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Options Hot Chocolate range is a very good range that I find always gives you what seems like creamy hot chocolate. With the ease of just having to add water, it reduces cost and makes it easier to make, as all you need is the chocolate, a kettle and a tap.
Of all the flavours in the range, I wouldn't say it's my favourite - that would be the mint flavoured one. It's pitched just right. This belgian chocolate doesn't actually seem all that different to a regular milk chocolate Options cup of hot chocolate, if I'm honest, and perhaps the difference is in its smoothness and richness. There's a very slight, hardly discernible at all feel to it that makes it seem slightly richer, and I wonder whether this is what sets it apart. Indeed, if you look on the tub that it comes in, the only clue as to the difference is in explaining that it uses rich Belgian chocolate. I'm guessing that Belgian choc is generally richer than other places?
This kind of makes me think it's just another ploy to get another flavour of Options onto the market, and get people buying it. Well, it must have worked as I'm sitting here with it in front of me. I certainly can't disagree with its claims of being smooth and rich, but it's not a far cry from the regular Options choc you or I would be used to.
So is it good for you? Well, anything chocolatey is going to contain a certain amount of calories that may make you think twice about having it, and this is no real exception. You're only looking at 40 calories or so per 11g serving (which is what you'd get if you bought the little individual packets), so it's not too bad there, but there's nearly 10% fats and pretty much half of the drink is sugar. This I know puts a lot of people off, but then it's meant as a slightly indulgent treat, and I don't think there's anything wrong with it as long as it's not your staple liquid intake for the week!
The packaging is appealing as well. Depending on which tub you get, this particular brand has a mid-blue colour for the lid and top of the tub, descending into a rich brown to indicate the chocolate. The colours are well coordinated, and the tub I have curves in at the middle and then back out at the top and bottom, making it very easy to hold and also eye catching.
Serving the drink presents you with the same sort of problems as most powdered hot chocs will - it's best to use the freshly boiled water to make a slight paste first by just adding a drop to the recommended 11g, then adding the rest of the water to fill the cup afterwards. If you just fill it with the boiling water and then stir you end up with little bits of undissolved choc floating in it, and it just detracts from the smoothness of the serving. It also leaves annoying little bits in the bottom once you finish.
This is the only issue I can find with it though, apart from the inevitable price. Options excel at making hot chocolate, and it reflects in the price. A 220g tub of this will set you back around £3.19 - it seems a lot and kind of is. What you're getting though is a quality drinking choc. You could spend a lot less and get a lesser quality product if you wanted to, but I'd be happy with this, as it represents good value. Recommended.
With the cold winter days upon us I am always on the lookout for warm beverages to try. One of the drinks I have tried recently is the Options Belgian Chocolate drink. I have enjoyed a number of the Options hot chocolate range. Individual drinks sachets can be bought and I have tried the mint and turkish delight varieties. When I priced it up, however, I found it quite expensive so I decided to buy a jar to save a few pennies. Priced at around £2.50 for the 220g jar I still think it is quite expensive, but it is more economical than the individual sachets.
The Options Belgian Chocolate is packaged in a 200g plastic jar. This makes around 10-12 mugs of hot chocolate. At 37 calories per mug I think this is reasonable, although there is a high sugar content. The nutritional information is based upon an 11g serving, which suggests 20 mugs are expected, but I don't agree with this. The nutritional information is as follows;
Ingredients: Whey Powder, Fat-Reduced Cocoa Powder, Sugar, Chocolate, Acacia Gum, Dried Glucose Syrup, Skimmed Milk Powder, Vegetable Fat, Whole Milk Powder, Salt, Stabilisers, Emulsifier, Sweetener (Aspartame), Anti Caking Agent, Flavouring.
37 Calories - 2% of adult's Guideline Daily Amount
4.4g Sugars - 5% GDA
0.9g Fat - 1% GDA
0.7g Saturates - 4% GDA
0.3g Salt - 5% GDA
Three teaspoons of powder are required to make a mug of Belgian hot chocolate. Hot (but not boiling) water should be added to the powder and it is ready in an instant. The drink looks rich in colour and as the taste is very creamy and thick I don't see the need to substitute the water for warm milk. I still think it falls short of the Aero Hot Chocolate I drink regularly. Saying that, I still enjoy the taste and it makes a nice change to some of the other hot chocolate drinks I have tried. The reason behind that is that as this is Belgian chocolate it has a distinctly rich taste.
After trying many different brands of hot chocolate over the years, i have never been a fan of it. In asda a few weeks ago though, i was buying some cocoa to make chocolate brownies and noticed they had some new sachets of options hot chocolate on offer so decided to try them.
These were on offer for 5 for £1 so at 20p each they were a bargain. I picked up 2 mint flavour, 2 belgium chocolate and a white chocolate flavour.
I have not tried the white chocolate flavour myself, but my boyfriend said it was lovely when he first started to drink it but then it was too sickly too drink after half a mug.
I tried the mint flavour and it was lovely, not too strong. The belgium chocolate has to be my favourite though. It is not too sickly or sweet. I always add a little bit of milk to mine and a little bit of sugar.
I decided to get a tub of the belgium hot chocolate flavour for £2.20 as my boyfriend likes to drink it at night after his tea. When he is watching tv he craves biscuits or chocolate but as he is trying to lose a bit of weight for our holiday in june, he has a hot chocolate which stops his craving for chocolate so much, and as they are only an amazing 37 calories per mug, he does not feel guilty for having one!
I am amazed that a drink so low in calories could taste so nice, i think they must add sweetners to it.
One complaint i have about options hot chocolate is that even with the sachets it does not dissolve very well, there is always lumps of chocolate floating on the top, but i just use a spoon to get it out.
