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I am trying hard this year to shed those excess pounds, but can’t possibly manage without the occasional treat. One that I allow myself every so often is mug of Cadbury’s Original Drinking Chocolate.
Perfect for a cold winter evening
This drink is sold in powder form and according to the recommendations 3 heaped teaspoons should be used in one cup of hot milk, but I find this a bit too strong and sweet, so I just use two, and at the moment I am making it with skimmed milk to save on calories, but of course it tastes more luxurious and creamy with semi-skimmed or full cream milk.
I warm a mug full of milk in my microwave for 1.5 minutes, then stir in the 2 heaped teaspoons of the chocolate powder. It’s as easy as that to create a warming chocolatey drink, perfect just before I go to bed, curled up on the couch in my PJ’s and slippers. Unfortunately, just at the moment, I have to forego the chocolate digestive biscuits that would normally be my ideal accompaniment for this drink.
I suppose the milk could be warmed up in a small saucepan too, but to me that is just making unnecessary washing up. Don’t, however, make the mistake that I have done on occasion and add the powder to cold milk, as the powder just will not mix and you will end up with a gloopy mess.
The taste, is a mild chocolate flavour and is already sweetened, so no added sugar is necessary. I wouldn’t say that you can tell it is definitely Cadbury’s, but it has a good chocolate flavour without being harsh or bitter. I have tried cheaper supermarket brand options, and not enjoyed them so much as they haven’t been so smooth but flavoursome as this, so as I consider this a treat, I am happy to pay a bit more for it and would happily recommend it to others.
Packaging and price
The chocolate powder is sold in a tough, silver lined, cardboard tub with a plastic push fit lid. Mine is different to the one pictured by Ciao. All is coloured in the traditional Cadbury livery of purple and gold, with the words Drinking Chocolate in bolder white lettering.
It is quite distinctive and hard to miss on the supermarket shelf, but for us more mature consumers, the tiny gold on purple lettering is impossible to read when it comes to checking out the nutritional values or instructions, and indeed I had to find my magnifying glass in order to check the correct instructions for this review.
A 500g tub of Drinking chocolate is currently available for £2 at Sainsbury and £2.99 at Morrison and Waitrose, and just £1.49 at Tesco so I guess it is well worth shopping around.
Cadburys is the second largest confectionery brand in the world, and has been around 190 years! Originally, it was Mr John Cadbury who started out, in 1824 selling tea coffee, and of course the original drinking chocolate!
Cadbury drinking chocolate is probably the best known brand of chocolate drink, and certainly was a must have when I was little! The product comes in a simple tube, which is purple in color and has a chocolate swirl on the front of it.
The drink has a simple recipe, which makes it great for most people who have allergies. It simply contains Sugar, Cocoa, Salt, Flavoring. I do find that it is quite high in sugar, which makes it a treat for most people. I tend to drink this maybe once or twice a week for that reason.
The drink has a distinct flavor. It is very chocolaty, but very smooth at the same time. Unlike some drinking chocolate, it does not have a sickly taste to it. There are two ways in which you can make this drink, the first is by adding hot water, which is quite tasty, but at the same time can be quite watery if you do not use a lot of powder. The second is to make it with milk, which is by far the better option. I make mine with whole milk and microwave it, then add some marshmallows which makes it even better.
This drink is brilliant for all of the family, and tastes brilliant. A great treat for the kids before bed! For a 200 gram tub, it costs only £2, which is really good! We buy a tub perhaps once a quarter, and sometimes lasts us even longer than that! The price does vary though, depending on which shop you visit, but tends to be around the same price.
I would recommend this drink to all you chocolate lovers out there, it is the original and the best drinking chocolate!
With cold miserable days you need things to comfort and warm you especially at night and of course whats better than chocolate well drinking chocolate in this case as we all know that chocolate has chemicals that can make us feel better well scientist say that anyway.
With instant hot chocolate you don't get that smooth rich chocolate taste you get that watery taste to it which isn't very appealing or satisfying at the least. So I stopped buying dreadful watery hot chocolate which just made me more miserable and starting buying cadbury drinking chocolate which you add milk to, adding milk which we all know was made for chocolate and taste tons better. It says to add 3 heaped teaspoons of hot chocolate which is the perfect amount I think but its best to stir properly or some of the hot chocolate may sit on the bottom and if you prefer less or more hot chocolate that up too you . I have now bought two big 2kg of drinking hot chocolate which will last me for years because I love the stuff and because I got a good deal on it on amazon.
