The Best Hot Chocolate Mixes, Bombs + Tablea for A Decadent Mug at Home

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PHOTO BY 1919 Chocolate, Theo & Philo ILLUSTRATION Warren Espejo

( Chocolate is always a treat—but when you’re specifically looking to get your fix in a way that warms the throat as much as it does the heart, hot chocolate is your best bet. This indulgent drink can be made of cocoa powder or straight up chocolate that’s mixed with water or milk and/or sweetener, giving you soothing sips that highlight the distinct taste of chocolate, rounded out with the creaminess of milk or the sweetness of sugar if you’re using them. There’s also the Filipino version dubbed tsokolate eh—hot chocolate’s more rustic cousin that’s made with tablea, the Filipino wonder of cacao nibs that are roasted, ground, and molded into some shape (usually discs or balls). Whatever kind of hot chocolate you’re up for, there’s a hot-chocolate mix out there for you—and we’ve rounded up standout versions in this list.


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Make amazing hot chocolate with these products you can order online:

100% Premium Unsweetened Chocolate from Malagos Chocolate

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PHOTO BY Facebook/Malagos Chocolate
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Davao-based Malagos Chocolate needs no introduction, being one of the best-known Filipino tree-to-bar chocolate brands—and their 100% Premium Unsweetened Chocolate (P475/200 grams) is a must-try. This multipurpose chocolate comes as hexagonal discs that you can mix with milk and your desired amount of sugar to make a swoon-worthy cup of hot chocolate. It’s been recognized internationally, too, having garnered multiple awards from recognized institutions like the Academy of Chocolate Awards and International Chocolate Awards. You can place an order through Malagos Chocolate’s website.

For orders, visit Malagos Chocolate’s website. You can also check out their Facebook page.

Dark Hot Chocolate from Theo & Philo

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PHOTO BY Theo & Philo

You’ll want to come to the dark side with the Dark Hot Chocolate mix (P450/325 grams) by bean-to-bar brand Theo and Philo. Not only does it wow with its artistic canisters. It’s made with their own single-origin chocolate, ground up with the cacao butter still in there, so you get a rich and creamy sip amid the deep, dark, and slightly-fruity thrust of the cacao solids. Just mix your desired amount into hot water or milk, stir, and drink up. Though it’s not too sweet as it is, you can also go for the Unsweetened version (P360/180 grams) if you’d like to control the amount of sugar. And if you prefer the more rustic profile of tablea, you can also try Theo & Philo’s Tablea Malabog (P180/120 grams). Just visit their website for orders.

For orders, visit Theo & Philo’s website. You can also check out their Facebook page.

100% Premium Tablea from 1919 Chocolate

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PHOTO BY 1919 Chocolate

Prefer the distinctly more homespun profile of tsokolate? Get your fix with the Premium Tablea (P180/144 grams) from Filipino tree-to-bar brand 1919 Chocolate. They employ cacao from their own farm in Malvar, Batangas for an earthy, fruity note and grittiness that’s characteristic of tablea. Just melt three to four rounds in a pan per cup of liquid (you can use milk or water), and add sugar as you feel like it. You can visit their website to place an order.

For orders, visit 1919 Chocolate’s website. You can also check out their Facebook page.

Choco Bombs from Chocolate Barks PH

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PHOTO BY Chocolate Barks PH

Chocolate Barks is best known for their, well, chocolate barks—but they also make the Chocolate Bomb (P79/piece), an ingenious product that lets you make hot chocolate in a snap and delivers quite the visual experience while you’re at it. It’s essentially a chocolate sphere that you’re meant to drop in milk, allowing it to melt and release its filling of mini-marshmallows! Yup, you’ll want to ready your smartphones for this one. Simply head over to their website to order your own.


For orders, visit Chocolate Barks PH’s website. You can also check out their Facebook page.

Pure Tablea from Kablon Farms

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PHOTO BY Kablon Farms

Based in South Cotabato, Kablon Farms is a family-owned company that makes really good Pure Tablea (P69/six pieces, P130/12 pieces)—the kind that delivers an earthy and robust profile that lovers of tradition will appreciate. Cook it with hot water or milk and add sweetener if you’re up for it; then close your eyes, take a sip, and prepare to be transported by taste to the laid-back days of staying in the province. You can also go for the Sweetened version (P69/six pieces, P120/12 pieces) that gets a rustic and subtle kiss of sweet from coconut sugar. Just course your orders through Shopee.

For orders, visit Kablon Farms’ Shopee page. You can also check out their Facebook page.

Stone Ground Pure Drinking Chocolate from Plentitude Chocolate

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PHOTO BY Facebook/PlentitudeChocolate

If you’re looking to make a thick, robust-tasting hot chocolate that’ll please grownups, definitely check out local bean-to-bar chocolate brand Plentitude’s Stone Ground Pure Drinking Chocolate (P465/200 grams). This mix is made with hand-selected and slow-processed cocoa beans that they roast, stone-ground, and conch, then combine with just a touch of unrefined sugar. You can choose your cocoa bean origin, too—take your pick between the Julius Estate Compostela Valley (with notes of dried strawberry and pecan) and Rehoboth Estate Calinan (with notes of green apple and florals). Go ahead and heat up some milk, add three to six chocolate discs plus sugar if you’re up for it, and stir. You can also opt to go for a package that includes the hot chocolate mix plus eight of their house-made mallows (which are miles fluffier than supermarket versions) for P688.

For orders, visit Plentitude Chocolate’s website. You can also check out their Facebook page.

Sipping Dark Mix from Tabléa Chocolate

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PHOTO BY Lazada/Tablea Chocolate

Cebu-based brand Tabléa Chocolate crafts up all kinds of chocolate products, hot chocolate mixes included. If you’re after a thick and rich sip, the Sipping Dark Mix (starts at P180/150 grams) is your best bet. It’s made with their own cacao powder, white sugar, and milk powder, so you can easily stir it into water (or milk, if you really like it creamy) for a dusky-tasting drink with a velvety consistency. Tabléa’s got other hot chocolate products worth checking out, too; purists can go for the unsweetened Black Choco Mix (starts at P250/150 grams) made with 100 percent cacao powder, or the Traditional Mix (starts at P170/150 grams) made with cacao powder and sugar. Go ahead and place your orders via Lazada.

For orders, visit Tabléa Chocolate’s Lazada page. You can also check out their Facebook page.

Creme Mnl

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PHOTO BY Facebook/Creme Mnl

You might recognize this online seller for their mango sticky rice, but they also make hot chocolate bombs in picturesque shapes—think hearts (starts at P125/piece), Mickey Mouse (starts at P125/piece), and even Hello Kitty (starts at P150/piece), apart from the classic sphere (P300/box of four, P400/box of six). They also come in flavors that include Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Salted Caramel, Mocha, White Rabbit, and even Red Velvet! They're then filled with marshmallows, which reveal themselves as the chocolate melts when you drop them into hot milk. Just send them a message on social media for orders.

For orders, send a message to Creme Mnl on Facebook or Instagram.

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