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Vermont Hot Chocolate is sweetened with (what else) maple syrup, and Nutella.

This delicious hot chocolate was inspired by the iconic holiday movie White Christmas, and is completely delicious!!

Two cups of Vermont hot chocolate on a snow covered mountain.
My recipe for Vermont Hot Chocolate is a combination of two things… the classic holiday movie, White Christmas, and the charming and iconic song, Snow!

If you know the movie, then hopefully you’ll see where I got the inspiration for the photos. 🙂


This recipe was originally shared in 2014. This post has been updated with additional information, including a recipe card, but the recipe itself has remained unchanged.


**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making Vermont Hot Chocolate is available near the end of this post. OR click on the “jump to recipe” button (found above) to be taken directly to the recipe. 


Vertical image of Vermont hot chocolate on a snow covered mountain with a title text overlay graphic.

The ingredient list:

  • water 
  • granulated sugar
  • unsweetened cocoa powder
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • milk
  • half and half
  • chocolate hazelnut spread
  • pure maple syrup
  • vanilla extract
  • maple extract, optional
  • whipped cream

An excerpt from 2014:

When I learned that the theme for this week’s #SundaySupper was a favorite holiday movie, song, or TV-inspired recipe I knew in a moment I HAD to participate.

My White Christmas inspired Vermont White Chocolate is from the iconic train scene where Bing, Danny, Vera, and Rosemary are on their way to Pine Tree Inn, in Vermont.

The inspiration for Vermont Hot Chocolate:

What’s that? You say you don’t remember the song? Here, let me give you a little reminder so you’ll see where I got the inspiration for the backdrop for my photos.  🙂

I think I can watch this scene 1,000 times over and never get tired of it. Wait…I think I have already watched it (and the movie), at least 1,000 times over the course of my life, and somehow it never loses its hold on me!

For me, Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without it!

A vertical photo of two mugs of Vermont Hot Chocolate on a snow covered mountain with a title text overlay graphic.

What makes this hot chocolate “Vermont” hot chocolate?

Why the addition of maple syrup, of course!

Can I make Vermont Hot Chocolate without the maple syrup and maple extract?

Sure, but why would you? LOL

Better grab your ticket, this train’s about to leave the station! We’re headed to Vermont!!!

Postcard like image of two mugs of Vermont hot chocolate on a snow covered hill.

Additional maple syrup recipes:

Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s Vermont Hot Chocolate.

If you’ve made this recipe, or are excited to make this recipe, I’d appreciate it if you’d take a moment to leave it a star rating in the recipe card, along with a comment if you’re so inclined. Thank you. 🙂

Two cups of hot chocolate on a snow covered mountain.

Vermont Hot Chocolate

Renee - Kudos Kitchen
This recipe for Vermont Hot Chocolate is a combination of two things... the classic holiday movie; White Christmas, and the charming and iconic song... Snow! 
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Beverages Alcohol
Cuisine American Comfort Food
Servings 6
Calories 372 kcal


  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg plus additional for garnish
  • pinch salt
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • ½ cup chocolate hazelnut spread
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon maple extract optional
  • whipped cream optional


  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisk the water, sugar and cocoa powder until the sugar is completely dissolved and the mixture is thoroughly blended.
  • Whisk in the cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, milk, half-and-half, maple syrup, and the chocolate hazelnut spread.
  • Continue cooking and whisking until the mixture is completely hot and the chocolate hazelnut spread has completely dissolved.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and maple extracts.
  • Pour into mugs and garnish with whipped cream and a light dusting of nutmeg.
  • Serve and enjoy! 


Serving: 1gramsCalories: 372kcalCarbohydrates: 54gProtein: 7gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 86mgFiber: 3gSugar: 47g
Keyword Vermont Hot Chocolate
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Additional Christmas recipes inspired by movies:


I can hardly wait to find out what all the other #SundaySupper cooks and bakers were inspired by this holiday season…If you’re interested too, check out their links below and be ready to have your mind blown by their creativity and their recipes.

Oh, before you do that, you might want to make yourself a nice hot cup of Vermont Hot Chocolate and turn on some Christmas music in the background. If you’re lucky, Bing will be on singing White Christmas the only way Bing can, and we’ll have come full circle 🙂

Party Appetizers & Snacks:
Oven-Roasted Applesauce Scented with Rosemary & Vanilla-Inspired by the song
“Christmas in the Trenches”– Shockingly Delicious
Roasted Chestnuts Inspired by the movie “The Christmas Song” – Food Lust People Love
A Popcorn Trio
 Inspired by the song “Let it Snow” – Hot Momma’s Kitchen Chaos
Chai Tea Abominable Snow Buddies
 Inspired by the movie “Rudolph” – Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Raisin Bran Muffins for a Crowd
 Inspired by the movie

