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I have quite a sweet tooth, which I try to keep in check most of the time just by 'being good', but sometimes I'm tempted by low-calorie treats such as Cadbury's Highlights hot chocolate. This is a low-calorie powder which you mix with hot water to make a cup of hot chocolate. It is available either in a 200g-tub (currently £3.58 in Asda) or single serving sachets priced at around £0.40.
As a big fan of Cadbury's chocolate, with one of my favourite varieties being the Fudge bar, I was curious to try this Highlights flavour. The tub has a vertical orange section at the front, and is emblazoned with the word 'Fudge' in the same lettering as you'll find on an actual Cadbury's Fudge bar. (The design has changed slightly from the picture above.) So, they do seem to be suggesting that this isn't any old fudgey-flavoured hot chocolate, but the liquid personification of a Fudge bar... I was sold!
It tells you that one serving (made with 11g of powder and 200ml hot water) provides 40 calories, 3.7g sugar and 1.4g of fat, which is quite reasonable for a cup of what is basically cocoa, flavouring and sugar. I prefer to make hot chocolate with milk as I find it gives it a creamier texture, so this will obviously bump up the calorie and fat values a bit.
So, what's it like? I think my expectations were probably too high, as I really enjoy Fudge bars. This is a reasonable-tasting hot chocolate, and in my view it's worth adding a few more calories by using milk instead of water to get a thicker and creamier drink, but it's never going to be a Fudge bar in a cup, sadly. Unfortunately, like most low-calorie products, it makes up for lack of calories by extra sugar and/or sweetener (both in this case), which makes it extremely sweet. Obviously chocolate bars are sweet, but I think it's the artificial sweetener in this powder that tips it over the edge for me and makes this drink just too sweet and cloying for my taste. Whilst it does taste slightly different to 'straight' hot chocolate, I'm not sure I'd be able to identify it as fudge-flavoured in a blind taste-test, and even less to link it to a Cadbury's Fudge bar.
That said, it's not terrible, and if I have a really desperate sweet-craving, I would probably reach for this (it's already in my cupboard after all!), but it's not going on my shopping list.
Finally, Cadbury's Dairy Milk chocolate has been Fair Trade since 2009, and this product is included under that banner. This always makes me feel slightly better when I buy chocolate!
Thanks for reading.
I love hot chocolate drinks and drink them virtually all year round. I find they keep me going mid afternoon and are a good alternative to the biscuit tin. I always drink Cadbury Highlights or Options, I generally just buy whatever is the cheapest at the time. At the moment I'm drinking Cadbury Highlights in Fudge flavour. Its currently selling for £3.00 for a 220g jar in Tesco.
The jar is slightly different to the one Dooyoo are showing, its made from plastic and has a bright orange screw top lid, the jar is a curvy shape and the front of the label also has a splash of bright orange across it along with the Cadbury purple. The front of the jar informs the customer that this is Cadbury Highlights Fudge flavour, the word fudge is written as it is on a Cadbury fudge bar, same style and colour. The label also informs us that there is just 40 calories per cup and all you need to make a drink is to add hot water. The label also displays the Fair trade logo. The side of the label gives all the usual information you would expect to find such as ingredients and instructions for use. It also gives all the nutritional information too. One thing I will add is that the instructions are written in silver writing against a white background and are virtually impossible to read.
To make a mug of the chocolate drink Cadbury advice is to put 3 heaped teaspoonfuls of the powder into a mug and add hot water. I find this makes quite a strong drink and often add less but really its down to personal taste, you can also add a dash of milk if you prefer a creamier drink, I find this isn't necessary but once again each to his own.
On opening the jar you will see that there is a piece of foil over the top to keep the powder fresh, the powder is a light brown colour and smells just like fudge. If you taste the powder as I always do you cant fail to notice that it is fudge flavour, its sweet fudgy and chocolaty.
Once made up this really is a lovely drink, the powder mixes well and leaves hardly any lumps at all, it has a lovely rich sweet chocolate and fudge taste that is smooth and indulgent. I often have this at work mid afternoon and it keeps me from picking at the biscuits. If we drink this at home occasionally we will have it topped with cream and crumbled up flakes, this is only occasionally but its really delicious. The Cadbury highlight powder is also nice sprinkled on cakes or over ice cream.
I would definitely recommend this flavour of Highlights, its sweet, and fudgy and provides a nice chocolate fix which is considerably less calories than a chocolate bar.
