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A quick, tasty and convenient hot chocolate drink from Cadbury. The calories are slightly high however.

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      24.09.2013 11:50
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      Creamy and thick hot chocolate

      Item: Cadbury Instant Hot Chocolate
      Size: 28g
      Price: 32p
      Bought in: Tesco (Metro)

      I usually prefer to buy either Options or Highlights hot chocolate but when I was away this weekend I realised I hadn't taken any with me so I popped to the nearest shop. This was a Tesco Metro and they didn't have either so I picked up a regular Cadbury hot chocolate sachet.

      Packaging:
      This hot chocolate comes in a sachet with the recommended amount to make a single serving inside. I noticed straight away that it felt like the sachet was longer and heavier than mu usual Options or highlights. It was actually much bigger, where a Cadbury Highlights sachet measures in at 4x13cm for the sachet and 11g in weight, this one was 4x17cm in size and 28g in weight. The wrapper is predominantly purple (that distinctive Cadbury purple colour) with brown chocolate swirls across it. The text is in either white or gold and is clearly written "Cadbury. Hot Chocolate. Instant. Just stir in hot water." All very simple but really all you need to know. The back of the packet also has details on the ingredients and directions on how to make the hot chocolate. The top of the sachet has a perforate line that tells you to "tear here" but as with a lot of other sachets this didn't tear all the way across so I ended up cutting the full top off with scissors, which made it much easier to get the powder out.

      "Just stir in hot water"
      Well that's what it says on the front. But on the back it tells you "with 200ml of hot water, put one sachet of Cadbury Instant Hot Chocolate into a mug and stir in hot water". Now I said in earlier review of the Cadbury Highlights sachet that I use a little less than 200ml to make the hot chocolate but for this one, once I had poured the powder in to the cup I could see that there was so much powder that I would actually need a little bit more than 200ml of water. I ended up tipping the powder over from my cup in to a mug so I could put more water in when I needed it. The powder does all dissolve eventually but it takes a bit of stirring, but that is just due to their being quite a lot of powder, more than I am used to with the Cadbury Highlights sachets. In the end I had added about 230ml of water but still found it to be really quick thick.

      Taste test:
      This tasted really rich and very creamy (especially as I am used to Highlights which is of course the "lower fat/calorie" version so would of course would be a bit lighter). The powder has a nice sweet chocolate scent as soon as you open it up and this becomes much stronger as you add hot water to it. The hot chocolate has a pleasant milk chocolate taste to it and the powder mixed with the water is quite dense. It almost feels like there is cream in it, as it feels so thick. I left around the last 2 gulps in the mug though as I felt like the powder had settled there, even though it had seemed to be fully dissolved before I started to drink it. I don't usually have to keep stirring other hot chocolates as I drink them so hadn't done with this one, but maybe should have.

      I will give this 4 stars as it is rich and creamy and if you like that in a hot chocolate this is the one for you. I have taken a star off as I felt you actually need more than the recommended 200ml of water and due to the powder being left at the bottom of the mug.

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      14.04.2013 22:16
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      Ok to drink, not to enjoy

      Im trying very hard at the moment not to overindulge in food, especially of the sweet variety.Not because Im dieting, but just want to feel alittle better in myself and have more energy and eat less rubbish. So tonight rather than grab a whole packet of biscuits, I pulled out this drink to make for my wind down.


      What is this drink and how do I make it?

      Its one of the many products that fall under the Cadbury umbrella. Cadburys, for most people, conjures up the word chocolate. Bars such as Wispa, Dairy Milk, Flake have made it into most of our mouths over the years and this particular drink whenI look at the packaging makes me think liquid chocolate.

      The tub is 400g.The mix itself before opening is covered with a thin foil type covering that you have to pull to use. The drink itself is in powder form and the directions for use are as follows:

      Mix 3 heaped teaspoons of drinking chocolate into a mug of hot milk ( 200ml of semi skimmed ).

      Contents: Sugar, Cocoa,Salt, Flavouring, Cocoa Solids 25 minimum.

      Considering the first ingredient in this drink is sugar, the following nutritional information should not come as a major surprise:

      160 Cals to
      22.1g Sugar
      4.4g Fat
      2.8g Saturates
      0.38g Salt


      What do I think?

