Dutch Bros Hot Chocolate: Best Cocoa Out There?

A little bird let us in on Dutch Bros Hot Chocolate and we had to get our hands on it. Feels like we were missing out on the best hot chocolate in town

The review took us a while as we wanted to sample most flavors!

Topics Explored

  1. Does Dutch Bros Have Hot Chocolate?
  2. Is the Hot Chocolate Good?
  3. Best Dutch Bros Hot Chocolate Drinks
  4. FAQs

Does Dutch Bros Have Hot Chocolate?

Don’t get confused, Dutch Bros hot chocolate is called Dutch Cocoa. It’s house-made chocolate milk with chocolate sauce. 

Unlike most of the chain’s drinks, this one only comes in a hot version but you can ask to get a cold pour as a chilled option.

Dutch Cocoa is available in various flavors featuring coconut, banana, and even raspberry!

Chocolate Milk Shaker

If hot cocoa reminds you of your childhood and you want to share the special moment with your kid, Dutch Bros can provide that too. 

They have a kids’ version of the hot cocoa served at a cooler temperature and in a smaller, 10-ounce cup. (1)

Is the hot chocolate good?

Dutch Bros holds the top spot for the best hot chocolate among the coffee chains. It’s extra creamy and decadent; you’d think it’s a cup of artisanal hot chocolate

I can’t quite put my finger on what makes it so good, but I guess it’s the high-quality milk. Although it’s very chocolatey, there are no bitter notes.


Dutch Bros Hot Chocolate Calories

On average, a cup of Dutch Bros hot chocolate ranges between 400 to 700 calories.

The calorie count of Dutch Bros hot chocolate is higher than other chains like Stabucks.

However, since there are many flavors, the calorie count varies depending on the additions.

Dutch Bros Starbucks
Small:
~450 cals
Tall:
280 cals
Medium:
~590 cals
Grande:
370 cals
Large:
~700 cals
Venti:
450 cals

Best Dutch Bros Hot Chocolate Drinks

Once you have your first sip of Dutch Bros hot chocolate, you can’t be at peace if you don’t try all the other flavors.

This is the order we suggest and what to expect from each!

1. White Chocolate

White Hot Chocolate
Photo by Dutch Bros

White chocolate is the most popular flavor after the classic hot chocolate. It’s made with the same chocolate milk but with white chocolate sauce.

Highlights:

White chocolate pairs well with chocolate milk, but it is quite sweeter than the classic version.

It’s a great winter drink as it’s creamy and comforting. Don’t skip the whipped cream on top!

Ingredients:

  • Chocolate Milk
  • White Chocolate Sauce
  • Whipped Cream

2. Cocomo

Iced Cocomo

The Cocomo pairs a tropical flavor with the comfort of hot chocolate. This coconutty drink features espresso and coconut syrup.

Highlights:

Let’s define it as a delicious hot chocolate with a twist. The twist is a shot of espresso for an energy boost and coconut syrup for a play on flavors.

If you are a fan of Almond Joy, you’d love this drink.

Ingredients:

  • Chocolate Milk
  • Coconut Syrup

3. Banana Cream Pie

Banana Cream Pie

This drink pairs banana syrup with white chocolate and chocolate milk.

You can add espresso to make it a mocha and even get it iced.

Highlights:

At first sip, you realize that the Banana Cream Pie is an underrated flavor.

The flavors work so well together you have a filling you’re having dessert. The whipped cream is the perfect topping – just like the pie!

Ingredients:

  • Chocolate Milk
  • White Chocolate Sauce
  • Banana Syrup
  • Whipped Cream
  • Chocolate Drizzle

4. Caramel Hot Chocolate

Caramel Hot Cocoa
Photo by Dutch Bros

The Caramel Hot Chocolate features toned-down chocolate flavor and buttery caramel.

It’s made with chocolate milk and caramel sauce instead of chocolate, and it’s topped with whipped cream.

Highlights:

Imagine a liquified Twix bar – that’s how I would describe the Caramel Hot Chocolate.

