Nestle Carnation Simply Hot Chocolate Review

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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. Serious question to S. Hanson, if you don’t have a Costco near you, why are you here? Let’s stay on topic please. No shameless promotions, either. Please.

  2. If you follow the mixing and proportions (directions) exactly, you end up with a slightly larger than a “shot” of Espresso beverage. As long as you’re ok with that, great. Otherwise, you end up using more powder.

    So this “concoction”/desert gets a big fat 0/10 for cost, value, and honesty. And anyone who doesn’t call Carnation out for this in a review, is partly responsible for this disinformation.

    • As JT pointed out, an espresso shot is ~45mL.

      3/4c is ~187mL, so it’s greater than an espresso shot by 4x.

      Not everyone needs supersized portion sizes when it comes to food and beverages.

  3. I am a dark chocolate lover and discovered President’s Choice “The Decadent Hot Chocolate Mix”. We don’t have a Costco but do have Shoppers and Superstore. I gathered up my courage and went to Superstore to find that it’s clean now and I wasn’t approached in the parking lot. Some of the employees were helpful as well.

    The mix tastes great mixed with hot water while the instructions say to mix with hot milk.

    After spending more than half my life counting and worrying, I didn’t check the nutrition facts . At my age I need all the preservatives I can get.

    It tastes good!

  4. Promoting Nestle? Come on! Are you not aware of Nestle’s impact on the environment and people? I’d assumed better of you.

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