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It's a dark, windy winter's evening and my lovely mum has just made me a cup of this hot chocolate drink so I am dedicating this review to her!!
If you like hot chocolate, and you like Cadbury's then do give this a try. It costs around £2.70 for the 400g jar and is available in most supermarkets. You can't miss the packaging, as the curvy plastic jar carries the distinctive Cadbury logo and purple colouring, though the latest design incorporates a touch of hot pink.
The instructions state to use 4 heaped teaspoons per mug, top up with hot water and stir, but I tend to use 5, add a splash of milk then stir until its completely mixed before I add hot water. This seems to make it much frothier and creamier and means you don't have those horrible powdery dregs at the bottom. This probably adds more fat and calories and uses up your hot choc a lot quicker, but hey!
If you are watching your figure, then 120 cals per 28g serving, plus 3.9g of fat is pretty steep, so if you are feeling saintly then try the Highlights low cal version - or if you are determined to break the diet perhaps just have a chocolate bar instead and get a bit more satisfaction!
It is also fairly sweet, so if you like your chocolate a bit richer, or prefer darker chocolate, it's probably not one for you.
If though, you don't bother with the small print, and you just want a bit of chocolatey comfort in a liquid form, then this is a lovely treat, especially on the aforementioned dark, windy night!
(try it with maltesers on the top - for extra messy yumminess!)
Cadbury Instant Break
Cadbury Instant Break is basically a jar of great tasting Instant Hot Chocolate. It comes in large square shaped glass jar (approx 400g) and costs around £2 depending on where you purchase it. I have seen it regularly in Pondland priced £1. The packaging is great as it has a good sturdy resealable lid which means the powder stays fresh and dry (I have had problems with other brands).
Generally when I feel like a hot drink I will reach straight for the jar of coffee and if I need a snack then straight for the biscuit tin. I find that Cadbury Instant Break offers an alternative to this, a hot drink with a built in chocolate fix. I enjoy this drink in the afternoon at work or at suppertime. I have occasionally given it to the kids too.
To prepare you simply add 4 heaped spoonfuls to you mug, add boiling water and stir. I usually cool with a little milk also. The average mug (minus the milk) is around 160 kcals, which is not bad at all.
The taste is sweet, chcoclatety and creamy. It is great with marshmallows on top.
This is a great value, well priced, great tasting hot chcolate drink
Cadbury Instant break is a hot chocolate drink that you can enjoy at any time of the day. It's quick to make and not too heavy in consistency, or taste, so it's great as an alternative to coffee.
A 400 gram jar cost around £2.69. One jar makes about twenty cups depending on how strong you like you chocolate drink. On the direction it suggests that you use four teaspoons of powder to a cup and fill will with hot, not boiling water. I tend to use a bit more but that will depend on the size of cup (or mug) you are using.
It comes with a grey and purple label , on a brown glass jar which is a kind of square shape and has a plastic lid. The lid is one of those that clicks closed when you twist. It is designed to give a good tight seal to the product. In general this is a good idea but I did find myself getting irritated because I couldn't get the top back on as quickly as I would have like. (To my way of thinking, instant should mean instant opening and closing too!)
The chocolate powder itself has a strongly chocolate aroma but it doesn't taste anywhere near as strong as it smells. I found it too sweet and a bit sickly. The old fashioned way of using cocoa powder in boiling milk is much more satisfying from my point of view.
This end result of mixing your four teaspoons of powder with hot water and mixing is a cup of drinking chocolate that is no different o the kind you can get form hot drinks machines in offices, stations, bus stations and shopping precincts.
I thought this was an expensive product because you have to use so much so get a strong enough tasting drink .In fact I ended up getting only about 10 servings from the jar. That makes it expensive if you are giving to a family.
Sometimes a cup of tea or coffee isnt quite what I would like. Now a cup of hot chocolate, thats more like it. Hot chocolate takes me back to being a kid; I always had a cup when I came in from swimming! There must be something about kids and hot chocolate because both my girls love it. The only problem is that to make real hot chocolate using cocoa powder and milk is such a faff, so the range of instant hot chocolate drinks make it a lot easier.
My favourite is Cadburys Instant Break. It comes in a glass jar, which holds 400g of powder. The dark brown, squareish jar has a purple lid and a grey and purple label you cant really miss it on the shelves. The lid is plastic and one of those which clips off after a quarter turn or so and then just pushes back on again. It seems to provide a decent seal and I have not had any problems with the powder going solid. When you first open the jar there is a paper seal covering the powder which needs breaking. As usual with these freshness seals it is not the easiest thing in the world to remove without bits falling into the jar. However, as soon as you break through the seal the aroma of chocolate emerges and assaults your nostrils. This increases as you dig around to find bits of the paper lid, which have fallen inside the jar! It is very much a chocolate aroma, rather than a cocoa one, very definitely Cadburys. It is like eating a Cadburys bar of chocolate but you dont have any in your mouth. The powder is very fine and a sort of grey and light brown colour like the colour of a bar of Cadburys milk chocolate when you break a piece off.