A very buttery, rich, and decadent flavor with hints of milky chocolate instead of dark.

Ingredients:

  • Chocolate Milk
  • Caramel Sauce
  • Whipped Cream

5. Raspberry Dark Chocolate

Raspberry Chocolate
Photo by Starbucks

Besides the chocolate milk and dark chocolate, the Raspberry Hot Chocolate includes espresso and the unexpected raspberry drizzle.

Sounds strange until you’ve tried it! 

Highlights:

We’re far from traditionalists when it comes to flavor combos, but even we were puzzled by this combo.

I didn’t expect to like this drink so much, but the sweet, gentle raspberry is the perfect pair for the pungent dark chocolate and espresso.

Ingredients:

  • Chocolate Milk
  • Raspberry Syrup
  • Dark Chocolate Sauce
  • Espresso

6. Double Torture

Double Torture
Photo by Dutch Bros

Behind the scary name, you’ll find the maximum-strength hot chocolate with double shots of espresso, vanilla syrup, and chocolate milk. 

Highlights:

Can hot chocolate work as a pick-me-up drink? The coffee flavor is more prevalent in the Double Torture, but that suits me as I love strong coffee.

You can still taste the chocolate, but this time it will give you the jitters.

Ingredients:

  • Chocolate Milk
  • White Chocolate Sauce
  • Espresso

7. Salted Caramel Mocha

Salted Caramel Chocolate
Photo by Dutch Bros

The Salted Mocha is a twist to the Caramel Hot Chocolate. It’s not a well-known flavor combo but tastes amazing.

Highlights:

We like the Salted Mocha iced as you can taste the salted caramel better than in the hot version.

It’s best finished with a soft top and a drizzle of caramel.

Ingredients:

  • Chocolate Milk
  • Salted Caramel Sauce
  • Espresso
  • Soft Top
  • Salted Caramel Drizzle

8. Molten Lava Mocha

Molten Lava

The melting cake-in-a-cup hot chocolate features cinnamon and mocha sauce beside the original ingredients. You can get it frozen too!

Highlights:

Dutch Bros broistas did a great job of replicating the lava cake flavor in this drink.

It’s rich, full of cozy and warm flavor. However, I like it frozen as the ice cuts the richness.

Ingredients:

  • Chocolate Milk
  • Cinnamon Syrup
  • Dark Chocolate Sauce
  • Whipped Cream
  • Chocolate Drizzle

9. Candy Cane Mocha

Candy Cane Mocha Cold Brew

The Candy Cane Mocha brings together chocolate milk, cold brew, and peppermint syrup. The concoction is topped with a soft top and crushed candy cane.

Highlights:

Hot chocolate and peppermint go hand in hand during the festive season, but the cold brew takes this drink to the next level.

It’s refreshing, delicious, and packs a satisfactory amount of caffeine. 

Ingredients:

  • Chocolate Milk
  • Cold Brew
  • Peppermint Syrup
  • Soft Top
  • Candy Cane Sprinkles

Summary

Dutch Bros Hot Chocolate

Dutch Bros Hot Chocolate is the indulgence you can’t afford to skip as temperatures go down.

We love the rich taste and the number of flavor choices that are so out of the box.


FAQs

Does Dutch Bros have sugar-free hot chocolate?

Dutch Bros don’t really have sugar-free hot chocolate. The base ingredient is their house-made chocolate milk which contains sugar.

However, you can customize it to be lower in calories by asking for sugar-free chocolate and half and half instead of chocolate milk. But the flavor will be different.

Does Dutch Bros hot cocoa have caffeine?

Dutch Bros’ original hot chocolate doesn’t have caffeine on its own unless you decide to add some espresso shots. 

Some flavors that already have caffeine are Salted Caramel Mocha, Candy Cane Mocha, and Raspberry Dark Chocolate.

Verified Sources

Wondering where your info comes from? We totally understand. Hey Joe only obtains our information from reputable sources. Contents from this article are sourced from the following publications:

  1. Dutch Bros: https://www.dutchbros.com/menu/kids/not-so-hot