Hot Cocoa vs Hot Chocolate

by Beatrice MarkenzonOct 7, 2022

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Whether it’s topped with a few plump marshmallows or a heaping scoop of freshly whipped cream, a mug of piping hot chocolate is one of winter’s greatest pleasures. But wait — is what you have in your hands hot chocolate or actually hot cocoa?

The terms are used interchangeably so often that it probably seems like they are identical beverages. While both mean an instant remedy for cold winter days, are they one in the same?

What Is Hot Cocoa?

Hot cocoa is usually made from cocoa powder, sugar, and milk. Because of that, hot cocoa tends to be sweet and light in body. It often also contains flavoring like vanilla or even spices like ground cinnamon.

What Is Hot Chocolate?

On the other end of the spectrum is hot chocolate, which is just that: melted chocolate. Good-quality milk or dark (or even white!) chocolate is chopped finely or shaved so that it melts quickly when combined with hot water, milk, or even cream. It can also contain flavoring like vanilla, but usually doesn’t have added sugar, as there is already sugar in the chocolate.

Maud's Loco Hot Cocoa

Our Loco Hot Cocoa has a very rich yet smooth and complex chocolate flavor with balanced sweetness. 

Check out our *NEW* Loco Hot Cocoa Variety Pack with these delicious flavors:

  1. NEW! Maud's Chocolate Coconut Cocoa
  2. NEW! Maud's Hazelnut Cream Cocoa
  3. NEW! Maud's Chocolate Peanut Butter Cocoa
  4. NEW! Maud's Cinnamon Churro Cocoa
  5. NEW! Maud's Peppermint Bark Cocoa

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