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Cadbury's Cocoa is a chocolate powder used for multiple purposes, well two at least, these to me happen to be first and most importantly baking, which I happen to do quite a lot of and making hot chocolate. This product is made from 100% cocoa which is also fair-trade, a big plus point.
For use in baking, it proves to be an excellent ingredient in making chocolate cake, for the main sponge part, adding 1 to 2 table spoons of the cocoa powder (depending on your own preference) to 6 ounces of self raising flour, which tastes great. The butter icing is made by adding 1 table spoon of powder to it and the same to the glaze icing topping.
For use as a hot chocolate I have to admit in my own opinion lets it down, I am not a fan of this type of dark chocolate and far prefer the milk chocolate alternatives such as the dairy milk option or the galaxy hot chocolate powder that is available. This is the only real reason that this product will loose a star from me.
Packaging and Price
The product comes available in two main size options, although there are some super-sized cash and carry ones available. The main sizes are a 125 gram portion and a 250 gram one. They however don't come cheap, the larger size setting you back £2.18 from Tesco and the smaller 125 gram version costing £1.75. There are cheaper versions available, the Tesco Value powder costing under half the premium price being only 99p for 250 grams.
Overall, this is a great option for an ingredient for baking, but for use in hot chocolate, its not to my taste but I'm sure it is for many peoples taste. The price is a little steep but the quality is good, that is why it gets 4 stars out of 5 from me.
There is nothing so comforting as a mug of hot chocolate; it is an extraordinarily efficient comfort food. It seems to be the hot drink of choice for children and young teenagers and a chocolate fix for chocoholics like myself.
Cadburys Cocoa powder can be bouch from many supermarkets and retails at around £1 per smallish pot. It goes a long way!
Cadbury's Cocoa has all the advantages of a product that has been around for decades; it is well known and trusted by consumers. I have no hesitation in picking this product off the shelf in terms of quality. The only other consideration that I have is to choose a more Fairtrade product. I do, however, understand that Cadburys is increasing its purchase of Fairtrade cocoa beans.
On opening the circular cocoa packaging, peeling off the plastic lid and foil fresshness seal inside, you are greeted with a full and satisfying chocolate aroma. I have always been amazed at how wonderful it smells but how terrible it tastes raw. I discovered this as a very small child when I dipped into the pot believing it to taste like a chocolate bar and instead, finding it to be bitter to the extreme. The powder is fine and dusty when disturbed.
To make a cup of hot chocolate, I blend a spoonful of the cocoa with a spoonful of hot soya milk - mixing it to a smooth paste. I then add this to a mug full of boiling soya milk to make a steaming cup of cocoa. I sweeten it with a spoonful of Xylitiol (which has a lower GI value than ordinary sugar - and other interesting properties). Occasionally, I whip up the hot milk to make a pleasing foam on the top of the drink. Then it looks like something a Barista would whip up.
The taste of the cocoa drink is a chocolatey delight and I have nothing negative to say about it. Cocoa is often a better option for vegans than hot chocolate powder as the latter often has cow's milk powder added. Cocoa allows me to make a vegan hot chocolate drink which would easily rival a Starbucks!
I also use this cocoa powder to make vegan chocolate cake. I know this is a successful recipe as I have seen countless number of people stuffing their faces with it. Enough said; I find it a versatile and delicious product.
Cadbury's cocoa, this reminds me of the summer camps that I used to go to when I was in the girl Guides. A huge pan of milk was put onto the camp fire to heat and then the Guide Leader used to add the cocoa ( which was first mixed along with a little warm milk ) to the hot milk and we used to dip our tin mugs into the pan and enjoy the steaming hot mugs of cocoa while we were sat around the camp fire - not too sure that Health and Safety regulations would allow the Girl guides of today to enjoy that simple pleasure unless thousands of risk assessments were carried out prior to the occasion !
In those days the Cadbury's cocoa powder came in an orange packet or drum but we have to move with the times and the rich dark cocoa powder now comes in a red drum with a purple swirl in the middle of it that houses the Cadbury's logo.
The cardboard drum has a rigid plastic lid and when that is removed there is an inner foil peel back lid that protects the fine cocoa powder.
