My Hunt for Swiss Miss French Vanilla Hot Chocolate

When it comes to edible stuff, I have an obsessive thing where I love something a lot for a while and indulge in it ALL THE TIME. There was the time I ate Corn Pops every night before bed for a month. And then I’d wake up and eat a bagel with strawberry cream cheese. Or that time when S’mores Pop Tarts were my drug of choice. And yall already know I eat rice everyday (yes, really) and my addiction to all things red velvet should be in the DSM-IV.

I’m a picky eater and I like what I like! Don’t judge me!

Every winter, I become obsessed with hot chocolate and drink some every night. My hands down favorite is Swiss Miss French Vanilla. It is everything and everything is it. I love vanilla flavored stuff and it’s so good that I don’t even have to use milk or creamer if I don’t feel like it. I love coming home after a long cold day and putting on my fleece pajamas, sitting on the couch and sipping on my french vanilla hot cocoa. It tastes like goodness and Granny’s hugs.

Swiss Miss French Vanilla

Naturally, I am ready to start my ritual because it’s colder than a witch’s heart already so I checked my favorite grocery store in Chicago like usual and I didn’t see it on multiple trips there. So I go online to just make it easier on myself and order it and… IT WAS NOWHERE TO BE FOUND!!! And then I found out that:


But I felt like hope wasn’t lost. Surely, there would still be stores selling it. SURELY. And then I Googled some more and by page 5 of results, every store had put “unavailable.” My heart sunk and I bit my fist bitterly. And then A-HA! I found ONE grocery delivery service that had them. I fist-pumped because I hadn’t given up. I put 5 boxes in the cart and created an account. As I went to checkout, they asked for my address. However, my spirit was dropkicked when they said they don’t deliver to me. They only deliver to a few zip codes in Michigan.

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Why do companies discontinue such deliciousness?? Who told Swiss Miss it was ok for them to stop making french vanilla? NO FAIR! Meanwhile, they still make that raggelly marshmallow hot cocoa. Blech! I’m not here for that. (-_-) UGH!

WHAT AM I GON DO NOW FOR HOT CHOCOLATE DELICIOUSNESS? I mean, yes I could get regular but I don’t wanna. BOOOOO!

So everyone has been put on notice. If you EVER see Swiss Miss French Vanilla in a store, buy me ALL the boxes. I mean it. Every box. For real. I’m not playing. Email me and I’ll send you payment for them. This is not a game.

But for real, Swiss Miss. Bring back French Vanilla for us. There’s even a dedicated Facebook fan page for this. We mean business. No justice, no hot chocolate! Please and thanks.

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Anyone else love this french vanilla goodness? Annnndddd more importantly, have you seen it anywhere lately? Keep in mind that sometimes, the box isn’t brown, but the color of regular Swiss Miss products.


P.S. A couple of people have reached out to me that I can get the hot cocoa delivered to them in Michigan and they’ll send to me. You are awesomesauce. I’ma call the place tomorrow to verify that they REALLY got ’em and it ain’t them playing with my emotions. I’m clearly outchea parched. Edit to the P.S.: They don’t have them for real. I bugged them via Facebook. I haz the sads.

P.P.S. I’m so greedy. No, I still haven’t had red velvet fried chicken. I’m slightly salty about it too.

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  1. November 14, 2013 at 12:13 am

    I friggin love you… always good for a great laugh…

  2. Dia
    November 14, 2013 at 12:14 am

    Have you had red velvet waffles?

  3. ShelbySP
    November 14, 2013 at 12:19 am

    Have you ever tried the Land O’ Lakes hot chocolate? They have a white chocolate flavor, french vanilla, chocolate mint, dark chocolate rasberry…it is the best. Super creamy and delicious. You’ll forget all about swiss miss with their ol’ watery discontinued ass flavors.

    • November 14, 2013 at 12:21 am

      WORD?!?!? You’re the 3rd person to recommend this. Now I must go get some.

    • Kristen
      December 24, 2013 at 8:40 pm

      I’ve had land o’lakes french vanilla hot cocoa, because I too love swiss miss french vanilla hot cocoa and it’s blech. I didn’t like it. You might luvvie, but I found it highly lacking and really a disappointing replacement. I did find a holiday tin with swiss miss FV hot cocoa inside…yes, I paid $5 for 6 packets…but I don’t care! It’s yummy and so worth it! 🙂

    • penny
      January 6, 2015 at 9:23 am

      Their french vanilla is absolutely awful! Its like drinking a stick of chocolate butter!

  4. nichelle
    November 14, 2013 at 2:54 am

    this is how i still feel over 20 years after Kelloggs discontinued my FROSTED Apple pop tarts… i’m not here for that unfrosted apple cinnamon ish they called themselves ‘replacing’ it with… you know my disgruntled 11 year old self wrote them a complaint letter and asked for it to come back… still waiting. still salty. -___-

    • tammy
      November 14, 2013 at 6:38 am

      LOL! That is the kind of grudge I am sooooo here for! LOL!

