Baby It's Cold Outside! The Best Hot Cocoas You Can Buy in Grocery Stores

We tasted seven of the most popular hot cocoas you can buy in grocery stores. We stuck to the classic flavors and prepared them all with water, according to the package directions. Each was judged based on how chocolatey it smelled, how chocolatey it tasted, its creaminess and richness. We found that there’s a hot cocoa for everyone—and then some!—all at different price points.


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Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa Mix Milk Chocolate Flavor

swiss miss

Photo courtesy of Swiss Miss

Photo courtesy of Swiss Miss

Flavor: For the chocolate lover looking for a creamy, rich and balanced cup.

Other classic varieties: Marshmallow, Marshmallow Lovers’, Rich Chocolate, Marshmallow Madness with No Artificial Sweeteners

Cost: $2.99/10 ct

 


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Nestle Classic Rich Milk Chocolate Flavor

nestle hot cocoa

Photo courtesy of Nestle

Photo courtesy of Nestle

Flavor: For the chocolate lover who likes all things sweet.

Other classic flavor: Mini Marshmallows

Cost: $0.99/6 ct


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Land O Lakes Cocoa Classics Chocolate Supreme Hot Cocoa Mix

hot cocoa land o lakes

Photo courtesy of Land O Lakes

Photo courtesy of Land O Lakes

Flavor: For the cocoa lover looking for something sweet, creamy and buttery.

Other classic flavors: Amaretto, Arctic White, Butterscotch, Caramel, Cinnamon, French Vanilla, Hazelnut, Irish Crème, Mint, Mocha, Raspberry

Cost: $6.98/12 ct


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Trader Joe’s Organic Hot Cocoa Mix

Trader Joe’s Organic Hot cocoa

Photo courtesy of Trader Joe's

Photo courtesy of Trader Joe's

Flavor: For the dark[er] chocolate lover who doesn’t love sweet things and is looking for a more mild and somewhat deep, rounded flavor.

Cost: $2.99/10 ct


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365 Organic Hot Cocoa Rich Chocolate Flavor Mix

365 Organic Hot Cocoa

Photo courtesy of 365

Photo courtesy of 365

Flavor: For the chocolate lover who likes sweet things and vanilla.

Cost: $3.99/12 oz canister


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Ghirardelli Chocolate Double Chocolate

hot cocoa ghiradelli

Photo courtesy of Ghiradelli

Photo courtesy of Ghiradelli

Flavor: For the chocolate lover who loves the smell of chocolate.

Cost: $7.19/10.5 oz bag


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Equal Exchange Organic Hot Cocoa

Equal Exchange Organic Hot Cocoa

Photo courtesy of Equal Exchange

Photo courtesy of Equal Exchange

Flavor: For the true chocolate lover looking for a rich, balanced cup that’s not too sweet.  

Cost: $7.99/8 oz canister