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 :)