      • nichelle
        November 14, 2013 at 1:57 pm

        i really take a stand for the issues LOL

  5. withaC
    November 14, 2013 at 3:55 am

    LOL @ 3:55am in the mornTing @ this! Also, I’ve always preferred Carnation hot choc. products over Swiss Miss.

  6. Shazz
    November 14, 2013 at 5:07 am

    I still occasionally shed a tear that Planters Cheez Balls were discontinued over a decade ago. And no, no other “cheese balls” will do. Good luck on your hot chocolate quest, dear.

    • Randomly Jazzy
      November 14, 2013 at 11:15 am

      I thought they were playing a joke with my freshman feelings when I went to happening spot aka Wal-Mart, and I didn’t see anymore of those little balls of happiness(giggle). My only replacement are the Utz cheese balls, and they’re still not the same. Dangit the feelings are coming back.

    • RavenJ
      November 14, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I still can’t talk about it… SMH…

  7. Monica
    November 14, 2013 at 6:06 am

    If they deliver to 48502, i’ll grab some boxes for my favorite blogger 🙂

  8. BE
    November 14, 2013 at 8:15 am

    This is how I felt when they discontinued Post Cinna cluster raisin bran. Like some idiots really had a meeting and collectively agreed to discontinue my source of happiness? I was so angry that I refused to buy any Post product for almost a year.

    I did find a box at an Aldies in Detroit for the holidays and bought one. Then my ass forgot it and had my friend mail it to me. Lmao…she thought I was crazy to have her actually mail a box of cereal.

    Ahh mehnnn!!! now I am hurt all over again. I need to start a petition.

  9. Nikki
    November 14, 2013 at 9:28 am

    I have had my heart broken by the discontinuation of Crispy M&Ms, 3D Doritos, ButterFinger BBs, and KFC Popcorn chicken. When Mars stopped producing the Starburst Fruit Twists, tho….. I was inconsolable. I didn’t eat fruit-flavored candy for months. They were sooooooo good. I used to buy 4 packs at a time to make sure I didn’t run out until my next re-up. The Twizzlers Rainbow Twists were a trashy, nasty attempt at recreating those delightful, greasy strips of flavored sugar overload, and an insult to humanity.

    Yes, I am a 27-year-old fat kid. I shall remain one until I die.

  10. Elizy
    November 14, 2013 at 9:42 am

    This may not be the exact same, but I LOOOVE regular swiss miss hot chocolate with a splash of french vanilla coffee creamer…or also vanilla caramel and sprinkle some marshmallow minis or some whipped cream. One of my winter morning favorites hands down.

  11. Serenity
    November 14, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Why can’t you add vanilla extract or creamer to regular hot chocolate?

  12. march pisces
    November 14, 2013 at 10:32 am

    i sooooo feel you on this post. i will eat a food every single day until one day i just switch. right now i feel like my life can’t move forward unless i have tater tots for dinner *do not judge* :-). mini almond joys are my sweet tooth thing right now. get rid of that dreadful almond (i don’t care for the dark chocolate of mounds)and enjoy the heaven of milk chocolate and coconut….oh my lawd!

  13. bmichelle
    November 14, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Chile…. I love me some hot chocolate but I cannot do those packs! Witnessed a horrible experience that I refuse to re-live. Note to all yall out there…. MAKE SURE THOSE PACKS HAVE NOT EXPIRED & examine before consuming.

    • RavenJ
      November 14, 2013 at 3:06 pm

      It’s funny you bring this up… Yesterday this conversation took place between my hubby and 12 year old son…

      Hubby: Man it’s cold. I’m about to hit up this hot chocolate
      Son: Dad that’s been there a while. It may be expired.
      Hubby: Boy hush…hot chocolate doesn’t expire.

      **I silently give him the side-eye as he looks at the box**

      Hubby looking at the box: Damn…this has expired.
      Son: Didn’t I just…
      Hubby: shut up!

      Now you have me scared of the possibilities of expired hot chocolate.

      • bmichelle
        November 14, 2013 at 3:59 pm

        It ain’t pretty! I’m talking living breathing organisms in that packet, man. I shudder at the thought of what I witnessed that day!

        • jimmie
          November 19, 2013 at 7:35 pm

          As a kid I remember we tried to ignore Father Time giving us the heads up on a pack of hot chocolate ONCE. I have never seen my grandma move so fast. By the time my sister & I realized what was taking place, grandma had peaced us out & was stomping phantom maggots deep in the backyard. Grandma can shoot the label off a fly’s Calvin Klein’s but worms are her kryptonite.