I personally like my hot chocolate with marshmallow fluff which is spreadable marshmallow which you can get for £2 in Asda or Waitrose and it taste great! I definitely recommend it because having a nice topping on hot chocolate makes it extra special.
Now that the nights are starting to draw in and I'm thinking about putting my central heating on, it's time to get the hot chocolate out again! I believe there really is only one drinking chocolate that is worth drinking and that is Cadbury Drinking Chocolate. A 250g tub of Cadbury's Drinking Chocolate currently costs £1.99 from Tesco - and I think that this is a really good price and it lasts me quite a while, particularly as I don't like it quite as strong as it's recommended on the tin.
The tin is made of cardboard and has a plastic lid which covers it. When you first open it it has a foil pull lid to keep the ingredients fresh and also so you can check that it hasn't been tampered with. Inside the tin is chocolate powder - and on the tin is instructions about how to make the drink. The instructions state that you should add 3 teaspoons of the powder to a mug of hot milk, but I personally find that this is too strong for me. I tend to make up the chocolate drink with 1.5 teaspoons of the chocolate powder - and ensure it is stirred really well to ensure that all of the chocolate is dissolved. If I'm wanting something a little richer then I tend to add a dash of double cream to the mix and this tends to make it a little thicker without being stronger.
The hot chocolate is smooth and rich and makes a really lovely warm and comforting drink. All of the chocolate dissolves easily and there is never any powder left in the bottom of the mug. It has a velvety milk chocolatey taste and is true to the Cadbury quality - which I believe is the best chocolate in the world.
Overall, I really recommend Cadbury Drinking Chocolate......it's chocolate heaven.
Ah, Cadbury's Drinking Chocolate - I love the stuff! We buy this in the large sized tin from Sainsbury's for £1.84. The tin has got 500g of Cadbury's drinking Chocolate in it and a tin will last us about 2 weeks, roughly. We all love this stuff in our house and I will usually have mine before bed. The ingredients are as follows:
Sugar, Cocoa, Salt, Flavour and minimum 25% Cocoa Solids
I would suggest though that if you drink this and you are (or might be) allergic to soya, that you take care - as there is a warning that it 'may' contain this.
I love to drink this by the gallon when I am feeling under the weather and my dear other half makes the best drinking chocolate in the world. It's great served piping hot with a good spray of thick dairy milk cream on the top and then some chocolate sprinkles - you cannot beat it.
Taste wise, I don't think you can really beat the Real McCoy. I have tried Tesco's own version and Sainsbury's too, come to that, but if I was blindfolded and had to do the 'taste test' I know for sure I'd be able to detect the fake each and every time.
Cadbury's drinking chocolate is creamy, thick and so so moreish. It is not at all sickly and what I also love about it is that all the powder always dissolves so well once the hot milk is poured on top of it. Unlike the cheaper brands, which can take an age to dissolve - or not at all!
It is rich and creamy and every s slightly frothy and not too sweet. Yes its' loaded with fat and calories, but what the hell. The taste more than makes up for that.
I love the stuff and highly recommend it.
I must admit, that when it comes to substituting brand products for cheaper ones, it is something I have tried on many occasions. I have also been pleasantly surprised with the outcome on a large number of these products and continue to buy. But, this has NEVER been the case when it came to cadburys drinking chocolate.
I often make this for my children of a night, and they know a mile off when I've bought a cheaper version, and sadly on many occasions the substitute has gone to waste. So economically it makes sense to pay a little more for such a well liked brand.
The powdered chocolate comes in numerous sized tins and sachets. At present a 500g tin at Tesco is priced at £2.00 against a 500g Tesco version for £1.74. Not a lot of difference I think you'll agree, particularly if the substitute goes to waste.
Sugar, Cocoa, Salt, Flavour and minimum 25% Cocoa Solids
May contain Soya, Milk and Cereals
So how do you make it. Well you can make it by boiling milk in a microwave or on a stove. I'm more of a traditional kind of person and measure the mugs out with milk and pour into a pan. Bringing slowly to the boil, so I don't burn the milk. Then I fill my childs mugs and add the chocolate accordingly. Obviously their mugs are different sizes because of their ages, so the amount of tea spoons I use differs. Ina standard sized mug I would say that a heaped table spoon is required.
The chocolate is extremely creamy and throthy, and providing I don't add too much, it dissolves extremely well. The colour (unlike some other chocolate drinks) come out a lovely milk chocolate brown colour. It also tastes like a milk chocolate bar of chocolate, but just in a liquid version. My children find it very soothing before they go to bed.
