Two well-known and commonly accessible gluten-free hot chocolate companies Hershey's Cocoa, Special Dark Cocoa, and Dutch Cocoa are three examples. Swiss Miss is the other (all flavors). Many people also like cold cocoa drinks, which can be made by freezing regular hot cocoa packets or powder before adding milk and sugar.
Celiac.com's Gluten-Free Guide contains over 80 recipes for hot cocoa, including variations on a theme and tips on making dairy-free and vegan hot chocolates.
So yes, you can drink hot chocolate if you have celiac disease. However, because of the possibility of containing ingredients that contain gluten, it is best to stick to brands that are known to be gluten-free.
Miss Switzerland Swiss Miss is the most well-known hot chocolate mix, and the firm offers a range of tastes, including diet and no-sugar-added options. Since January 2012, all have been gluten-free to GF-20 standards and have "gluten-free" labeling. However, none are certified gluten-free by any third-party certifier such as Celia's Gluten-Free Certification Organization.
Swiss Miss does not contain any wheat, barley, or rye, so it's celiac friendly. However, it is made in a facility that also processes wheat ingredients, so watch for any cross-contamination risks. If you have celiac disease or an allergy to wheat, oats, or barley, then Swiss Miss is not for you. Check the packaging for additional information about allergies before buying.
The best part is that Swiss Miss is affordable! One 16-ounce box of regular Swiss Miss contains only 70 calories, 2 grams of fat, 10 grams of sugar, 5 grams of fiber, and 1 gram of protein. That's less than one-third of the average total daily intake of these nutrients! It's easy to add some extra flavor to your hot cocoa or coffee with spices or flavored syrups, but keep in mind that many low-fat products use artificial flavors instead. There are several gluten-free hot cocoa mixes on the market, but not all are cheap (and some even have sugar added!).
In general, hot chocolate and hot cocoa do not contain gluten-containing components (unless, of course, you add crumbled cookies or malt to the formula). However, the firms that produce these popular winter beverages frequently prepare them on the same equipment as other goods, some of which do contain gluten. Be sure to read the labels carefully before buying or consuming any product with cocoa or coffee in it.
Yes, whey is gluten-free since the whey protein itself is gluten-free. On the container, whey may be labeled as "whey concentrate," "whey isolate," or "whey hydrolysate." All of these whey protein products are gluten-free and suitable for celiac patients.
Whey contains important nutrients such as iron, calcium, and vitamin D. Because people with celiac disease cannot digest gluten, it would not be absorbed into their bodies when they eat foods containing wheat proteins, including bread, pasta, and beer. Instead, it goes straight through them without being digested. The only thing that happens to gluten when it comes in contact with water is that some of its strength is lost. This means that if you pour liquid containing gluten onto wet ground, most of the gluten will disappear. Only small amounts of gluten remain in milk, because casein, another protein found in milk, binds to gluten and prevents it from disappearing.
People who know you have celiac disease may ask why you would want to drink milk when you can't eat gluten. The reason is that drinking milk helps prevent osteoporosis by providing high levels of calcium and phosphorus which help build strong bones. This is especially important since people with celiac disease are at risk for developing osteoporosis due to poor bone density resulting from eating no gluten for many years.
Beverages. Although cocoa powder is gluten free, hot chocolate powders, chocolate sprinkles, and cappuccino toppings must be tested. If they contain wheat flour, then they cannot be served to those who are allergic to gluten.
Cocoa (and coffee) have a high amount of antioxidants. This means that they can help prevent cancer and other diseases. However, since both foods are rich in sugar, if you have diabetes or another medical condition, it's best not to eat too much chocolate or coffee. Talk with your doctor before changing your diet for better or worse.