In-N-Out is famous for keeping it simple but doing it right. They almost never add anything new onto their menu, as their cult-favorite burgers, fries, and drinks keep customers piling in at all hours. The West Coast burger legend is breaking from that norm, however, as they introduce their first addition to the menu in over a decade.
According to the Orange County Register, you can now find Hot Cocoa available at In-N-Out locations. Prices vary based on where you are, but in Orange County, CA, it’s priced at $1.60 for an 8-ounce cup. It comes with marshmallows on top, but they can be served on the side per request. An employee confirmed to the register that the hot chocolate is made with water, although whether that makes it vegan or not is still not clear.
It’s also unknown if all locations of the burger legend have hot cocoa. It’s been spotted in the greater Los Angeles area on Instagram, and as far north as Monterey, CA. Nonetheless, this is the first time In-N-Out has changed their menu since adding lemonade over 15 years ago, according to the OC Register.
UPDATE: Since news of the hot cocoa addition broke, Foodbeast has obtained a statement from In-N-Out President Lynsi Snyder. Turns out that hot chocolate isn’t a new menu item from In-N-Out. Instead, it’s the return of one that had been on the menu for years before dropping off altogether.
“My grandparents, Harry and Esther Snyder, served it for many years beginning in the ‘50s. I’m not sure how it fell off the menu but it’s part of our culture and something special for kids, and I’m happy that we’re bringing it back. For a certain generation, hot cocoa is an In-N-Out classic, and we hope it will be a favorite of a new generation. It’s quality cocoa from Ghiradelli and yes, we serve it with marshmallows!”
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The hot cocoa’s reintroduction is happening at all In-N-Out locations. It’s being made with Ghiradelli chocolate, one of the most recognized chocolatiers in the country, so we’re excited to see what it tastes like.