I love my hot drinks but don't like milk, tea or many types of coffee, which doesn't leave me with many options. For this reason I am very very glad that Cadbury Highlights Fudge exists and is readily available.
I buy the sachets of this hot chocolate, as they are convenient and I know how many calories I am consuming, although it is also available in a plastic container. Bought in my local Tescos, a double sachet costs 64 pence for 22 grams (two separate 11 gram servings) and a 220g bottle costs £3.89. Clearly the larger quantity is much better value but I like being able to pop a sachet or two into my bag to take to work so I'll carry on buying them for the time being although I may switch to buying the bottles for use at home. The sachets can often be found on multibuy offers in supermarkets (e.g. 3 for £1 in Asda and 3 for £1.50 in Tesco), so I tend not to buy them at full price but stock up when they're on offer.
The hot chocolate is incredibly simple to prepare - you simply empty the sachet into a mug, add hot water, stir and serve. The sachet doesn't specify how much water should be used but I tend to fill my mug half-way with hot water, as I prefer a stronger, more chocolatey taste and a thicker texture. I'm sure others would prefer to use more water for a less intense drink.
Taste-wise, I love this hot chocolate, although I don't think that it is for everyone. Containing both sugars and sweeteners, it is pretty sweet, which satisfies my sweet tooth but others may find it too sweet. It has a strong fudgy flavour which contributes to the sweetness, and is significantly sweeter than the other varieties of Cadbury Highlights hot chocolate powders I have tried (milk chocolate, dark chocolate and mocha). One criticism of this product is that it tastes very different to 'normal' (i.e. non low-calorie) hot chocolate made with milk. For me, this isn't a problem as I don't like milk, but some may find it a poor substitute for traditional hot chocolate.
With only 40 calories per serving, I see it as a low calorie chocolate fix and it's a really good option when I'm craving chocolate. I'm very glad about its low calorie credentials as it's become a part of my morning routine and I can't start work without a warm, comforting mug of this hot chocolate. If I fancy a treat I like to make this hot chocolate and add a chopped up Bassetts flump on top for a luxurious, low-fat drink with only 70 calories and I'd definitely recommend trying this if you've got a very sweet tooth like me!
The fudge version is my favourite flavour from the Cadbury Highlights hot chocolate range and I'd certainly recommend it.
I bought this, well actually if im being honest I
actually bought the twin pack sachets out of Asda
that are currently 3 for £1 as I thought it be
better to try the sachets first before decided
whether to buy the bigger jar.
I also bought it because I like their hot chocolate
and also because I like fudge so what better way
that to combine the two things I like into a hot
chocolate, although it is always good to have a
little stash of the stuff in the house for the cold
When opening the sachet the first thing that hits
you is the fudge smell, which if you like your fudge
can only be a good thing, the other things I liked
about this product was that it was low on calories
but actually tasted nice but also that it was so
simple to make, (put power in cup, add hot water
and stir, what could be simpler)
There was one little flaw and that was that after
having to leave it a few moments there was little
floaty things on the top but that was nothing a tea
spoon couldn't fix. These was defiantly a lovely
fudge taste to it and if im honest it was just like
drinking one of them fudge bar you would have
got as a kid, but the one thing I would have
change about the recipe is that I possibly would
like it to see a bit more chocolate added to it, but
other than that it was a declious drink and I would
defiantly go out and buy the bigger jar
I say buy this if like me you are one of those
people who likes to try different hot chocolates
or just likes fudge, you never know you might be
pleasantly surprised like I was
Although it's warm & sunny I've still fancied something hot & sweet in the evenings so bought a jar of Cadbury's Highlights Fudge to satisfy my sweet tooth & (hopefully) prevent me from raiding the biscuit tin.
The 220g plastic jar cost me £2.50 from our local convenience store but I suspect it's often on offer at large supermarkets. I noticed they sold 2 x 11g sachets of it as well for around 40p but I opted for the jar as I sometimes like to add powders to my baking.
It has a screw top & the contents are safely sealed so when you pull the cover back for the first time the smell of chocolate & fudge really hits you. The powder itself is a lovely mid-brown colour & there were no lumps or bits in.
It recommends you use 3 heaped teaspoons per serving (which apparently is around 11g) & just mix with boiling water.
If you're careful when stirring in the liquid then you probably won't get much residue left at the bottom of the mug - I was a bit too sloppy when I made my first mug & too impatient to stir it enough so got lumps in the drink along with a layer at the bottom of my mug.
It has a lovely smell but I'm not so sure about the taste - it seemed to be artificially sweet & the chocolate tasted synthetic. The fudge was rather good though with undertones of caramel & thus there was a good blend of different flavours.
