Coffee or Hot Chocolate

Dakota Creek
By Dakota Creek Latest Reply 2013-01-20 19:47:07 -0600
Started 2013-01-15 20:21:11 -0600

Question for all of you which would be better coffee with sweetener or hot chocolate. I love hot chocolate but if coffee would be better I guess I could try it, have in the past and never liked the taste of it, but with all the stuff to add to it these days, I thinking about trying it again.

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tabby9146 2013-01-20 17:28:55 -0600 Report

I like the half caff coffees, don't get much caffeine which is healthier for everybody. I like Swiss Miss sugar free hot chocolate, I think it tastes great. I tried making my own with cocoa and other things, that I read in a book I bought about diabetes, but I really did not like it very well.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-01-16 10:19:50 -0600 Report

Dakota, coffee for some is an acquired taste. I didn't use to like it. Now I can't live without it.

I have had Kona (Hawaiian coffee) Jamaican Blue Mountain both are very strong flavored coffees. Tim Hortons (Canada) Columbian Coffee (Extremely strong. A student from Bogota brought some back for my sister. Not like what they process here in the US from Columbian Coffee Beans. The best coffee I ever had from a foreign country was a blend made exclusively for a restaurant in Caracus Venezuela. It is flavored with a plant that makes it taste creamy chocolate. I brought some back but you cannot bring back more than two pounds and you can't order it from the restaurant because they can't sell it outside of the country. Another good coffee is Chesapeake Bay coffee. The company is located here in Maryland and it can be ordered on line. Has a great smooth taste.

I don't like any of Starbucks Coffee it is entirely too strong for my taste and I am not into the lattes either. I had Capaccino in Colorado and I think I was up for two days.

I add the CoffeeMate Mocha Cafe liquid creamer to my coffee. The powdered version leaves a powdery after taste. I have tried French Vanilla and Ameretta and found them to be too sweet for my taste. You have to try the different coffees and flavors until you get something you like. I think McDonalds and Royal Farms has far better coffee than Starbucks.

jayabee52 2013-01-16 02:20:27 -0600 Report

How about a "racetrack" Dakota? It is what a half and half mixture of coffee and hot chocolate is called in No California in the SF Bay area. IMO it was declicious. (I think in other places it is called a Mocha)

I didn't check it out to see what it did to my Blood Glucose (BG) levels, but I would expect that since black coffee without sugar raised my BG levels and due to the sugar in the hot chocolate and the milk I would expect it would have some effect also

In Diabetes Self management I read this ~ "In a survey on a Mayo Clinic diabetes blog, most readers reported that coffee raised their glucose, even if they had no cream, sugar, or any other food at the time. A reader named Sherri posted, 'I drink one large cup in the morning (with flavored cream) before breakfast. [When I monitor], I find that my glucose level is already at high normal for two hours after a meal, and I didn’t even eat yet!'” from "The Mystery of Coffee and Diabetes by David Spero, March 2, 2011. (entire article ~ )

This on hot chocolate from Livestrong:

"A packet of rich hot cocoa mix has 15 to 23 grams of total carbohydrates and 12 to 18 grams of total sugars. In individuals with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, eating sugar can cause uncontrolled blood sugar levels, according to A packet of cocoa mix with no sugar added has 10 to 14 grams of carbohydrates, including less than 2 grams of sugars. Hot chocolate with less sugar is less likely to affect diabetics."

Read more of this article here ~

so I guess you could use either or both with caution!


Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-01-16 10:07:17 -0600 Report

James, Swiss Miss makes a Diet Hot Chocolate with 4 grams of sugar. I bought some. It was horrendous to my taste. So I added some powdered coffee creamer and a touch of CoffeeMate Mocha Cafe liquid coffee creamer and a little equal and I love it. There is another company that makes sugar free which I thought was better.

A Racetrack sounds like what we call a "Half and Half" which is actually an Arnold Palmer. Half Iced Tea and Half Lemonade. Delicious if you make it your self or know where to buy them perfectly mixed. The Arizona Brand is bland IMO.

jayabee52 2013-01-20 19:47:07 -0600 Report

Racetracks in CA are coffee and hot chocolate mixed half and half. I used to drink "Arnies" as well back in the day. Used to mix my own.

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