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New England Hot Chocolate

I'm a New England girl, through and through.  Even during the snowiest of winters, I cannot imagine living anywhere else.   Sure, there are days when it's so cold the air hurts your face, but that's why hot chocolate was invented!

I've been making this recipe for more than 10 years, and it disappears so quickly I've never gotten a chance to take pictures of it.  This time around, I set up my surrounding shot, including the glass so that I was prepared. I made the hot chocolate, poured it, took my pictures.

I went to edit the pictures, and came back to an empty glass. The kid strikes again. It's good stuff.  Try it.  It's not overly sweet, which I love. I use the real NH maple syrup, but you can use maple flavoring if you can't get your hands on any.

If you live in a state that produces maple syrup, I highly recommend going for a tour during sugaring season.  It's such an amazing process, so much work to yield that amber goodness!  We look forward to Maple Weekend every year, and always meet such nice people and come home with a bag full of treats. 

New England Hot Chocolate

New England Hot Chocolate


  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 large marshmallows


  1. In a large saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa, and salt.
  2. Stir in hot water and butter; bring to a boil. Add the milk, maple syrup, vanilla and 8 marshmallows.
  3. Heat through, stirring occasionally, until marshmallows melt. Pour into four mugs and top each with a marshmallow.
Source: Rosie, Taste of Home community message board
maple syrup, cocoa
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I'm anxious to try this using maple syrup. Thanks for sharing.
Sounds heavenly. I accidentally put maple extract in my hot chocolate one day instead of vanilla and instantly fell in love! It's a great combination!!!
Carlee said…
I can't wait to give this a try! My parents have been tapping some trees around their place for the first time this year. Little Dude has been enjoying helping. It is a lot of work for a little bit of syrup, but it seems worth the effort!
Karen said…
That is so cute!!! And the cocoa sounds delicious!
Eileen said…
An absolutely delicious recipe for hot chocolate. They are predicting a snow storm for the w/e. This will be made for the family. I got a chuckle over your glass being drank by your family! I loved that too!
Unknown said…
HA! I've definitely had mini-me's steal the goods. At least you got some pictures, first!
Jolene said…
Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Jolene said…
It really is! I love changing up cocoa - maple, mint, caramel :)
Jolene said…
It's such an amazing process! We've been taking my son to sugar shacks around the state for almost 10 years, and it just never gets old.
Jolene said…
They are all over the place with our forecast, but it's looking like snow and heavy winds. Usually my husband and son are really good about asking if they can eat things, have I gotten my pictures yet? Jake just can't resist this hot chocolate :)
Jolene said…
They sure keep you on your toes! :) I suppose it shows that they really enjoy the things I'm making!
Unknown said…
Maple syrup sounds like a great idea!
I haven't had hot chocolate in a while, this is making me want some!
Books n' Cooks said…
Ooo, what a fun twist on classic cocoa. Look forward to trying it!
I can see where this would warm you right up. Love the maple with the chocolate idea.
Jennifer said…
I have never heard of hot cocoa with butter and maple syrup but I can't wait to try it!!
Gayle said…
Sounds perfect for today considering NH will be getting hammered with snow! Stay warm.
Jolene said…
Yes, we will be! Hopefully the last big one for the year, but I remember a few that have hit us way into April.
Jolene said…
Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Nancy said…
That hot chocolate sounds so good!
Jolene said…
We've had three snowstorms right on top of each other, and we've been drinking lots of this!
Val said…
I love that you use maple syrup in it and that you melt marshmallows in it as part of the hot cocoa! I'll have to make this the next time the kids come inside after playing in the snow and request hot cocoa!
Jolene said…
We drink lots of cocoa during our never-ending winters, so it's nice to change it up!
Caroline said…
For a while having hot chocolate was my son's reward for helping shovel snow. Love the idea of the nit of maple syrup in there too.
Amy said…
Sounds so perfect for a snow day!
Chris said…
I could use a few mugs of this since winter is hanging on FOREVER! Looks so creamy, chocolatey delicious!
Camilla M. Mann said…
So curious! What does the butter do?!?
Jolene said…
More snow here Wed/Thursday, they're thinking 6 to 10" for us. I'm over it!
Jolene said…
We've had lots of those lately!
Jolene said…
It's a great incentive for me and my guys too :)
Jolene said…
Besides making it taste delicious, saturated fats supposedly help you feel full and satisfied. You shouldn't over-indulge in them, of course, moderation is the key to everything. :)
Nikki said…
I love hot chocolate year round! I am not a coffee fan so hot chocolate is such a treat on a cool day! Or when I just want a little chocolate!
Jolene said…
I'm interested in trying frozen hot chocolate this summer, because I always am down for a little chocolate!

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