      Next time I will eat the biscuits! This instant drink was ok, it didnt bowl me over. I felt it was sweet enough and didnt need any added sugar. It tasted like chocolate, but didnt have enough depth to it, and to be honest could have been any brand of chocolate drink as there was no distinct taste. Half way down the drink, even though itwas stirred properly, there was a powder like taste, which meant I didnt finish it. I expect that maybe right at the bottom of the cup, but not halfway. I didnt finish this drink thinking how lovely it was. It made me think when I buy another instant chocolate drink to look for something higher in quality and decadent. Even if I have to pay more....

      Nice drink for kids but if you wanted something sophisticated-dont go for this.At a cost of £2.00, it still is affordable.

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        28.01.2013 17:00
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        A nice quality instant hot chocolate.

        One of my family's favourite drinks in the winter months is a nice, hot cup of hot chocolate. We have tried lots of different brands of hot chocolate; our favourite is Cadburys Instant hot Chocolate.

        The hot chocolate can be found in virtually any grocery store, the cheapest I have found it is in pound shops for a £1.

        The hot chocolate comes in a plastic screw top pot that is mostly the classic Cadbury purple colour. The pot tells me that it is a fairtrade product and that it contains 224g of hot chocolate powder. The pot is fully recyclable.

        The tub is sealed with a gold paper seal that needs breaking through to get to the hot chocolate powder. The powder is a creamy chocolaty brown and the texture of fine sand. The chocolate powder smells creamy and rich and smells a little bit of vanilla

        To make a cup of instant hot chocolate you need to put 4 heaped teaspoons into your favourite cup or mug and then stir in 200ml of hot water (let the kettle go off the boil for a minute). Keep stirring till all the powder has fully dissolved. I like to put a dash of milk in my hot chocolate as it makes the chocolate taste creamier.

        The hot chocolate tastes creamy, sweet and rich and makes a nice comforting drink on a cold winter evening.

        There are roughly 8 servings in each pot and each serving contains 115 kcal, 16.6g of sugar, 3.2g of fat, 2.3g saturated fat and 0.55g of salt. The high level of sugar makes this instant hot chocolate drink suitable for an occasional treat only.

        Thank you for reading.

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        24.11.2012 12:39
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        A lovely warm drink!

        I buy this hot chocolate because it's often available in Poundland, whereas in grocery stores such as Sainsburys or Morrisons it can be around £3, which still isn't a lot, but I like to shop around for bargains.

        The packaging is a purple plastic container with a screw off lid. The front shows the Cadbury logo, the name of the product as well as a picture of the hot chocolate. The back shows information such as the amount you get, directions for use and the ingredients. I think the packaging looks good on the shelves so it quite tempting when you see it. The container is quite big so it's easy to spoon out the hot chocolate. You get 224g of the product which I think probably isn't enough, but it'll do. I think there are bigger/smaller sizes available too.

        The product is easy to use. The instructions say you put four teaspoons of the hot chocolate powder into a mug, fill with water and stir. I often add an extra teaspoon if I want it realy chocolatey. It does need quite a bit of stirring to prevent clumps.

        I really like this hot chocolate. It tastes sweet and chocolatey and it's not too watery like other brands I've tried. It still tastes creamy and milky even though you don't have to add milk (although you can do if you like). I like to drink this when I'm cold to keep warm, or just as a treat. It's also nice to add those little marshmallows too.

        I would definitely recommend this hot chocolate because it's one of the nicest tasting I've tried and it can be quite cheap too if you look in the right places.

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        01.07.2012 13:49
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        A lovely warm treat

        Cadbury has been one of my favourite brands for buying solid chocolate for some time now because of their good quality and price. I had seen their instant hot chocolate lingering around in many supermarkets for a while now, but had not really wanted to try them out since I had been wanting to cut down on the number of unhealthy drinks I was consuming by just simply drinking water instead (whilst also saving quite a bit of money)- the healthy but more boring option- and also because the price, though not overly expensive, was not one of the cheapest in the store.

        However, in the colder months, when some supermarkets graciously lowered their prices for this Cadbury Instant Hot Chocolate at only £1 for a 224g plastic container, I was pretty eager to put one in my shopping basket, just to give it a go.

        The packaging is slightly hourglass shaped, with its main colour being a rich velvety purple shade, with a tempting picture of swirling hot chocolate on the front. It has all the necessary information printed on the wrapper (which can be removed if you want to reuse the jar after the hot chocolate is finished). The lid is also purple, with the Cadbury logo printed on it; this can be easily screwed on and off so the instant hot chocolate powder is easily accessed.

        Initially there is a gold film wrapper covering the contents to maintain freshness before use- this can be easily ripped off. The packaging is quite a lightweight plastic, so you are not too weighed down by it, and if you accidentally drop it now and then, it will not break.

