In a mission to eat healthier or try lower calorie snacks, many chocolate lovers turn to light hot chocolate mixes.
These hot chocolate mixes come with many claims: light, no sugar, low sugar, reduced calories, and low calorie. They come in single serving pouches or in a bulk canister and are mixed with boiling water. The calorie count varies by the brand – usually between 25 and 75 calories.
For comparison’s sake, a portion size of regular hot chocolate is between 100 and 200 calories.
I like the Tim Horton’s hot chocolate mix, that’s 190 calories for 3 tablespoons that are added to hot water.
If you add the hot chocolate mix to a cup of milk, the calorie count goes up. A cup of skim milk has 80 calories, and a cup of 2% milk has about 125 calories. Your mix-it-yourself hot chocolate is around 300 calories.
I use the Nestle Nesquik chocolate mix that claims to have the same great taste with 33% less sugar.
The calorie count is 60 calories for 2 tablespoons.
Here’s the rest of the nutrition information.
The hot chocolate still tastes watered down.
What to do?
How about adding cashew milk instead of water? I drink the Silk brand. It says right on the carton that its creamy.
In fact, it’s better than that. It’s irresistibly creamy!
Check it out. 25 calories per one cup serving.
It also comes in unsweetened vanilla.
Just double check the carton before buying to ensure it’s unsweetened. The original cashew milk weighs in at 60 calories.
I heat the cashew milk in the microwave for a minute and a half, add in the hot chocolate mix, stir, and put back in the microwave for another 30 seconds.
What happens when you add your low calorie hot chocolate mix to a cup of unsweetened cashew milk?
You get a creamy low calorie mug of hot chocolate for less than 100 calories! Perfect on a cold night. Oh who am I kidding? This hot chocolate hack is perfect anytime!