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Best Hot Chocolate to Buy (and the Worst)

Best Hot Chocolate to Buy (and the Worst)


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"The weather outside is frightful" may be a line in a popular Christmas song, but anyone truly familiar with negative-degree temperatures and words like "blizzard" and "black ice" will tell you that when it comes to frightful winter weather, the holiday season is just the beginning of a long haul.

When facing night after chilly night, keeping a glass-half-full attitude can be a real challenge. In such cases, it's helpful to at least have something rich, warm, and delicious in your glass — like, say, a good cup of hot chocolate.

While it's not difficult to make a perfect rendition at home (seriously, you'd be surprised), there's nothing wrong with going the store-bought hot chocolate route. That is, of course, unless you wind up buying a brand that makes something more akin to thin, watery chocolate pudding mix.

To that end, eight editors from The Daily Meal blind-tested 10 popular hot chocolate brands, ranging from nostalgia-producing Swiss Miss to high-end selections like Godiva. To level the playing field, and to give each competitor the opportunity to perform to the best of its ability, all of the test samples were made with whole milk, save the fat-free Swiss Miss, which was made with non-fat milk. Taste test criteria included everything from consistency and texture (was it grainy or velvety smooth?) to taste and chocolate flavor (did it taste more like sweet milk or liquid candy bar?).

Check out the results below — the brands are listed from best to worst (scores are based on a 100 point scale) — then check out the slideshow for full commentary.

Click here for the Best Hot Chocolate to Buy (and the Worst) Slideshow.

The Results:

Starbucks9 ounces/$7.0081.80%Godiva13.1 ounces/$12.9580.60%Trader Joe's12.5 ounces/$2.9973.50%365 Organic10 ounces/$3.9972.60%E. Guittard10 ounces/$7.9972.25%Swiss Miss, Fat-Free4.4 ounces/$3.1972.25%Ghirardelli12 ounces/$7.4972%Swiss Miss7.3 ounces/$2.4970.80%MarieBelle12 ounces/$20.0070.60%Nestlé7.12 ounces/$3.3966%


The 4 Best Hot Chocolate Mixes

If you automatically pick up the same brand of hot chocolate mix time after time, you might just want to switch things up a bit. That's because Consumer Reports recently evaluated eight popular hot chocolate products, and we found significant differences among them when it comes to nutrition, ingredients, and price per cup. The four standouts are Ghirardelli Double Chocolate, Hershey's Cocoa Natural Unsweetened, Starbucks Hot Cocoa Double Chocolate, and Swiss Miss Simply Cocoa Milk Chocolate.


Check Consumer Reports' 2015 Holiday Guide for our picks of the best gifts, details on the latest deals, time-saving tips, and much more. And see our countdown calendar for top gift ideas for everyone on your list.


The 4 Best Hot Chocolate Mixes

If you automatically pick up the same brand of hot chocolate mix time after time, you might just want to switch things up a bit. That's because Consumer Reports recently evaluated eight popular hot chocolate products, and we found significant differences among them when it comes to nutrition, ingredients, and price per cup. The four standouts are Ghirardelli Double Chocolate, Hershey's Cocoa Natural Unsweetened, Starbucks Hot Cocoa Double Chocolate, and Swiss Miss Simply Cocoa Milk Chocolate.


Check Consumer Reports' 2015 Holiday Guide for our picks of the best gifts, details on the latest deals, time-saving tips, and much more. And see our countdown calendar for top gift ideas for everyone on your list.


The 4 Best Hot Chocolate Mixes

If you automatically pick up the same brand of hot chocolate mix time after time, you might just want to switch things up a bit. That's because Consumer Reports recently evaluated eight popular hot chocolate products, and we found significant differences among them when it comes to nutrition, ingredients, and price per cup. The four standouts are Ghirardelli Double Chocolate, Hershey's Cocoa Natural Unsweetened, Starbucks Hot Cocoa Double Chocolate, and Swiss Miss Simply Cocoa Milk Chocolate.


Check Consumer Reports' 2015 Holiday Guide for our picks of the best gifts, details on the latest deals, time-saving tips, and much more. And see our countdown calendar for top gift ideas for everyone on your list.


The 4 Best Hot Chocolate Mixes

If you automatically pick up the same brand of hot chocolate mix time after time, you might just want to switch things up a bit. That's because Consumer Reports recently evaluated eight popular hot chocolate products, and we found significant differences among them when it comes to nutrition, ingredients, and price per cup. The four standouts are Ghirardelli Double Chocolate, Hershey's Cocoa Natural Unsweetened, Starbucks Hot Cocoa Double Chocolate, and Swiss Miss Simply Cocoa Milk Chocolate.