Calorie wise like all chocolate drinks it isn't particularly healthy. Per 18g (3 1/2 medicine spoons) there are 4.6g of fat and 165kcal - if used with 200ml of semi skimmed milk. But in moderation it is a lovely drink for all the family.
I can highly recommend this drink. We've had it in our family for many years, and is delicious, especially of a cold winters evening.
Copyright stebiz 2012 - also on ciao.co.uk
The only hot drink I ever drink is hot chocolate and the best of them all has to be Cadbury's Chocolate Drink. The drink has been around for years and years and is such a lovely drink, I doubt it will ever disappear off the shelves.
The packaging for the hot chocolate is very familiar to anyone who likes Cadbury's as it is the normal purple like they have on their chocolate bars. The latest version of it is fairtrade so you know they are doing their bit to help those at the beginning of the chain for making it.
To make a classic drink you need to hot up some milk and then add three heaped teaspoons full of hot chocolate to the milk. It tells you to use hot milk and not boiling but I like to make sure the milk has boiled first as then you get the nice bubbly bit on the top. Then I pour it in the mug and just leave it for a minute to cool down a bit then add the chocolate powder and stir it in. This makes it really frothy on the top and the chocolate blends in easily. Some people like to add a spoonful of sugar to the drink but I find it sweet enough without it.
A good thing about this powder is that you don't just have to use it in a drink, you can also add it to cake mixes to make them into chocolate cakes or add it to some icing to make chocolate flavoured icing. The taste is so chocolatey that it works really well.
I am dieting at the moment so I have been buying the highlight version of the drink which is the low calorie one but it doesn't taste as good as this original drink so if I am out and have a hot drink somewhere I am really pleased when I see they are using Cadbury's hot chocolate and they are making it with the milk and have it as my special treat. The calories for one cup of hot chocolate including semi skimmed milk is 165, so quite a lot up to the highlights which is only 40 calories but as a treat now and then I am sure I can fit it in with my weekly calorie allowance.
Just like the chocolate bars, Iove Cadbury's Drinking Chocolate, but unlike the chocolate bars, it is a luxury I allow myself only once in a while. But even now and again, when Im in the supermarket, I pick up a jar, as a treat for me and my kids, as my partner isnt a big lover.
I dont think you will find this drink in your local corner shop, unless its some sort of a convinence store, so your best bet would be look out for it when you do you shopping in a supermarket, Asda in particular do deals quite regularly on this drinking chocolate. It is slightly more costly than standard drinking chocolate but you get such a better taste. It easy to make, simply take off the lid, add a couple of spoons of the powder into a cup, then add a little milk. Unlike other hot chocolate products on the market, you dont need to add hot water, and with Cadbury's, you pop in the microwave and its done, all ready for a great tasting experience.
This drink is very sweet and to be quite honest rather relaxing. I myself love dipping marshmellows in it, creamy I think. My kids love it, and with it not being that high in calorie content, less than 200, I dont mind them having a cup every now and again. I would definitely recommend all to go out and buy Cadburys drinking chocolate, it tastes so much better than the cheaper varieties and although a little more expensive, around £3, certainly worth the money. Thanks for reading.
Before I go to bed I usually treat myself to a mug of hot chocolate. I am not really brand loyal but when it comes to buying drinking chocolate it has to be Cadburys!
Cadburys have been selling drinking chocolate since the 1800's, although initially it certainly wasn't anything like the drinking chocolate we know today! Early drinking chocolate was made using cocoa that had a much higher content of cocoa butter. In order to absorb the fat and mask the fatty taste, ingredients such as potato flour and sago were used. Over time the Cadbury family found ways to reduce the fat allowing them to offer a purer chocolate to drink. The idea of drinking chocolate and not alcohol was something the Cadbury Quaker family were keen to promote.
Today Cadburys drinking chocolate is widely available all over the world. It comes in a round tub with plastic resealable lid. The rich purple colour that dominates the packaging is one I remember from my childhood. The rich colour fits well with this drinking chocolate as a luxury brand. The drinking chocolate is protected by a gold foil covering that is easily removed when first opened.
Cadburys suggest you use 3 heaped teaspoons of chocolate powder added to a mug full of hot milk to make the perfect drink. However I find that just over a teaspoon full of chocolate is enough for me! I also add half hot milk and half boiling water as this means fewer calories and a less sickly drink! Talking of calories, this drink is not exactly healthy! Made in the way Cadburys suggest and using 200ml of semi skimmed milk, the drink will provide 160 calories and a whopping 22.1 grams of sugar! However as I use half water and use less chocolate, I reckon this is not so bad!
