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Pumpkin White Chocolate Frozen Hot Chocolate

So.
….it was an interesting blog weekend.
I had an embarrassing meltdown.
And I posted it on FB for everyone to see.
And just in case you missed it on FB, I made sure to email it out to every single contact in my gmail.
So here’s what happened: my sister and I were perusing Pinterest on Friday night. She was excited to see my Pumpkin Better Than… Cake on the main Food/Drink page, and clicked through just for the fun of it. You can imagine my surprise when a website (that was not my own) appeared, prominently displaying my recipe and my photograph, with absolutely no credit or link back to me anywhere.
Upon further investigation, I found that this site already had close to 10 thousand pins of my recipe from their site. Ugh. I felt sick. And violated. And angry.
So I had a little bit of a tantrum and asked all of you to visit the site to demand they remove the recipe and photo. And bless all of your hearts, so many of you left me sweet comments saying that you tried to comment.
THANK YOU. Your support is so noticed and appreciated!
Here’s the most recent news: as you may have already seen on facebook (thanks Aimee and Vanessa), this site has, apparently, been set up for the sole purpose of stealing recipes and photos. And when the owner discovers the theft, they put out word to all of their friends to visit the site and demand the recipe be removed (sound familiar?), thus generating tons of traffic.
And, of course, no one behind the site has any intention of removing the stolen goods from their horrible, pilfering site. I think we can safely assume our comments won’t be appearing on the post either.
So what am I doing about it? I’m working with Pinterest to stop the bleeding. I’m reporting the incident to Google. And I’m contacting the folks who host their website. I’m watermarking all of my photos.
And I’m drowning my sorrows in frozen hot chocolate made with Pumpkin Spice Hershey Kisses (which I am obsessed with this year).
Make it. You’ll love it. I promise.
Recipe adapted from: NY Times
Pumpkin White Chocolate Frozen Hot Chocolate

Ingredients

  • 6 oz. (a little over a cup, but I'd weigh it if you have a scale) Pumpkin Spice Hershey Kisses
  • 1/4 c. heavy cream
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 2 c. ice
  • whipped cream to top

Instructions

  1. Microwave the unwrapped hershey kisses for 30 seconds at a time until melted and smooth.
  2. Whisk in the half of the milk and the half and half until well blended.
  3. Pour mixture into the blender. Add the remaining milk and the 2 cups of ice.
  4. Pulse until blended and smooth.
  5. Pour into chilled glasses and top with whipped cream. Serves 2.
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Ashton

Ashton is the owner and author ofSomething Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador.Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.
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10 Responses to “Pumpkin White Chocolate Frozen Hot Chocolate”

  1. Marlys @Thisand That posted on October 14, 2012 at 4:35 am (#)

    that is awful about your pictures and recipes on pintrest. I try very hard to go back to the main site before pinning a recipe… that way I know it is from the person that put the recipe up. I also have been trying very hard to watermark my pictures somehow. I do have a couple of pictures that I had put on pintrest myself that I didn’t watermark and they are out there somewhere in cyberworld as they have been repinned many times… My mistake and I learnt quickly. But anyways, this recipe looks wonderful and I am going to try it… I will be pinning it so that I have it. I have made a pumpkin spiced latte with the pumpkn spice hersey kiss -so delicious.

  2. Ginger@gingersnapcrafts.com posted on October 18, 2012 at 9:11 am (#)

    Featuring you today! :) Thanks so much for linking up with {wow me} wednesday.

    Ginger @ gingersnapcrafts.com

    http://www.gingersnapcrafts.com/2012/10/18-pumpkin-inspired-recipes-take-look.html

    • Ashton replied: — October 18th, 2012 @ 8:56 pm

      Thank yoU!!!

  3. grace posted on October 30, 2012 at 8:48 pm (#)

    wonder if this could be made into hot drink.. looks yummy . if i can find those kisses.. never heard of thme..

  4. Esther posted on November 1, 2012 at 1:29 am (#)

    Thanks for letting us know about what happened to you. I love these blogs and Pinterest, but have been dealing with dishonest issues by people like this as well. I’ll remember the watermark route you took. Very smart! This recipe is a great to get as well. Thanks!!

  5. Erin posted on January 30, 2013 at 12:59 pm (#)

    Wow! I am obsessed with pumpkin as a nursing mother and this looks AMAZING!!!!! I hope you beat that other site up BTW!

  6. Brie B posted on September 17, 2013 at 9:53 pm (#)

    I’m so sorry that happened to you! :( I made sure to bookmark your page so that if I stumble across anymore stolen pictures I can contact you ASAP.

    I can’t wait to try this recipe!

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