Vermont Hot Chocolate


1/2 cup water

1/2 cup granulated sugar plus 3 tablespoons

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder plus 3 tablespoons

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg (plus more for sprinkling)

1/8 teaspoon salt

3 cups milk (I used 2%)

1 cup half-and-half

1/3 cup pure maple syrup

3 heaping tablespoons Nutella

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon maple extract

Whipped cream for garnish

-In a medium sauce pan 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 Nutella.

-Continue cooking and whisking until the mixture is completely hot and the Nutella 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 grating of nutmeg.

-Serve and enjoy :)