        The directions for use written in the packaging are:

        "For the perfect Cadbury Instant Hot Chocolate simply put 4 heaped teaspoons of Cadbury Instant Hot Chocolate into a mug and stir in hot water. Then enjoy a Cadbury Instant moment."

        There are little symbols above these directions to illustrate these, for example a heaped teaspoon with 'X4' on top of it.

        Though it asks for 4 heaped teaspoons of hot chocolate powder, I usually put in 3 (and you can adjust this to your own personal taste) because I do not need my hot chocolate to be ultra sweet and strong and besides, if you put too much there is always the danger of it clumping horribly. I find that even with 3 teaspoons, it is still quite strong, perfect for me.

        Also, it does not say anything about making it with hot milk instead of hot water, but I usually use hot milk anyway for a more rich and indulgent treat. To do this, simply microwave your milk for 2-3 minutes full power and then drink your delicious milky treat.

        The results I got from this hot chocolate were delightful; it tasted perfectly chocolaty and not too sweet. It dissolved pretty quickly inside the hot water or milk unlike other hot chocolate brands I have tried in the past. It makes a nice indulgent treat on a cold winter's day.

        Having said that, it is not only suitable for winter; for example, quite recently, I was feeling rather down with a cold, and a steaming mug of this really helped to bring my spirits up, even though the weather was quite warm already (well... for the UK anyway!). Also, after I have gone swimming, I won't say no to a mug of Cadbury Instant Hot Chocolate!

        All of this considered, I think that Cadbury Instant Hot Chocolate has been one of my better buys, and I have frequently bought it when it is on a special promotion (sometimes they do buy one get one free deals). Yes, I am sure there are even nicer, even more luxurious hot chocolate brands out there in the big wide world of grocery shopping, but they are probably not within my price range and, anyway, this one does just fine for me. The Recommended Retail Price may be a bit high to want to pay if drinking hot chocolate is a regular habit, but at the low special offer prices, I really cannot recommend it enough. It is delicious and well priced... I could not really ask any more of it.

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          24.03.2012 16:26

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          Good if you want a quick, convenient and tasty hot drink.

          As someone who doesn't drink tea or coffee, I find this the perfect hot drink to have in my drawer at work. It's really easy to make, no need to heat milk in the microwave at the office and because it's not milk based, it doesn't make you feel stuffed or overly full. At the coffee shop at my work, a hot chocolate is at least £1.50. A tub of this hot chocolate powder that will keep you going for a couple of weeks at least, even if you have it every day, is usually about £2.50 - £3.00 in the supermarket so it can work out as pretty cost effective.

          I do have the tendency to use four VERY heaped teaspoons that just four heaped teaspoons - the downside to water based means that it won't taste as indulgent or thick as a milk-based. And when I have made it with the suggested amount, it is a little bit thin and watery tasting. It also needs to cool down a bit before it tastes really good - the flavour is lost if the water is too hot.

          A tip to try a different way of making it (you might hate but I love it) if you're going to try this product. Add hot water to just above the level of the powder and stir it so that it's a very thick liquid (just runnier than paste) and then top up the hot water to fill the mug. The powder pasty mix on top is absolutely delicious, though my colleagues think I'm crazy when they see me eating the first part of my hot chocolate with a spoon! Definitely my favourite bit of the drink.

          The good thing is because it is made by Cadbury's it does have that Cadbury's chocolate taste to it. Other hot chocolate powders I have used have had more of a cocoa than chocolate taste to them, which is why I prefer this one.

          And to top it off, it is fair trade, which also makes me feel a lot better about buying this particular brand.

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          29.11.2011 20:26
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          Not for me!

          I like hot chocolate....with milk every time! I have no time for 'instant' ones, however, I found a Cadbury's Instant Hot Chocolate sachet in the cupboard and thought I would give it a try; mainly because I had recently found one in a vending machine that was really nice (it wasn't Cadbury's though).

          Although mine came in a sachet, they also sell this one in a pot. The contents in the sachet have already been measured out and so all you need to do is add hot water.

          Making the hot chocolate is very simple; simply boil the kettle and add the contents. I am not sure if you are to add the water to the powder or the powder to the water. I decided to add the powder to the water as I was afraid that the contents would stick to the bottom if I did it the other way around.

          I have to say it took a while for the contents to mix in- it took some stirring I tell you. I thought I'd mixed it all in but when I got nearer the bottom I could see that the majority of the contents were sitting quite stubbornly on the bottom.

