We Found The Best Hot Chocolate Powder in India – Mishry (2023)
Seven brands, multiple taste tests and one winner! We have found the Best Hot Chocolate Powder in India.
International television, if nothing else, has brought about a tremendous change in the way we eat and celebrate today. Yes, enjoying a mug of hot chocolate during the winter season included.
Hot chocolate is a deliciously decadent milk and chocolate based beverage that is best enjoyed whilst snuggling in a cozy corner. Although traditionally hot chocolate is made using a bark of silky, rich chocolate melted into heavy cream or full fat milk, the instant versions are available in powdered form with some nibs here and there.
In the quest to find out the Best Hot Chocolate Powder In India, we selected seven brands that are easily available online and offline. Hot Chocolate Powders by Country Bean and Tiggle were chosen as our Top Picks for their rich chocolate flavor and superlative aroma.
Here is how we chose the best hot chocolate powder in India.
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Quick Comparison of Hot Chocolate Powder Brands
A quick table highlighting the 7 Hot Chocolate Powder brands in India:
|Hot Chocolate Powder Brands||Mishry Rating||Buy Now|
Mishry Premium Pick
|4.5||Add To Cart|
Mishry Top Pick
|4.5||Add To Cart|
|Hershey’s||4||Add To Cart|
|Christopher Cocoa||3.75||Add To Cart|
|Bevzilla||3.75||Add To Cart|
|Cadbury||3||Add To Cart|
|Scoopski||1.5||Add To Cart|
Our Review Factors
What are we looking for while searching for the best hot chocolate powder? We are looking for a hot chocolate powder with an enticing aroma, rich chocolate flavor, balanced sweetness and excellent mixability. A clean ingredient list is an added plus.
Rich, intense, and chocolaty.
‘Melted or liquid chocolate in a mug’ was what we were looking for, in terms of taste. Which brand offers the most premium cocoa flavor with a well-rounded sweetness?
Does the aroma change when the powder is made into a beverage? Did it intensify or become subtle?
How effortless or challenging was mixing the hot chocolate powder with milk? Was a spoon enough, or did it form lumps? A balloon whisk, a hand blender, what tool did we use to ensure an even consistency?
4. Other Observations
Ingredients – While none of these claim to be ‘healthy’, we’d appreciate it if a brand mentions the type and percentage of cocoa they add, the sweetener they use. What type of thickeners are added? Does it have any flavor enhancers, colors?
Value For Money – Considering the other ingredients you’re required to add, the time and effort for preparation, which brand is the most economic pick? Does the quality justify the pricing?
Packaging and shelf life are supporting factors.
Best Hot Chocolate Powder – Detailed Review
Our review process to find the best hot chocolate powder was divided into two broad stages:
Dry Tasting – We gauged the following points in this segment – aroma, color and taste. In addition, we also noted which hot chocolate powder delivered the maximum chocolate flavor.
Taste Test – Stage 2 involved us tatsing this with milk. We made the hot chocolates as per the instructions on the pack. The measurements were not standardized as each brand can have different ratios and methods to make a mug of hot chocolate.
No extra sugar, dry chocolate powder, marshmallows etc were added.
1. Country Bean Hot Chocolate – Top Pick (Premium)
First things first, Country Bean’s Hot Chocolate powder mixed seamlessly in milk. Our beverage developed a rich, chocolate brown hue and an enticing aroma. Moreover, as we kept stirring the two components (powder and milk), the beverage started turning thicker and more luscious.
In terms of taste, this was heavenly. Premium, rich, and intense, this was not an all-sweet hot chocolate, which we really liked. That said, this wasn’t bitter either, it had prominent notes of dark chocolate. The pinch of salt enhances the flavor of chocolate further.
Priced at Rs 499/- for a 200 gm pack, this is priced higher than most brands but delivers spectacularly on flavor.
A 200 gm cardboard cylinder jar of Country Bean Hot Chocolate is priced at Rs. 499. It has a shelf life of 9 months. The ingredients include – Dark couverture buttons (cocoa liquor, cocoa butter, sugar, vanilla, soya lecithin), cocoa powder, sugar, cornflour & salt.
