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Hot Cocoa Brands O To Z
Here’s our final group of hot cocoa mixes, before proceed to the hot chocolate brands:
Omanhene Hot Cocoa Mix. Very minimal chocolate flavor, but sweetness level is balanced, not overwhelming. First ingredient: sugar. Entire ingredient list: sugar, natural cocoa powder. Sodium content: 5 mg/serving. Light chocolate in color with a pleasant chocolate aroma. Price: $6.50 for 12 ounces. Read our review of Omahene Chocolate.
Perfect Cup Premium Instant Cocoa Mix (purchased in supermarket; no website found, but label indicates product is manufactured for American Natural & Specialty Brands in St. Augustine, FL). Traditional milky brown cocoa color, with barely detectable chocolate aroma. Sweet, with hardly any chocolate flavor. First ingredient: sucrose. Also contains partially hydrogenated soybean oil, guar gum, sodium caseinate, sodium citrate, artificial flavor, dipotassium phosphate, mono- and diglycerides, and sodium silicoaluminate, in addition to other ingredients. Sodium content: 230 mg/serving. Sold at supermarkets; not available in our area so we could not obtain a per-box price. However, it is sold in bulk on Amazon.com.
Slitti Miscela di Cacao (per cioccolata in tazza) [translation: cocoa powder for drinking chocolate]. This was a surprise. I’ve tried Slitti chocolates before and found them very pleasant, but this beverage (of a dark milk chocolate color with a moderate chocolate aroma) had a flat, unappealing, modestly chocolate taste with no hint of sweetness. First ingredient: bitter cocoa. Entire ingredient list: bitter cocoa, starch, sugar, natural flavors. Sodium content: not listed. (EDITOR’S NOTE: We’re surprised too: we adore Slitti chocolate. We didn’t taste this batch, but we’re tempted to try another.) Price: $13.95 for 8.8 ounces.
Swiss Miss Rich & Creamy Hot Cocoa Mix. Medium to dark chocolate color with a decent chocolate aroma. More stirring than usual required to dissolve powder; some remained undissolved and floated to top of liquid. Sweet, with little chocolate flavor. First ingredient: sugar. Also contains corn syrup, whey protein concentrate, hydrogenated coconut oil, calcium carbonate, dipotassium phosphate, cellulose gum, artificial flavor, carrageenan, and mono- and diglycerides, in addition to other ingredients. Sodium content: 170 mg/serving. $2.99 for 10 ounces. No e-commerce; available in most supermarkets.
Valor Chocolates Cao (available at Chocosphere.com). A dark chocolate beverage with a great, true chocolate aroma. Moderately chocolatey, not-too-sweet cup of cocoa that seems very rich because it’s slightly thickened with wheat powder. Nutrition information given is for 7 tablespoons of mix, but package instructions specifically for the U.S. call for 4 tablespoons of mix. First ingredient: sugar. Entire ingredient list: sugar, fat reduced cocoa powder (19%), wheat flour, lecithin, “aroma.” Sodium content: 0 mg/serving. (EDITOR’S NOTE: There’s also a sugar-free version sweetened with Maltitol and Ace-K). Price: $7.95 for 17.5 ounces.
Vosges Haut-Chocolat Couture Cocoa La Parisienne (dark chocolate and vanilla bean). Not too sweet, with a nice dairy and deep chocolate taste. Long, lingering aftertaste. First ingredient: dark chocolate. Entire ingredient list: dark chocolate, cocoa, sugar, vanilla beans. Sodium content: not listed. Preparation instructions very complicated, more for professional than home use. Price: $25.00 for 16 ounces. Read our full review of Vosges Chocolates.
Wegmans Extra-Rich Chocolate Flavor Instant Hot Cocoa Mix (purchased at a Wegmans supermarket, not found on website). Dark chocolate color with barely noticeable chocolate aroma. Off taste, combining salty, sweet, and vaguely chocolate flavors simultaneously. First ingredient: sugar. Also contains partially hydrogenated soybean and/or canola oil, corn syrup solids, sodium caseinate, dipotassium phosphate, mono- and diglycerides, and natural and artificial flavors, in addition to other ingredients. Sodium content: 150 mg/serving. $.99 cents for 10 ounces. No e-commerce.
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