I love the rich, smooth taste of Cadburys drinking chocolate and find it has just the right level of sweetness for my palate. The chocolate flavour comes through really well too. I have tried other brands, some much more expensive than Cadburys, and think Cadburys is by far the best!
At the weekend, afer taking our dog for a long walk, I like to treat my children to a mug of hot chocolate with the addition of a few tiny marshmallows! This has become something of a ritual in our home and is looked forward to each Saturday!
Cadburys drinking chocolate is widely available and is on sale in Tesco at £2 for a large 500 gram tub, or £1.99 for a 250gram tub. Clearly the larger size tub is much better value at just 1p more for twice the amount!
Cadbury's hot chocolate drink can be found in most supermarkets and is available in a range of different formats.
I find the packaging attractive and it helps to keep the drink fresh and air tight. As soon as you open the tub you are met by a GENUINE chocolate smell, not something synthetic like the cheaper imitations out there. The drink is easy to prepare too, although the powder can be a bit messy if spilt so be extra careful with it! I add a couple of teaspoons of the powder to my favourite mug, add milk and warm it up in the microwave. You can boil the milk first but I find it easier to warm the whole drink up together in the microwave.
The aroma of the drink is lovely - very chocolate smelling and sweet. The drink itself is gorgeous. It ends up being a rich hot chocolate drink and the drink itself is very smooth and relaxing. It really helps to switch my mind off from the day, helping me to escape. The drink also helps me sleep if I drink it before going to bed. The drink leaves a pleasant chocolate aftertaste in my mouth after drinking and it can be drunk with or without food. I like to dunk a couple of biscuits into mine too!
I am pleased to say that the drink doesn't leave me feeling bloated and/ or uncomfortable, even when drunk with food. The drink contains around 160 calories per serving, which isn't too bad. The sugar content is moderate and the drink is great for both adults and older children.
As you will see from some of my previous reviews I am partial to a mug of hot chocolate in the cold winter months as I do not drink tea or coffee. One of my favourite hot chocolates is the original Cadbury's drinking chocolate which you make with milk. After going into the cupboard a couple of weeks ago to find the tub of drinking chocolate I realised it was about empty so headed to my local Tesco express to buy some more. The only drinking chocolate they had in larger tubs was the Cadbury's, although I was happy to be buying this hot chocolate it is not the cheapest so I did need to dig a bit deeper into my pocket for this one.
I paid £1.89 for a 250g tub of this Cadbury's hot chocolate. But having just looked on the Tesco website it is currently on a buy one get one free offer. For this price it is certainly worth stocking up on for the rest of winter as it makes it under £1.00 per tub. You can also buy this hot chocolate in larger 500g tubs.
The tub itself is made of thick card and is the signature Cadbury purple in colour. The lid is made of purple plastic and can easily be pulled out of the top of the tub. When you remove the lid you find a layer of gold foil which keeps the hot chocolate powder fresh, to remove this you simply pull the tab attached to it. The tub has the full ingredients listings, nutritional information and making instructions on the sides. It also states that the hot chocolate is fair trade and that the tub is recyclable.
To make the hot chocolate it states to add 3 heaped teaspoons of the chocolate powder to a 200ml mug of hot milk. This makes perfect hot chocolate and the power dissolves easily. I sometimes make the hot chocolate in a pan and pour into a mug when made. If you are feeling a little indulgent you can add a little alcohol to the hot chocolate, I can certainly recommend Cointreau and whiskey. You can also top with cream, marshmallows and chocolate sprinkles.
A serving made as above contains the following nutritional information:
Calories - 160
Sugars - 22.1g
Fat - 4.4g
Saturates - 2.8g
Salt - 0.38g
I really love this hot chocolate it may be a bit more expensive than some of the other hot chocolate brands or the supermarket home brands but it is very nice. As you make this hot chocolate with milk it is much creamier than the ones you make with water. It has a lovely chocolaty smell and a rich, smooth taste. This is certainly a hot chocolate that is worth spending a little more on for the great quality and lovely Cadbury taste.
As I am allergic to milk, I am always looking for products that will go well with soya milk.
I love the cadburys brand, and so I always buy their hot chocolate powder. You can get one with water but its just not the same.
This hot chocolate tastes best when heated up in the microwave for about 1 minute, then add the powder. From one tin you get around 10 mugs worth of hot chocolate.
