There's nothing like a fresh cup of hot cocoa for a sweet treat or to break the grip of a cold winter morning. However, while many traditional hot chocolate recipes call for steamed or warmed milk, Keurig beverages must be made with water.
Hot Chocolate K-Cup Reviews
Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate
The Swiss Miss Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa Keurig Single-Serve K-Cup Pods are the hot chocolate you remember, so get out the marshmallows you enjoy.
This is a real dairy product.
You'll want to shake each pod before using it and take care when extracting the pod; this beverage may settle. If you get watery hot cocoa from the first pod, make sure to shake the others before using.
Take care to wipe up any residue; this hot chocolate is quite sweet and may be sticky. Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa also comes in a light variety (Swiss Miss Sensible), so you can enjoy all the goodness without all of the calories.
Café Escapes Hot Cocoa
This chocolate is trans-fat and gluten free. This beverage does have a distinctive smoky edge to it. If you hate coffee, you may not like this drink.
Please note that these K-Cup packs feature marketing on the outside that encourage users to try the many varieties available from Café Escapes, but don't be misled. You purchased one flavor of decadent dark chocolate, not a variety pack.
Brooklyn Bean Roastery Hot Cocoa Variety Pack
The Mexican hot cocoa has some real zing, so if you're not a fan of heat, try the lush milk chocolate.
While many of these products contain soy and milk, these are not your standard milk chocolate flavors. Again, this is a "late at night, grown up chocolate" sort of beverage.
Dunkin Donuts Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa K-Cups
You can enjoy a fresh cup of hot cocoa without having to shovel any snow. If you've struggled with watery hot cocoa in the past, this is the product for you.
Brew it on the 6 ounce setting and add a bit of coffee creamer or milk for the little ones, and cuddle up to enjoy your snow day!
Grove Square Hot Cocoa
How To Make Hot Chocolate In A Keurig
It's critically important to never add any liquid other than water to your Keurig reservoir. Keurig machines reserve a cup of water in an inner reservoir, which is how they can heat and dispense hot beverages so quickly.
However, if you try to make milk-based hot cocoa by putting milk in the reservoir, you will eventually wind up with:
- Burned milk on the heating element of your Keurig.
- A combination of spoiled milk and water in the internal reservoir.
You may add water to dilute this trapped milk, but you probably won't be able to get it all out and need to follow more detailed instructions on how to drain a Keurig.
Milk is fragile and can't stay fresh at room temperature, so you'll wind up with spoiled milk hanging around in the bottom of the pot.
SEE ALSO: Can You Put Milk In A Keurig
Stick With Your Favorite DIY Hot Chocolate Mix
Fans of homemade hot chocolate mix can still enjoy it; just use the Keurig to heat the water and pour it over the powder, stirring as the machine fills your cup.
If you're feeling adventurous, there are plenty of Keurig hot chocolate options for a wide variety of tastes.
Of course, the best Keurig hot chocolate is the one that suits your taste, that dissolves fully and that is easy to clean up. Hot chocolate K cups are generally loaded with sugar and may result in a sticky residue on the puncturing mechanism.
If you notice your puncture needle getting clogged when making sugary beverages in your Keurig, experts with KCup Barista recommend pushing the cup onto the lower needle before closing the lid.
Your Keurig has two needles. There's the one that breaks through the foil and the one that breaches the seal and digs down into the beverage powder. If you can pre-puncture with the first needle, you'll get less powder wafting up and clogging the second needle.
Hot chocolate is a great seasonal treat and a wonderful holiday addition. Go with gentle flavors for the kids and get something a bit heartier for yourself.
Keep your Keurig clean by running plenty of water and coffee through it after making anything sweet. If you notice clogs, try the pre-puncture step with the lower needle.
Finally, never add milk to your Keurig and be sure to wipe away any sweet or sticky spills. Drink up!