Consumer Reports tested cocoas from names like Ghirardelli and Godiva to classics like Hershey's and Swiss Miss and even an organic one from Dagoba.
Consumer Reports served up cocoa to its trained panelists. The testers looked at nutrition and calories, but really, if you're having it as a special treat you'll want it to be full bodied and have high quality chocolate flavor and this may mean more calories.
The best by far was Godiva's Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa. It was full and flavorful with an intense chocolate flavor. It had roasted notes and even a slight vanilla note. Also very good and a bit less expensive Hershey's Favorite Hot Cocoa Recipe, which has a mild chocolate and slight vanilla and malt flavors, or Swiss Miss Dark Chocolate Sensation Cocoa for those who prefer a darker chocolate flavor.
Also worth a try the Ghirardelli Cocoa and the Dagoba Organic Hot Cocoa. Both rated very good in Consumer Reports' taste tests.
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