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Healthified Decadent Hot Chocolate

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50% fewer calories • 77% less fat • 20% more calcium than the original recipe. When it’s cool out, warm up with a cup of hot chocolaty goodness. You won't believe it's better for you!

  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 10 min
  • Servings 4

Ingredients

2
tablespoons sugar
2
tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa
2 1/2
cups fat-free (skim) milk
1/2
cup fat-free half-and-half
1/4
cup semisweet chocolate chips (1 1/2 oz)
1/2
teaspoon vanilla

Directions

  • 1 In 2-quart saucepan, mix sugar and cocoa. Stir in milk and half-and-half until blended. Cook and stir over medium heat until thoroughly heated (do not boil). Remove from heat.
  • 2 Add chocolate chips; stir constantly with wire whisk until chips are melted and mixture is smooth. Stir in vanilla. To serve, pour hot chocolate into 4 cups.

Nutrition Info

The Quick Take: Healthified

  • Calories Reduced By 70
  • Saturated Fat Reduced By 4 1/2g
  • Fat Reduced By 8g
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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
170
(
Calories from Fat
35),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
4g
4%
(Saturated Fat
2 1/2g,
2 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
95mg
95%;
Total Carbohydrate
25g
25%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
21g
21%
),
Protein
7g
7%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
20%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 1 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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Before After
2 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa 2 tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa
2 1/2 cups milk 2 1/2 cups fat-free (skim) milk
1/2 cup half-and-half 1/2 cup fat-free half-and-half
1/4 cup semisweet or dark chocolate chips (1 1/2 oz) 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips (1 1/2 oz)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Nutritional Highlights
Calories
 
 
230 (before)
160 (after)
Saturated Fat
 
 
7 g (before)
2 1/2 g (after)
Total Fat
 
 
12 g (before)
4 g (after)

Did You Know?

Expert Tips

We've replaced ingredients with great-tasting alternatives to create better-for-you recipes that are just as yummy as the originals.

Unsweetened cocoa is the secret to the rich chocolate flavor in this healthied version. And the fat-free half-and-half provides texture and richness without adding any fat.

You can easily substitute 1 1/2 ounces of chopped bittersweet or dark chocolate for the chocolate chips.

Serve the hot chocolate with cinnamon or peppermint sticks for stirring. Or make this cocoa extra indulgent by drizzling caramel ice cream topping on the inside of each cup before adding the hot chocolate.

Ratings & Reviews

We calculated the nutrition of this recipe at the time it was created on 11/07/2013. NOTE: We do not include optional ingredients in our calculations. If concerned about gluten-free, non-dairy, vegetarian or vegan status, always read ingredient labels to make sure each recipe ingredient meets requirements. Products and ingredient sources can change.

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
170
(
Calories from Fat
35),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
4g
4%
(Saturated Fat
2 1/2g,
2 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
95mg
95%;
Total Carbohydrate
25g
25%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
21g
21%
),
Protein
7g
7%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
20%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 1 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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