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This would appear to be an old product that seems to have come back into fashion recently, with a recent revamp and an extended range of types.
The basics of it then: Its a box that contains 8 sachets with each sachet containing 22g of a powdered substance. This powdered substance is milk, coffee and chocolate, thus creating a mocha. You rip the top off the packet, add the contents to a cup and then add 200 ml of hot (not boiling) water. Give it a good stir and hey presto, you have a Mocha.
The idea behind this is that you can take them with you and make a simple cup of coffee, quickly and easily.
My wife tried was shown these at work just over a month ago, and liked the idea of going to work and being able to make a nice cup of coffee. She then bought a pack, I tried one and sure enough....liked the idea of it.
They are currently on offer at the moment in Morrisons, with this mocha being purchased for £1.49 for a box of 8. Sainsburys are selling them for £1.50. Normal price appears to be £2.99.
Some nutrition facts (per pack):
0.18g salt equivalent
15.3g of carbohydrate
12.2g of which are sugars
No hydrogenated veg. oil
No artificial flavours
Made with 100% pure and natural coffee
Just need to comment on this box for a minute. It reads on the box "Every girl needs to unwind and say hello to the sofa occasionally. Curl up with a wickedly delicious mocha...". Having not looked at the back of the box when I purchased it, and now looking at it. Why would you aim a product at women? Is this a womens drink?
Considering that this is a powdered drink, the actual taste is very nice. You get a nice froth on the top and it just appears once you have mixed the powder with the water. It does not take much effort. You get a good taste of the chocolate and overall does not taste watery. For the money its good value. Its not the best one of the range, but certainly ranks up high there with a good alternative to freeze dried coffee.
Would I spend £2.99 on 8 sachets? Na. I will pay an extra £0.70 and get a box of coffee for my dolce gusto machine. But for £1.49 its good value and a little treat when your in a hurry or out and about.
I regularly buy sachets of hot drinks to keep in my desk drawer at work. I normally buy the Options hot chocolate sachets, however this time I decided to give the Nescafe Mocha sachets a try instead. I bought these primarily because they were on offer, reduced from £2.99 to £1.49 for a box of 8 sachets in Sainsburys. I do like a Mocha coffee in Starbucks, and whilst I wasn't under the illusion that these sachets would taste anywhere near as good as a Starbucks Mocha I figured that they were worth a go whilst they were on offer at half price.
These sachets are really easy to make up, you literally just add boiling water to the powder. We have a water cooler at work that also dispenses boiling hot water, so I just add the Mocha sachet to my travel mug, fill up with the boiling water from the water cooler, and then stir to dissolve the powder. I do find that you need to stir this quite vigorously for a little while to dissolve all of the powder fully, a quick stir just won't really cut it. Each sachet of Mocha contains 87kcal per cup when made up with hot water.
Once you've made up the Mocha it doesn't look too bad at all, it does have a bit of a frothy head like a coffee shop Mocha, it doesn't have anywhere near as creamy and foamy a head as the picture on the box, but then again I didn't expect it to anyway. I think that the fact you need to stir this quite vigorously for a little while to dissolve all of the powder fully does help to create the frothy head. I have to say though that I thought that these smelt slightly odd, they have a very synthetic smell to them when you've made them up. I could smell both coffee and chocolate, but to be honest neither actually smelt particularly appetising, both fragrances were just too strong and too 'fake'.
So on to the taste; one word - awful! I really didn't like the taste of these at at all. If I thought that the smell was a bit synthetic and fake then that's nothing compared to the taste. They had a strange taste which was obviously supposed to be coffee and chocolate flavoured, and which was exactly that 'flavoured', but synthetic and fake flavoured coffee and chocolate. And waaaaaay too sweet, oh my goodness it was a bit like drinking sugar! To be honest after a full one I felt slightly sick. These also left a really unpleasant aftertaste which lingered for ages and which I struggled to get rid of no matter what I ate or drank afterwards. I persevered through half of the box - 4 sachets, and then gave up and gave the other 4 sachets away to colleagues at work. I wouldn't buy these again at all, no matter how cheap they were.
I began buying Nescafe Mocha after being fed up of spending pounds on mochas from my work's canteen. I decided enough was enough and pennies had to be saved somewhere. As the mochas in the canteen were far from Starbuck's quality, I decided it would be worth trying anything and found these Nescafe Mocha sachets. The sachets are approx. £2.50-£3.00 for 8 sachets. The sachets come in long, thin packets (like a fat packet of sugar) and are filled with a brown and white powder. All you need to do is put the powder in a cup and add water, giving a good stir to the powder after you have put the water in to make sure the powder doesn't congregate at the bottom of the mug.
