During our long cold Alaskan winters I find myself craving grilled cheese sandwiches and hot chocolate. Because I am watching my waist line and trying to cut down on sugar, the Swiss Miss Sensible Sweets Hot Cocoa Mix with No Sugar Added really called out to me. It was more expensive than the regular versions of hot cocoa, but I felt it was worth a try.
Swiss Miss Sensible Sweets Hot Cocoa Mix comes in a 13.8 ounce canister with a blue plastic lid. Not only does it claim to have no added sugar, but it also claims to contain as much calcium as an 8 ounce glass of milk. I have a condition called osteopenia, which is major bone loss, so I am thrilled any time I can get extra calcium from my foods.
Another condition I suffer from is SVT (Supra Ventricular Tachacardia), which is a fast heartbeat. Due to this I cannot consume very much caffeine. Not all food companies put the caffeine content on their labels, but Swiss MIss does! I am very thankful that they listed this hot cocoa as being 99.9% caffeine free.
After trying the Swiss Miss Sensible Sweets Hot Cocoa Mix I found myself feeling quite disappointed, and not at all satisfied. Even though this product contains no added sugar, it is not a low calorie food (and it does say this right on the label, in smaller and less bold print). One serving size is 1/4 cup and it carries 75 calories and 1.5 grams of fat. There are 7 grams of sugar in one serving of Swiss Miss Sensible Sweets.
How do the numbers compare when measured against my canister of Nestle Rich Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix? Well, a serving of the Nestle product is only 2 tablespoons (half the amount of the Swiss Miss Sensible Sweets), and it contains 80 calories, 3 grams of fat and 12 grams of sugars. Clearly the caloric values are almost the same, but the Swiss Miss does indeed have half the fat and significantly fewer grams of sugar.
The first ingredient in the Nestle brand is sugar, followed by corn syrup. The first two ingredients in Swiss Miss Sensible Sweets are modified whey and nonfat milk. Swiss Miss Sensible Sweets contains acesulfame potassium and sucralose, both of which are artificial sweeteners. And I can really tell when I am drinking a cup of hot cocoa that there are artificial sweeteners in the Swiss Miss product because it leaves a definite after taste, almost a metallic flavor that is very unappetizing and displeasing.
If you are a person who likes the taste of artificial sweeteners, then I would highly recommend the Swiss Miss Sensible Sweets. However, if you are like me and find their after taste bothersome, you might want to stick with the original Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa Mix.