Let’s talk the best hot chocolate!
As long-time denizens of a state associated with long and frosty winters, we consider ourselves hot chocolate enthusiasts. So naturally, we thought it was time to share our hot cocoa insights with you, dear readers.
To be fair, we decided to do a blind taste test—we took major brands of hot chocolate and started drinking. We then compared which had the best taste . . . and the best value.
When it comes to hot chocolate, you have two basic choices of packages: bulk canisters and single packets.
Bulk canisters are more budget-friendly, as you’d imagine. For the best budget-friendly hot cocoa, we decided Swiss Miss was the best of the bunch.
What We Liked
• Canister = less paper waste. Those individual packets are handy, but they generate much more waste. This is the more sustainable hot cocoa option.
• No artificial flavors or colors.
• No artificial preservatives or sweeteners.
What Needs Work
• More milk than dark chocolate flavor. If you want a hot cocoa with more rich (that is, darker chocolate) flavor, we’d suggest this next pick.