Standout Hot Chocolate
Best Hot Chocolate Under $5
Land O’Lakes Cocoa Classics Supreme
Although it’s made with water, several tasters said this mix (shown) seemed to be made with milk. Others described it as “surprisingly creamy” and “smooth and milk-chocolaty.”
To buy: 60 cents for a 1-serving packet, at supermarkets nationwide.
Swiss Miss Chocolate Sensation
This mix had much more of a dark-chocolate taste and color than the others in the category. Testers raved about its “real cocoa flavor,” which “wasn’t overly sweet” and “left no artificial aftertaste.”
To buy: $1.50 for eight 1-serving packets, at supermarkets nationwide.
Best Hot Chocolate for $10 to $15
Godiva Dark Chocolate Truffle
A collective mmm rose up when tasters sampled this one (shown). Everyone agreed it was fabulously rich, with just the right amount of sweetness. One tester said, “It was able to hold its flavor from first sip to last.”
To buy: Unfortunately, this product is no longer available, but try Godiva Dark Chocolate Cocoa; $11 for a 10-serving canister; godiva.com.
Schokinag Extreme Dark
The name doesn’t lie. This bittersweet hot chocolate isn’t for the mild-cocoa-with-marshmallows crowd. Most testers liked the intense flavor, and more than one thought it “tasted just like a melted chocolate bar.”
To buy: $13 for an 8-serving canister, at Whole Foods Markets.
Best Hot Chocolate Over $15
Jacques Torres Wicked
The slightly spicy kick was a hit with all the testers. Ancho and chipotle peppers added an element of mystery to the “smooth,” “sophisticated” hot chocolate (shown).
To buy: $18 for an 18-serving tin, mrchocolate.com.
All the tasters asked for more of this hot chocolate. The rich, dark flavor was “not too sweet and not too bitter.” In other words, it was just right.
To buy: $19 for an 10-ounce tin, mariebelle.com.