          I have to say, whilst this instant hot chocolate was drinkable, I wouldn't say I loved it. Give me hot chocolate with milk any time. The drink was very sweet and wasn't strong enough for me which is a shame. It doesn't taste very chocolaty; a very very light chocolate-y taste, but I wouldn't say it is 'nice chocolate'.

          The texture is very thin and not thick like when you make it with milk. It tasted a bit like hot water with a couple of spoonfuls of sugar. Perhaps if I had had the jar I could have added more 'powder' to my drink to make it stronger.

          It depends whether you like 'instant' beverages as to whether I would recommend it to you or not. I much prefer my hot chocolate with milk and so that is what I will be sticking to in future. One advantage of using this hot chocolate is that it is 'quick' and 'easy' to make...that's if you like it.

          I'm not sure exactly how much this hot chocolate sachet costs. However, I think that you can buy the jars for around £1.60 which I think is good value for money.

          I'm trying to slim down in time for Christmas, and so I was quite curious about the calorie content - 115 calories per mug which makes me wonder, how much is in a 'made with milk' one?? Hot chocolate is definitely going to be a treat for me from now on!

          Thanks for reading.
          November 2011
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            13.09.2011 15:33
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            Perfect for those soon to be chilly nights

            Cadburys instant hot chocolate drink is in my opinion a household staple, any family or couples or individual's home alike should have a tub of this in their kitchen cupboard for a quick, easy and tasty pick me up. I tend to start treating myself to a nice steamy mug of hot chocolate about this time of year when the weathers turning and each day is darker than the last and Cadburys is one of my all-time favourites.

            Cadburys Instant Hot Chocolate

            The hot chocolate drink comes in many different packaging varieties; I tend to buy whatever is on offer in the supermarkets. They vary from individual sachets, to tubs and plastic bottles, ranging from 28g up to 2kg worth (I would definitely like the latter). The classic colour for this drinks wrapper and trademark is a rich, velvety purple. The Cadbury branding is in a bright and elegant white across the front along with a mug with a swirly 'C' in the top.

            The Powder

            The hot chocolate drink powder is unsurprisingly a brown colour, quite a pale brown with some pinkish/grey subtle tones throughout. It is a very fine grained and thin consistency which makes the container quite cloudy with the powder residue. The smell is an amazingly rich and creamy chocolate than you simply cannot resist once opened.

            The Drink

            The drink itself is quite versatile as you can have it as an icy cold chocolate milk shake during summer seasons and as a warm full flavoured hot chocolate drink during the winter months. So far I have only tried it as a hot beverage so these are the instructions on how to make it.

            You are instructed to put four heaped teaspoons of the chocolate powder into you mug and pour over just off the boil water, mixing well as you fill the cup to the top. This is the basic hot chocolate drink which for me is a bit too bland and not really rich or thick enough. Instead of hot water I heat up a full mug of semi-skimmed milk in the microwave so it's near to the boil and steaming and then add the four heaped teaspoons of chocolate powder and stir rigorously until fully dissolved.

            The difference in the taste is amazing; the milk blends really well with the powder and creates a full bodied, rich and velvety hot chocolate drink. It is slightly more thick and creamy than with just water mixed in and for me a hot chocolate drink is an indulgence and treat so must be enjoyed and exploited to its fullest potential!

            To go that extra mile you can also add to your hot chocolate indulgence by using whipped cream or chocolate sprinkles as a topping and even throw some mini marshmallows into the mix! All of these strays from the original pack instruction add a large number of calories however and should really be enjoyed in moderation.

            Price and Contents

            Dietary Requirement Information
            Colour Absent: Yes
            Egg Absent: Yes
            Milk Absent: No
            Nut Absent: Yes
            Peanut Absent: Yes
            Salt Absent: No
            Soya Absent: No
            Vegetarian: Yes
            Vegan: No
            Sulphites Absent: Yes
            Sesame Absent: Yes
            Gluten Absent (Suitable For Coeliacs): No
            Wheat Absent: No
            Nutrition Information (per 100g)


            Energy (KJ) 1790
            Energy (KCal) 425
            Protein 6.4g
            Carbohydrate 68.5g
            (of which Sugar) 58.1g
            Total Fat 13.9g
            (of which Saturated Fat) 9.9g
            Fibre 2g
            Sodium* 0.72g
            * Equiv as Salt 1.8g

            A 250g tub will cost about £1.89 in Tesco and makes approximately 13 servings (using 18g of the product). This like many drink products is often on offer and is a great treat to have in your cupboard for any age group.