The sachets are a handy size for work and are individually wrapped. The powder within them is more than enough for a decent mug of mocha which is good in my opinion as sometimes things like that have too much or too little in them. Once you add water, there is something in the powder that makes the mocha froth which is great but if you stir the powder sometimes it can lose a bit of that froth from the top. I suggest putting a spoon in the mug, then adding the water and stirring the powder in "under" the layer of froth so you don't lose it if that makes any sense? I occasionally add a drop of milk but find that this reduces the chocolatey taste somewhat but does make the mocha more creamy overall. The taste is of a very sweet coffee. As I've said in previous reviews I'm not a huge fan of coffee and the bitter taste it leaves in my mouth, I am equally not a fan of Nescafe coffee but when mixed with the sweetness of the chocolate, these mocha sachets are really lovely and do not leave a funny taste in my mouth at all. They basically taste like coffee with about 6 sugars in them!
The sachets are expensive compared to a bag of tea bags but cheap compared to a mocha in Starbucks or such like. For £3 I can get a working week and a half of mochas, the same in work would have cost me £12 and the same from Starbucks wouldn't have even been worth thinking about. For me, the price works out well and it gives me a bit of a treat and at 87 calories, it is significantly less fattening than a Starbucks mocha which is another serious benefit and another reason why I decided to switch from the canteen mochas and Starbucks mochas. I have also had the Nescafe Skinny Mocha Sachets and they taste just as delicious in my opinion for even less calories - 77 calories but half the fat of the normal sachets, they too are of similar price.
I highly recommend these sachets for the price, the taste and the convenience. Additionally they are much better for the health than Starbucks-style mochas and in my opinion, almost as tasty (but not quite obviously!). I have bought these before and would buy them again.
If you like your cappuccino with lots of froth and to somewhere in taste half way between a coffee and a hot chocolate then Nescafe Mocha is a drink that you might very well enjoy. There are over a dozen varieties in the Nescafe cappucino range and this is one of my favourites as it is a bit of a sweet treat.
Each satchet in the box serves one person and at the moment in Asda they are £1.50 for a box of eight satchets and inside there is a powdered mixture of coffee, hot chocolate, sugar and milk whitener, it is easy to make, you just pour the contents into a mug and then add hot water, I find it best not to pour boiling water into the mixture but to allow the water to sit and cool very slightly for a while before I add it, if I add boiling water I find it can go a bit clumpy for some reason. Then you just have to give it a good stir to ensure all of the powder had dissolved.
There is a striong smell of bitter chocolate with this drink which is the combination of the coffee and chocolate complimenting each other and the two combine to give a wonderfully deliscious flavour, not as nice at the mocha I get from my favourite Italian coffee establishment in Soho but a nice drink just the same. If you want to have something a little more rich then you can make it up with milk instead of water, this makes it a very warm and calming drink to have late at night before going to bed as I do not find the coffee to be too strong so it does not keep me awake.
This is my favourite of all of the various types in the range and one that I enjoy drinking. It is about 90 calories so is not something I drink every day but I do probably consume a couple at home in a week unless I have treated myself while in London.
Mocha is one of fourteen varieties of instant cappuccino on offer from Nescafe and it is one of my personal favourites. Their range includes vanilla, caramel and Irish cream lattes, decaf + skinny varieties and the original plain cappuccino.
The drink comes in individual sachets, the contents of which are enough to make up one average sized mug of frothy chocolatey coffee. The main ingredients are instant coffee, drinking chocolate, whitener and sugar and at only 91 calories per serving they wont ruin the diet. I think the strength is spot on, but anyone who prefers it weaker or stronger would just need to make it in a different sized mug with more or less water.
The contents of one sachet is emptied into a mug and hot water is added. I tend to boil the kettle and leave it for a few minutes before pouring it over the powder because Nescafe used to recommend that you do so - they don't any more, but I still make it in the same way. To ensure that there are no lumps of undissolved mixture (which are strong and quite unpleasant) I either whisk vigorously or blend the powder with a little milk or water to make a smooth paste prior to pouring the hot water on.
