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Cadburys Highlights is an instant, reduced calorie hot chocolate drink. Whilst not as creamy as higher fat options, it is easy to make and is a very enjoyable drink.

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      25.08.2013 10:41
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      This hot chocolate is tasty and good value for money.

      Item: Cadbury Highlights Hot Chocolate
      Size: 11g
      Price: 32p or 4 for £1
      Flavour: Fudge
      Bought in: Tesco

      I love having these in the house for a sweet treat on a cold night. My favourite flavour is Fudge.

      Packaging:
      The version I am reviewing is the individual one cup sachets. They are 13cm long and 4cm wide. The packet is sturdy and is made of a nice thick plastic wrapper. They are overall the distinctive purple Cadbury colours with an orange splash across the front where is says "Fudge". The name "Cadbury Highlights" is also written across the top of the packet so you can easily identify the brand and flavour at a glance. The directions for making it up are on the back as are details on the ingredients and nutritional info. To open the sachet you simply tear the top right corner and there is a perforated line which makes it easy to open.

      Directions for preparation and taste test:
      You are advised to "For the perfect Cadbury Highlights empty one sachet of Cadbury Highlights in to a cup or mug and add hot water and stir well." Very simple and straight forward. I pretty much follow this but I like to use a small cup so use a bit less than 200ml if water which makes the hot chocolate a little thicker too. The powder dissolves very easily in the water and leaves very little clumps around the edges and any that are there can be mixed in easily with the back of a spoon. This hot chocolate has a really pleasant chocolate and fudge taste. I doesn't actually taste like a Cadbury Fudge bar, but does taste lovely and sweet and creamy too. Once you add hot water to it you get a wonderful hot chocolate aroma and it is really enticing. On nights when the OH is having one and I'm not too bothered, as soon as I smell it, I am easily tempted!!

      It is a wee bit more expensive per gram to buy these sachets but as we don't have this every night I like that the sachets are sealed and keep the powder fresh. Also if I am buying 4 for £1 it means that the OH can pick a couple of other flavours too.

      I like these lower calorie sachets as I find the "full fat" ones a bit too heavy and thick. Also the lighter options of this hot chocolate come in more flavours than the "full fat" ones too.

      I heartily recommend these sachets and look forward to them on a chilly night!!

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        02.11.2012 13:24
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        A low calorie, chocolaty drink that is easy to make.

        I have tried several low calorie chocolate drinks but I always come back to this one. It is easy to make, by adding 3 "heaped" teaspoons (adjust according to mug size) to hot/boiling water and stir. Well you actually have to stir quite a bit; and as you drink to ensure that all the chocolate dissolves and doesn't settle at the bottom of the mug. I find the flavour quite chocolaty (which of course is the most important factor), it is also sweet and quite thick - I am generous with the amount of powder added though.

        To on to the techie bits, each mug of hot chocolate is supposed to be just 40 calories when made with water in accordance to instructions (I would be surprised if I had a few more calories in my drinks as I'm quite generous with the spoons when using a large mug!). The main ingredients are fat reduced cocoa powder, dried whey, dried skimmed milk, glucose syrup, vegetable oil, milk chocolate (6%). It also contains a number of additives: emulsifiers, thickeners, anticaking agent, flavourings and most importantly sweeteners: Aspartame & Acesulfame K - the latter of which has had some bad press in the past. It is also suitable for vegetarians and the cocoa and sugar has been "purchased in compliance with international Fairtrade standards"

        In my experience Highlights Milk Chocolate is widely available in supermarkets in both a 220g and twin packs or boxes of individual sachets. The jars retails these days at just shy of £4 a jar (which isn't cheap) but can be found on occasion on special offer. It is also quite widely available in £1 shops, although the jar is smaller at around 120g but clearly is quite a saving if you have access to one of these shops and can stock up. I have to say I have never worked out how many mugs of hot chocolate I get from one jar to work out the cost per mug!

        Highlights Milk Chocolate does not have the creaminess or indulgent chocolate taste of a premium coffee shop or home made version but then I don't think this can be expected of something that is only 40 calories and needs just water adding. Overall though I like this for the flavour, ease of making and the fact that I can drink it relatively guilt free.

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        16.05.2012 01:02

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        I have been drinking cadbury highlights for about a year and i love this drink and wouid not be without it.If you wish to save money then visit your local pound shop or 99p shop where you can purchase a 121g jar.I am greedy I usually get three.Good Luck James

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        19.04.2012 14:36

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        This is another hot chocolate drink variety made by Cadbury's, and like other made by the confectionure, is an amazing tasting quality drink. Normally I buy the supermarkets own brand of hot chocolate, a drink I adore, however, I do sometime splash out on more expensive and luxurious if you like, hot chocolate drinks. Unlike, the drinking chocolate made by Cadbury's, you dont need to add milk, nor pop into the microwave with this Instant Hot Chocolate. Like most other products, you just need to add hot water to the powder in a mug.