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              08.09.2011 12:09
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              Well worth it's price tag

              I'm not a big hot drink drinker, I never have been. When I was in the later stages of pregnancy I tried Raspberry tea to try and kick stick the labour but other than that I've not really been drinking hot drinks for years now. Oh and by the way the raspberry tea thing didn't work!

              I've tried many hot drinks and amaze all my friends by always asking for cold drinks above hot ones when we are out and about. It's mostly due to the taste, I just don't really like coffee and tea seems to give me stomach ache and I'm not too fussed on the taste of that either. On the very rare occasions that I do fancy a nice hot drink it's always hot chocolate that I go for.

              I love the hot chocolate that you get from places like starbucks and costa, and they are the exception to my 'hot drinks' rule! I would never refuse a hot chocolate in one of those two places but anywhere else and it's a cold drink for me! I guess you could say I'm a very fussy drinker!

              If you read my reviews you will know that I am totally addicted to diet coke mostly for taste but secondary because it gives me the caffenine I still need as a busy mother without having to turn to coffee-yuk! My partner has been moaning on at me to lower the amount of diet coke I drink which is literally the reason that I stumbled across this hot chocolate when I went and did my food shopping a few weeks ago.

              The hot drinks isle at the supermarket is crammed full of hot chocolate variations but I knew that I didn't want one that took ages to make, for example the idea of warming milk, or using a microwave to prepare it was really offputting for me as I don't ever have a lot of time when my toddler isn't clinging to my legs demanding attention. Thats why when I saw the 'instant' part of the label I thought I would give it a whirl!

              It cost my around £2 in asda and by the looks of the shopping websites it's almost always around that price mark, which I think it pretty good really because in my experience with this by now it lasts ages! The label on the front is the trademark cadbury purple with lovely illusions of a nice hot chocolate. It's not over done and not plied with wording so it's easy to assess whether this product is for you or not. Along with the 'instant' part on the front it also says 'just add water' which was another reason it went straight in my trolley-it's easy peasy to make!

              The pot tells you that the way to get the best hot chocolate from this product is to use a 200ml mug and add four heaped teaspoons of the chocolate powder to it and stir in well. However I do have to comment on this. I've had to vary this in order to get a decent drink. If you add 4 heaped teaspoons you are going to end up with a large amount stuck at the bottom which never tastes nice when you get to the end of your drink. It also means you get so much floating on the top which stcks together and I personally am not a fan of this as it sticks to your lips and again doesn't taste great. I've found that using two very largely heaped teaspoons is the best way forward with this.

              Having to adjust what is advised as giving the best chocolate drink does change the taste of the drink. It's a little more watery than I would like but it still does a good job at satisfying those chocolate cravings. The taste if you used the full four spoonfulls is different, it's still tasting a little watery but the texture is different. Overall my only critism of this product is that it would be a little thicker regardless of how many spoonfulls you are advised to put in.

              The pot itself comes in 400g which when you use it the same way I do with two heaped spoonfulls at a time, means it will last you ages-weeks if you drink a few a day and longer if it's a treat! It deffinately provides value for money on that front which is helpful for my weekly shopping budget.

              I'm not one of these people who obssess about food. To me it either tastes good or it doesn't and that is what I base my buying decesions on-not the ingreadiants lists. Thats just my way. This product did suprise me though when I read the list of ingreadiants because it does contain four different types of E numbers which I hadn't expected. It doesn't take away from the product but it is something to be aware of. It also notes that it contains Milk and Soya and may contain cereals. Cereals?! In hot chocolate?! I've seen it all now!

              To combat this slightly suprising find though I am also pleased to report that this product bares the 'fairtrade' mark. For those of you who may not know this means that the way this product is sourced and manufactured meets all international fairtrade standards. It means that farmers in developing countries are used to source the ingreadiants where possible so it gives them a fair crack of the whip in keeping their business going amd providing a livelihood. Again although I'm not one of those people who would base my buying decsion of the presence of a fairtrade sticker, it's always nice to know.

              I would give this hot chocolate a delicious 4 out of 5 stars. It tastes nice and it deffinately taste of chocolate which is a bonus! It also does give that lovely cadbury's taste which is imperative for me! It's low cost and large volume also make it great for my pocket too! The only reason it's not got that full 5 stars from me is that it could be thicker, then it would be perfect!

