What to Leave for Santa in New England

From Maine to Connecticut, here's a collection of fun alternatives for what to leave Santa in each of the six New England states.

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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 chocolate chip. 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

In Maine, leave a whoopie pie for Santa.

Aimee Seavey


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

In Vermont, leave sharp cheddar cheese and maybe a local hard cider.

Aimee Seavey


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

In New Hampshire, it’s maple sugar candy Santa wants.

Aimee Seavey


In Massachusetts (since we’re skipping the Toll House Cookies in this non-cookie experiment) it’s 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

In Massachusetts, leave Santa a gooey Fluffernutter.

Aimee Seavey


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

In Rhode Island, Santa fills up on johnny cakes and a cold coffee milk.

Aimee Seavey


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

In Connecticut, leave Santa a glass of eggnog topped with fresh nutmeg.

Aimee Seavey

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

What does your family leave for Santa?

Happy holidays and Merry Christmas!

This post was first published in 2015 and has been updated. 

  • Loved this article. I grew up in Lowell, MA and was surprised you left the drink of Moxie for Santa in another state when it originated in Lowell. I go along with the eggnog, which is my favorite Christmas drink! And toll house cookies (from MA) are the cookies to leave for Santa. Toll house cookies and eggnog sounds just yummy to me! I think Santa will come to NJ for these!!

  • I say go savory for Santa and leave him some Rhode island clam chowder and clam cakes to go with a coffee cabinet.

  • Yes, ‘fluffer nutter’ guy was honired at his prep school for his contribution of Fluffernutter to the community at large.

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

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

  • 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!

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


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