Nicely flavored. Only limiting to four stars because I like hot ginger tea, or cranberry punch made with fresh or frozen cranberries, or cocoa, or chai tea, or hot cider, or Russian tea, etc. so much better. HOWEVER, none of those have the health benefits of pumpkin, and this is still pretty yummy stuff. Didn't try coffee (can't drink it), but will try adding some instant barley-coffee-substitute next time. Had no whipped topping of any kind, but would recommend it. Used raw sugar, but will try stevia next time because I love the pics of a light-colored drink. I made this up in a slow cooker, which worked okay, but this shouldn't be left in a crock for a long time. If serving to a crowd, heat on the stove or in the nuke just prior to serving, then transfer to a slow cooker when it is time to serve. The milk and pumpkin gathered on the sides and needed whisked back in. I actually heated the concoction in the slow cooker itself. The longer this stayed hot, the more I thought that perhaps a touch of lemon would do this concoction some good, though I had to add a touch more sugar too. That did help, but I'm not sure it needed lemon right away. I think it just changed flavors over time and became a touch bitter or something. I personally agree that this recipe ought to be treated to a good dose of the hand blender - at least for the general public, but I liked this okay with the bits, as did my daughter. Served with Overnight Oatmeal Pancakes from this site. yum!
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Nicely flavored. Only limiting to four stars because I like hot ginger tea, or cranberry...