synonymous with fall, it is pumpkin. From Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Lattes to pumpkin pie after your Thanksgiving feast your fall isn’t going to be short on pumpkin treats. But have you ever tried pumpkin and chocolate? If not, it’s high time that you do. Here’s the thing about pumpkin and chocolate though: dark and milk chocolate are great, but white chocolate offers a whole new world of flavor sensations. See how these two culinary masterminds make pumpkin and white chocolate magic.
This Boozy Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate from The Minimalist Baker is 100% indulgence. While technically a cocktail, this drink should still be on everyone’ fall drinking chocolate shortlist. And of course, the Kahlua or Bourbon called for in the recipe could easily be omitted.
Next up, we have a more traditional Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate from Tatertots & Jello. This recipe calls for just five simple ingredients. With more rainy days ahead, this is a great recipe to have on hand. And with some adult supervision, this makes a great activity to do with the kids!
Fall Spiced Drinking Chocolate
For those of you who love a little culinary challenge, uniquely spiced drinking chocolate should be right up your alley. Using spices as a way to enhance the flavor of the chocolate has been a tradition since the first mug of drinking chocolate was ever made. Since then, chocolate lovers have continued to experiment with unique flavor combinations.
You might want to try this Cardamom & Orange Spiced White Hot Chocolate from Will Cook For Friends. Once again a white chocolate inspired recipe, the subtle flavor of the white chocolate lends itself incredibly well to the inherent spiciness of the cardamom. This recipe calls for green cardamom pods. And if you have never had the pleasure of working with this spice, this delicious mug of drinking chocolate can also act as a learning experience!
For many of us, drinking chocolate is a nostalgic experience. We’re reminded of what it felt like to be a child sitting at the kitchen table sipping away at a steaming mug of hot chocolate. And while those freeze dried marshmallows were once the most delicious thing you ever laid your taste buds on, your palette has refined over the years. So if you are going the sentimental route, what’s a mug of drinking chocolate without marshmallows! Try your hand at creating these fluffy garnishes here.