Natalie Reviews: Nestle Carnation Simply Hot Chocolate

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We still have a few months of winter left so I’m going to review the Carnation Simply Hot Chocolate from Costco today! My husband and I both enjoy hot chocolate so I’m excited to be trying this.


The 196-gram container costs $13.99 Canadian regularly but I was able to get it on sale for three dollars off! I think the price is really reasonable for such a large container that makes 76 cups of hot chocolate!

To prepare the hot chocolate you mix two tablespoons with 3/4 cup of hot water. We made two batches, one with water and one with milk. The best-before date is 14 months from the date we purchased it. The hot chocolate doesn’t come with a scoop so you have to use a measuring spoon.

The ingredients list is short and sweet which is actually really nice. Although the first ingredient is sugar and this isn’t healthy, I appreciate that there aren’t a ton of preservatives or chemical-sounding ingredients! I would pick this one over similar hot chocolates with lengthier ingredients list. Of course, hot chocolate is going to have sugar as a main ingredient! Two tablespoons contain 90 calories, under a gram of fat, 95 milligrams of sodium, 20 grams of carbohydrates, one gram of fibre, 19 grams of sugar and three grams of protein.

Both Sean and I really liked this hot chocolate! We were surprised by how nice it tasted even with water. The flavor is rich and creamy and I think a bit less sweet than other hot chocolate I’ve tried. The hot chocolate mixed easily and there weren’t any clumps. I think this would make really good mochas if those are something you enjoy! I would choose the Carnation Hot Chocolate compared to the Tim Horton’s Hot Chocolate from Costco. 

Cost: 9/10

Convenience: 10/10

Nutrition: 0/10

Taste: 8/10

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Written by Natalie


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  1. What ingredients are included in the “pure cocoa”, “dairy ”, “cane sugar”?
    Have you researched “ * only 5 ingredients” ?
    What makes up pure cocoa? dairy? cane sugar?
    It’s very deceiving, in my opinion.

  2. It’s much better than almost any other premix all in one hot chocolate. Best is dry cocoa powder, hot milk, pinch of salt, cane sugar to taste and a couple drops of natural vanilla.

    As to the product…
    It is wonderful that it uses cane sugar which not only tastes better, but is far healthier than hfcs corn syrup or beet sugars.

    Modified milk ingredients is powdered dried milk, all of it’s parts started as whole milk, some are removed much like the skimming of butter fats from 1% and 2% milks.

    Cocoa is pure cocoa made by grinding the beans(seeds) of the cocoa trees fruits. This is also called cocoa powder and is the base ingredient of chocolate before fats and sugars are added.

    Salt is obvious. Just in case it’s sodium chloride NaCl.

    Artificial vanilla is typically produced from wood pulp and a petrochemical to create a laboratory chemical the same as the main natural vanilla bean alcohol diffusion’s main component, it does however lack the dozens of other minor chemical components found in natural vanilla. It’s a stripped down lab copy of the strongest flavour in vanilla but much cheaper to produce.

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