Nespresso doesn’t actually sell hot chocolate pods, since they only sell coffee pods with different flavors…
So we’ve scoured the internet to find third party companies that create Nespresso hot chocolate pods, but the options are quite limited.
So we decided to share a few hot chocolate pods that are compatible with Nespresso machines as well as Nespresso coffee pods with chocolate or cocoa flavors, which are perfect for those who love their mochas!
So let’s take a closer look at the best hot chocolate pods for your Nespresso machine.
Unfortunately, none of the options out there are compatible with the VertuoLine machines, BUT this guide will show you a way to make a delicious hot chocolate with just your Nespresso frother or any milk frother you own!
First, we are going to give you a quick overview of the best hot chocolate pods, then we will go into more detail about each one. So check out our overviews below and click on "Read More" to jump down to the in-depth reviews:
PODiSTA Hot Chocolate Pods
Best Variety Pack
PODiSTA Hot Cocoa Pods Variety Pack
Best Sugar Free Option
PODiSTA Sugar Free Hot Chocolate Pods
Best Medium-Dark Intensity
BESTPRESSO Cioccolato Espresso Pods
Now stick around so you can learn more about each hot chocolate pod, and how to make Nespresso Hot Chocolate without the pods!
These third party branded hot chocolate pods are our top choice on this list and for good reason; they taste delicious and they’re super quick and easy to make!
The flavor for this Nespresso hot chocolate pod is smooth and creamy with a velvety milk chocolate mouth feel.
Just remember to add frothed milk to complete your drink! Otherwise, you would be having a shot of concentrated hot chocolate, which come to think of it, doesn’t sound so bad…
If you don’t own a milk frother, then you can either purchase a Nespresso milk frother that also heats up your milk or if you want to save some money, then you can get a handheld milk frother and warm up your milk in the microwave. See below:
These pods are reasonably priced at $1.25 per pod or drink and the order comes with 2 packs of 10 pods.
That is considerably cheaper than buying hot chocolate from your local coffee shop, which could cost closer to $5 a cup.
Best Variety Pack
This option is from the same company, but they offer a variety pack with different flavors for those who like their hot chocolate with an extra flair!
The hot chocolate flavor is the same as their original hot chocolate capsules, but they’ve added caramel infusion, hazelnut infusion, and mint infusion. And of course, part of the order is the original smooth and creamy hot chocolate that is our best overall choice!
Again, don’t forget to add frothed milk after or before you brew these PODiSTA branded hot chocolate pods.
These third party manufacturers seem to only create capsules that are only OriginalLine Nespresso compatible, which is quite unfortunate for those of us who own a Nespresso VertuoLine coffee maker.
Once again, these hot chocolate capsules come with 10 pods for each flavor, which adds up to 40 capsules, bringing the cost per pod to $1.15.
Best Sugar Free Option
Next on our list of Nespresso hot chocolate options is another PODiSTA product, the sugar free option to our best overall choice!
As we mentioned earlier, the options are limited and we couldn’t seem to find other brands that we as good as this one.
This product is perfect for those who are diabetic or for those who want the pleasure without the guilt, for instance, me…
In this option, you can expect the regular chocolate flavor that you would find in their original product, but it is sweetened with stevia and erythritol.
I know you know this already, but I have to mention it for those who don’t read everything I have to say in my guides. You know who you are…
These Nespresso chocolate capsules are only compatible with the OriginalLine Nespresso machine.
The package comes with 10 pods bringing the cost to $1.50 per capsule.
Best Medium-Dark Intensity
Next on our list of the best Nespresso hot chocolate pods is for those mocha lovers!
If you don’t know already, mocha is a hot chocolate with espresso in it. It’s the perfect mix between caffeine and hot chocolate.
BESTPRESSO makes many flavored real coffee capsules, and one of those options is cioccolato, which is chocolate in Italian.
The coffee beans are blended with cocoa beans to create this chocolate flavored espresso. Keep in mind that there is no sugar or artificial flavors added.
The espresso itself is a medium-dark roast and made of both arabica and robusta coffee beans for the perfect espresso shot.
These chocolate coffee capsules are compatible only with the Nespresso OriginalLine machines.
The package comes with 120 capsules and a 60-day satisfaction guarantee. The cost per pod is about $0.33, which is the cheapest option so far!
Best Dark Chocolate Notes
Last but not least, we have L’OR’s chocolate espresso pods, which again, is a great choice for those who love their coffee and their hot chocolate!
The coffee beans are curated by French coffee artisans from both arabica and robusta beans to create a smooth and rich flavor.
This flavor is then enhanced with a burst of dark chocolate notes with some hints of sweetness.
These espresso capsules with traditional hot chocolate flavors are compatible with the OriginalLine machines only.
These hot chocolate pods come in 3 packs of 10 pods each, totaling 30 chocolate flavored espresso pods. This brings the cost to $0.72 per pod.
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Here are some quick tips for creating a tasty hot chocolate with your Nespresso machine:
Nespresso recommends you use their frother (of course they do), but it has great reviews and we vouch for it! See below:
There are a few things to keep in mind when using hot chocolate pods with your Nespresso machine:
For this version of hot chocolate, you need milk and Nespresso chocolate squares.
Follow these steps if you don’t own an Aeroccino, but a handheld frother:
No. But you can use third-party pods or you can use Nespresso chocolate squares and their milk frother to create hot chocolate.
Nespresso reports they have no plans to include hot chocolate capsules in their range.
The hot chocolate pods that can be used in Nespresso machines are used in the same way as any other coffee pod.
First, check the pod is compatible with the particular Nespresso machine you have. Then place it in the machine and choose a setting such as espresso or lungo depending on how strong you want your chocolate.
The hot chocolate pods on our list work with Nespresso OriginalLine machines. Unfortunately, there are very limited options for the VertuoLine machines.
Nespresso obviously recommends using their own but there is no evidence to show that third-party pods will damage your Nespresso machine.
We hope that our limited list of Nespresso hot chocolate pods has helped you find your next favorite menu item!
If you think we missed a good option, then please let us know and we will make sure to add it to our list.
Happy Hot Chocolating!