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Cocoa packs high energy and healthy antioxidants, and our testing revealed the best-tasting, most-meltproof varieties for the trail.
I highly recommend the dark chocolate M & M's. They do not melt in your trail mix and the candy coating adds that extra something.
I posted earlier about this, but (for some reason) the post is no longer here, so I'll say it again: "powdered nondairy creamer" is not healthy! It should not be included in the homemade hot cocoa recipe.
Good tips on dark chocolate, Ms. Holland--but I can't believe that your homemade hot cocoa recipe (above) calls for "powdered nondairy creamer." Why, when the recipe already includes powdered milk? Do you know what's in that "nondairy creamer"? Nothing healthy: hydrogenated oils (i.e. trans fats), corn syrup solids (probably from GMO, high-fructose corn), and a whole bunch of (probably cancer-causing) artificial ingredients. Those who care can read more here (http://www.hippocratesinst.org/nutrition/non-dairy-creamer-whats-in-it) or just Google "nondairy creamer ingredients." By the way, that Land O' Lakes hot cocoa also contains unhealthy ingredients. Please read the "fine print," Backpacker Magazine writers and editors. Your readers deserve better.
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