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Hot Cocoa Smackdown + Recipes

Looking for something to take the chill off? Take (or fake) a snow day, stay indoors and snuggle up with a cup of something steamy.

If you get your fix from a cocoa mix check out the smackdown that puts our 365 Everyday Value® Organic Hot Cocoa Mix against a major national brand.

Prefer something homemade? Scroll down for recipes for winter warmers that will keep you cozy until spring.

Hot Cocoa Smackdown!

Check out what’s in the mix when you compare our hot cocoa to a leading national brand. Customer surveys tell us the value of a product is not based solely on price, but other factors such as ingredients. Which cocoa would you feel best about serving and sipping?

Major National Brand Hot Cocoa Mix

Ingredients: Sugar, Corn Syrup, Modified Whey, Cocoa (Processed with Alkali), Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Nonfat Milk, Calcium Carbonate, Less than 2% of: Salt, Dipotassium Phosphate, Mono- and Diglycerides, Carrageenan, Acesulfame Potassium, Sucralose, Artificial Flavor.

Artificial Flavors? Yes.

Hydrogenated Oil? Yes.

Acesulfame Potassium? Yes.

365 Everyday Value® Organic Hot Cocoa Mix

Ingredients: Organic Cane Syrup Solids, Organic Whey (Milk), Organic Nonfat Dry Milk, Organic Cocoa (Processed with Alkali), Sea Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Natural Vanilla Flavor, Xanthan Gum.

Artificial Flavors? No.

We don’t shortcut flavor based on price. Our hot cocoa mix has real vanilla flavor.

Hydrogenated Oil? No.

All foods we sell in our stores are free of hydrogenated oils, which are chemically altered, man-made fats.

Acesulfame Potassium? No.

You won’t find any artificial sweeteners such as this in any of our products

Organic? Yes!

Why stop with organic fresh produce or milk? Most of the ingredients in packaged products begin in the ground, too, and choosing organic limits exposure to pesticides no matter what the crop!

Make it Homemade

If a store-bought cocoa mix is not quite your cup of tea, try these delicious recipes from homemade cocoa to chai to, well, tea.

What is your favorite hot beverage for cold weather? Share with us in the comments below.

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Gloria B says …

I keep looking for 365 Organic Hot Cocoa Mix at the Austin Lamar store, but they never have any!

Linda Dean says …

I live in Hollywood, Fl. and have shopped at your store many times. I am looking for acidophilus milk. Do you have any at your store? Please let me know.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@GLORIA - I was able to call and check with the Lamar store today. They do have the 365 Organic Hot Cocoa Mix in stock. It is available on aisle 12 and it is $3.99. Hope this helps!

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@LINDA - I believe the closest location to Hollywood is going to be our Aventura, FL, location. I called and spoke to dairy and they do not carry acidophilus milk. Typically we will have an option of acidophilus available in our Whole Body department.

Delores Peaches says …

I am looking for a delicious hot chocolate alternative for my daughter who has dairy, egg, and tree nut allergies. What, if any recommendations do you suggest other than the Silk Soy options? I'd like her to have a fresh cup of hot cocoa to share our rainy/cold days. Thanks for your help.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@DELORES - Since our products vary between store locations I would suggest reaching out to your local store to see what alternatives they offer. They will be happy to help out!

kim putnam says …

Hi, is this mix also gluten free? Thanks.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@KIM - I checked with our private label team and our 365 cocoa should not have gluten and is not made in a facility that contains gluten either. Always a good idea to double check the ingredients just to make sure as it will be stated if it contains wheat at the bottom of ingredients.

Elmedin says …

what is natural vanilla flavor and does it contain anything like alcohol or something i wont know of ?

Stephanie P says …

I love this hot cocoa mix. It is truly one of the best hot chocolate mixes that I have tasted. Also, I just reviewed this on my blog, too. sanssoy.blogspot.com

Art Collins says …

Thank you, thank you for making a more healthful hot cocoa mix! Once again, you are showing the way to the food conglomerates who do not care that much about our health.

Darla says …

Could you please tell me the caffeine amount in the 365 Organic Hot Cocoa?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@DARLA - The 365 Organic Hot Cocoa contains 9.7 grams of caffeine per serving.

Linda says …

Can items be shipped to New Florence, PA

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@LINDA - We do not currently offer online ordering, however, we have a store in Austin that can ship non-perishable items within the US. You can get in touch with them at 512-542-2243 for details.