Whilst you are revelling in the chocolate aroma, and removing more paper bits, switch the kettle on and wait for it to boil ok one more sniff at the jar, mmm. When the kettle has boiled you simply put 4 (yes 4!!) heaped (yes heaped) teaspoons of powder into a mug, add the water and stir. Now you need to stir very well as you obviously have a lot of powder to mix in. The powder does seem to mix in fairly quickly I have to say. This is a milk chocolate drink and there is no need to add milk. Dried skimmed milk is included in the ingredients. The drink itself looks like milky hot chocolate good job really! Now my girls find that this is far too hot to drink so I make it with half boiling water and half cold, which seems to work quite well. The powder stills mixes in easily. Once the water is added the aroma changes slightly and becomes mellower. The taste of the drink though is unmistakably Cadburys milk chocolate, very smooth, milky and creamy. The taste lingers in your mouth and your tongue feels as though it is coated in chocolate. The taste lingers nicely and when you have finished your mug you know that youve just had some hot chocolate. A nice point is that the drink doesnt feel at all powdery considering the amount needed to make one mug full.
Now providing you havent burnt the roof of your mouth off or taken the surface of your tongue or throat off on your HOT chocolate, you can curl up and enjoy the rest of a mug full of pure chocolate bliss. Ooooh hang on a mo I forgot to tell you to take the teaspoon with you. Why? You ask. Well when you get about half way down youll find that some of the powder is beginning to settle out and it will need another stir. It will mix back in again really quickly. If you dont do this youll find a dark brown sludge left at the bottom of your mug. By the way, it is best to take the spoon out of your mug whilst drinking as eye injuries can be very painful, and the NHS really have better things to do than to treat hot chocolate addicts. The presence of the sludge at the bottom of your mug doesnt detract from the taste, but looks awful and can feel powdery on your tongue if you get too close. Id rather have it mixed in thank you very much more chocolate input!
Cadburys Instant Break Chocolate is a great warming drink, with a wonderful chocolate flavour. I am prepared to forgive the sludge because I enjoy the taste, but Cadburys really could do with working on this aspect of their product. My other gripe is that a jar cost me £2.47. Not too expensive I admit, but you have to use 4 heaped teaspoons to make a mug full yes Ill say it again 4 heaped teaspoons thats lots and lots! Which means that you dont get as much out of this jar as you might first think. And its no good thinking that you could use, maybe, 3 teaspoons nope it will just taste like dishwater if you do. Its 4 heaped teaspoons or not.
One mug of this will provide you with 120kcals, not bad really for a dose of chocolate input
All in all it is a good instant hot chocolate drink. The girls and myself like the taste, but the sludge detracts from the quality of the drink. I am also wary of using it too much because it is quite pricey, compared to a mug of coffee or a cup of tea. My girls drink it quite often though, especially now the weather is getting colder and they havent progressed onto the delights of coffee or tea yet!
Sometimes I just have to have it first thing in the morning! Before you all think this is going to be a mucky review - read on...... Just to let you know what this wonderful but sinful situation is, I'll tell you what happens in the bedroom. ( No - still not mucky!) I often wake up really early and can't get back to sleep, so I usually get up and do some work on the computer. Hmm - told you it wasn't mucky! For example this morning I awoke at about 3.30am and I lay in bed trying to get back to sleep until about 4am with no success, so I got up and started work. Now this is when I love a Cadbury's Chocolate Break. Normally I'm a tea girl, especially in the morning, but Dave had brought me a sachet of Cadbury's Hot Chocolate back from the last hotel he stayed at - he's romantic like that - LOL - and so I thought I'd try it. I crept out of bed, put on my dressing gown and fluffy pink pig slippers - stay with me I'm trying to create an image here - and headed for the kettle. I emptied the sachet into a nice big, deep, mug and poured in the boiling water. The smell of Cadbury's milk chocolate (heaven in itself) filled the room. I mixed the contents of the mug briskly with a teaspoon and the drink took on the appearance of liquid milk chocolate with a slightly frothy top. I headed for the study carrying the mug, complete with teaspoon. I find that, unless I mix hot chocolate regularly whilst I am drinking, between slurps of course, I end up with a chocolate residue at the bottom of the mug when I have finished and that is such a waste! I took my first sip, oh yes, it was just as good as I remembered from when I was a child - smooth, silky, caressing my throat as it slipped effortlessly down warming my very soul as it went. I was instantly flooded with memories of my childhood, clearing snow from the path with my dad and then coming inside to mu
gs of hot chocolate lovingly prepared by my mom. You wouldn't believe that I could get so much enjoyment from such a little thing would you? There is of course a practical side to all this and it wouldn't be fair of me not to share this with you too - after all nothing in life is quite perfect is it? Brace yourself I'm going to bring you don to earth with the 'c' word - yes, calories and this 28g sachet contains a whopping 120 of them! Maybe I could get Dave to ask for High Lights next time? Only joking, dear! So maybe it's not something in which I would regularly indulge, but in the early hours of the morning it slips down a treat! As this was a free sachet I hadn't got any idea of the cost, so I have just popped over to the Tesco site and discovered that a 400g jar will set you back £1.69. Well, as with all good things in life, it has come to an end. I am left warm, satisfied and looking forward to my next time ?..