        • Tip
          November 26, 2013 at 6:47 am

          This whole thread made me gag. Thank God I don’t like hot chocolate.

  14. ShrinkyDink
    November 14, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Guuuuurl, if you’re desperate, I found some for you. It’s on Ebay… and you gotta bid on it.. But how bad do you want it? It’s the only place I’ve found some.

    • MrsDBo419
      November 14, 2013 at 12:55 pm

      I was about to post the same thing, lol.

  15. Shakira
    November 14, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Luvvie, if they have Ghirardelli chocolate products out in your neck of the woods, look for their hot chocolate. You just wanna swim in it. It’s so decadent and lovely.

    • RavenJ
      November 14, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      If it’s anything like their chocolate candy I SOOOOOO believe you!

  16. Teri Howard
    November 14, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    The Dark Chocolate Indulgence Swiss Miss is wonderful!! Tastes just like my mom’s.

  17. Nicole
    November 14, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    I 2nd 3rd and 4th the Ghiardelli mention. Theirs comes in a few flavors as well.

  18. Terri Terrell
    November 15, 2013 at 9:26 am

    This is how I’ve felt about Nestle Butterfinger Hot Chocolate. It’s been two years since I’ve had some and I’m still oh so sad…

  19. rikyrah
    November 16, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    this sadness is for those who lived in the Chicago area:

    Fannie Mae’s Fudge Balls.

    Mofos used to be 15.00 a pound, 7 years ago.

    They were so good…

    When Fannie Mae came back, I went to the store, only to find out they were discontinued..

    to this day, I haven’t found a substitute. Found nothing close.

  20. Ashaunta
    November 17, 2013 at 10:43 am

    I just realized I received a box of the Swiss Miss French Vanilla in a gift/ combo pack last Christmas that was never opened (shame on me) You may be able to find some of those since it’s the holidays.

  21. Tammie
    November 20, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    I too LOVE this product! I’ve been on the hunt myself and didn’t know it was discontinued!!!! I’m OCD and am going into panic mode!! I’ve tried the land o’lakes brand and I’m sad to say, it’s no swiss miss! I have a pouch in the kitchen and just haven’t been able to make myself drink it…was holding out for swiss miss. They still make that nasty dark chocolate one so why did they discontinue the french vanilla…you can’t convince me that it didn’t sell. The grocery stayed sold out and I would buy boxes when I found it on the shelf. I live in VA and if anyone knows where I could find a box hidden way in the back somewhere please let me know!!!
    Thanks! O-O

    • November 13, 2014 at 10:13 pm

      Love swiss miss french vanilla hot chocolate. Tried to find them everywhere .. tried every brand out there none compares. Today just found them at target in their christmas section. Decent price too. I know amazon and ebay sells them but pricey and this is close by so stock up. Exp 6/16.

  22. Billie-Jo
    November 23, 2013 at 8:54 am

    I completely sympathize with you! I have been searching the Internet in vain trying to locate (decently priced) remaining boxes after hearing it was discontinued. Amazon has a couple gift tin sets but the price is a little steep considering I only want the French Vanilla. I have half a box left squirreled away in my cupboards, but I have pretty much given up hot chocolate since I cannot find it anymore.

    • November 25, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      It’s not available. They just have it listed on the site. I checked there first.

  23. Tonya Stampfl
    November 26, 2013 at 1:34 am

    I also love it and been on a hunt For it well finally found at rite aide in a tin for holiday yes I paid ,5.99 for a tin with ,,6 packages but buy one get one half price Wal-Mart has in a holiday variety pack but I’m on a hunt for more ps. I’m.sipping on some lol

  24. Tip
    November 26, 2013 at 6:59 am


    I will definitely look out for this hot chocolate for you. I know how you fee. I’m a tea drinker and a few years ago Lipton discontinued my favorite Orange Spice black tea. I just wish they’d give you a warning so you could stock up, but no it’s always a surprise.

  25. Biznessboutmy
    November 26, 2013 at 10:14 am

    so im feeling a certain type way about this myself!
    I was pregnant last year & realized this had been pulled from the shelf everytime I sent the Mr to get it for me (not a good situation for me or him)
    this is especially bad since I stopped drinking all the other kinds and only want this one

    Im w/Tip–they should tell you when something is about to be discontinued so you can buy enough to lose your desire for it.

