3 Unhealthy Hot Chocolate Toppings That You’re Better Off Without

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It’s pretty difficult to name a hot beverage that’s more beloved and delicious than hot chocolate. Unfortunately, that doesn’t necessarily make it healthy, especially when you add a bunch of unnecessary toppings to the mix. Here are three popular toppings that are best avoided if you want to put a healthy twist on your drink.

Whipped Cream

Whipped cream and hot chocolate go hand in hand. Some people can’t imagine drinking this beverage without it, but it’s time you’ve started. Whipped cream is packed with calories and sugar and the less of it you consume, the better.

More Chocolate

From topping whipped cream with chocolate shavings to sticking a tiny chocolate bar inside it, it’s pretty popular to decorate hot chocolate with even more chocolate. It’s also completely unnecessary and unhealthy because you shouldn’t be adding more sweets to this sugar-rich beverage.


The good thing about marshmallows is that they contain no fat, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re healthy. This popular hot chocolate topping is best avoided or at least used in moderation because it’s packed with sugar and your hot chocolate already contains a lot of sugar without it.