I'm a real coffee addict and start the day off with either fresh or instant coffee, it gives me energy to get through the hectic day, but after five o'clock if I have a cup of coffee I'm sure to have a sleepless night. This is where my Cadbury's Instant Break comes to the rescue. There's nothing better at the end of a busy day than to sit down with a cup of smooth creamy, chocolatey hot drink, it relaxes and de-stresses you. The indulgent taste warms and comforts you and that has to be good in my book. This hot chocolate drink comes in a trendy glass jar which is brown in colour with a purple square twist off lid. The colour is the trade mark of all cadbury choicolate products and can't be misseed on the supermarket shelf if your looking for it. The price of one of these jars, which is 400g and has about 12 servings in it, is £1.59 at the Co-op and can be found occasionally in pound shops for the usual price of a pound. other supermarkets stock this at various prices. When you get it home twist off the lid to reveal the foil seal, which has to be broken before you can see the powder, this also is the famous cadburys purple colouring. I don't know about you but I have a thing about wanting to break this seal or any other seal on jars come to think of it and feel somewhat dissapointed if I go to the jar and this has already been done by another member of my family. But maybe I'm just strange. Once inside the jar the flavour of chocolate can be smelt it's a nice comforting smell and if your really looking forward to a drink of hot chocolate your mouth will begin to water in anticipation of the taste. Now the time to boil the kettle, whilst your doing this heap out 4 teaspoons of the powder into a cup or a mug. When the kettle has boiled wait a couple of minutes for it to cool down as you don't want to burn the powder and spoil the taste. When the water has cooled for about
two minutes pour a little bit of it onto the powder and mix in to a smooth paste. This helps to stop it going into blobs which will later be found at the bottom of the cup or mug. When you have mixed the powder into a paste, pour on more water to fill the cup, stir well and then go and sit down somewhere comfortable to enjoy the loverly warm creamy taste of the hot chocolate. This hot chocolate is the best, a well known brand that lives up to expectations, you can enjoy this as a chocolate drink or you can add brandy or whisky on winter nights for the extra luxurious taste. Suitable for childrens bedtime drink and for vegetarians.
I’m craving chocolate. It’s getting serious now. I’m hunting in the pantry for the Galaxy I brought the other day. But I ate it damn it. Typical, I’m snowed in, I’m cold and I really want to snuggle down and watch Friends with chocolate, and there’s none in the house... except for ice cream... I repeat- I’m cold. So I reach for the hot chocolate, and at only 3.9g fat per serving, it’s a yummy and warming alternative to a choccie bar. Cadbury’s Instant Break comes in a purple lidded glass jar with a silver label and purple detail. The lid reminds me of a wrapped square of their dairy milk chocolate, as is the idea. It just screams chocolate, rich flavours and wonderful taste at you from the shelf, and certainly stand out from other hot chocolates on the shelf. The actual drink itself is slightly lighter in colour than an average milk chocolate bar, and is a little bit frothy on top when you pour in the water. It recommends that ‘for a perfect Cadbury’s Chocolate Instant Break’ 4 heaped tea-spoons should be used per mug. I have experimented and have to say that I agree with this, but you should decide depending on how chocolatey you like it. So one boiled kettle later and you’re ready to experience that great chocolately taste. The actual taste is really chocolately... funnily enough... though not too over-powering, it’s nothing like melted chocolate. Unfortunately it does leave a slightly powdery after-taste, like cocoa. But I find that it is like soup in the sense that it leaves you with a lovely warm inner feeling, like your tummy is being hugged from the inside, if you know what I mean. I really don’t know how else to explain it! The ingredients include: Drinking chocolate (41.5%) dried glucose syrup, (which is great for boosting my blood sugar which is often a problem for me
) and milk chocolate (4.9%) Nutrition Information: (per 25g serving) Energy 505kj/120 kcal Protein 3.1g Carbohydrate: 18.0g Fat: 3.9g I find this is a great alternative to other hot beverages, coffee in particular for me... I love coffee but I seem to be more sensitive to caffeine than some, and I find that de-caf just isn’t as nice (but that’s a whole other op!), and I despise tea, so I drink Cadbury’s chocolate. I personally don’t find it refreshing though, so I wouldn’t drink it in the morning or in hot weather. My serving suggestion is to tuck yourself up under a blanket with your best mate, stick a great video on and laugh hysterically and anything and everything while sipping yummy Instant Break and looking out at the snow. For more information write to: Premier International Foods, Bridge Road, Long Sutton, Spalding, Lincs, PE12 9EQ or phone the Cadbury’s Customer Service line on freephone 0800 783 2 195 (UK only) We buy ours from Tesco at £1.88 for a 400g jar... bargain! We find that a jar lasts us ages because we don’t drink it every night. You can also get Choco Mocha flavour, otherwise known as chocolate and coffee, but I definately prefer the original. Buy it if... you love chocolate and want an alternative to other hot beverages Don’t bother if... you’re not a fan of chocolate/hot drinks, or know of a better version, in which case please let me know so I can try it!