Nestle Rich Milk Chocolate Review

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The panel's consensus opinion of Nestle Rich Milk Chocolate was "blah." Tasters found it somewhat watery and bland, with more sugar than chocolate flavor.

Despite the name, participants in our tasting panel did not find Nestle Rich Milk Chocolate hot cocoa mix (starting at 8 cents/serving; available on Amazon) to be all that rich. "It smells chocolaty," they said, but follow-through to a "full chocolate flavor" is lacking. Tasters commented on the relatively creamy texture even as some said it seemed a bit watery. They also stated that the sweetness overwhelmed the chocolate. Some online reviews asserted that the appearance of sucralose, an artificial sweetener, in the formula is responsible for a bitter and hypersweet flavor. At Sam's Club one consumer complains that the powder doesn't mix easily into the water.

Most Nestle hot chocolate reviews are more forgiving. On Amazon, one consumer reveals a preference for this brand specifically because it's not big in the flavor department. Others assert that the taste is sufficiently rich and satisfying, especially on a cold winter night. Kids go for this treat big time, according to comments at posted online, as do adults who want to limit their caffeine intake -- although others like to add a spoonful to coffee, pointing out that it combines milk and sugar with a touch of mocha.

Where to buy

Nestle Rich Milk Chocolate contains just 80 calories, making it a draw for consumers looking for a low-calorie, but not strictly diet, hot cocoa mix. The three main ingredients are sugar, corn syrup, and vegetable oil, with sucralose listed last; it also contains dairy product solids. Nestle Rich Milk Chocolate comes in canisters as large as 47 ounces and also in boxes of single-serving packets. Additional flavor options include mini-marshmallow, dark chocolate, chocolate caramel, and chocolate mint; the "wellness" versions include seven vitamins and minerals, no sugar added, and fat free.

At a starting price of just 8 cents a cup, this is the cheapest brand we tasted. But spend a few pennies more, our panelists concluded, and you'll experience a richer chocolate high.

Elizabeth Sheer

Elizabeth Sheer is a Brooklyn-based writer and researcher. In addition to researching and writing about household appliances and other consumer items, Elizabeth draws on her history of preparing cooking-related articles to conduct taste tests on all things delicious.

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