Once made up there is a reasonably thick layer of froth on the top, although not as high as that on the front of the box. The coffee and chocolate flavours can be easily identified. The coffee is not too strong and the different flavours harmonise with each other rather than fighting for the position of prime taste. All in all it is a pleasure to drink and I personally think it has a better, smoother flavour than the Starbucks version.
I like to doctor my Nescafe Mocha sometimes by adding Original Bailey's to it. Other liqueurs/spirits would also work such as Tia Maria, Cointreau or whisky, to name a few. I have also been known to top the cappuccino with marshmallows and whipped cream or dip a flake into it, but only when I am in a decadent mood or feel the need for indulgence. I have a friend who regularly makes it up using hot milk instead of water - apparently it makes it extra creamy, but I cant vouch for this as I have no personal experience
There are eight sachets per box. The boxes can be bought at almost any supermarket - my local co-op stocks the mocha variety and it is a tiny store. It generally retails from £1.00 (very occasionally) to £2.99. Asda currently has it on offer for £1.50, Tesco and Sainsburys are both selling it at £2 (reduced from £2.99) and Waitrose has an any 2 for £4 offer (normal price £2.99). I tend to stock up on my favourites whenever they drop to £1.50 or lower. They are regularly on some sort of offer - I cant remember the last time I paid full price for a box.
In Sainsburys the last week, I saw that the Nescafe range of flavoured sachet coffees were on offer for 2 for £4 instead of around £3 each. The range includes Cappuccino, Caramel Latte and Mocha. I chose the Caramel Latte and the Mocha.
The Mocha comes in a small box with 8 sachets of 176g. It is described as instant coffee with whitener, drinking chocolate and sugar. The sachets are easy to open and you just tip in to your cup. The powder is mainly white with a few grains of coffee. All you need to do is add water, stirring constantly to get rid of any lumps. When complete wait by the kettle for a few seconds afterwards as sometimes the level of the liquid seems to drop and will need topping up again.
The Mocha has a lovely frothy layer on the top. It doesn't smell chocolaty but upon first sip you are assailed with a deliciously deep chocolate flavour. I drink my coffee black with no sugar as I am not a huge fan of sweet things and this is not too sweet for me. Having said that, one is definitely enough. It leaves a lingering taste of chocolate in your mouth when you have finished. In my opinion it is as good as you could buy in any coffee chain for a fraction of the price.
The ingredients are listed as: Sugar, Skimmed Milk Powder, Drinking Chocolate (12%) (Sugar, Cocoa Powder, contains Cocoa Solids 25% minimum), Instant Coffee (12%), Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Dried Glucose Syrup, Lactose-Whey Permeate, Lactose, Flavourings, Milk Proteins, Stabilisers (E340ii, E452i, E331iii), Salt
A cup of Nescafe Mocha has 92 calories per mug, but there is a Skinny version with 77 calorie or a Double Chocolate with 94 calories. It is suitable for vegetarians.
Overall I would highly recommend as a treat, but not more than once a day. They are delicious by could easily be too much if you over indulge. They are quite pricey so try to find when they are on offer. I have just checked, and the offer on until 31/01/12.
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Nescafe Instant Mocha is a really lovely instant frothy coffee with chocolate and in my opinion one of the best instant varieties.
The only downside for me is the price, which has slowly crept up if memory serves from £2 for 8 sachets to £3 in the past year. Scandalous in my opinion, but something that appears to be happening across a wide range of food and drink products.
There are 8 sachets which come in a cardboard box, in what I would describe as the typical purple/ pinky that I associate with chocolate. To be honest I normally take them out of the box as the sachets take up less space. The box in the picture above has changed.
There are 8 sachets per box - each is one serving.
The box has a picture of the drink, which is pretty accurate, perhaps a touch more froth in the picture.
The front of the box has a very clear summary of the calories and a breakdown of the sugar salt and fat content, which I think is really useful as it is easy to read at a glance.
The back shows a more detailed breakdown of the ingredients, instructions and nutritional values.
All the packaging is recyclable
Comes in a sachet , simply tear off the top and pop the contents in a mug , boil the kettle and then wait , pour the just off the boil water on the powder and then stir vigorously to make sure all the powder dissolves.
Really easy and really quick.
The instructions are to use very hot and not boiling water, which is the norm for coffee. I personally think it tastes bitterer if you use boiling water. The instructions say to use 200ml of water.
