We Tried 8 Chocolate Frostings. Here’s the One You Should Buy.

Need frosting fast? That's where a can of pre-made comes in. We test eight brands of canned chocolate frosting to find the best tasting one for your quick-fix bakes.

When it comes to desserts, we’ve all had a baking emergency or two. You forgot to soften the butter, you started a cake and are missing an ingredient or—my regular baking emergency—you’re out of confectioners’ sugar to make frosting. In cases like that, a can of store-bought frosting is a solid backup plan. That is if you have a good one!

You know we had to find the best canned chocolate frosting out there—you know just as a backup plan (not to dunk graham crackers and cookies into as a snack or anything….).

Here are the brands we tested:

  • Baker’s Corner Chocolate Frosting, exclusively at Aldi
  • Betty Crocker Rich & Creamy Chocolate Frosting
  • Duncan Hines Creamy, Home-Style Milk Chocolate Frosting
  • Great Value Chocolate frosting, exclusively at Walmart
  • Miss Jones Baking Co. Chocolate Frosting with Coconut Oil
  • Pillsbury Creamy Supreme Chocolate Frosting
  • Simple Mills Organic Chocolate Frosting with Coconut Oil
  • Wholesome Organic Chocolate Frosting

Let’s see how these stacked up!

Honorable Mention: Simple Mills Organic Chocolate Frosting

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Score: 6.5/10

If you’re looking for fluffy texture in your store-bought frosting, you’ll want to opt for Simple Mills. This organic brand offered a light and fluffy frosting with a nice cocoa flavor. This option was less sweet than the other frostings which was a big pro for some testers and a con for others. If you’ve got a super sweet cake, this might be the right frosting to top it all off. Here are several different ways to make store-bought frosting better.

$4.49 for a 10-ounce container; available at select grocers and big-box stores nationwide.

Runner-Up: Baker’s Corner Chocolate Frosting

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Score: 6.8/10

It was no surprise to us that Aldi’s Baker’s Corner took a top spot in this test. We’re big fans of their yellow cake mix, too. This frosting—which would pair great with that mix for a quick dessert—was praised for its creamy consistency and textbook chocolate frosting flavor, though some testers found it a bit sweet. Of all the frostings we tried, we thought this one spread the most easily, making it a prime candidate for a DIY cupcake party. Here are a few decorating ideas to get you started.

$1.29 for a 16-ounce container; available exclusively at Aldi.

Best in Show: Betty Crocker Rich & Creamy Chocolate Frosting

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Score: 7.8/10

In our previous frosting test, Betty Crocker got high marks for its creamy consistency and pretty appearance. Same goes for Betty’s chocolate version! Testers really enjoyed the super smooth texture of this frosting. It was definitely sweet—what we’ve come to expect from these store-bought frostings—but it didn’t lack in taste. This frosting had a good amount of dark chocolate taste, though it wasn’t bitter.

$1.83 for a 16-ounce container; available at retailers nationwide.

The Bottom Line

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We certainly appreciate a store-bought frosting for its practicality and strangely satisfying sticky sweetness. In this case, big names like Betty Crocker or fan-faves like Aldi are a safe bet when picking up a can to keep in the cupboard just in case. However, there’s no replacement for a good, homemade frosting! We recommend these recipes for starters.

Use your favorite frosting to top these cupcakes!
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Lisa Kaminski
Lisa is an editor at Taste of Home where she gets to embrace her passion for baking. She pours this love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. Lisa is also dedicated to finding and testing the best ingredients, kitchen gear and home products for our Test Kitchen-Preferred program. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.