    Im feeling this way about Glaisin Raisin Pretzels from Auntie Anne’s too–what is really up w/that? I dont want Cinnamon & Sugar

  26. mel
    November 26, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    well that explains why i’ve been looking for that exact same kind of cocoa for over a year now and can’t find it! that sucks, Swiss Miss! i am so upset now because it is truly the best stuff out there.

    one tiny thread of happiness is that i saw it in the Christmas section at Walmart recently, sold in a small tin of only 5 or 6 packages for the ridiculous price of $5. when i drink 2 at a time, that’s gonna cost me a bank robbery!

    anyhow, i feel your loss and wanted to let you know you’re not alone. 🙁

  27. Sharon
    November 29, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    I have some packages of the french vanilla left over from last christmas. They came in a big gift set and I didnt like that flavor. I would be happy to send them your way, seriously- I hate wasting food. I stumbled here because I was looking up how long hot cocoa lasts, and looks like they will still be perfectly fine to drink.

    • November 29, 2013 at 8:06 pm

      OMG Sharon! I’d love that! Can you please email me at That would make my Christmas! 😀

  28. Nerl D
    December 3, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Luvvie, hit up Kmart’s Christmas gift set section…they have the multi pack (with caramel cream, french vanilla, double fudge, etc) and they have the single flavor tins.
    P.S. Don’t go to the one in Oak Lawn, I took them all :-/

  29. December 7, 2013 at 1:05 am

    Weird thing is… they still make it you just can’t find it anywhere. :/(except like super expensive on amazon)
    My uncle works for swissmiss so we can buy or get free cocoa you can’t buy(and he’s not allowed to sell, but can give away) in the states.
    When we were kids he used to bring us huge cans of the mini marshmallows. it was heaven xD

  30. Pam
    December 9, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    I found Swiss miss French vanilla this year at Walmart in the Xmas good section they had individual pouches and in a mixed set, also Walgreens has a tin of French Vanilla

  31. Tiffany
    December 16, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    I liked the french vanilla hot chocolate too. People thought I was weird drinking vanilla flavored chocolate, but it was delicious. However, I did just find a recipe to make your own mix. It’s pretty good. You can find it here:

  32. January 7, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    My mother-in-law usually finds it for me, but no such luck this year. I had one coveted box left over from last year and almost finished it. Life in my house is fixin to get cray cray. I need my French vanilla.

  33. Shilysha
    January 16, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    The Land-O-Lakes version of the Swiss Miss French Vanilla is absolutely disgusting. There is no comparison in taste WHATSOEVER. I, like the creator of this post, have been searching every Food Lion, Wal-mart, Target, and local grocery to find my winter addiction. I figured it was discontinued, but I was praying for a miracle. This post has finally given me the truth, I’ve been obsessed with finding it all winter and have even began to look on ebay and amazon for it (Terrible right?). I guess I can stop now, but they definitely need to bring it back, because I need my fix. I even drink it throughout the summer!

  34. Jess
    February 12, 2014 at 12:21 am

    This makes me sad, because though French Vanilla is NOT the flavor I am pining for that is no longer with us (I am craving Caramel Cream and there is just no substitute…)……I wish I had realized it was discontinued when I went on a Hot Chocolate Binge on Christmas Break and finished all 3 of my boxes 🙁

    I went back to buy more of the 6 flavor holiday gift sets but they were all gone! So I feel for you, totally.

  35. Amy
    February 28, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Check your email, girl! I sent you a message a couple night ago. I found some Swiss Miss French Vanilla!!!!! And I bought a case of it!!!!

  36. Jenelle
    November 5, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    OMG! They have it at Bed Bath and Beyond, at least they did yesterday, AND they had them as individual packs! You can’t order it off their website but you can buy it in store. (At least you can here, Exton, Pa).

  37. Billie-Jo
    November 6, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    It’s that time of year again! The tins and individual packets of French Vanilla Swiss Miss are in Rite Aid and Walgreens stores! I picked up all the tins I could find this morning so I can start restocking for the year.

  38. Erin D
    February 16, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    So I feel this exact same way! I have searched and serched. There’s a pin that has a recipe that is similar enough, it gets me through. However, I have just found some from Christmas at the Office Depot. Which got me thinking…it’s on Amazon right now for what is left over from Christmas! 🙂

  39. Sarah Chapa
    September 29, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    I’m so happy to know I’m not the only one on this quest! Thanks for sharing this, I’m super bummed but glad to know it’s time to give up the hunt. This isn’t the first time a company has discontinued a beloved product. It’s so disappointing!

  40. cadence
    January 16, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    Hello, all who are looking for french vanilla swiss miss. I live in Philadelphia, its in the shelves here with a Carmel one i picked some up after Christmas (isnt the sales after Christmas the best part lol) for about 29 cents.

  41. Shana
    June 26, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    OMG! I was beginning to think I was the only one going through this despair! I was actually starting to think it was a figment of my epic imagination and the the deliciousness that changed the hot chocolate game in fact did not exist. You are clearly my soul Sister because I wholeheartedly agree with everything in this post, from the almost obsessive consumption of corn pops to the feverish search for this hot chocolate. This is my life story. Thanks for sharing.