Dark Chocolate Maple Hot Cocoa

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It’s snow day season and nothing makes a snow day more enjoyable than a cup of rich, hot cocoa. This Dark Chocolate Maple Hot Cocoa has a deep flavor and the sweetness of maple syrup that brings me back to my New England roots.

Dark Chocolate Maple Hot Cocoa

You can take the girl out of New England but you can’t take the New England out of the girl!

There are certain foods and flavors that remind me of my long-ago home. Maple is one of them.

I’m not talking that thick, laden-with-corn-syrup, fake stuff.  I’m talking the real deal. Tree juice. Authentic and pure maple syrup. If it’s from Vermont, even better.  But please, don’t buy that stuff in the plastic bottle shaped like a lady!

Cocoa is best when made from scratch, so get rid of those packets of powder along with that fake syrup. We’re going full on authentic, handmade, from-scratch-like-your-granny-would-make-it, Dark Chocolate Maple Hot Cocoa!

Dark Chocolate Maple Hot Cocoa

Serves 2-3 (but can easily be doubled)

Ingredients

  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup maple sugar, see note
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup, see note
  • 4 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • splash of pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • whipped cream (optional)

Directions

Whisk together cocoa powder and sugar in a medium saucepan. Place over medium heat and slowly whisk in the milk. When hot, whisk in the maple syrup and chocolate. Whisk until the chocolate is melted. Season with a pinch of salt and pour into 2 large mugs. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon or maple sugar crystals.

Note: My favorite place to buy Maple products is from Sugarbush Farms in Woodstock, Vermont. They are located just down the road from where I grew up and I visited their farm many times. You can find Maple Syrup and Maple Sugar in their online market. {This is not a sponsored or affiliate link. I just love the product and the farm!}

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Here is the printable hot chocolate recipe.

Dark Chocolate Maple Hot Cocoa

Julie Kohl
A thick, chocolatey hot cocoa with a hint of maple flavor
Cook Time 10 mins
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup maple sugar see note
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup see note
  • 4 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chopped
  • splash of pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • whipped cream optional

Instructions
 

  • Whisk together cocoa powder and sugar in a medium saucepan.
  • Place over medium heat and slowly whisk in the milk.
  • When hot, whisk in the maple syrup and chocolate. Whisk until the chocolate is melted.
  • Season with a pinch of salt and pour into 2 large mugs. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon or maple sugar crystals.

Notes

My favorite place to buy Maple products is from Sugarbush Farms in Woodstock, Vermont. They are located just down the road from where I grew up and I visited their farm many times. You can find Maple Syrup and Maple Sugar in their online market. {This is not a sponsored or affiliate link. I just love the product and the farm!}

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It's snow day season and nothing makes a snow day more enjoyable than a cup of rich, hot cocoa. This Dark Chocolate Maple Hot Cocoa has a deep flavor and the sweetness of maple syrup that brings me back to my New England roots.

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