I much prefer the unsweetened cocoa powder, I find that Cadbury's drinking chocolate lacks the density of taste that cocoa has to offer.
I only ever need to make a single mug of cocoa for myself so I heat the milk in the microwave whilst I mix a heaped teaspoonful of the Cadbury's cocoa powder in the bottom of the mug along with a small amount of warm milk. When I take the hot milk out of the microwave and pour it into the mug, it needs to be mixed thoroughly to make sure that the cocoa blends in with the hot milk. The only way that I can really enjoy my mug of Cadbury's cocoa is to add a good heaped teaspoonful of sugar and then stir. If the cocoa forms a thick skin on the top then so much the better, I love `slurping` the skin off of the top !
Cadbury's cocoa powder makes a very good baking ingredient too, I frequently use it to make chocolate sponges. If you use drinking chocolate you tend to get a far paler chocolate sponge that is much sweeter but use Cadbury's cocoa and you get a good dark sponge cake that really tastes of chocolate. You can always go one step further and make some butter icing laced with Cadbury's cocoa powder to sandwich the cake together but if you do that you will find that you only need to cut a small slice of the rich cake to go with your cuppa.
Cadbury's cocoa is a Winter warmer, the cocoa fills the cup with comfort and if you are feeling slightly low or under the weather then the hot milky drink can go a long way towards making you feel brighter.
In my opinion the only way to drink Cadbury's cocoa is to make it with all milk, I would never dream of wasting the cocoa powder by making the drink with just a drop of milk and topping it up with boiling water.
Years ago when Cadbury's used to sell the cocoa powder in thin cardboard packets it was far more difficult to store but the new rigid cardboard tubs are the ideal storage container for the fine rich cocoa powder.
At the present time Sainsbury's have Cadbury's cocoa powder on a special offer and it is an offer that is well worth taking advantage of. A 250g drum of cocoa is now £1.71, considering that the normal RRP is around £2.25 that is a good saving.
I've always loved hot chocolate, it's a perfect comfort drink for me, especially on those cold winter nights cwtched up on the sofa with my giant pink fluffy slippers watching the soaps. I'm not loyal to any particular brand though and am always willing to try something new. My friend recommended I try Cadbury Cocoa, "it's not as sweet" she said "but it's definitely chocolatey". Off I popped to sainsburys and picked up a tub.
Cadbury cocoa comes in a bright red tub with the deep recognisable purple decorating the front. It quite simply says Cadbury Cocoa on the front of the tub as well as drinking and baking.
A 4g serving of this with semi skimmed milk contains;
Taking off the plastic lid and peeling away the gold film on top I was met by a pale brown powder. There was no sweet chocolatey aroma to hit my nose though instead I was met by a weaker more blunt chocolate scent. To be honest I didn't like it in the slightest. It was like a diet version of normal drinking chocolate with none of the sweet naughtyness.
This cocoa is just as easy to make as it is to make any other hot chocolate adding the water and the milk as required.
That blunt chocolate smell remained whilst making up the drink and it didn't froth up like usual hot chocs do. Disapointing for me!
It definitely tasted of chocolate but it just wasn't sweet enough for me, it was more a dark chocolate drink with the bitter bluntness rather than the creamy milk chocolate flavour that I love! I can however see why people would drink this as some hot chocolates are so sweet and sugary, with this drink people would still be getting their chocolate fix without the sweetness.
There is one thing I do use Cadbury Cocoa for now though and that's to make chocolate butter icing - especially to cover a chocolate swiss roll come Christmas to make a chocolate log! As it's not a sweet sugary powder it mixes and blends in perfectly with butter and the sweet icing sugar. The bitterness of the cocoa tones the icing sugar down slightly and creates a perfectly tasty chocolate butter cream.
If I'd never tried any other brand of cocoa, I would have said automatically that this was the best. Cadbury's chocolate is overall not bad for its blend of smoothness and strength, if you are comparing it to other main brands.
Stick your nose in a tub of their cocoa, then have a sniff of Green and Blacks' cocoa. What a difference! (I would have reviewed Green and Blacks' except that my suggestion was rejected by Dooyoo for some obscure reason). Green and Blacks' is undeniably stronger in smell and taste, and makes a much richer cup of cocoa. Suddenly I feel like I've been cheated all my childhood, into thinking that Cadbury's could never be rivalled!
