On a chilly, winter day, you might remember your mom opening up that sky-blue Swiss Miss box, tearing open one of the hot cocoa mix packets and pouring that light brown powder into a hot cup of milk. You might also remember the way the tiny marshmallows all gather and float around in packs.
Hot cocoa is not only hands down the best way to warm up on a chilly winter day, but it seems we always want to reach into our respective pantries to stir up a cup one, two, maybe even three times a day.
According to a 2017 Statista report, 15 percent of the over-1,000 people surveyed drink hot chocolate two to three times per month, while 12 percent drink it multiples times per week and 7 percent drink hot chocolate every single day.
And according to an industry market research report published in September 2017, the cocoa- and drinking-chocolate-production industry has grown by 2.1 percent over the past five years, reaching a revenue of $893 million in 2017. In the same timeframe, the number of businesses has grown by 3.6 percent and the number of employees has grown by 2.7 percent.
The number of businesses may have grown, but the most popular — and best — hot cocoa mixes out there are the ones we grew up with: store-bought hot cocoa.
Ahead, we’ve ranked the best store-bought hot cocoa from grocery stores like Trader Joe’s, Target and more.