The Best Hot Chocolate Mixes for Cool-Weather Sipping, According to Our Editors

These hot chocolate mixes allow you to cozy up with a delicious, creamy mug of cocoa without a trip to a café.

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Whenever the winter weather rolls in, nothing warms me up quite like a cup of steaming hot chocolate. As a kid, I loved being able to make my own by warming up a cup of water in the microwave, dumping in a packet of hot chocolate mix, and adding a small mountain of mini marshmallows before sipping away. Today, I love whipping up an indulgent homemade hot chocolate, but I'm always on the hunt for the best hot chocolate mixes to buy to add to my holiday beverage lineup. There are just so many options out there! I sought the assistance of my fellow Better Homes & Gardens editors and I will go ahead and tell you, I was not disappointed in their picks.

Whether you're looking for a silky, rich cup of sipping chocolate or a hot chocolate mix to give as a gift to the cocoa lovers in your life, here are your best bets.

Best Luxury Hot Chocolate Mix

red canister of hot chocolate mix
Courtesy of Williams Sonoma

Inspired by the beverage served at Angelina café in Paris, this hot chocolate mix is a dream in a cup. Rather than cocoa powder, Williams Sonoma uses shavings of premium chocolate for an intense, chocolatey flavor. A favorite of digital director Lili Zarghami, she likes gifting it with a couple of cute holiday mugs.

Best Classic Hot Chocolate Mix

cannister of starbucks hot cocoa mix
Courtesy of Amazon

When deputy editor Rachel Weber needs a coffee shop fix stat, she's opting for the classic Starbucks hot chocolate mix. Made with cocoa and real bits of chocolate, every sip is pure magic. There's also no dairy in the mix, so you'll be able to use this with nondairy milk to keep it vegan.

Best Vegan Hot Chocolate Mix

three brown boxes of nib mor hot chocolate mix
Courtesy of Amazon

When you have a dairy allergy or live plant-based, this hot chocolate mix is a go-to. Made from fair trade cocoa powder with a hint of sea salt, it's the perfect balance of sweet and rich. I love making a creamy cup with nutty oat milk. Trust me, you'll want to buy the multipack of this hot chocolate mix.

Best Flavored Hot Chocolate Mix

green cannister of hot chocolate mix
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For the perfect warm holiday sipper, Emily VanSchmus, digital assistant editor of holidays and entertaining, looks no further than this minty hot chocolate mix made from Portland-based chocolate company Moonstruck. The milk chocolate and peppermint flavors will pair beautifully with your Christmas cookie spread.

Best Hot Chocolate Mix for the Kids

3-pack of hot chocolate sticks with straws
Courtesy of Williams Sonoma

Another vote for Williams Sonoma, assistant lifestyle editor Jennifer Aldrich loves the fun variety that comes with these hot chocolate mix sticks. The three-pack of wintry-themed treats come in multiple flavors including white chocolate and peppermint. The kids will love dunking them into a cup of hot milk and watching the chocolate melt.

Best Hot Chocolate Mix for Gifting

holiday basket of chocolate and hot chocolate mix
Courtesy of Jacques Torres Chocolate

Go above and beyond for the chocolate lover in your life (or yourself) by gifting this splurge-worthy bundle featuring French pastry chef Jacques Torres' famous hot chocolate mix made with 60% Belgian dark chocolate. The mix is so popular, it's usually sold out, so you might as well indulge in this holiday basket that includes a bonbon assortment and festive shape chocolates.

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