A unique new dairy-free hot chocolate has just launched in time for the holidays, Windy City Cocoa. It comes in single serve packs that I think are perfect for stocking stuffers or warming up after a day of skiing, sledding, or simply battling the elements.
I wasn’t sure what to expect, but have learned over the years that no two hot chocolates are alike, and Windy City Cocoa definitely makes its mark for uniqueness. Unlike some other brands and recipes, this one is made without allergens (yes, it’s soy-free, too!) and it really needs just water, no milk beverage or dairy-free cream required. And, it actually contains fiber, as one of the ingredients is gluten-free oats!
The oats add this amazing richness that gives Windy City Cocoa a liqueur-like taste and consistency, almost like a good drinking chocolate. Yet the only other ingredients are organic cane sugar, organic cocoa (from Peru), vanilla powder, and salt. The oats also make this the most versatile hot cocoa mix I’ve ever seen! They have a vegan, gluten-free Mug Chocolate Cake Recipe with just add water and applesauce instructions, and you can make it into a pudding by just reducing the amount of water, using coconut milk or even adding some avocado!
The only drawback of the oats, for me, was the slight bitter taste they impart, but the sweet trade-off for consistency and nutrition are worth it.
Certifications: I did not note any certifications on Windy City Cocoa.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Windy City Cocoa is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Windy City Cocoa website at windycitycocoa.com.