I added semi-skimmed milk to mine because it wasn't quite creamy enough for me, the flavour a bit too strong & the colour too deep for my liking. Obviously by adding milk it adds calories & makes the drink cooler but I found it a lot more to my liking.
Each serving has 40 calories, 1.3g fat & 3.7g of sugar & it contains dried cocoa, sugar, milk, oil, flavourings, aspartame & asesulfame K (!!?). It may contain traces of cereal & so may not be suitable for those who are intolerant to gluten. I'm not sure whether this drink is suitable for vegetarians or not.
If I'd read the ingredients before purchasing I'm not sure I'd have invested my £2.50 as there are ingredients in it I've never heard of & it was far too sugary for me. I think I'd have been better satisfying my sweet tooth with some Horlicks or Ovaltine.
Recommended if you like very sweet drinks & you don't mind artificial flavourings or 'odd' ingredients!
Cadbury Highlights Fudge
Description: Manufacturer: Cadbury / Type: Chocolate Drinks
Anyone who has read some of my earlier reviews (thanks so much, I really appreciate all reads, rates and comments!) will know that I have been trying to eat healthily over the last few months. This has meant that I have had to give up one of my favourite treats, cups of decadent and calorie filled hot chocolate! It isn't so bad now that the weather is warmer but on cold nights, there is something addictive about drinking hot chocolate.
In order to try and save calories, I bought this Cadbury's High Lights Fudge flavoured hot chocolate mix which is only 44 calories per cup. It is made with water rather than milk and so is also quite convenient to prepare.
You can expect to pay around £1.80 for a tub of this hot chocolate mix. I usually buy the original one from Poundland but haven't seen this variety for sale yet. You can find it in most supermarkets and also purchase individual sized sachets for around £0.42.
To make you simply add three heaped teaspoons of the powder into a cup, top up with boiling water and then stir.
The hot chocolate drink is okay made like this, but I did find that it was a little watery and not nearly as thick or creamy as I like. However, a colleague shared an excellent tip with me (which I have been doing with the original variety and discovered that it works just as well with the fudge one!)and I have found that it makes this drink taste loads better. Just add a tiny amount of milk to the bottom of your cup and then add the powder. Mix this with a teaspoon into a paste and then top up with boiling water. This makes the drink taste much creamier and really good, despite the fact that you are only using a tiny amount of milk! This may add a few extra calories but for the difference in taste, this is definitely worth it.
The drink (especially if made with milk) is a lot creamier than I had expected it to be and when made, it has an appealing looking forth on the top. The chocolate taste is more natural than you might think a diet drink would be too.
Now the fudge flavour is more caramel than fudge in my opinion and very sweet, especially with the Cadbury's chocolate background of the drink. If you are a fan of caramel then this drink offers a sweet treat that you are likely to enjoy. Personally, I prefer a more subtle fudge taste in hot drinks so found that it was a little overpowering after half a cup or so. Mr Siamese has a very sweet tooth though and he loves this drink so we will continue to buy it.
This is one of those hot drinks that you will either like a lot or not be too keen on. I prefer the original variety but whichever one you choose, the creamy texture and frothiness is likely to surprise you by being much better than you would expect for the calorie content!
In an earnest attempt to stop me visiting the vending machine at work, I try to bring along healthier sweet things from home. This is where hot chocolate drinks come in. I bought the sachets of Cadbury Highlights chocolate fudge from the co-op for 39p I believe.
I bought the sachets, not the big pot. There are 2 sachets joined together that are easily torn apart. Each sachet is enough for a small to medium sized mug of hot chocolate (which is unfortunate, since my mug at work is big enough to hold about 3 pygmy hedgehogs). The chocolate fudge flavour packet is brown with yellow highlighting.
Simply tear open the sachet (easy to do, but make sure the powder is at the bottom or you will end up with it everywhere!) and put it in a mug. Add boiling water and stir - and there you have it! A mid-brown liquid, mmmm. I tend to add a little milk to mine to make it a) creamier and therefore more satisfying and b) cooler so I can drink it sooner as I am that impatient. The smell it very sweet, with a hint of chocolate.
Well, being a diet hot chocolate, it is less creamy due to less fat and therefore Cadbury made up for that my adding more sweeteners. Ant it is very sweet. There is definitely a chocolatey taste, but it is not very authentic. The 'fudge' taste is kind of like a caramel hint to me - its quite nice. Overall the sweetness overpowers the chocolate taste a little bit, but I still quite like it. It definitely satisfies my sweet tooth, even if it does leave a very slight fake sugar aftertaste (although nowhere near as bad as some other artificially sweetened drinks).