To be honest I don't think most people measure out the water they use for a drink, but what I would say is that if you have very large mugs, do not fill them to the top, because it is too weak, but a sachet is fine in an average size mug.
The powder is a mix of coffee, whitener and sugar, so this is a complete drink, but you could add extra milk if required.
The drink is incredibly frothy and for my taste has just the right mix of coffee and chocolate and I think is very good for an instant drink.
I actually prefer this to Café Nero and Costa as I don't think they get the right mix of coffee and chocolate.
It is made with 100% natural coffee and is suitable for vegetarians
There are 91 calories per mug, so not too bad for a chocolate drink.
It has very high carbohydrate content at 65%, of which 57% is sugar. This will be a combination of the chocolate as well as sugar but may be too sweet for some. I normally add sugar so this is fine for me. I don't think they do a version with less sugar.
There are no artificial flavours and they use skimmed milk to try and keep the fat content low which is 11%.
All in all this isn't a healthy drink, but it is delicious.
This is part of the Café menu range and there is a double chocolate and skinny version of this as well as Latte and Cappuccino.
Availability and Price
This is widely available at most supermarkets
Currently 8 sachets 176g are £2.99 at Tesco - Full Price (more at Tesco Express)
On offer at the moment - £2 at Morrisons and £2.50 Sainsburys, but be quick because this always seems to sell out.
Would I Recommend
Definitely, this is a lovely frothy drink that is not too high in calories. Better than the ones you get that are made with ground coffee in coffee shops in my opinion.
The downside is that this keeps creeping up in price, at full price this works out at 37p per cup.
I first decided to try Nescafe mocha sachets when Tesco was out of my favourite double choca mocha ones. Whilst I'm not as keen on it as I am on other drinks in the range I have continued to buy the packs.
The sachets come in an attractive looking pack of eight and unlike some food products the picture on the box is not misleading.
A box of 8 sachets costs around £2.40 in the supermarkets which works out at about 30p per drink.
The drinks are quick and simple to prepare. Just place sachet contents in a mug, add boiling water and stir well. The result is a frothy hot drink. Mocha is a mixture of hot chocolate and coffee and this drink tastes subtly of both. I find it to be a lighter tasting drink than regular coffee due to the frothiness as well as a pleasant change.
Another good thing about this drink is that there are only 92 calories per mug and no artificial sweeteners. This makes it especially suitable for someone (like me) who is watching their waistline.
Being partial to hot, frothy drinks and always having a supply of cappuccino in our cupboard I was looking for something a bit different when shopping the other day and noticed a box of these Nescafe Mocha. Coming in either regular or skinny, I opted for the lower fat skinny version and have been enjoying a hot mug of this for the last few afternoons.
Each box contains 8 separate sachets which just need to be added to boiling water to produce a rich coffee and chocolate tasting drink, no milk is needed unless you want to cool down the drink and with my box being the skinny version it claims to contain half the fat of the standard Nescafe Mocha.
The sachets contain a powdery mixture containing coffee, whitener, drinking chocolate and sugar and needs to be stirred into boiling water well to prevent lumps forming. Once thoroughly stirred in the top becomes very frothy and is reminiscent of a standard cappuccino.
Taste wise the main flavour is coffee that is more bitter than say a Latte or cappuccino, I'm not sure if this is due to the inclusion of drinking chocolate to the mix but when I first tried one of these I did expect it to be sweeter than it actually was. This made for a good change for me as if it had been sweet then it may as well have just been a cappuccino so I found it to be a nice change. The frothy topping is very nice and a lot thicker than you would imagine it to be and I was reminded of the drinks served in a coffee house but obviously without the premium price tag attached.
Nutrition wise a single sachet of the Skinny variety contains 77 calories, 0.7 grams of fat of which 0.6 grams are saturates which is excellent, however the inclusion of 11.3 grams of sugar is slightly concerning and does let the claims of this being 'skinny' down. That said, for a daily drink to curl up on the sofa with whilst it's snowing outside this does warm you through and tastes delicious.
At only £2.28 for a box of 8 sachets they are quite expensive, but when you consider what the same drink would cost at Costa or Starbucks these measure up nicely. Generally though these are usually on offer and I bought 2 boxes for £4.00 from Tesco the other day so now is a good time to get stocked up on.
I do recommend these, not having tasted the regular variety I can't compare the taste of the two, but for my taste buds the Skinny variety offered no obvious indications that these were a lower fat version. I particularly enjoyed the frothy foam on top of the drink and thought this brought a different edge to the drink and being not as sweet as my usual choice of cappuccino I was left feeling very impressed overall.
