Product Type: Maxwell Coffee
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Posh frothy coffee at home on a budget
Maxwell House Cappuccino
Member Name: cha97mw
Maxwell House Cappuccino
Advantages: convenient to use, relatively cheap, tasty drink
Disadvantages: no sprinkles included,
I drink rather too much coffee. I usually make do with instant, but I am also rather partial to flavoured coffees, so when I see them on offer I usually pick some up, as I find it harder to justify buying them at full price.
I was shopping in poundland and noticed a box of Maxwell House sachets - 8 for £1. In tesco, there is a box of 10 for £1.99, so I felt this was a great price, and a nice little treat for myself. While I have not bought this brand before, I have enjoyed this variety of coffee, so I thought I would try them.
In a sachet, you get everything you need to make your cappuccino drink, except chocolate sprinkles. This is slightly misleading as the photo on the front of the box shows this, but if you want to recreate this yourself at home you need to buy seperate sprinkles. Inside the sachet amongst other fillers and stabilisers are instant coffee, sugar, and milk powder. There is also a foaming agent to give the drink the frothy top you get in coffee shops.
To make the drink, you just need to empty the contents of one sachet into a mug. You then add boiling water. I tend to do this slowly while stirring so that all the powder dissolves and you don't get any nasty powdery bits in your mouth when you are drinking the coffee.
I find that the powder dissolves very well compared to other brands, and the amount of foam on the top is decent, and though it settles a bit while you are drinking it is still there till you finish your drink. One thing I also notice is that this is a lot less sweet than other brands, which to me can only be a good thing. It is a pleasant drink without me feeling like my blood sugar is then doing funny things afterwards, and it tastes more similar to the drinks I have bought in coffee shops when I haven't added sugar myself. There is still 6g of sugar per sachet, so I think it just goes to show how much sugar can be in these sachets and it is better that it is less sweet in my opinion.
Each sachet is 56 calories, which is not a huge amount for a nice tasting drink. This is a really nice way to make a treat without going out and spending a fortune. The sachets would be ideal for slipping in a handbag if you were going away for the weekend or to take into work with you, and at 12.5p per sachet from poundland or 20p per sachet from tesco, I feel it is a huge saving on buying a cappuccino at a coffee shop.
I think these may have more caffeine in than drinking standard instant coffee, though I can't confirm this from the package, I am making this conclusion from the effect that these have on me. I find I get a bit jittery if I have a couple, and I also had high blood pressure which dropped again when I stopped drinking these, but I was drinking a couple a day every day and I think that was far too much. I would only ever use these now for occasional use.
Summary: An occasional treat which is really easy and convenient, and pretty cheap.
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