        Because my children love a mug of hot chocolate before they go to bed, I tend to look out for a healthier version of the drink, so sometimes am not sure about buying from a brand that is known for high calories content chocolate bars. However, being less than 50 calories per serving, or mug in other words, this is a definite favourite in my house. The smeel that this drink gives off is truely melting, and I can only describe it as melting down easter ends and getting a good strong smell of the chocolate, and suprisingly, not sickly at all.

        Once you have added the water, give it a good stir, making sure all the powder has disolved, sit back and enjoy. I love this drink in the winter, sitting and watching the snow, letting this drink warm me up. I recommend this not only to adults, but to kids too, they will love it. Widely available in all supermarkets and possibly some local shops. Thanks for reading.

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        15.02.2012 00:31

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        The perfect cup of hot chocolate!

        Cadbury's High Lights Hot Chocolate drink wins, hands-down when it comes to a good cup of hot chocolate. It is not powdery or overly sweet, doesn't taste artificial, like some brands, and it really DOES taste like liquid chocolate. Having sifted my way through the supermarket shelves and tried every brand, I would only ever buy High Lights now, as it has a depth of taste not found in similar competitors.

        Not only is this brilliant as a drink, but I have also used it as an ingredient when making chocolate truffles, and in cake-making recipes and it works very well. It mixes well when you add the hot water, without any annoying residue floating on the top, and you get a nice creamy, slightly frothy, head on your drink. For those who are weight-watching, you can buy the 40-calories a cup version of this same drink which is excellent, and certainly does not taste like a slimline version. In fact, I have not spotted any discernible difference between the higher-calorie version of High Lights and the 40-calorie option.

        Cadbury's High Lights comes in several flavours. The Belgian Hot Chocolate one is really smooth, with no bitterness. Also, I would recommend the Hot Chocolate with Orange, or the Mint variety. If I have one gripe, it would be over product size. A 224g tub does not last long in my household and I would love to see Cadbury's market this drink in a larger tub. Otherwise, this is the perfect cup of hot chocolate. I have discovered this product selling in my local discount £1 store, so if you have such a shop near you, pop in, as the local supermarkets generally are charging over £2 for this item.

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        01.02.2012 12:53

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        Yummy yummy yummy!

        As a self confessed chocoholic, Hot Chocolate is one of my favourite drinks.

        Also, as a life long yoyo dieter and calorie counter, Cadbury's Highlights allows me to have a chocolate fix without breaking my calorie goal!

        At around 40 calories per cup (when made with water), this Hot Chocolate has helped me through some chocolate cravings, where I would have normally had a chocolate bar that was 250 calories!

        Although personally, I prefer making it with milk, but I always use Skimmed Milk, so it does not increase the calories too much, but enhances the flavour of the drink immensely! Especially when heated in the microwave, making it nice a frothy.

        I have also noticed that Cadbury's Highlights is the brand that Costa Coffee use to make their hot chocolate! So you are buying a brand that highly successful coffee houses use. I felt a little cheated at Costa paying over £3 for a Hot Chocolate when I could get a whole tub of it and make myself many a mug full for the same price!!!

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        03.12.2011 10:19
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        It's getting to that time of year again when the weather is cold and dark (even more than normal in Scotland!!) so I am reaching more often for a nice Mug of Hot Chocolate thesedays. There is just something nice about a Hot Chocolate and that is my 1st choice of a Hot drink.

        I picked up a jar of this in my local Poundland for the price of - you guessed it £1! I'm sure that this normally costs a lot more than this, and think it can cost up to £1.70 in my local Asda so it was a good buy in my view especially for a brand named product.

        The jar for this is alright. A plastic jar which has a slight shape to it. It's ok and it does the job.

        So you just use this in the normal way. Add a scoop of this powder to Hot water and stir this in. You can use more than I scoop if you want a stronger Chocolate taste, but 1 heaped Teaspoon is fine for me.

        I find that this tastes a little sweet and a bit Milky tasting. With some Hot Chocolate I tend to add a little splash of Milk, but I feel I don't have to do that with this one. It tastes just fine how it is.

        Per serving of this there is only 40 calories, so good if you are trying to watch your calorie intake. I think this tastes like it would have more calories.