              Well worth a try though!

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                05.09.2011 10:43
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                A reasonable 'instant' hot chocolate drink from Cadbury's.

                Whilst shopping in a local grocery store, some bright purple-coloured sachets caught my eye as I was perusing the store. Noticing that they were sachets of 'Instant' hot chocolate from the well-known chocolate manufacturer Cadbury, I decided to try out the hot chocolate drink.

                I paid 70 pence for pack of two sachets which are 56g each. This seemed like fairly reasonable value to me and I was happy to pay this price.

                I was even happier when it occurred to me that this beverage was going to be a very easy one to prepare; all I had to do was boil a kettle of water. After emptying the contents of the sachet into a large mug, I poured hot water from the kettle over the brown-coloured powder and stirred it very well to ensure all the powdery residue had been mixed in. All of this took mere moments and I settled down to enjoy my hot chocolate curled up with a book one afternoon.

                The smell of the hot drink once I had made it was really quite appetising and I could certainly smell the sweet chocolaty aroma coming from the cup quite easily. This made me think that the drink was going to be quite flavoursome and tasty.

                The appearance of the Cadbury's Instant hot chocolate was not at all disappointing; it looked to be a very dark brown colour as you would expect, although I thought it would have been slightly more appetising looking if the liquid had been thicker. I suppose this is down to personal choice though, but the dark liquid looked slightly watery to me.

                I thought that the Cadbury's Instant hot chocolate tasted really nice and although the chocolate taste was not under-stated and was surprisingly flavoursome, there was nothing sickly or over-bearing about the flavour, nor was it overly sweet. I would have thought however, that anyone that is not a particular fan of hot, sweet drinks would not find this particular hot beverage is right for them due to it having quite a high level of sweetness to the flavour.

                The only thing that let the product down slightly for me personally was the fact it was not quite as thick as I would have liked. When I was drinking the Cadbury's hot chocolate it felt like the liquid was quite thin although I suppose I am nit-picking a bit here, and the convenience and easy preparation of the product has to be taken into account too.

                With this in mind however, I decided to try and add a little warm milk to the mixture when it came to making the second sachet of the hot drink. I simply popped a small amount of milk into a glass jug and popped it into the microwave for around 30 seconds to warm it. I then added this to the mixture of Cadbury's hot chocolate powder and boiling water, and stirred it really well to dissolve the powdery residue. I did find that the addition of a little hot milk to the mixture made the overall texture and thickness of the drink more to my own taste and it thickened it slightly which I preferred. In future I would probably add a little warm milk to the drink as I thought it improved the overall thickness of the drink, without taking anything from the flavour or taste.

                This is of course down to personal preference and I have to admit that the drink was perfectly palatable without any milk added. The issue I have with the thickness of the liquid once prepared would most certainly not put me off from buying the product again.

                The nutritional information on the reverse of the package informs me that 100g of the product will provide 425 kcal and13.9g fat. I can also see that the product contains milk and Soya and may contain cereals. The product is suitable for a vegetarian diet.

                The Cadbury's Instant Hot Chocolate is available to buy in either a 400g jar, as shown in the picture at the top of the Dooyoo page here and which costs around the £2 mark, or the two sachets that I purchased which cost anywhere from around 40 pence upwards depending on where you shop. The products are available to buy in all good supermarkets such as Asda and Tesco, as well as independent stores.

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                28.10.2010 21:51
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                Don't drink too much, for your teeth's sake!

                I love having hot chocolate in the winter. Its such a nice drink for snuggles in the cold, really warming and it tastes so yummy and luxurious. This cadbury's version is one of the nicest versions also. Everyone knows when it comes to chocolate Cadbury's is the name to beat!

                Cadbury's instant hot chocolate comes in a 220g tub and is £2.99 from Tesco. The tub tells you to add hot water, but a little tip of mine is to top it up with warm milk (1/4-1/2 milk and the rest boiling water).

                The hot chocolate is a brown powder. I add four tea spoons full (heaped) to a cup of hot liquid and do a lot of stirring, that is the only downside to this drink. I never manage to get it all dissolved, so I have to drink it with a couple of lumps in.

                The drink is very nice and chocolatey, but not rich. It is very sweet, so I don't think you need to add any more sugar to it, especially if you want some teeth left! The colour is light brown, and the texture is nice and creamy, more so if you add milk, but more watery if you just use water. I personally don't like this so much with just water as it is is too thin and not very substantial.

