In my opinion, fall is the best time of the year – it’s the time of falling leaves, fall fashion and Gilmore Girls – what’s not to love?
And I’m holding my hands up – when I found out that Starbucks had brought back its iconic Pumpkin Spice Latte, I was out the door and in the cafe line faster than you can say, “How much?!”
Definitely a steaming coffee out Starbucks has become one of my fall favorites and it wasn’t easy to dethrone it – but it was.
Sometimes it’s hard to report news, but some days it’s truly delicious (today was one of those days).
I tried three products from a luxury grocery basket and gift retailer Cartwright & Butler autumn range (It’s a hard job but someone has to do it) and that’s my verdict.
First up was the Bloody Orange Hot Chocolate Stirrer – a spooky sweet treat that was new to the range this year.
Its taste is described as “spicy and devilishly creamy” and the description is definitely accurate.
Once I heated my milk, I simply took the beater out of the packaging and dipped it into my mug.
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It took a few minutes for the chocolate to fully melt and I would definitely recommend keeping it moving to avoid the chocolate pooling at the bottom of the cup.
The flavor wasn’t as strong as I expected, it’s definitely pleasant, but it’s more subtle.
The stirrer is convenient and makes less mess than hot chocolate powder can (at least the way I make it!)
It is also a sweet and delicious gift for someone or even a gift for Christmas presents in the winter months.
The only thing is, because the chocolate is attached to the spoon, you can’t adjust the intensity like you can with the other hot chocolate mix – and that brings me to the star of the show.
Cartwright & Butler’s new Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate is my new obsession (and my waistline won’t thank me!).
I usually make hot chocolate with equal parts hot water and milk (with a healthy ton or two of chocolate mixture), but for the sake of the review, I followed the package directions and used only milk.
Although the packaging recommends three teaspoons per cup, I would recommend using at least a few more if you really want that fall flavor.
The hot chocolate – topped with Scooshy cream for an added feeling of luxury – was so delicious, warming and the perfect treat for a cold fall night.
Last but not least, I tried the pumpkin spice shortbread rolls, which went well with the hot chocolate.
The crumbly shortbread cookies smell incredible, like someone put the entire season in a bright orange and gold box.
You can really tell the sweet pumpkin flavor and there is a hint of cinnamon too.
Although I’m Scottish – and that might get me excommunicated – I’m not the biggest shortbread fan, so I wouldn’t rush into buying these myself.
That being said, I imagine these shortbread rolls – paired with a new cup of tea – will be a real crowd-pleaser in your cookie jar this fall.