“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”  In The Kitchen With Audrey and Maurene
Icicle Candy and Reindeer Snacks Inspired by the movie “Snow” – Treats & Trinkets
A Christmas Carol Plum Pudding
 Inspired by the movie “A Christmas Carol” – No One Likes Crumbley Cookies
Yukon Mashed Potato Cakes
 Inspired by the movie “Rudolph” – Cookin’ Mimi
Christmas Pudding
 Inspired by the song “Over the River and Through the Woods” – A Kitchen HoorPumpkin Pudding Inspired by the movie “Nightmare Before Christmas” – Basic N Delicious
Elf-Inspired Christmas “Grams”
 Inspired by the movie “Elf” – MarocMama
 Inspired by the movie “The Nutcracker” – Happy Baking Days
Chai Spiced Roasted Nuts
 Inspired by the song “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” – Take A Bite Out of Boca
Festive Main Dishes
Maple Syrup Spaghetti– Inspired by the movie “Elf”- Momma’s Meals
Who Hash Inspired by the movie “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” –girlichef
Ginger Orange Glazed Cornish Hens Inspired by the song “The 12 Days of Christmas” –Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
NY Hot Dog with Sabrett-style Onion Sauce Inspired by the movie “Die Hard” – Small Wallet, Big Appetite
Classic Caesar Salad Inspired by the movie “The Santa Clause” – The Little Ferraro Kitchen
Individuals Meatloaves & Horseradish Mashed Potatoes for Mommy’s Little Piggies – Inspired by the movie
“A Christmas Story” – The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
Christmas Waffles Inspired by the TV special “A Claymation Christmas Celebration” – Curious Cuisiniere
Filthy Animal Pizza
 Inspired by the movie “Home Alone” – Foxes Love Lemons
Chicken Orzo Soup
 Inspired by the song “12 Days of Christmas” – Family Foodie
Brandied Candied Sweet Potatoes
 Inspired by the song “Christmas Is The Time To Say ‘I Love You’ ” –

Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Sweet Holiday Treats:
Gin and Tonic Cupcakes Inspired by Adam Sandler’s ” The Chanukah Song” – The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
Chocolate Chip Shortbread Bars Inspired by the movie “Love Actually” – Magnolia Days
Gingerbread Marshmallows Inspired by the song “Marshmallow World” – Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies Inspired by the movie “The Gremlins” – Killer Bunnies, Inc
White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge Inspired by the song “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” –Alida’s Kitchen
Snowball Cookies – Inspired by the movie “White Christmas” –The Foodie Army Wife
Penuche Fudge
 Inspired by the movie “Elf” – Pies and Plots
Hot Chocolate Cookies
 Inspired by the movie “Santa Clause” – Mess Makes Food
South Pacific Coconut Tres Leche Cake
 Inspired by the movie “South Pacific” –The Ninja Baker
Cookies & Cream Fudge
 Inspired by the movie “Elf” – The Messy Baker
Cozy Drinks:
Toasted Coconut Hot Cocoa Inspired by the song “Let It Snow”– Chocolate Moosey
The Christmas Gram Inspired by the movie “Elf” – An Appealing Plan
Eggnog Hot Chocolate Inspired by the movie “National Lampoons Christmas Vacation” – Peanut Butter and Peppers
Vermont Hot Cocoa
 Inspired by the movie “White Christmas” – Kudos Kitchen By Renee
Spiked Hot Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream Floats
 Inspired by the song “Holly Jolly Christmas “ –NeighborFood

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I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed today’s recipe for Vermont Hot Chocolate as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you!

Vermont Hot Chocolate in a mug with whipped cream on top. -

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Recipe Rating

Karin Webel

Sunday 16th of December 2018

A very Merry Christmasand a Happy New Year to you and your family from my mine Renee. Thank you for so many wonderful recipes, we love ❤ them! I do have a question regarding the Vermont Hot Chocolate. I am allergic to nuts. Can you recommend an alternative or can I omit the hazelnut spread? Thank you!!!


Sunday 16th of December 2018

Hello, Karin! While I can't think of any good substitutions for the chocolate hazelnut spread, what I can tell you is, by all means, leave it out!! The key ingredient that makes this a "Vermont" hot chocolate is the maple syrup, so I'm glad you're not allergic to maple syrup. ;) Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Renee


Saturday 15th of December 2018

I am in love with everything about this Vermont hot chocolate recipe - especially the inspiration! White Christmas is one of my very favorite movies OF ALL TIME, and I can't wait to curl up with a cup of this while I watch it (and sing along!)


Saturday 15th of December 2018

We just watched White Christmas this morning! A cup of your incredible hot chocolate would have made the viewing even better!


Saturday 15th of December 2018

Maybe next year, Liz! ;) Merry Christmas!


Tuesday 24th of December 2013

Delicious recipe Renee. Love the idea of maple syrup being added. Merry Christmas to you and your family. May 2014 bless you with much happiness and good health always.


Tuesday 24th of December 2013

Yum, this hot chocolate sounds delicious!