Hot cocoa season is here and we're excited to see all of the cocoa-flavored candies and snacks hitting shelves. It's been a long couple months of pumpkin spice, and we're ready to move on. Hot cocoa products are being released too fast to keep track of; popcorn, ice cream, and even a popular cocoa spin on cinnamon rolls. Here are some of our top picks for hot cocoa-flavored treats coming back this season. Bonus: No whipped cream mustaches!
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Hot Cocoa M&M's
Clearly, we're no strangers to M&Ms filled with nuts, peanut butter, caramel, and more, but the marshmallow-flavored center of these hot cocoa M&M's takes things to a whole new level. These seasonal candies are exclusively sold at Target, and only sold this time of year so you may want to grab a bag (or 10) now to add to stockings this Christmas.
Buy It: $3.19, Target
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Hot Cocoa Hershey's Kisses
The hot cocoa trend is so big, that Hershey's Kisses released its first new flavor in 10 years when they released these Hot Cocoa Kisses in 2018! Before that, the last new holiday flavor they debuted was all the way back in 2008, with their White Chocolate Candy Cane Kisses. The outer shell of the hot cocoa Kiss is what you're used to, but bite it and discover the marshmallow-flavored creme for the chocolate and marshmallow combo of a mug of cocoa.
Buy It: $2.98, Walmart
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Brach's Premium Select Cane Mix
The term "hot cocoa" is missing from this product name, but rest assured, the flavor is in there. This candy cane mix from Brach's (perfect for people who are so over peppermint) includes Caramel Macchiato, Sea Salt Chocolate Caramel, and, of course, Hot Cocoa. There are four of each of the three flavors. Naturally, each candy cane is individually wrapped so you can stuff them in stocking, hang them from trees, or use them as gift toppers. We're thinking they're the perfect hot cocoa stirring utensil for double the hot cocoa love.
Buy It: $10.99, Amazon
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Dairy Queen Oreo Hot Cocoa Blizzard
If you want all the flavors of hot cocoa without the heat, head to Dairy Queen to try their limited-time DQ dessert. The ice cream treat not only has smooth and silky hot chocolate flavors, but it's also loaded with a crowd-favorite cookie: Oreos. We're hoping to see DQ mixing up more of their Candy Cane Chill blizzards this year too, which are a blend of peppermint bark and vanilla ice cream in perfect harmony.
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Pillsbury Grands! Hot Cocoa Rolls
For motivation to get out of your warm bed on cold winter mornings, turn to these breakfast rolls. Hot cocoa filling and a marshmallow icing will surely help you kick those blankets off. You can expect to see the Hot Cocoa Rolls back on shelves mid-November through the end of the holiday season.
Buy It: $3.78, Walmart
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Trader Joe's Organic Frosted Hot Cocoa Toaster Pastries
Trader Joe's has a player in the seasonal flavor, too. With colder winter-like weather here, out are the Pumpkin Frosted Toaster Pastries of fall and in are Trader Joe's Organic Frosted Hot Cocoa Toaster Pastries. They crammed in as much cocoa flavor as possible. The pastry dough is cocoa-ified as is the creamy, fudgy filling you expect in a toaster pastry; and of course, the icing on top is a cocoa flavor. Each box of six pastries sells for $2.99. Get 'em while it's cold!
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Angie's Boom Chicka Pop Hot Cocoa Marshmallow Flavored Kettle Corn
The name says it all. At its core, it's salty-sweet kettle corn, but to bring on the cocoa, they add a drizzle of chocolate and marshmallow to each kernel (drool)! True to the Boom Chicka Pop brand, you can munch a cup of this hot cocoa popcorn for a 110-calorie mid-day snack.
Buy It: $13.19, Amazon
With pumpkin spice season slowly fading away, it's time for new seasonal flavors to have their time to shine. Whether you drink it, scoop it with a spoon, or snack on it, you can keep your tastebuds happy with hot cocoa flavors all winter long with these delectable candies and treats.