For those cold nights ahead! Via Kitchen
There are few things more comforting on a cold winter day than a warm mug of hot cocoa; it’s like a hug from the inside out. Hot cocoa is the kind of sweet drink that can spark memories from childhood snow days or that ski trip you took last year.
With winter moving in quickly, I thought it was the perfect time to sip on some of the different hot cocoa options out there. Here are our thoughts on the six brands we tried, as well as our favorite brand. Want to see our top pick?
Hot Cocoa Versus Hot Chocolate
While we often use these names interchangeably, hot cocoa and hot chocolate are actually two different drinks. Hot cocoa, while it doesn’t contain actual chocolate, is a chocolate-flavored drink made by mixing cocoa powder with a sweetener and hot water. Hot chocolate, on the other hand, is a chocolate drink that’s made by mixing shaved, ground, or another form of actual chocolate with a sweetener and hot water or milk.
This taste test focused only on hot cocoa.