Is It That Time Already?

My hot chocolate cravings have started.

This usually doesn’t happen until after Thanksgiving, but it’s been a weird year. I’m also blaming it on the fact that we’ve got a new hot chocolate maker in the house. A clever, but hardly efficient, little contraption that makes half a cup of hot chocolate at a time and needs to be rinsed with cold water between each batch. It was a gift. Not my gift, but a gift.

It’s cute. Compact. You put in a little cold milk and a little hot chocolate mix and press the button. The machine heats and blends everything into a smooth cup of hot chocolate. I mix half the 70% chocolate packet with some of my homemade mix so it’s a tad sweeter. One batch in the maker doesn’t even fill up my tea mug so it never feels satisfying enough. It’d be easier to just heat a pot of milk on the stove and make as much as my mug can hold.

Every morning I think about trading tea for hot chocolate. Most times I decide against it because I don’t want to bother with the contraption or heating milk on the stove. But there’s not much difference in heating water on the stove for tea and heating almond milk on the stove for hot chocolate so I guess that’s no reason at all.

I think I’ve convinced myself to make hot chocolate on the stove this morning. Sometimes I add a bit of cinnamon and ginger for a more Fall-ish flavor.

I guess it is that time of year after all!

What are yall drinking these days? What’s your favorite Fall drink? Should I be trading my cocoa for something better? Let me know!

P.S. still slowly reading Parable of the Sower, so no book review next week. But I may have a book update for you.

Happy Reading (and hot chocolate drinking)!