                Overall this is a lovely drink. I wouldn't recommend it if you are watching the calories, or don't want to eat sweet things because of your teeth, but for a treat this is gorgeous! Just remember to add the milk.

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                22.10.2010 09:40
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                A nice hot chocolate drink from Cadbury

                As the weather starts to get colder I like to up my intake of hot drinks. There's nothing better than being inside all warm and cosy with a nice cup of hot chocolate when it's miserable outside! I picked up a few sachets of instant hot chocolate mix to use at work, as this allows me to prepare my drinks quickly. I usually opt for large cheap jar of supermarket own brand hot chocolate, but these sachets seemed a reasonable price and Cadbury's are a excellent brand so I thought they would be worth it. A double pouch containing 56g in two sachets costs from Tesco's.

                Directions for use: For the perfect Cadbury Instant Hot Chocolate, empty one sachet of Cadbury Instant Hot Chocolate into a cup or mug, add hot water and stir well.

                I personally think those instructions are crazy and if I added a full sachet of Hot Chocolate mix for just one drink it would be awfully thick and sludgy and wouldn't mix in properly with the amount of water used. Bear in mind that each individual sachet contains 28g of Hot Chocolate powder! This is way over the top of what I would normally use to make myself an instant hot chocolate drink of any kind. My preferred directions for use are to empty half of the sachet (approximately 14g so still a largely generous amount) into my mug, mix the powder with a splash of milk until it forms a smooth paste, and then top up with hot water and stir it all in. I get truly lovely results using this method of preparation, and double the amount of drinks as I would if I followed the recommended amounts. This works out to give a nicer tasting drink and better value for money as each pouch lasts twice as long this way.

                I always prefer to mix up my hot chocolate powder with milk to form the paste. 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. The drink is very easy to make and the little sachets are convenient to take with you and don't take up much space. By using half of the sachet the resulting drink was just how I usually like it - light, frothy, chocolatey and without that heavy sickly feeling I would have had from using the entire sachet.

                This hot chocolate mix has a traditional flavour and has a nice chocolate taste without being too sweet. Being a sugar addict I usually add a small amount, between half to one teaspoon, and this gives it just the right measure for a little added sweetness. It is lovely when you are in need of a soothing, comforting hot drink and I think I will probably go and buy more of these. The taste of the drink didn't really make me think of Cadbury's though, in all honestly it could have been any brand as it didn't have the same flavour that I associate with Cadbury chocolate. Cadbury Instant Hot Chocolate is also available in a bigger size jar so this would be great for keeping at home to keep the chills away!

                It is very convenient to have the powder in an individual serving pouch, but the measures were way off in my opinion. Compensate for the excessive serving size by using half a sachet for one drink and I think you'll hit the right balance. A lovely hot chocolate from Cadbury that is easy to prepare and tastes great.

                Typical Values per sachet:
                Energy 500kJ 120kcal
                Protein 1.8g
                Carbohydrate 19.2g -of which sugars 16.3g
                Fat 3.9g -of which saturates 2.8g
                Fibre 0.6g
                Sodium 0.20g -equivalent as salt 0.50g

                Ingredients: Sugar, Dried Whey, Cocoa, Dried Glucose Syrup, Vegetable Oil, Milk Chocolate (4.8%) (Sugar, Dried Whole Milk, Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Mass, Emulsifier {Soya Lecithin}), Dried Skimmed Milk, Milk Proteins, Maltodextrin, Salt, Thickener (E466), Stabilisers (R339), Flavourings, Emulsifier (E481).

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                  01.03.2010 19:08
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                  Ok, but could have been better.

                  After months of trying to stick to low calorie hot chocolate, I finally succumbed to my cravings and decided to try something just that little bit nicer. In the quest for a more luxurious hot chocolate drink, I decided as usual to turn to Cadbury and try their Instant Hot Chocolate. I remember having Cadbury's hot chocolate when I was younger and always remember it being delicious.

                  Packaging:

                  Like most Cadbury products, this hot chocolate carries the famous purple branding and logo synonymous with Cadbury. The hot chocolate comes in a large shapely plastic jar, with a purple lid. The design on the label is very simple and consists of a hot chocolate mug in contrasting white and pink. This design is repeated on the front and the back of the jar, so all of the nutritional information and serving instructions are squeezed onto the small areas between these silhouettes.

                  Making the Hot Chocolate:

                  The hot chocolate is extremely easy to prepare, as unlike some more traditional ones, this version is made with water not milk. The instructions on the side of the jar state to put four heaped teaspoons into a mug add boiling water and stir. These instructions are pretty foolproof, however I do tend to add a little bit more powder if I'm using a particularly large mug, or add less if I'm just using a cup.