For the taste and value for money a box represents I would give a 4 Dooyoo star rating; low calorie and low fat but slightly let down with a relatively high sugar content.
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To be fair i actually tested the 'skinny' version of this mocha drink from Nescafe.
This box of 8 mug sized sachets was on a deal in Tesco so i decided to treat myself as i am a BIG coffee fan! I chose the 'skinny' version over the original as it boasts just 77calories and 0.7g fat per sachet (if made with water) which is less than half the fat! and being 'new' i just couldn't help myself!
When i made the drink with hot water i found it to be very strong so i added some semi-skimmed milk. To clear the chocolatey lumps i found a fork to be more effective than a spoon and it needed a really good whisk to clear the lumps and get anywhere near the froth that shows on the box! After all that exercise and burning quite a few calories i felt even less guilty about indulging. Perhaps 'a workout in a sachet' would be more suitable!
On drinking i did find it perfectly chocolatey, creamy and strong enough in coffee flavour for you to not actually forget you are meant to be drinking a coffee drink! Overall a very nice taste however, even after my vigorous whisking i still found a couple of clumps of powder in my drink and a nice sediment at the bottom of the cup. My recommendation is to rinse straight away when you finish as leaving it for a few days on the side renders it dishwasher proof and suitable for the bin!
I enjoyed the flavour and taste and for £1.50 (2 for £3 at time of offer) i felt it to be good value. A luxury coffee for 20p i am definitely not going to complain!
As some of you might know, I am a coffee-holic. I cannot call myself a coffee connoisseur but I like my coffee and I am quite fussy about it.
I have spent far too much, in my lifetime, on expensive coffee shop beauties, and this is a habit I am trying to reduce in order to help my ever dwindling bank balance. So I have been looking at ways of having something a little more exciting than the coffee from the staff room at work, without feeling as though I am missing out on the morning "Costa" run.....
I have already reviewed the Cappuccino sachets that Nescafe produce, and now I am going to review the Mocha ones. Nescafe do two Mocha varieties - the "standard" ones, (which this review is about) and the double chocolate ones which I am sure will feature in a review at some point soon!
Now, when buying a mocha from a coffee shop, I have found over the years that this is a bit hit and miss - each shop seems to have a different idea of the make up of a mocha, with each one using varying amounts and types of chocolate. Sometimes I have paid over £3 for a mocha which has been, in my opinion, pretty poor and certainly not worth the money.
So I was a little apprehensive about trying these instant sachets.....and actually, I needn't have been.
There are 8 sachets in a pack, and you simply pour one into a mug, pour on hot (not quite boiling) water, and stir well to make sure that there are no stodgy lumps at the bottom of your mug.
The drink is not as creamy as the cappuccino sachet provides, but is definitely not "thin" - a good consistency with just enough foam on the top to make it feel substantial.
You can smell the chocolate as soon as you tear open the packet, and the pack tells me that it has 13% chocolate, which I think is a reasonable amount. Sugar is the biggest ingredient though, and it is not really necessary to add any more. I have a sweet tooth, and normally have quite a lot of sugar or sweetner in my drinks, but for this one it is not needed.
Compared with some of the expensive shop bought Mocha's, produced by so-called professional baristas, this instant version is really not too bad at all. And for about £2.40 for 8 sachets, or 30p a mug, the cost savings are most satisfactory too.
Nutritionwise, these are not exactly healthy - 92 calories and 2.9grammes of saturated fat, but then the "real thing" is not exactly slimming either, so what would you expect! However, what did disappoint me is the fact that these contain Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, and I am sure there must be an alternative that could be used.
The old "enjoy in moderation" rule applies - one or two mugs of this a day would probably fit in with most healthy diets, especially as I find they are quite filling, and the hint of chocolatey sweetness keeps me away from the sweet shop for an additional snack too! But of course if you develop too much of a mocha habit, it is always going to be bad for the waistline and the pocket!
The box contains a decent "use by date" as well - the one on mine is 11 months ahead, so if you only want these as an occasional treat, they will not go off before you get chance to use them.
To sum up then, I would certainly buy these again - they are better than some of the "real" versions, and certainly a whole lot cheaper. A good compromise.
176g, 8 Sachets / Brand: Nestlé / Instant Coffee