- Effortless, lump-free mixing
- No adjustments needed
- Has a dark chocolate tone
- Decadent flavor
- Less sugar (compared to other contenders)
Not a fan of sweet, milk chocolate-like hot chocolate? Prefer something dark but not bitter? Country Bean has just the mix for you.
2. Tiggle Hot Chocolate – Mishry Top Pick
Just by a whiff of this mix, we knew Tiggle Hot Chocolate would be a hit among kids, and it was!
Similar to the earlier contender, Tiggle’s powder was easy to mix, no lumps were formed. This had a fairly deeper hue than others but the aroma was sweet and chocolatey. As for the taste, this was equally delicious. Tiggle’s hot chocolate was a sweet(er) beverage, but it wasn’t overwhelming or didn’t take away from the flavor of chocolate. The cocoa flavor was quite decadent, but the addition of sea salt enhanced it even more.
The ingredient list is fairly impressive as it contains no additives. So taste-wise kids are bound to like it and ingredients-wise, mums wouldn’t be too bothered.
A 220 gm pouch pack of Tiggle Hot Chocolate is priced at Rs. 329. It offers a shelf life of 6 months. The ingredients include – Cocoa, Sugar, Sea salt, Cinnamon, and Pinch of cornflour.
- Very appetizing appearance and aroma.
- Additive-free ingredient list.
- Convenient packaging.
- Balanced sweetness.
- Easy to mix.
Tiggle’s Hot Chocolate is hands-down the easiest (read: tastiest) way to ensure your little ones get in their daily cup of milk.
3. Hershey’s Hot Chocolate
A familiar chocolatey aroma, Hershey’s hot chocolate mix had a commendable mixability. No complaints here.
This can be added to hot or cold milk, as desired. However, for our review, we mixed one serving (20 g) to a mug of hot milk and stirred until it was completely dissolved. We observed the beverage thickened a bit.
The taste, just like aroma, was quite familiar. The flavor of cocoa was rich, it felt premium, and undoubtedly delicious. The sweetness was balanced too.
However, this wasn’t one of our Top Picks, as we tasted significantly better brands.
A 250 gm plastic tub of Hershey’s Hot Chocolate powder is priced at Rs. 215. It has a shelf life of one year. The ingredients include – Sugar, cocoa solids (29.6%), Vitamins & minerals (Vitamin c (ascorbic acid), Iron (ferric pyrophosphate ), Zinc (Zinc sulphate), Vitamin E (Acetate), Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine), Vitamin D1 (Thiamine chloride hydrochloride), Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin A (Acetate), Vitamin B9 (Folic acid), Vitamin D2 (Ergocalciferol), Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin)), and flavor (artificial flavoring substances – vanilla).
- Can be had hot and cold
- Effortless mixability
- Balanced sweetness
- Rich flavor of chocolate
- Thickens up a bit
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4. Christopher Cocoa Hot Chocolate
This is lightly bitter, but not in a bad way, and has a wholesome chocolate flavor. We loved it for the medium-range sweetness.
The only reason this was not our Top Pick? There were tastier, richer and more chocolaty contenders in the running.
A 200 gm carton of this cocoa hot chocolate powder from Christopher is priced at Rs. 250. It comes with a shelf life of 12 months. The ingredients include – Dark chocolate, couverture button (50% of weight) (cocoa solids, sugar, cocoa butter, emulsifier INS 322, 476), sugar, and cocoa powder.
- Darker chocolatey notes.
- Medium sweetness.
- Superb mixability
- Although there are no particular cons, there were better contenders in the competition.
5. Bevzilla Hot Chocolate
We liked Bevzilla’s Hot Chocolate for the rich chocolate flavor paired with a jaggery-like sweetness and what tastes like a tinge of salt. Jaggery, as a sweetener, has a prominent caramel-y flavor which can hinder with other prominent ingredients like coffee or chocolate. Thankfully it doesn’t happen here.
We like how balanced this is, but the chocolate richness and intensity we were looking for is comparatively lower.
