Since I was little, Halloween has been such a fun holiday for me. My mom would throw amazing parties and our garage would be turned into a scary haunted house donned with webs, fake spiders and bats, and scary creatures hiding in every corner. In the days aproaching the party, we would carve intricate pumpkins (she would end up doing all of it) and watching scary movies. It's obligatory to watch Hocus Pocus at least 3 times every October.
15 years later not much has changed :)
It's the day before Halloween and I feel like i've milked everything out of the month of October that I can. We've carved pumpkins, went to the corn maze, drank pumpkin beer, ate pumpkin treats, watched a scary movie pretty much every day, and to top it off we went to a halloween party Friday. Halloween isn't a big holiday in Norway, so I've turned Thomas into a little ghoul and he loves it now too! At least he pretends he does and amuses me.
Normally I do elaborate halloween costumes, but this year I decided to just create a cool look with makeup and wear normal clothes. Let me tell you, last year was quite the sight trying to go to the bathroom in my costume. I was Dexter's victim completely wrapped in plastic wrap so you can only imagine what that looked like. This year we decided to do skeletons and it ended up turning out pretty good! I was a little worried in the beginning when I was doing Thomas's make-up because he started out lookng like a giant panda and for a minute I couldn't stop laughing. After some shadowing and details it came out great. We danced our bones off all night and had such a good time!
Since Friday we've been so lazy and that's perfectly alright with me. Bundled up watching scary movies, nothing seems more fitting than hot chocolate. Better yet...BOOZY hot chocolate. It's the perfect sweet treat made with white chocolate, milk, pumpkin purée, pumpkin pie spice, bourbon and topped with whipped cream, caramel, and in our case black and orange sprinkles. The bourbon we used is by Bull Run Distillery here in Portland. You can also use Kalua or whatever you fancy instead of bourbon!
I hope all of you ghosts, ghouls, and goblins have a spooktacular Halloween!
Boozy Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate
Adapted from Minimalist Baker
-1/2 cup white chocolate (I prefer to use a higher quality white chocolate like Giradelli's)
-2.5 cups milk (I used 2%)
-1/4 cup pumpkin puree
-1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
-1 oz of Bourbon
-whipped cream and caramel as toppings (orange and black sprinkles are fun as well!)
What to do
1) In a saucepan over low-medium heat, melt the chocolate chips in the milk, whisking often.
2) Once melted, stir in the pumpkin pie spice and the pumpkin purée and mix vigorously until incorporated.
3) Pour 1 oz of bourbon into each glass and top with the hot chocolate mixture. Stir and then top with whipped cream and your toppings of choice.