What is the BEST hot chocolate? Consumer experts put popular brands to the test – and the winner is a $ 3 supermarket purchase
- Consumer experts tested 19 varieties of hot chocolate to find the best
- Hot chocolate products classified as CHOICE based on taste and value for money
- Coles Hot Chocolate supermarket brand ($ 3) crowned winner
- It beat the fierce competition from popular brands such as Lindt and Cadbury
Australian consumer experts from CHOICE put 19 varieties of hot chocolate to the test to find the one that tastes the best.
In a blind taste test, judges rated supermarket hot chocolate products based on overall taste, value for money, sugar and cocoa content.
Among the products tested, supermarket brand Coles Hot Chocolate ($ 3) beat stiff competition from popular brands such as Lindt, Cadbury, Nestle, Jarrah and Avalanche to take the top spot.
Consumer experts tested 19 varieties of hot chocolate to find which tastes the best
Revealed: Top 10 Hot Chocolate
1. Coles Hot Chocolate: 78% ($ 3)
2. Nestlé Aero Hot Choc: 74% ($ 6.30)
3. Cadbury Instant Hot Chocolate Mix: 73% ($ 5)
4. Aldi Dairy Fine Drinking Chocolate: 69% ($ 2.99)
5. Nestlé Milo: 67% ($ 7)
6. Woolworths Classic Hot Chocolate: 64% ($ 3.25)
7. Avalanche Sugar Free Drinking Chocolate: 62% ($ 4.80)
8. Coles hot chocolate (sachets): 62% ($ 3.25)
9. Lindt Milk Chocolate Hot Chocolate Flakes: 62% ($ 7.50)
10. Nestlé Nesquik chocolate: 61% ($ 5.50)
The low cost purchase received the highest rating, scoring 78 percent.
Taste testers stated that the hot chocolate had a “nice luxurious mouthfeel” and was “sweet”, “forgiving” and “satisfying”.
In second place, Nestlé Aero Hot Choc ($ 6.30) got an honorable 74 percent.
‘Best of the bunch so far – easy to mix, nice flavor, not too sweet. The foam is rich, ”one judge said, while others insisted the drink was“ pleasant ”.
The Cadbury Instant Hot Chocolate Mix ($ 5) received 73 percent.
‘Beautiful, creamy texture / palate, almost silky. Pleasant taste, not too sweet, great cocoa taste with no fun aftertaste. All in all a nice hot chocolate, ”said one judge.
If you’re on a tight budget, Aldi Dairy Fine Drinking Chocolate ($ 2.99) was one of the cheapest hot chocolates on the market, costing just 75 cents per 100g.
For those looking for indulgence, experts have recommended Lindt Milk Chocolate Hot Chocolate Flakes ($ 7.50), which are decadent flakes that melt in hot milk.
“This is the highest calorie hot chocolate we’ve looked at. One cup, prepared according to package directions, contains 1221 kJ, or 14% of the recommended daily kilojoule intake for the average adult, ”the experts said.
At $ 1.39 a serving, it’s also the most expensive hot chocolate.
Avalanche Sugar Free Drinking Chocolate ($ 4.80) and Coles Hot Chocolate ($ 3.25 sachets) round out the top 10.
If you’re trying to cut down on added sugar in your diet but still want to treat yourself to guilt-free hot chocolate, experts have recommended Avalanche Sugar-Free Drinking Chocolate ($ 4.80).
Among the products tested, the brand contained the lowest sugar with only 0.1g per 100g.
It contains non-nutritious sweeteners – erythritol and Stevia – which add a sweet taste without the kilojoules associated with added sugars.
Nestlé Milo ($ 7), Woolworths Classic Hot Chocolate ($ 3.25), Coles Hot Chocolate ($ 3.25 sachets) and Nestlé Nesquik Chocolate ($ 5.50) round out the top 10.