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.
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.
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)
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