Hot Cocoa Smackdown

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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 by Whole Foods Market 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.

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


  • 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

Hydrogenated Oil? Yes.

Acesulfame Potassium? Yes.

365 by Whole Foods Market Organic Hot Cocoa Mix


  • 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.

Hydrogenated Oil? No.

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

Aspartame? No.

You won’t find any sweeteners like aspartame, sucralose and saccharin 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!

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