Ms Knickerbocker Review

9th February 2015

I typically buy drinking chocolate powders that are all-natural, often organic and always vegan. So when I decided to try Ms Knickerbocker I was curious what would make it any different from the next one. To begin with, this small Australian owned and Australian made family company from Warrimoo, NSW uses no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. They’re also organic, fair trade, low GI, vegan and gluten-free. But what makes Ms Knickerbocker stand out from the rest can be summed up in one word – restraint. The restraint to limit the number of ingredients and the processing of these ingredients showcases the beautiful raw cacao flavor, with subtle sugar notes and a brilliant touch of added spice.

Ms Knickerbocker Drinking Cacao

Enter our giveaway at the end of our post to be one of three winners to receive your choice of either Original or Chai Ms Knickerbocker Super Duper Drinking Cacao. Entries limited to Australia only.


This small Australian company based in the Blue Mountain village of Warrimoo was founded by the Polish born and science trained Sylvia Zajkowska. Ms Knickerbocker represents her passion and desire to deliver yummy, natural and healthy food prepared lovingly and produced responsibly (they use biodegradable and recyclable packaging and sustainable production practices). Ms Knickerbocker products are raw, vegan and designed to have the best combination of flavors and nutrition.

“A fundamental philosophy in my business model is to not only produce an outstanding product, but do so in a way that has minimal environmental impact.” Sylvia Zajkowska.

available in

Ms Knickerbocker Super Duper Drinking Cacao is available in 175g containers in 2 flavors – Original and Chai. Ms Knickerbocker has also recently expanded their product line to include 4 varieties of muesli.

where to purchase

Ms Knickerbocker is available in select stores across Australia as well as the following online retailers.

Check the Ms Knickerbocker site for the most up to date list of stockists.

Ms Knickerbocker Drinking Cacao

the verdict

Since trying Ms Knickerbocker we have struggled to find an alternative here in the US that matches the rich, robust and natural flavors. Much of this superior flavor in Ms Knickerbocker is due to the minimal processing of the ingredients and use of only the best raw ingredients.

Directions are on the packaging, including the recommended serving amounts and methods. For best results you will need some milk alternative on hand. Like any other hot chocolate mix, they are easy to prepare but aren’t as sweet as your typical hot chocolate. We loved this since we didn’t always want a sweet drink and it allowed us to sweeten to taste. These also work wonderfully in batters and bake mixes and we used them in some amazing pancakes.

The drinking cacao is packaged in a sealed plastic bag inside the sturdy biodegradable brown cylinder with easy to open lids on both ends. The clean, stylish design on the packaging is nearly identical, with the printing color differentiating the two varieties – blue print for the Chai and red print for the Original.

Ms Knickerbocker Drinking Cacao

Ms Knickerbocker Drinking Cacao

Ms Knickerbocker Drinking Cacao

Original Drinking Cacao and Chai Drinking Cacao

Original Drinking Cacao

Ingredients: organic raw cacao (46%), organic raw coconut sugar, organic maca powder (10%), organic spices (vanilla bean <1%), Murray River sea salt. May contain traces of nuts.

Similar in color and texture to the chai but with a much more subtle aroma. Hardly any sweetness to it, making this a lovely cacao base for drinking or cooking. The flavors are more bitter than sweet, with a lovely fresh raw cacao flavor without any additives clouding that flavor. We sweetened to taste using our own sugar. These also make the best chocolate pancakes, with a rich dark color and a nice bitter flavor.

Ms Knickerbocker Vegan Pancake

Vegan pancake using Original Drinking Cacao

Chai Drinking Cacao

Ingredients: organic raw cacao (50%), organic raw coconut sugar (44%), organic spices (6%). May contain traces of nuts.

When you open it you are struck by the spicy, wintery aroma. The chai spice combined with the raw cacao is somewhat reminiscent of a Mexican Hot Chocolate. There’s a lovely heat to the spice that give this drink an added kick that we love. Similar to the original flavor, since it isn’t very sweet you will need to sweeten to taste. The lovely bitterness and spice makes this a vibrant drink as well as a great addition to your favorite batter or bake mix.

Ms Knickerbocker Vegan Hot Chocolate

Vegan hot chai-chocolate with soya milk

Ms Knickerbocker Drinking Cacao

Australia Giveaway

Enter to win one container of Ms Knickerbocker Super Duper drinking cacao in the flavor of your choice – original or chai. Three (3) winners will be selected at random at the completion of the giveaway on February 17th. This giveaway is exclusive to Australia, prizes can only be shipped to Australian mailing addresses.

Use the Gleam widget below to enter for a chance to win. You can come back everyday for a bonus entry, re-share a tweet and re-share photo on your Instagram and/or blog.

If no widget appears, try refreshing the page or use this direct link. The closing date is 11:59PM, 17th February 2015 (Pacific Time).

Ms Knickerbocker (Australia only)

Contest Details

  • This is a sponsored Giveaway provided by Ms Knickerbocker.
  • Giveaway ends 11:59PM, Saturday, 17th February 2015 (Pacific Time).
  • Three winners will be drawn randomly by using Gleam and will be notified via e-mail, unless otherwise stated. Winner must respond with current/correct Australian address within forty-eight (48) hours or prize will be forfeited and another winner will be drawn.
  • One winner will receive a container of Ms Knickerbocker Super Duper drinking cacao in the flavor of their choice – original or chai.
  • Prize will be shipped directly to the winner by Ms Knickerbocker. VEGAN MIAM is not responsible for any unsent, lost or stolen prize(s).

Disclosure: We contacted them regarding product samples and they kindly provided these products for review. All reviews are our own personal opinions, we have not been compensated to provide feedback, positive or otherwise.

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