Is there a lot of sugar in Chocolate Milk? Chocolate milk. It’s the form of milk kids are obsessed with. “No, I don’t like regular milk Mom – I only want chocolate milk” – familiar words? But seriously how much sugar is in chocolate-flavored milk that kids love so much? That is the question I am going to be answering in this post.
To answer his question, I selected 9 chocolate milks and observed the sugar content on a cup-serving basis (236ml-244ml). I have then put this sugar content data together in descending order (from highest sugar content to lowest). So, make sure to read right to the end to find out about chocolate milk that only contains 6g of total sugar per serving.
So, let’s dig in – is there a lot of sugar in chocolate milk?
Is there a lot of Sugar in Chocolate Milk?
As a general rule most dairy chocolate milks contain 19g-29g of total sugar per cup serving. There are some chocolate milks that contain as little as 6g of total sugar per cup serving, and these chocolate milks are sweetened with sugar, sucralose, and acesulfame potassium.
Before we continue, if you are also interested in the sugar content of dairy-free chocolate milk then make sure to check out the following post I wrote on the topic – Are Alternative Chocolate Milks High in Sugar?
1. Cocoa Metro Belgian Chocolate Reduced Fat Milk – 29g of Sugar
The highest-sugar chocolate milk I came across in my search was Cocoa Metro Belgian chocolate reduced-fat milk. Now this chocolate milk may be reduced fat, but that doesn’t mean it is reduced sugar. It contains 29g of sugar per cup serving.
The nutritional chart does not specify how much of this sugar is added (some of this sugar will be naturally occurring from the lactose in the milk – in my experience this is usually around half).
2. Lactaid Lactose Free Chocolate Whole Milk – 24g of Sugar
Next up is lactose-free chocolate milk. Lactaid lactose-free chocolate whole milk contains 24g of total sugar per cup serving. Half of this sugar (12g) is added sugar – the remaining sugar will come from the naturally occurring sugar in milk.
If you are looking for lower-sugar lactose-free chocolate milk, then keep reading to find out about a lower-sugar brand.
Also, if you are interested in the sugar content of lactose-free plain milk then make sure to read the following post that I researched and wrote on the topic – Which Lactose-Free Milk Contains the Least Sugar?
3. Nestle Nesquik Chocolate Low Fat Milk – 22g of Sugar
We all know that kids love Nesquik – it must be to do with the bunny on the packaging or maybe the sweet flavor. But exactly how much sugar is in Nesquik chocolate milk?
Well, there are 22g of total sugar per 236ml serving of Nesquik chocolate milk – half of this (11g) is added sugar.
4. Horizon Organic Shelf-Stable 1% Low Fat Chocolate Milk Boxes with DHA & Omega-3 – 22g of Sugar
Those little boxes of Horizon organic chocolate milk which kids also love (must be the cow on the front – just like bunnies, it gets kids every time) also contain 22g of total sugar per 236ml carton. Less than half of this added sugar at 10g of sugar.
If you are interested in how the natural sugar content of 1% milk compares against other milks such as Fat-Free or Whole, then make sure to check out the following post I researched on the topic – Which Milk Has The Least Amount of Sugar?
5. Organic Valley Lactose Free 1% Low Fat Organic Chocolate Milk – 21g of Sugar
Another lactose-free chocolate milk comes from Organic Valley. Organic Valley’s organic 1% lactose-free milk contains 21g of sugar per 240 ml cup serving. Just like Horizon chocolate milk boxes, there are 10g of added sugar per serving.
6. Alexandre Family Farms Organic Chocolate Milk – 21g of Sugar
It is the same sugar situation with Alexandre Family Farms Organic Chocolate Milk. This milk contains 21g of total sugar and 10g of added sugar per serving.
If you are interested, I have actually talked about Alexandre Family Farms before in the post I wrote on which has less sugar – half half or heavy cream – Which has Less Sugar – Half Half or Whole?
7. Kirkland Organic Chocolate Milk Chocolate Cartons – 19g of Sugar
Kirkland’s organic chocolate milk kid’s cartons have added protein and there are 19g of total sugar per 244ml carton. 7g of these sugars are added.
8. Fairlife Lactose Free Chocolate Milk – 12g of Sugar
The second lowest-sugar chocolate milk I came across in my search is from a brand I have already talked about here at Low Sugar Snax – and that is Fairlife. I talked about Fairlife in the post I wrote on the sugar content of lactose-free milk (Which Lactose-Free Milk Contains the Least Sugar?) as Fairlife is a lower-sugar lactose-free milk.
It’s the same case with its lactose-free chocolate milk – there are 12g of total sugar per serving of Fairlife Lactose-free chocolate milk and 6g of these sugars are added.
Fairlife Lactose-free chocolate milk is sweetened with sugar as well as sucralose and acesulfame potassium.
9. Kroger Carbmaster Ultra-Filter Non-Fat Chocolate Milk – 6g of Sugar
If you shop at a grocery store that stocks the Kroger brand, then good news – Kroger’s Carbmaster non-fat chocolate milk was the lowest sugar chocolate milk I came across. There are 6g of total sugar per cup serving of Kroger Carbmaster and only 3g of these are added.
This is because not only sugar is used to sweeten this chocolate milk, but also sucralose and acesulfame potassium – just like Fairlife’s chocolate milk.
My kids love this chocolate milk – they can’t tell the difference between this and regular chocolate milk. It makes me feel a lot better knowing they only consume 6g of added sugar when they have a glass.
Sugar In Chocolate Milk F&Q
How Much Sugar is in a 12 fl oz Chocolate Milk?
As a general rule, there are 29g-44g of total sugar in a 12 fl oz glass of chocolate milk. Not all this sugar is added – usually around half is naturally occurring from the lactose in milk.
How Much Sugar is in an 8oz Glass Of Chocolate Milk?
As a general rule, there are 19g-29g of total sugar in an 8oz glass of chocolate milk. Not all this sugar is added – usually around half is naturally occurring from the lactose in milk.
Does Chocolate Milk have More Sugar Than Regular Milk?
Chocolate milk tends to have more sugar than regular milk. Chocolate milk tends to contain 19g-29g of total sugar per cup serving and around half of this sugar is added.
Regular milk tends to contain 11g-15g of total sugar per cup serving and none of this is added sugar.
You can read more about the sugar content of the different types of milk (whole, fat-free, etc.) here – Which Milk Has The Least Amount of Sugar?
Is There A Lot Of Sugar In Chocolate Milk? – The Final Bite
Is there a lot of Sugar in Chocolate Milk? What have we learned from the above? Well, firstly there is no sugar-free chocolate milk available from grocery stores. However, there are some lower-sugar versions available. At its lowest, you can expect to consume about 6g of sugar per serving of dairy chocolate milk. Now if you are looking to really reduce your sugar intake but still have some chocolate milk then your best option may be to choose some dairy-free chocolate milk alternatives. For dairy-free chocolate kinds of milk, I actually found a couple of sugar-free options which still let you have your chocolate milk and drink it. You can learn more about these in my post – Are Alternative Chocolate Milks High in Sugar?
Ingredients and/or manufacturing processes may change. Always double-check ingredient lists and nutritional information before purchasing any food items.
WANT TO FIND MORE LOW SUGAR OPTIONS?
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