        This is a good brand of Hot Chocolate and although I do drink the Options brand as well due to the different flavours that you get with Options I feel that this is a lovely Milky smooth tasting Hot Chocolate and my favourite in the standard Hot Chocolate flavouring.

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        28.11.2011 16:38

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        the original and the best

        As someone who likes their hot chocolate I
        decided to buy the original Cadburys Highlights,
        a staple that has been in our house for as long
        as I can remember, I like this hot chocolate
        because as well in coming in a jar it also comes
        in a twin pack sachet which is very handy
        because all you need is hot water so even
        handier for taking to work with you.

        The good thing about the options range is that
        it is only 40 calories per serving which can only
        be a good thing especially if you really like your
        chocolate but don't want all the calories of a
        chocolate bar, when making this up with hot
        water from the kettle the first thing that your
        are hit by the strong chocolaty aroma. And when
        taking a sip from it, the hot chocolate you
        get a good chocolate taste just like drinking
        a Cadburys chocolate bar but a lighter version

        As with all the other Highlights range unless
        you use a whisk when making I up you will
        either get the bits that float on the top or the
        sludge on the bottom of the cup, but is only a
        small inconvenience in an otherwise tasty
        product

        The one thing I love about this is that it always
        reminds me of being a kid, when my mam would
        put a small mug of milk in the microwave
        (I know its meant to be made with water) and
        then she would stir in the highlights into the
        warm milk, and I thought this was the best
        thing ever especially before bed

        They always say that the original is always the
        best and in this case I definitely have to agree,
        simple hot chocolate what more do you need

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        24.11.2011 18:10
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        I am a huge fan of hot drinks and on cold nights and days it cheers me up having a cup or two of hot chocolate in front of the fire with a good book. I live with my dad but we botha greed if we wanted something special we would buy it ourselves rather than in the food budget so because I'm the only one who drinks this I'll buy it myself, because of this I always go into poundland as it makes it cheaper for me, I don't have this all the time as it's a nice treat so I buy the smaller 121g jar and that will last me over a month and for of course just £1. This can be found in all supermarkets and some local shops but if you don't drink it that often you can save yourself some money by purchasing the smaller jars.

        This has instructions on it but I don't usually follow these are they're pretty obvious, so put a couple of tea spoons in a mug and boil the kettle and fill with water and stir until all lumps are gone, personally I always make mine with boiling milk as it helps me fall asleep and it makes the drink seem smoother an is more pleasent to drink. I've tried this with both water and milk, with water this was very dark and I found it took some good stirring to get rid of the lumps, the darkness of it I thought it was going to be really strong and I have to say it was pretty stong and I didn't enjoy it very much, with milk however it turned a light milky brown and I thoroughly enjoyed drinking this and it made me feel very sleepy, both times however at the bottom of the cup there was a disguested layer of thick chocolate that had settled at the bottom, this I thought was really gross and couldn't understand why it had settled.

        I have to say that this is of course cheap, but not one I've bought since because there are just so many drinking chocolates that are of better quality.
        Energy - 165kJ - 40kcal
        Protein - 1.8g
        Carbohydrate - 4.6g - of which sugars 3.1g
        Fat - 3.1g - of which saturates 1.4g
        Fibre - 0.3g
        Sodium - 0.14g - equivalent as salt 0.35g

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        24.09.2011 15:27

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        This Hot Chocolate is amazing! It lasts along time, and isn't fattening at all. I have this all the time and my little brother never gets bored of it! It isn't expensive, like some other brands of hot drinks. When you get home from a hard day it work, it's nice to put the kettle on and have a nice cup of Hot Chocolate infront of the tele. I would recommend this drink to anyone. It is Magnificent! It's not too rich or too weak. I wouldn't drink another brand of Hot Chocolate!

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        17.07.2011 19:50
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        Not my choice

        I am in a dilema with this hot Chocolate. When I order a hot chocoloate in a cafe I have the full fat milk, squirty cream and loads of marsh mallows. Half way through I usually top up the cream and the marsh mallows!!

        With this is is low fat. But with low fat also comes low taste! This is made with boiling water on the powder and then mixed with the spoon. First off without the full fat milk the drink is thinner, it does not have that thick creamy taste.

        This hot chocolate is very thin and unpleasant and not indulgent in the least. It may well be lower in calories but I would rather put an extra 20 mins on my morning walk with the dogs and have a full fat hot chocolate than do nothing and have one of these.

        The differing flavours of hot chocolate also is not the best and I tend to think it ruins the taste of the creamy chocolate hot chocolate!

        For me, having a hot chocolate is about being naughty and have as much fat and badness in it as possible. Not thinning it down and taking all the niceness out of it!