Here's how to make yourself a sugar free, low fat, gunk-free chocolate fix:
Heat up enough milk to fill two-thirds of your mug of choice. While that's heating up, boil a small amount of water in your kettle, then stir two heaped teaspoons of cocoa plus one flat teaspoon of Splenda sweetener into about 1 centimetre of boiled water in the bottom of your mug. Keep stirring until it's all dissolved. When the milk is ready, pour this on top and mix well in. There! A serious chocolate hit for serious chocolate lovers.
I recently bought a tub of Tesco's Cocoa powder as I've always like cocoa and prefer it to drinking chocolate which is far too sweet for my taste. I've used it a couple of times before but this time it seemed to have a nasty taste resembling the smell you get from a damp flannel (hmm yes, not very appetising). Anyway, as soon as I got over my disappointment I went back down to Tesco and bought myself a tub of Cadbury's cocoa powder. At more than £1.50 I did flinch slightly at the price compared to the Tesco version but I thought I'd give it a try as I knew Cadbury's products generally tasted very good. I was a little bit confused at this point to be honest because I'd bought Bournville cocoa in the past but I couldn't see it on the shelf which is why I went for Cadbury's. I don't know if it's the same product under a new label but seeing as I liked both Bournville and Cadbury chocolate bars it didn't really matter. I brought it home and upon opening the lid was hit with the delicious aroma of rich, dark chocolate. The smell was wholesome and inviting, and certainly nothing like the aroma de flannel I'd experienced with the Tesco version. I quickly added two teaspoons of the powder to my mug and poured in a little bit of milk before mixing it into a paste. I then heated up the equivalent of a mug full of milk (minus the little bit I'd used for mixing) and waited for it to boil. As soon as it was ready I poured it over the cocoa and milk paste and stirred it round. The cocoa blended in very well with the milk leaving no hard bitter lumps which I'd often experienced with Tesco's product (I do wonder now why I kept buying the Tesco one - smacks own head). Once the cocoa had cooled down enough I took a sip and I have to say it was devine. I didn't add sugar because I never take sugar in cocoa (or any other drinks or cereals for that matter). I was so glad I decided to spend a bit more and invest in a superior product. I will only buy Cadbury's cocoa from now on. So I now have a tub of wet flannel flavoured hot drink going spare. Any takers?
I have rather a sweet tooth so it's no surprise I'm sure that I quite like a mug of hot chocolate every now and again. I've tried quite a few different brands and versions over the time, and I really like Cadbury Drinking Chocolate and Green & Blacks. I happened to have this tonight only because it's what the Mrs had in the cupboard from using for baking.
This costs around £1.50 in the supermarkets for a small pot. That probably sounds really expensive compared to drinking chocolate but actually it's not. Because this is cocoa powder, so you only use half a teaspoon full to make a mug of cocoa. Remember there's no sugar in this, so it's bitter, and when you add a couple of spoons of sugar and mix it in, then it starts to resemble regular hot chocolate powder.
The great thing about buying it as a seperate like this is that you can use it either for drinking or for baking. The Mrs used it earlier to make a lovely chocolate cake complete with chocolate buttercream. Then I was able to pinch a bit later on to make myself a mug of hot chocolate.
As far as the flavour goes, it is really very good. There isn't the same thickness to a mug of hot chocolate made with this that you get from using regular drinking chocolate, but then they haven't added a load of suspect ingredients to thicken this out I guess! I can distinctly taste the Bourneville flavour here which is Cadbury's famous dark chocolate. Even if the texture isn't thick, the taste certainly is.
This is a great cupboard basic to keep in stock I think. Even though you can get supermarket versions cheaper, I think this is well worth a few extra pence for that distinctive Cadbury edge.
Cadbury's Cocoa is sold in round tubs with the distinctive purple logo.
(How clever is that? Every time you see that colour purple on anything, you want chocolate!)
It is mostly used in baking and making a drink of hot chocolate. Inside, the tub is sealed with tinfoil to keep the contents fresh. The top is clip on plastic, with a handy indentation in the rim to make it easy to remove.