Check Consumer Reports' 2015 Holiday Guide for our picks of the best gifts, details on the latest deals, time-saving tips, and much more. And see our countdown calendar for top gift ideas for everyone on your list.


The 4 Best Hot Chocolate Mixes

If you automatically pick up the same brand of hot chocolate mix time after time, you might just want to switch things up a bit. That's because Consumer Reports recently evaluated eight popular hot chocolate products, and we found significant differences among them when it comes to nutrition, ingredients, and price per cup. The four standouts are Ghirardelli Double Chocolate, Hershey's Cocoa Natural Unsweetened, Starbucks Hot Cocoa Double Chocolate, and Swiss Miss Simply Cocoa Milk Chocolate.


Check Consumer Reports' 2015 Holiday Guide for our picks of the best gifts, details on the latest deals, time-saving tips, and much more. And see our countdown calendar for top gift ideas for everyone on your list.


The 4 Best Hot Chocolate Mixes

If you automatically pick up the same brand of hot chocolate mix time after time, you might just want to switch things up a bit. That's because Consumer Reports recently evaluated eight popular hot chocolate products, and we found significant differences among them when it comes to nutrition, ingredients, and price per cup. The four standouts are Ghirardelli Double Chocolate, Hershey's Cocoa Natural Unsweetened, Starbucks Hot Cocoa Double Chocolate, and Swiss Miss Simply Cocoa Milk Chocolate.


Check Consumer Reports' 2015 Holiday Guide for our picks of the best gifts, details on the latest deals, time-saving tips, and much more. And see our countdown calendar for top gift ideas for everyone on your list.


The 4 Best Hot Chocolate Mixes

If you automatically pick up the same brand of hot chocolate mix time after time, you might just want to switch things up a bit. That's because Consumer Reports recently evaluated eight popular hot chocolate products, and we found significant differences among them when it comes to nutrition, ingredients, and price per cup. The four standouts are Ghirardelli Double Chocolate, Hershey's Cocoa Natural Unsweetened, Starbucks Hot Cocoa Double Chocolate, and Swiss Miss Simply Cocoa Milk Chocolate.


Check Consumer Reports' 2015 Holiday Guide for our picks of the best gifts, details on the latest deals, time-saving tips, and much more. And see our countdown calendar for top gift ideas for everyone on your list.


The 4 Best Hot Chocolate Mixes

If you automatically pick up the same brand of hot chocolate mix time after time, you might just want to switch things up a bit. That's because Consumer Reports recently evaluated eight popular hot chocolate products, and we found significant differences among them when it comes to nutrition, ingredients, and price per cup. The four standouts are Ghirardelli Double Chocolate, Hershey's Cocoa Natural Unsweetened, Starbucks Hot Cocoa Double Chocolate, and Swiss Miss Simply Cocoa Milk Chocolate.


Check Consumer Reports' 2015 Holiday Guide for our picks of the best gifts, details on the latest deals, time-saving tips, and much more. And see our countdown calendar for top gift ideas for everyone on your list.


The 4 Best Hot Chocolate Mixes

If you automatically pick up the same brand of hot chocolate mix time after time, you might just want to switch things up a bit. That's because Consumer Reports recently evaluated eight popular hot chocolate products, and we found significant differences among them when it comes to nutrition, ingredients, and price per cup. The four standouts are Ghirardelli Double Chocolate, Hershey's Cocoa Natural Unsweetened, Starbucks Hot Cocoa Double Chocolate, and Swiss Miss Simply Cocoa Milk Chocolate.


Check Consumer Reports' 2015 Holiday Guide for our picks of the best gifts, details on the latest deals, time-saving tips, and much more. And see our countdown calendar for top gift ideas for everyone on your list.


The 4 Best Hot Chocolate Mixes

If you automatically pick up the same brand of hot chocolate mix time after time, you might just want to switch things up a bit. That's because Consumer Reports recently evaluated eight popular hot chocolate products, and we found significant differences among them when it comes to nutrition, ingredients, and price per cup. The four standouts are Ghirardelli Double Chocolate, Hershey's Cocoa Natural Unsweetened, Starbucks Hot Cocoa Double Chocolate, and Swiss Miss Simply Cocoa Milk Chocolate.


Check Consumer Reports' 2015 Holiday Guide for our picks of the best gifts, details on the latest deals, time-saving tips, and much more. And see our countdown calendar for top gift ideas for everyone on your list.


Watch the video: Worst Marshmello Hot Chocolate Drink it Looks like a Golf ball (July 2022).


Comments:

  1. Grady

    This is a valuable piece

  2. Tadao

    I'm sorry, of course, but this doesn't suit me. I will look further.

  3. Andret

    It is remarkable, the helpful information

  4. Tushura

    shine

  5. Julius

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  6. Swinton

    Fuck it!

  7. Lawler

    bye ... some kind of stupidity



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