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        09.05.2011 01:29

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        A nice warming chocolatey fix

        Cadburys highlights coming in its trade mark purple jar with white writing. Also coming in double pack sachets.

        This hot drink is a lovely hot chocolate drink and doesnt seem to have the artificial sweetener taste that some low calorie hot drinks do. It is simple to make simply adding hot water to a cup with 3 heaped teaspoons of hot chocolate powder in. The powder is a fine dust type powder so disolves very easily. Personally i like slightly more than the 3 heaped spoons.

        As with a lot of instant hot chocolate drinks you have to periodically stir it to mix the powder back into the drink.

        A cup is only 44 calories and is i believe 1 point on weight watchers diet and 2 syns on slimmers world. Its great for a choc/sugar fix when on a diet It is not just a drink i would have whilst on a diet. If i wanted hot chocolate i would have this as it is so easy to make and nice taste. It is a nice flavour of chocolate not bitter or sweet, but a nice delicate soft flavour as you would expect from cadburys. I have found poundland and similar stores to sell the jar of powder but also most supermarkets sell it and also the sachets.

        There are other flavours in the range also. The fudge, mint, and dark chocolate are also nice and they too are available in jars and sachets although not as widely sold as the original one!

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        21.04.2011 15:39
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        A great tasting low calorie instant hot chocolate drink

        Like most people I am addicted to hot drinks. I love tea and hot chocolate, although I never developed a taste for coffee. There's nothing better than being inside all warm and cosy with a nice cup of hot chocolate when it's miserable outside, and I still can't give up my hot drinks through the summer months! I picked up a tub of this Cadbury Highlights instant hot chocolate mix to use at work, as this allows me to prepare my drinks quickly. I found this in Poundland where it costs £1.00 for a 121g jar. You can also find it in most supermarkets, and Tesco's sell the 220g jar at a cost of £2.71, so you do make a bit of a saving buying the smaller jars at a lower cost.

        Product description: "Milk chocolate drink in an instant."

        This drink powder comes in a plastic tub with a screw top lid. It has a curved shape with the middle section being slightly thinner to allow you to get a good grip on the tub. Inside there is a foil seal over the top which will keep the powder fresh until you open it and then remove that layer. The packaging has the classic Cadbury appearance with the recognisable purple colour and nice swirly designs on the front.

        Directions for use: For the perfect Cadbury highlights simply put three heaped teaspoons of Cadbury Highlights into a cup or mug, add hot water and stir well.

        Usually I don't follow these sort of instructions as the recommended amount seems to be too much and you end up with a thick sludgy goo at the bottom of the mug from using too much powder. However, in this case I have found that three heaped teaspoons is the perfect amount for making up a drink using this powder, and it does seem to be lighter than other similar products.

        I do prefer to mix up my hot chocolate powder with milk to form the paste and then top up with hot water before stirring it all in. This seems to make a creamier more satisfying hot chocolate, and you also get a lovely bubbly frothy effect when you add the water. Of course if you prefer (or if you haven't got milk to hand) you can just use hot water instead. This still creates a nice smooth tasting hot chocolate. Cadbury Highlights has a sweet and creamy taste which I would say is very nice but not much like the real thing. It could be a little too sugary for some people, and it is primarily a sweet tasting rather than a rich tasting milk chocolate flavour.

        The drink is very easy to make and instant hot chocolate made with hot water is much more convenient than having to prepare a milk based hot chocolate drink. Personally, I find that milky hot chocolate drinks are too rich and sickly for my tastes, especially the type that you get from coffee shops. I much prefer the cheap cheat's way out of using an instant hot chocolate powder! This gives a lighter drink that it still indulgent but has a more pleasant consistency and flavour. The calorie count is very low for this type of product, and comes in at just 40 calories per cup (200ml serving made with water). This is less than similar products such as Cadbury's regular instant hot chocolate.

        I think this is a really great tasting hot chocolate drink that is easy to prepare and has a lovely sweet taste. It is well priced and the perfect thing to keep stocked in your kitchen cupboard. It's also made using ingredients that comply with Fairtrade standards, so you can have peace of mind that this is a good product that has been responsibly sourced, as well as knowing that you can still enjoy a yummy hot chocolate without the calories. Nice one all round!

        Typical Values per serving made with 220ml water:
        Energy - 165kJ - 40kcal
        Protein - 1.8g
        Carbohydrate - 4.6g - of which sugars 3.1g
        Fat - 3.1g - of which saturates 1.4g
        Fibre - 0.3g
        Sodium - 0.14g - equivalent as salt 0.35g

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          23.02.2011 08:55
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          A nice alternative to tea or coffee

          I don't drink tea or coffee but I do sometimes like to have a drink of hot chocolate when I am at work and my colleague is making a brew....well why not? May as well make him work a little bit harder! Now obviously chocolate drinks are not that healthy as they are sweet and often fatty too but I managed to find what I think to be a decent compromise.