A 250 gm box pack of Bevzilla Hot Chocolate is priced at Rs. 499. It has a shelf life of 12 months. The ingredients include – Date palm jaggery, Cocoa powder, and Natural identical flavor.
- Inviting chocolate aroma.
- Balanced sweetness.
- Like the balance of jaggery and chocolate.
- Comparatively lower chocolate intensity and richness.
6. Cadbury Hot Chocolate
Cadbury’s Hot Chocolate, although pocket friendly, lacks the intense rich chocolate flavor we were looking for. It’s much sweeter, and is not meant for those who want a darker, richer mug of hot chocolate.
This is the most commonly available one on multiple portals, so it does get marks for easy availability.
A 200 gm tub of Cadbury’s Hot Chocolate powder is priced at Rs. 180. It comes with a shelf life of one year. The main ingredients seen here are – Sugar, Cocoa powder (30%), Artificial (vanilla) flavoring substance.
- Pocket friendly.
- Easy availability.
- Lacks the rich, robust aroma and flavor of chocolate.
- Higher sweetness levels.
7. Scoopski Instant Hot Chocolate
Scoopski’s Instant Hot Chocolate did not win because of its peculiar, unpleasant aftertaste. Yes, it’s chocolaty and the sweetness is balanced but the overall flavor is so odd, almost muddy, that we did not go back for seconds.
A 250 gm pouch pack of Scoopski Instant Hot Chocolate is priced at Rs. 399. The shelf life it offers is 6 months. The ingredients include – White Sugar, Coconut Sugar, Natural Cocoa Powder, Dark Compound, Corn Flour. Alkalized Cocoa Powder, Chocolate Buttons, Starch, and Salt.
- Balanced sweetness
- Chocolaty aroma
- Unpleasant aftertaste
History Of Hot Chocolate
Hot chocolate is a thick and hot drink made essentially by melting solid chocolate in hot milk or cream. It is rich in taste, smooth and a decadent warm beverage best enjoyed during winters.
How is hot chocolate traditionally made?
The inception of hot chocolate began as early as 500 BC in Mexico. The original hot chocolate recipe was made with a mix of different ingredients including – ground cocoa beans, water, cornmeal and chili peppers.
Later on, the Europeans defined their version of hot chocolate using unsweetened cocoa powder, dark chocolate, or bittersweet chocolate. Despite being cold and bitter tasting, it gained a lot of popularity and finally made its way to Spain.
In Spain, hot chocolate was served as a hot, sweetened beverage without the use of chili peppers.
Finally , when hot chocolate was introduced in London in the 1700s, the overall taste was enhanced as the recipe now included mixing chocolate with milk. This in turn made the drink more palatable which is now enjoyed worldwide as an after dinner beverage.
Our Top Picks & Recommendations
Why did we pick Country Bean (Premium) and Tiggle as our Top Pick?
Country Bean (Our Premium Pick) has darker notes of chocolate and Tiggle is better suited for the younger audiences or people who like slightly sweeter notes of chocolate.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some interesting FAQs on hot chocolate powder brands
Though these hot chocolate powders are a quick and convenient way to prepare hot chocolate drinks at home, we would suggest mindful consumption. Since these are loaded with sugar and have cornflour or thickeners as well.
To get the best experience of a hot chocolate drink, it is ideal to mix in any hot chocolate powder with full-fat milk.
The main difference between hot chocolate powder and cocoa powder lies in the ingredient list. Cocoa powder is an unsweetened chocolate powder added to desserts and beverages to intensify the flavor of chocolate. Whereas hot chocolate powder is sweetened and may contain flavoring substances. This is consumed as a hot drink.
All the seven brands we reviewed either have a quantity of 200 gm or 250 gm. Depending upon the quantity offered, the number of cups of hot chocolate you can prepare from a single pack will differ. On average you need 20 grams of powder to make 1 mug of hot chocolate.
You may add it to cold milk, if that’s what you prefer. We did not check for taste or mixability during our review.
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The tastiest hot chocolate? Oh, yes!
Tiggle and Country Bean have the tastiest hot chocolate powders in India. Their chocolate intensity and richness is the best amongst all the brands we tested. The ingredient lists, too, are better than most.
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