This Trader Joe’s chocolate snowman turns warm milk into hot cocoa

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For grown-ups and kids alike, winter is the perfect time to indulge in a cup of hot chocolate. And Trader Joe’s has come up with an ingenious way to enjoy some hot cocoa with a chocolatey, marshmallowy (and adorable) snowman you melt into a mug of hot milk.

Here’s how it works: First, get a Trader Joe’s hot cocoa snowman. Place the snowman in a warm cup of milk. TJ’s says he’ll bob in the cup until he starts to melt — and that’s when the magic happens. The snowman’s chocolate exterior will give way to a marshmallow and chocolate chip interior, turning your warm milk into a yummy cup of hot cocoa.

Leave it to Trader’s Joes to come up with the most delicious and festive ideas for the holiday season. These are the geniuses who also sell chocolate gnocchi, after all.

The 2-ounce hot cocoa snowman sells for $1.99, and it’s the perfect holiday treat or stocking stuffer.

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Maybe he’s a close relative of Olaf of “Frozen” fame who can’t get enough of summer and warm hugs? Some drinks are just worth melting for, after all, and the hot cocoa snowman is all about making your favorite warm drink even sweeter.

And speaking of making things sweeter, you probably need a snack to go with your cup of hot chocolate. Some hot cocoa marshmallow no-bake cookie cups seem like the perfect pairing.

Those who are partial to their favorite hot chocolate recipe might want to skip the TJ’s snowman but dress their own cocoa up a bit. Williams-Sonoma has an ideal way to give any cup some holiday flair. Their marshmallow snowmen come in a pack of dozen for $14.99.


Meanwhile, Peeps has also gotten in on the marshmallowy snowman action. We’re not sure how these would be on a cup of hot chocolate, but snowman Peeps would definitely go with a cup of cocoa. Amazon has the marshmallow snowman Peeps at $8.99 for a trio of three-packs of these little guys decked out with candy canes and red bows for Christmas.


If you want to go all-in on the chocolate, though, you might as well pick up one more thing at Trader Joe’s: their festive chocolate collection, which includes chocolates shaped like a gingerbread man, wreath, present and, of course, a snowman. The set has milk and dark chocolate options and is $3.99.

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And, the hot cocoa snowman isn’t just for kids. You can sneak him into your more mature holiday drinks with some boozy blends of hot cocoa if you’d like. After all, the holiday spirit is for everyone!

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