          Cadbury's highlights hot chocolate claims to have just 40 calories per cup meaning I can enjoy a couple of these during a long day at work without feeling too guilty.

          The highlights I buy comes in a brown plastic tub which features lots of flashes of colour coming from a purple cup of hot chocolate. It features the familiar purple Cadbury's logo as well as the highlights name. The tub has a curve in the middle making it fit into my hand perfectly when I am holding it to make a drink.

          To get a hot chocolate drink you should firstly twist off the purple lid. Inside the tub you will see grains of hot chocolate powder which do smell lovely and chocolatey! To make a drink you should put two to three heaped teaspoons of the mix into a cup and add hot water whilst stirring well. I think you find your own taste with this drink quite quickly and will soon know how much powder to use. I personally tend to use two heaped spoonfuls and find that it is just right for me. Of course if you are using a large cup you are likely to need more.

          I find that when I make a hot chocolate using this product it is best to add a little of the boiled water and stir briskly to make a paste initially out of the powder and water and then fill the cup with the rest of the boiled water whilst continuing to stir briskly. This ensures that all the powder is mixed in and it leaves a frothy top on the drink.

          The taste of the drink is pleasant and sweet considering it is just 40 calories per cup. I do not feel the need to add sugar to the drink at all. I really enjoy the chocolate taste of this drink, although like most hot chocolate drinks, there is a somewhat artificial taste to it. I also like the fact that this product uses fair trade cocoa powder.

          I buy my highlights hot chocolate from my local discount store where it costs a pound for a 121g tub. I find this a reasonable price to pay and always like to have a tub at work. I am not sure that this drink stops any cravings I may have for chocolate whilst I am at work but I do reach for this when I need a sweet treat and it is rare I will eat chocolate whilst at work.

          Each 11g serving contains:
          40 calories
          3.1 g sugars
          1.4 g fat
          1.0g saturates
          0.35g salt

          So whilst it only contains 40 calories it still isn't a healthy drink and should only be enjoyed in moderation I feel.

          Thank you for reading my review!

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            Now as some of you may be aware I am quite a chocolate lover and seem to have got myself into a routine of having a hot chocolate late morning whilst at work. Not just for the reason that I love chocolate but I seem to last longer from breakfast until lunch by having a hot chocolate drink.

            Having previously chosen Options as my chosen hot chocolate brand, I noticed when shopping in Tesco that they had the Cadburys Highlights sachets on offer - 3 twin packs for £1.00. Each twin pack normally retails for £0.49 so this was a pretty good offer. Included in the offer were the dark chocolate, fudge and milk chocolate. The milk chocolate offer was available in the highlights range but also the normal full calorie version.

            Being a milk chocoholic there was no decision to be made, 3 twin packs soon made their way into my trolley.
            Each twin pack of sachets consists of 2 individually sealed sachets of hot chocolate, with each sachet containing the perfect quantity for one cup of hot chocolate and weighing 11g. It is also a fair trade product.
            The hot chocolate sachets are packaged in the distinctive Cadbury's purple foil wrapper, which you simply tear across the top and you are straight into the brown chocolate powder.

            Now as someone who watches what they eat, I am always keen to look at the calorie and saturated fat content in products. The highlights range of Cadbury chocolate drinks is specifically designed to consist of low calorie products, alternative to their usual full fat versions.

            The nutritional information for one cup is as follows:

            Calories 40 kcal
            Sugars 3.1g
            Fat 1.4g
            Saturated Fat 1.0g
            Salt 0.35g


            To make a cup of hot chocolate you simply put the chocolate powder into a cup, pour boiling hot water onto the powder and stir thoroughly - it's as simple as that! However I must add that you really must stir well to prevent having lumps of chocolate powder forming at the bottom of the cup - not particularly nice when you reach the end of the drink!

            The taste of this hot chocolate drink is very good, with the chocolate tasting of high quality. The fact it's low fact is quite surprising as the chocolate tastes no different to a full fat verison. The flavour is rich and creamy with a strong milk chocolate taste and smell. When I first poured the hot water onto the powder and stirred, there was a lovely sweet chocolate smell immediately evident, almost like being in a sweet shop!
            I was really impressed with this instant hot chocolate drink and think I may just have been converted to Cadburys hot chocolate instead of Options. The only one "fault" I can find is that the highlights range could do with having a few more flavours to better rival the Options brand.

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