What's in the sachet?
Each 11g sachet will provide you with 40 kcal, 3.7g sugar, 1.3g fat and 0.31g salt. Nothing over much more than 5% of your guideline daily amount and only 2% of your total calorie needs. So overall, it doesn't provide you with much of anything but it's a lot better than a chocolate bar! Although if you were to drink 10 cups, it will end up being very high in sugar, but don't do that as the fake sugar will give you some more urgent problems to think about....ahem!
Ingredients wise, there is a lot of milk products, dried cocoa, sugar, oil, milk chocolate and flavourings. And aspartame and acesulfame K as the sweeteners. So not suitable for people with lactose or soya intolerance, and the sachet tells me that it may contain traces of cereals, so watch out if you're gluten intolerant. I don't know if it is suitable for vegetarians, but it doesn't say so on the packet so be warned...
An overly sweet hot chocolate drink, but that actually works in its favour as it works at satisfying my sweet tooth rather well. It loses a star for not being more chocolatey - the dark chocolate variety is much better.
Now that we are into September I thought I would start looking around for some different hot drinks for us to make. I'm quite happy with my glass of wine in the evening while I'm watching the TV, but the rest of the family ( now I'm only down to 2 left at home) like to have something more in the sweeter line.
Now in my cupboard I found this Cadbury's Fudge Highlights ( one of the only things my youngest forgot to take to Uni with him!). My youngest son used to buy this to put into his protein shakes when he ordered just the plain flavoured powder. It used to give him a really chocolatey fudge flavoured shake.
Now it would seem that Cadbury's have changed the recipe for this drink as well as the packaging. My jar is completely different from the one in the Dooyoo picture. This one is made of plastic with a curved in middle making it easy to hold, when you unscrew the yellow lid off. The jar is brown with multi-colours going around the jar with a yellow mug in the middle with the chocolate fudge drink looking very enticing !.
Now on the front of the jar it now say's that it has 2 x more milk chocolate than before. It is now made with 6% chocolate rather than 2.5% that was in the original recipe.
On unscrewing the lid and lifting it off you will be met with the most wonderful smell of fudge!!! Straight away the tune to Cadburys Fudge
advert comes into your head "" A finger of fudge is just enough to give your kids a treat!"" (well I think that was the one!).
So once opened and after you have stopped smelling the jar ( this is hard to stop doing as it smells so good!) put 3 heaped teaspoons into your mug and add hot water, Stir well and sit back and enjoy!
This chocolate comes in a 220g jar and has per 11g serving;
You can also buy Cadbury's Highlights in several different flavours as well;
This is sold in most supermarkets and you can buy it in a double sachet form which is 2x11g servings for about 42p and also the 220g jar which is about £2.89. I have managed in the past to buy a smaller jar from one of the 99p or Poundland shops, but only in the chocolate flavour.
So now we are heading for the darker evenings I shall have to go and stock up the cupboard with a selection of different Cadburys Highlights, so now it makes the darker evenings not seem so bad after all!!
I'll give this product 5 stars as it is true to it's word and does have the strong taste of fudge when you sip it!
Just to clarify I tried the sachet version of this product (Asda 43p for 2 sachets) as it was on offer and I am trying to find tasty low cal instant hot chocolate.
The sachet provides enough mix for one average sized mug (2 to 3 teaspoons of powder) and all you have to do is add hot water and stir well. On adding the hot water there was a noticeable and strong smell of fudge which even my friend on the other side of the room could identify and the drink looks pleasingly chocolately. I couldn't drink it immediately due to the temperature but when I picked it up a couple of minutes later ther was some powder scum floating on top but nothing too unpleasant.
The drink definitely had a noticeable taste to it, although disappointingly it didn't taste as fudgy as it smelt and, although the packet claims it has 2x the chocolate, I wouldnt say it was very chocolately. Basically it tasted like a slightly artificially sweet chocolate drink. As Cadbury's Highlights hot chocolate doesn't normally taste full of artificial sweetner I would guess that this is the dairy fudge flavouring at work.
All in all the drink tasted fairly nice but I wouldn't rush out to buy a large jar as I don't think it lives up to its name or smell.
For those who are interested each sachet (11g) serving contains 40cals, 3.7g of sugars, and 1.3g of fat of which 0.9g are saturates.