The Tastiest Hot Cocoas On The Market For Every Type Of Chocolate Lover
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You’re not really doing the holidays right if you’re failing to indulge in at least one cup of steaming hot chocolate on a weekly basis. Although we’d love to have time to make our own warm cup of cocoa at home from scratch, it’s often not realistic when we’re rushing around, prepping for all of the festivities. So we need to rely on store-bought brands to get our chocolate fix. Some hot cocoa mix options are way too sweet and taste like they come from a box, while others rival the creaminess of the homemade cocoa that we used to indulge in and love as kids. Here are five of our favorite store-bought varieties — one for every type of chocolate lover.
1. The Best Classic Pick — Swiss Miss Simply Cocoa Milk Chocolate
When thinking of OG hot chocolate brands, it’s hard not to picture Swiss Miss. This brand has been around since the 1950s, and we love it because it reminds us of drinking hot chocolate on Christmas Day when we were kids. This cocoa powder has a distinct milky texture and rich, chocolatey taste without being too sweet. It’s made with cocoa, sugar, nonfat milk, salt and other natural flavors. Although it tastes like the real deal, it’s still relatively healthy from a nutritional standpoint. A one-envelope serving contains just 90 calories and zero grams of fat. Each serving size does have 19 grams of sugar, which is a little high, but that’s what we’d expect from any hot chocolate. This cocoa mix tastes best when you combine it with a warm glass of milk.
2. The Best Decadent Pick— Lake Champlain Old World Drinking Chocolate
This full-bodied cocoa mix consists of chocolate shavings that can be easily melted to form rich hot chocolate when combined with warm milk. Those who’ve tried it claim that it tastes like the center of molten lava cake. It’s made with 54 percent cocoa so the chocolate taste is rich without being too bitter or overpowering. A two-tablespoon serving contains 180 calories, 11 grams of fat and 13 grams of sugar. That’s quite a lot of fat per serving, but that’s what you get when you drink hot chocolate that’s made with actual chocolate. If you ask us, it’s totally worth it.
3. The Best Dark Chocolate Pick — Lindt Creamy & Rich Dark Gourmet Hot Chocolate
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It’s hard to find a chocolate lover who doesn’t rave about Lindt chocolates. Now imagine sipping on a steaming cup of cocoa made with those same chocolates but in liquid form. This dark chocolate mix is made with 70 percent cacao and is best enjoyed by mixing a single pack with half a cup of milk. The rich taste of this hot chocolate mix is best suited for those who typically eat chocolates that are comprised of at least 70 percent cacao. It’s a far cry from the Nesquick hot cocoa that you used to enjoy as a kid!
4. The Best Low-Sugar Pick — Equal Exchange Organic Hot Cocoa Mix
This organic hot cocoa mix is made using organic cocoa beans grown by a co-op in the Dominican Republic, sugar cane farmed in Paraguay and milk powder from a dairy co-op in the United States. A two-tablespoon serving of this stuff contains only 70 calories, zero grams of fat and an impressively low 11 grams of sugar. Add a splash of warm milk to the recommended serving size and you’ll have a guilt-free cup of cocoa ready to go in minutes.
5. The Best Weird Pick — Williams Sonoma Vanilla Hot Chocolate & Mini Marshmallows
If you’re a fan of chocolate and vanilla swirl ice cream, you’ll like this hot chocolate mix. It’s made with Guittard premium semisweet dark chocolate shavings and white chocolate shavings, vanilla extract and marshmallows. The mix comes with a box of the brand’s vanilla mini marshmallows in case you want to add some additional sweetness to your cup of cocoa. If you’re looking for Christmas in a cup, this chocolatey mix hits the spot.
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