No More Instant Hot Chocolate

Written By: Owennie Lee, RD

Title: Registered Dietitian

Alumni: University of British Columbia

Last Updated on:

Healthy Hot Chocolate

When it comes to winter favorites, nothing beats curling up under a blanket and enjoying a cup of steamy, rich, and smooth hot chocolate. Are you one who would make this delicious drink from scratch, or are you like many others who resort to adding hot water to a pouch of instant mix? Find out what you’re missing if you are the latter!

Nestle Rich Chocolate Instant Hot Cocoa

Homemade Hot Chocolate

Here’s what we found when we compared instant hot chocolate to our homemade version:

Nestle Rich Chocolate
Instant Hot Cocoa


Hot Chocolate


Serving Size:
1 cup 1 cup
120 kcal 120 kcal
1 g 8.1 g
3 g 5 g
Trans Fat:
0 g 0 g
23 g 13.1 g
1 g 1.6 g
120 mg 90 mg
20 mg 260 mg
Preparation time:
Total: 1 minute Total: 3 minutes
Price per serving:
$0.40 $0.87
sugar, corn syrup solids, hydrogenated vegetable oil (may contain coconut palm kernel and/or soybean oil), modified milk ingredients, cocoa, cellulose, gum, salt, dipotassium phosphate, artificial flavor, mono- and di-glycerides, guar gum, sodium aluminum silicate 2% milk, cocoa powder, sugar

How Did the Two Stack Up?

The “hot chocolate” made from an instant mix turns out to be a watery, dark colored liquid that is infused with a long list of additives. The editorial team agrees that the flavor is weak and that is excessively sweet. In contrast, by using three simple ingredients – milk, cocoa powder, and sugar – we created a rich, chocolaty, creamy drink.

Because real milk is used, you get much more protein and calcium but less sugar and sodium out of this beverage. More importantly, by making your own you will also be able to avoid the hydrogenated oils (trans-fat) that lurk in the instant mix. All this for 2 more minutes in the prep and $0.40 extra – don’t you think it’s well worth it?

The Bottom Line

It really is easy and simple to make a cup of real hot chocolate. Although it takes slightly longer to make, your body and your soul will both be nourished by the wholesome ingredients you chose.

Our Hot Chocolate Recipe

Recipe courtesy of Joy of Baking

Yield : 1 cup


  • ¾ cup (180 ml) + 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon granulated white sugar


  • Place the ¾ cup milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until it is nice and hot.
  • Meanwhile, in your mug or cup, make a paste with the cocoa powder, sugar, and the 2 Tbsp of milk.
  • Pour the hot milk into the cocoa paste and stir until combined and smooth.
  • You can place the hot cocoa in your blender (or use an immersion blender) to make it nice and foamy.

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