Love it, Like it, Hate it – Hot Chocolate

Warming up with a cup of hot cocoa can be the perfect way to end or begin a cool day, but some can pack in a day s worth of added sugar. In today s Love it, Like it, Hate it, Molly has the top picks and worst bets when it comes to instant hot cocoa mix.

Love it!

NOW Foods No Sugar Added Hot Cocoa

It’s only 35 calories with 5 grams sugar per two-tablespoon serving.  The main ingredients are Erythritol, nonfat dry milk, cocoa and stevia.

DIY Hot Cocoa Mix:

2 cups powdered milk
2/3 cup Swerve Sweetener

2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 
Pinch of salt

Combine ingredients and store in an airtight container. For a cup of hot cocoa, add 1/4 cup of cocoa mix to a mug, fill with hot water and stir. Makes about 14 servings.

 

Like it!

The following two are just ‘like it’ options since they’re artificially sweetened:

Nestle No Sugar Added Hot Cocoa

50 calories & 8 grams sugar per packet

Main ingredients: Dairy product solids, skim milk, cocoa, sucralose (Splenda)

Swiss Miss No Sugar Added Hot Cocoa

60 calories & 7 grams sugar per packet

Main ingredients: Whey, nonfat dry milk, cocoa, acesulfame potassium (artificial sweetener), sucralose (Splenda)

 

Hate it!

Land O’ Lakes Hot Cocoa Mix

140 calories & 24 grams sugar per packet

Main ingredients:  Sugar, nonfat dry milk, whey, coconut oil, corn syrup solids

 

Ovaltine Rich Chocolate

80 calories & 18 grams sugar per 4 tbsp serving

Main ingredients:  sugar, cocoa, whey; also includes yellow 6, red 40, and blue 1

‘Good source of iron, zinc, calcium, vitamins A, C, D, & E’ means just 10% of each