It costs around £2 + for a tin from Tescos, which is about the same price as the water version. Its not great for you with quite a high sugar and calorie content, but is nice for a treat at the end of the day. Also hot milk before bed helps you sleep well apparently!
If you enjoy cadburys chocolate bars then you will love this drink as a late night alternative for that chocolate fix. If you are allergic to milk then it tastes great with soya as well.
Meeeeh, This ''Drinking Chocolate'' is not the best that i've tried, i know it says to use skimmed milk :/ but normally when i try most other brands i use hot water then add a small amount of milk to it , and it usually is fine and creamy.. but this ''drinking chocolate'' .. lol sorry i still find it odd to call Hot chocolate ''drinking chocolate'' ( I'm Canadian not British) anyway when i try adding hot water and small amount of milk to it like i do with the other brands, this brand doesn't seem to be as creamy even when i add a extra teaspoon, it just taste of light cocoa and sugar in water ...
it should be called cocoa powder with added sugar, cause this is no Hot chocolate nor ''Drinking chocolate'' doesn't taste of chocolate enough to me. i like a strong taste of chocolate weather its dark or milk chocolate...the cocoa itself is not that strong also.
so yeah end result is sugar water or light cocoa drink weather you use milk or water.. it still gives the same result.. not strong enough.
the package at the moment looks different from the package in this image above, so they could have changed the ingredients recently i don't know...
but what i do know is that this brand is just a little better then the co op version, but not by much,
and there are better brands then this that taste amazing with only using hot water in them.
so i don't think i will buy Cadburys ''Drinking chocolate'' again since all i taste when i drink it is sugar.
I am not a tea or coffee drinker but I do love a nice drink of hot chocolate. I have tried, and continue to try, many different brands but the one that I like to be kept in my cupboard at home at all times is Cadbury's drinking chocolate.
The drinking chocolate comes in a purple tub which I immediately associate with the Cadbury's brand. The tub has a picture of a white cup on the front and also features white writing and although this is a simple design I feel that the pinky purple colour looks warm and inviting.
When you first take off the lid you have to remove a golden foil seal which obviously helps keep the product fresh whilst it is on the shelves. When this is removed you can see the brown drinking chocolate powder. I have to say the smell of the powder is lovely as it is sweet and chocolatey.
To use the drinking chocolate you should put up to three heaped teaspoonfuls of the powder in to a cup of hot milk and stir it well. I tend to warm my milk in the microwave and then stir in the powder but you could of course warm your milk using a saucepan on the hob, I just find it easier using the microwave.
The taste of the drinking chocolate is lovely. It is certainly the nicest I have tried and I have to say I think this is because it is a Cadbury's product. I do sometimes add a little sugar to make it a bit sweeter but I have a sweet tooth anyway! The chocolate tastes creamy and authentic and I really do like it. On cold nights my son and I will have a mug of this with squirty cream on top and either some marshmallows or a fudge stick to dip in. Now obviously this is pretty indulgent but we don't do this every time we have a drink so I think it makes a lovely treat. I really do think this is a perfect drink for winter, especially as a soothing drink before bedtime.
This drinking chocolate is obviously more expensive than supermarket brands but I do feel that it is superior. A 250g tub will set you back around two pounds but I do feel like it is worth it as a tub lasts a decent amount of time so for us it proves to be good value.
Nutritionally of course this drink isn't going to be one of the healthiest! Per 18g serving made with 200ml of semi skimmed milk you have the following:
As a treat my son and I love this drink and I would highly recommend it.
Thank you for reading my review!
I have already reviewed the Cadburys Highlights and stated it was too thin and nt like real hot chocolate that you get in cafes.
This hot chocolate does a very good job and is very rich and thick. Mainly because it is made from warm milk so naturally it will be thicker than hot chocolates made with water!
It is a bit of a task to make this, just for a hot drink the milk needs to be boiled on the stove (or microwave but I always seem to have the milk boil over and make an even bigger job out of it!) Then after making sure the milk does not boil over, pouring it into a mug and beating fast so that no lumps of raw powder are left! There really is nothin worse than lumps of powder left after stirring, having one of them find its way into your mouth when you think you are taking a gulp of hot chocolate is cringe worthy!
However, with a squirt of cream and some marsh mallows, this is just like a hot chocolates from the cafes.
As for the fat content and calories, well I dont care much for them and do not calorie count so I can not comment on this. I just make sure I do an extra 20mins exercise with my dogs the folowing day to counter act it!!
I would think too much of this would be bad but at least you are getting a calcium intake from it!!!