The tub contains 100% cocoa. It is so rare to see something on sale which doesn't have anything added to preserve or colour it. So that's a brownie point for it already! (No pun intended)
The cocoa powder is made from the same high quality cocoa beans that Cadbury's use to make their chocolates. You can tell that from the flavour and the lovely smell when you open the tub.
There is usually a recipe on the side of the tub and you can send in a favourite recipe if you want to.
I have used it for baking, you need to sieve it to break up the small lumps which sometimes occur. That's no problem. I'd rather do that than eat an added de-caking agent. (No pun intended this time either!)
It is very good for butter icing because it beats in smoothly, colours the icing well and tastes very chocolatey. (Of course it does! it's pure cocoa! Doh!)
You can use it to induce your kids or grandkids (or anyone's kids for that matter) to eat their cereals and drink their milk. Just sprinkle a small amount on. Or, put a small spoonful in the cereal packet and shake it up! It's a lot cheaper than buying the equivalent cocoa pops (or whatever) and healthier too because there is no added sugar.
The main thing I use it for is to make a drink of hot chocolate. I find the ready mixed drinking chocolate powders far too sweet. I also do not like hot milk.(Bleurgh!)
You make this by using a spoonful of cocoa in a mug and adding boiling water. Add your own milk and sugar, or in my case sweetener, to taste. Again, it's cheaper this way and tastes far more strongly of chocolate.
I have only ever had a one problem with this product and this was a few years ago. The tub was only half full. I wrote to them at the address on the side of the drum and they sent me an explanation of what had gone wrong. Two replacement tubs and a cookery book. You can't expect more than that can you?
Now then: The calories.
100g contains 320 Kc.
I don't know how much help this will be because I don't know how many spoonfuls are in 100g of dry cocoa powder.
(No! I am not such a dedicated reviewer that I am going to stand there with a spoon, measuring it out! I'm not that desperate for a crown!)
The lid and the tub are recyclable.
250g cost around £2.00 and lasts a long time. The use by date is around 18 months. I have used it past it's 'best by' date and it has been fine.
If you are going to get creative in the kitchen and make a cake from scratch, then chances are in my family it's going to be a chocolate one. An essential part of this is Cadbury's Cocoa. It needs to be sieved because of the naturally occurring lumps, but it's well worth the minimal effort in preparation because this product will give your cakes a true chocolate flavour. Especially if you use it to make buttercream icing too!
Oh, and by the way, if you haven't got any plain chocolate to hand, a teaspoon of cocoa sieved into a chilli dish helps bring out the flavour of the chilli. Honest! Try it, you might be pleasantly surprised.
I love drinking chocolate and usually have a tub lurking somewhere in my food cupboard, and it's always cadbury's as this is my favorite tasting brand.
Cadbury's cocoa is a delicious warming drink which I usually have in the evening when I'm relaxing in front of the T.V. or sitting at the computer.
This lovely cocoa drink comes in a tub in powder form, with an easy to open lid which comes off the tub completely,
as soon as you remove the lid you can smell the delicious chocolate straight away !
This particular drink is made with milk ,
I make a single serving for myself by first filling a microwavable jug with the right amount of milk .
I then add 2 heaped teaspoons of the cocoa powder to an empty mug,
I then add a little cold milk from the jug to the powder and mix to a paste.
Once the milk in the jug has been heated (not boiled) in the microwave,
I pour it in the mug and mix well as I pour it over the paste.
after that you can add sugar according to taste.
This drink is all very easy to prepare and only takes minutes, the milk can also be heated on a cooker which I find easier when making it for more than 2 people.
It has a really nice chocolate taste, not too bitter or too sweet as some are,
I find this delicious as a relaxing drink in the evening and also great after being outdoors in the cold,
My children loved this drink too when they were younger, and would always have it along wih some cookies.
but being health concious as they are now they dont drink it anymore!
So I'd say dont drink too much or you may pile on the pounds!
Cocoa powder can also be used in making cakes, cookies, puddings and lot's of other delicious recipes too!
The last tub of Cadburys Cocoa drink I bought was a 250 g tub from Tesco @ £1.73
Available almost all food shops.