                  The first time I made this hot chocolate I was surprised that it required four heaped teaspoons, as it did seem quite a lot. In fact I was quite worried that as there was so much powder in the mug, and not much space left for the water. However, as soon as I added the water and started stirring rather quickly the powder all dissolved and the drink looked rather appetising. The drink was fairly thick, which was a contrast to the lower calorie versions I had been used do.

                  Taste Test:

                  Like most hot chocolates, there is a thicker layer of cream that settles on the top immediately after making the drink. This is a paler brown in comparison and tastes very creamy and smooth. After the top layer has gone, the actual hot chocolate is revealed and is a much deeper colour. It tastes very smooth and definitely tastes chocolately.

                  There is a noticeable difference between this and the lower calorie versions I have tried, however it wasn't as luxurious as I was hoping. It was a bit sweeter than what I was used to but it still felt like they were skimping on something. What I did like about this drink was that it was smooth and quite thick. However, in many respects it tasted quite bland and the sweet chocolately hit I was expecting was not quite as strong. Another downside to this drink is that there was quite a lot of residue settling at the bottom of the mug, which had not dissolved. I suppose this is quite inevitable when you have to add so much powder in the first place.

                  Summary:

                  Overall, I would recommend this product if you do not care about the calories you are consuming. For me, I do not feel the minimal difference in taste is worth the extra calories. I was expecting a lot more from this product which unfortunately it did not deliver. It's not that it tasted bad, because it didn't, but I was just expecting something extra. I think I'll be sticking to Cadbury's Highlights for the time being.

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                    25.02.2010 22:40
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                    Tasty, Sweet & Easy To Make Comfort Drink

                    For me, Hot Chocolate is the ultimate comfort drink, especially during the Winter months. I purchased a jar of Cadbury Instant for work. I'm not keen on the stuff from our drinks machine so I thought this would be ideal and it is!

                    All you need to do is add hot water for a delicious steaming cup of joy. Personally, I prefer to put a little milk in with the 4 teaspoonfuls of hot chocolate powder, give it a good stir, then add boiling water.

                    With it's rich chocolate flavour, it's a good substitute for a chocolate bar when you need something sweet to get you through the long afternoon and at 120 calories it's probably a little lower in the calorie department than most chocky bars.

                    I'm old enough to remember when drinking chocolate came in a tin and I have to say that it tastes even better now than it used to. Nowadays however, it's packaged in a plastic container with a blue lid that has the world famous Cadbury logo upon it. Far easier to open than the old tin, I can tell you!

                    Being Cadbury, you also have their quality assurance that if you're not totally satisfied with the product, then you can send it back to them, as long as you state where it was purchased.

                    At £2.40, you can buy cheaper but in my experience, the cut price brands just can't match this for flavour.

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                      Very yummy

                      Cadbury hot chocolate!

                      During the cold winter months and the rainy day what is better than a really nice cosy warm mug of hot chocolate! Any one who like the Cadbury hard chocolate will love this product! It is really nice and unlike some other hot chocolates that you can buy this one does not have a slight taste of plastic or taste really powdery! It is really good and a great treat at the end of a hard long day at work!

                      Nutritional information:

                      Colour Absent: Yes
                      Egg Absent: Yes
                      Milk Absent: No
                      Nut Absent: Yes
                      Peanut Absent: Yes
                      Salt Absent: No
                      Vegetarian: Yes
                      Vegan: No
                      Sulphites Absent: Yes
                      Sesame Absent: Yes
                      Gluten Absent (Suitable For Coeliacs): No
                      Wheat Absent: No

                      Energy (KJ) 1790
                      Energy (KCal) 425
                      Protein 6.4g
                      Carbohydrate 68.5g
                      (of which Sugar) 58.1g
                      Total Fat 13.9g
                      Fibre 0.6g

                      It is so nice or adults and older children! All you have to do is add heaped tea spoons to a mug and then add hot water and stir really well as it could go lumpy and stick to the bottom if you do not! I also add some chocolate flakes to mine and some times some gelatine free marshmallows! And I have seen these spoons with have one end dipped in melted chocolate and then you can stir it in your drink o make it extra yummy! I bought it from morrisons for about £2.50 for a 4oog jar which is really good but this was a few months ago and prices may have changed!

                      Thank you for reading my review, I hope it was helpful! :D

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