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We Tried 5 Hot Chocolate Mixes, and This Is the Best One

Upgrade your cozy nights with this boxed winner.
We Tried 5 Hot Chocolate Mixes, and This Is the Best One
We Tried 5 Hot Chocolate Mixes, and This Is the Best One
Upgrade your cozy nights with this boxed winner.

It’s officially time to unpack our wool sweaters and oversized scarves and search the internet for the best hot chocolate you can warm up with. After all, frigid early mornings and cozy nights in just calls for hot cocoa. And it’s hard to argue with the fact that half the fun of drinking the wintry beverage is making it.

That’s why we’ve taste-tested five popular boxed mixes to find the absolute best hot chocolate mix. (For reference, we used 2 percent dairy milk as the base.) Skip the usual cup at your local 7-Eleven, and make a mug at home with our top pick. Mmmm!

How We Graded Them

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Here are the three metrics we used to determine each hot chocolate mix’s final grade.

Nutrition

Because most mixes didn’t vary too much across the nutritional board, we didn’t consider this metric too heavily. After all, hot chocolate is an indulgence.

Consistency

Is the texture creamy enough to complement the milk, or does it fall flat? Did the unexpected aftertaste ruin your comforting experience?

Taste

Of course, taste is our top determining factor and we docked major points for mixes that lacked the cocoa notes we crave.

From Worst… To Best

5

Swiss Miss Milk Chocolate Mix

Swiss miss milk chocolate hot cocoa mix

per packet (39 g): 160 calories, 2 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 170 mg sodium, 34 g carbs (<1 g fiber, 28 g sugar), 1 g protein

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Eat This, Not That! Verdict:

In retrospect, this mix tasted way better as a kid—our adult palates craved something richer. One taste tester said that this mix “smelled nostalgic,” while another proclaimed that it “tasted like a snow day.” However, this hot chocolate reminded us of our childhood, but the aqueous consistency resembled a mix that was stirred into water (although we used milk), and the artificial aftertaste made this pick less tasty when compared to its competitors. Rather than boasting a pronounced cocoa flavor, Swiss Miss relied mostly on sugar and vanilla undertones to form its flavor base.

4

Nestle Classic Rich Milk Chocolate

Nestle classic rich milk chocolate hot cocoa mix

per packet (20 g): 80 calories, 2 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 190 mg sodium, 15 g carbs (<1 g fiber, 12 g sugar), <1 g protein

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Eat This, Not That! Verdict:

Although it didn’t coat the mouth, Nestle’s classic hot chocolate mix was richer than the Swiss Miss envelope. We can probably chalk that up to the higher fat content in Nestle: Nestle boasts 2 grams of fat per 20-gram packet, while Swiss Miss boasts the same amount of fat per almost double the serving size (a 39-gram packet). Nestle’s cocoa gave a pleasant flavor, with no particular flavor note sticking out. One of our testers proclaimed that this mix tasted just like your average milk chocolate bar.

3

ShopRite Instant Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa With Mini Marshmallows

Shop rite milk chocolate hot cocoa

per packet (28 g): 110 calories, 1.5 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 140 mg sodium, 24 g carbs (<1 g fiber, 12 g sugar), <1 g protein

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Eat This, Not That! Verdict:

Surprisingly enough, this grocery-store find trumped two ubiquitous, classic boxes—but only marginally. Although the mix was just as excessively sweet as Swiss Miss, ShopRite’s powder boasted the perfect touch of salt, which helped balance out the sweetened cocoa. The taste was comparable to the leftover milk in a bowl of Cocoa Puffs—yum! All in all, the milky chocolate flavor was neither too rich nor underwhelming, and the mini marshmallows added a nice contrasting texture and subtle vanilla flavor to this mix.

2

Godiva Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa

Godiva hot cocoa

per 3 tbs: 130 calories, 2.5 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 5 mg sodium, 25 g carbs (2 g fiber, 22 g sugar), 1 g protein

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Eat This, Not That! Verdict:

Out of all the offerings we taste-tested, Godiva’s milk chocolate hot cocoa was concocted with the cleanest ingredients, which was definitely noticeable with every sip. We commend the chocolatier for producing a spot-on cocoa flavor, but we really wished that the drink’s texture was more decadent. Something tells us that Godiva’s dark chocolate hot cocoa mix might be more up our alley than the milk chocolate version.

1

Land O Lakes Chocolate Supreme Hot Cocoa Mix

Land o lakes cocoa classics supreme chocolate hot cocoa mix

per packet (35 g): 140 calories, 2.5 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 250 mg sodium, 26 g carbs (1 g fiber, 24 g sugar), 3 g protein

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Eat This, Not That! Verdict:

Land O Lakes’ mix completely set itself apart from its competitors, thanks to its super decadent, authentic taste. This mug was velvety and coated the mouth (likely due to the addition of coconut oil), and the relatively high sodium content highlighted the rich cocoa notes. Whether you’re entertaining guests, whipping up a cup for your kids before bedtime, or just enjoying a warm mug on your couch, Land O Lakes Chocolate Supreme Hot Cocoa Mix will deliver the comforting cocoa you crave.

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