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Treats for Santa | What to Leave for Santa in New England

Treats for Santa | What to Leave for Santa in New England
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After supper on Christmas Eve, it is customary to set out a plate of provisions for the man of the hour — the red-suited gift bearer known to children throughout the United States as Santa Claus. For some reason, cookies are thought to be Santa’s preferred treat, along with a cold glass of milk to wash them down. It’s a widely accepted fact that Santa likes (maybe even loves) cookies, but let’s say for a moment that Santa isn’t always in the mood for cookies. Instead, wouldn’t it be great to leave St. Nick something that not only fills his belly, but celebrates our local flavors? Santa does a lot of traveling and we imagine it might be easy to get Massachusetts confused with Mississippi if you’ve been criss-crossing the globe. Here are some non-cookie alternative suggestions for what to leave for Santa in New England, state by state!

In Maine, we bet Santa would love a big old chocolate whoopie pie, brimming with cream filling. While we’re sure he’d also love a glass of Moxie, milk seems a wiser choice for washing down all of those chocolate crumbs.

Maine Whoopie Pie for Santa
Photo/Art by Aimee Seavey
In Maine, leave a whoopie pie for Santa.

In Vermont, Santa might switch to savory and hope for a plate of sharp cheddar cheese with crackers and (if he’s feeling bold) a glass of local hard cider.

Vermont Cheese for Santa
Photo/Art by Aimee Seavey
In Vermont, leave sharp cheddar cheese and maybe a local hard cider.

In New Hampshire, Santa might start sniffing the air for the smell of maple syrup. Leave him a few maple sugar candies he can tuck into his pocket for later in the trip when someone leaves him a treat he’s not especially fond of.

New Hampshire Maple Candy for Santa
Photo/Art by Aimee Seavey
In New Hampshire, it’s maple sugar candy Santa wants.

In Massachusetts, its peanut butter and marshmallow Fluff Santa needs to try. Fluff was invented in Somerville, MA and we know Santa loves anything sweet. Make him a Fluffernutter sandwich before sending him on his way.

Massachusetts Fluffernutter for Santa
Photo/Art by Aimee Seavey
In Massachusetts, leave Santa a gooey Fluffernutter.

In Rhode Island, what else could Santa hope for than a plate of johnnycakes (thick or thin – we’re sure he likes them both) made from local whitecap cornmeal and and followed by an ice-cold glass of coffee milk?

Rhode Island Johnny Cakes and Coffee Milk for Santa
Photo/Art by Aimee Seavey
In Rhode Island, Santa fills up on johnny cakes and a cold coffee milk.

And finally, on his way out of New England, we’re sure that Santa would love if his friends in Connecticut left him a glass of eggnog, that beloved Christmas classic, topped with whipped cream and a generous shake of fresh grated nutmeg. Connecticut is, after all, nicknamed “The Nutmeg State.”

Connecticut Eggnog Nutmeg for Santa
Photo/Art by Aimee Seavey
In Connecticut, leave Santa a glass of eggnog topped with fresh nutmeg.

No matter what you choose to leave Santa, no doubt he appreciates the treat and (fingers crossed!) leaves something for you in return!

Happy holidays and Merry Christmas!

Aimee Seavey


Aimee Seavey


As Yankee's Digital Editor, Aimee manages, produces, and promotes content for Yankee's digital and social media initiatives. A lifelong New Englander, she loves history and a good Massachusetts South Shore bar pizza.
Updated Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

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7 Responses to Treats for Santa | What to Leave for Santa in New England

  1. Mike Urban December 10, 2015 at 10:10 am #

    Nice one, Aimee!

  2. C Bercaw December 15, 2015 at 10:59 am #

    Love every single State’s Menu! Perfect for Santa.

  3. R Blume December 17, 2015 at 12:22 am #

    Fluff was “invented ” in Lynn, Ma by two men from Swampscott, Ma.

  4. M. Medler December 17, 2015 at 9:58 am #

    What about Toll House cookies – first baked in Whitmen, Mass.? Or maybe Fig Newtons, also from Massachusetts.

    • Aimee Seavey December 17, 2015 at 10:02 am #

      Hello M! With this list I was looking to think beyond the classic “cookies for Santa,” but you’re right — those are both excellent local sweet treats!

  5. mary reynolds December 17, 2015 at 1:34 pm #

    sure sign of the season ? the old norelco commercial with santa sleeding down the hill on the shaver !

  6. Wendy Mills December 18, 2015 at 1:45 pm #

    HA! Love it! I will out myself: Fluffernutter sandwiches were a childhood favorite :-)

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