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!!
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.
The ingredient list:
- granulated sugar
- unsweetened cocoa powder
- 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!
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
Additional maple syrup recipes:
- Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Pancakes with Blueberry Maple Syrup
- Sticky Spicy Maple Syrup Chicken
- Roasted Parsnips and Carrots with Cardamom and Maple Syrup
- Chicken Chile Corncakes with Buttery Maple Syrup Gravy
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 on the recipe card, along with a comment if you're so inclined. Thank you. 🙂
Vermont Hot Chocolate
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ⅓ cup cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg plus additional for garnish
- pinch salt
- 3 cups milk
- 1 cup half-and-half
- ⅓ 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!
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 🙂
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Karin Webel says
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!!!
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!
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!)
We just watched White Christmas this morning! A cup of your incredible hot chocolate would have made the viewing even better!
Maybe next year, Liz! 😉 Merry Christmas!
Yum, this hot chocolate sounds delicious!
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.
Lori | Foxes Love Lemons says
Maple syrup in hot chocolate? I've never heard of such a thing, but I LOVE the idea. I even have some authentic Vermont maple syrup around here somewhere...
Happy Baking Days says
Wow, I love the addition of maple syrup - so decadent! And great choice of film - I'm feeling so Christmassy now!
The Ninja Baker says
White Christmas truly was part of a golden age of movie-making, What a wonderful maple cocoa to sip whilst watching all the dancing and singing in Vermont! Love the addition of Nutella, too =)
Amanda M says
How absolutely delicious!
Shaina Wizov says
I haven't had a good cup of hot chocolate in a while, Florida winter just doesn't really get cold enough! I wish it did though, because this sounds fabulous!
Cindys Recipes says
This would definitely warm me up on any given winter's night, Renee!
Kris Adair says
Happy holidays! Everything tastes amazing with Nutella!
Renee, your hot chocolate looks fantastic!!! Merry Christmas!
PS...we're watching White Christmas tonight 🙂
Jennifer Drummond says
Nutella in Hot Chocolate! Oh my gosh I am drooling! What a fab recipe!!! Great movie too!
Renee Dobbs says
Back when I was a kid, I got my very own TV for Christmas. The movie "White Christmas" is the first thing I watched on it that morning. I'll always remember it and it brings back such great memories. I could watch the movie 1,000 times too.