I have seen loads of different flavours advertised on tv for the sachets, but my local asda only seems to sell about 4 of the flavours. I decided to try the cherry, hot fudge, and chocolate brownie flavours. These were on offer 3 for £1, but i have not yet tried them but they sound so yummy!
These are so handy for in my desk drawer at work, i dont drink tea or coffee throughout the day so i have been taking some of these sachets and keeping them in my drawer to warm me up on a cold day!
Overall, options hot chocolate is brilliant as they are low in calories, cheap and come in so many different flavours.
I wouldn't usually buy this sort of thing, but we had some at work so I tried it.
I think it costs about £2.20 for 220g tub which claims to make 20 mugs.
The taste of this is so sickly sweet, I found it really disgusting.
I have found that with a few low fat, low calorie products, they tend to use sweeteners instead of actual sugar, which I think is how they save on the calories but it just makes it taste so awful.
I put a couple of teaspoons in a small cup and added boiling water, I then added a bit of milk (I do this with all instant hot chocolates), and the outcome was not nice. The powder did dissolve really well, there were no lumps like in other hot chocolates, but the taste was just really unpleasant.
It tastes like chocolate flavoured sweeteners. It has a nice consistency and dissolves well but it is not worth the calories that you spare.
It claims on the front that each 11g serving with 200ml of water has only 37 calories. Which sounds great, but for 37 calories it's not worth it. Either give it a miss, or drink real hot chocolate. It's not worth those 37 calories.
Of late I haven't felt at all well and I don't know about you but when I feel down I try to find ways of being kind to myself! Me, well I went out and bought new bedding, some new PJ's and a lovely snuggly fleecy blanket and things generally to try cheer myself up with! Something I really wanted was some hot chocolate too!
I was in Sainsbury's the other day and like I say I'm off colour and I was trying to look at the variety of hot chocolates on offer but was losing patience and in the end I saw this flavour is sachets and thought well I'll get 4 of these to try and in sachet form so at least I know the measurement in advance etc so no messing about and they seemed a real convenience!
Well like I have said you can purchase this as I have and that's in sachet form but it's also available in large tubs too. Whichever way you buy it though the labelling is the same in colour scheme and distinctive in it's appearance.
So my sachet is light blue and brown in colour and on the front I'm told it is Options Choc, 'Then a gorgeous Belgian walked in & the date become choc full of endless....' and I'm told the drink only contains 37 calories and I'm told it's an instant hot chocolate drink. On the back of the sachet ingredients are listed a well as a full nutritional rundown being given, the size is stated (which is 11g in this case and one single serving), I'm told how to make the drink up and contact details for Ovaltine are given (the manufacturer of the product). I like the packaging of these products and the information given is more than enough!
Well all you do is pour out the boiling water in a mug and then tip the hot chocolate powder which is dark brown, fine and smells hugely chocolaty into the water and stir it really well.
I had no problems mixing it up really but I did get a few lumps but actually I rather liked though as they tasted rather chocolaty, however because they never melted into the drink I did feel overall my drink was quite watery really.
It looked a very dark colour with a slight gloss to it and did smell of lovely chocolate though. Although it had a chocolate taste it didn't taste overly chocolaty sadly and missed a richness it could have really done with. The other problem with this really for me is the sweetness of it. It really is overly sweet for me and that sweetness also leaves a weird, almost tin like after-taste after drinking it.
It smells nicer than it tastes though to be fair to it isn't awful it just lacks more chocolate flavouring than I feel it needs however this is only 37 calories per serving with a mere 0.7g of saturated fat making it a rather healthy, quick fix.
In my opinion this is great for people watching their weight and who are willing to make compromises to be or stay thin. Me however has the attitude that I'd rather have a few more calories and have far more flavour. This for me never ticked all the boxes!
I paid 4 for a pound in my local Sainsbury's but usually the sachets retail at about 29p each in all good supermarkets etc.
With both sons having legs in plaster and being over 200 miles apart it has been a nightmare trying to make sure that they are both OK. So when at the weekend my eldest son and his wife came down with the great news that my lovely Daughter-in-law was expecting their first child, there was something to celebrate. Now what has this got to do with Options Belgian Choc I hear you say!
Well funny enough just like myself, my daughter-in-law can't drink anything except squashes or drinking chocolates. She is right off tea ( I haven't drank tea since my last son was born 19 years ago!) so out I popped and grabbed an assortment of different sachets of drinking chocolates like Skinny Cow, Galaxy and of course a selection from the Options range.
Later that day we passsed by the 99p shop and I discovered this jar of Option Belgian Choc. Now this comes in a pale blue plastic jar, with a screw on lid, that is ridged for an easy grip.When the lid is removed there is a gold foil sealed lid which will need to be pierced. Now that has been done you will instantly get the smell of a really rich strong chocolate hit your nose. This comes is a very fine powder form almost like the texture of flour, not like some hot chocolates that seem to be in granules.
Boil the kettle and leave to stand for a few minutes, put 3 teaspoons (11g) of chocolate into your mug, pour on your slightly cooled water and stir. Then you can sit and enjoy your gorgeous hot chocolate! It has a really creamy chocolatey taste, which you can tell that only the best ingredients have been used in this drink as it lacks in nothing. Whats more not only does it taste great, but it is only 37 calories per mug, so also helps if you are following a diet or just doing general healthy eating( & drinking!).I don't need to add sugar to this as for me it tastes just right, but some people might want to add a teaspoon of sugar to make it more sweet.
Now earlier I got 4 sachets for a £1 or 26p each from Tesco's, so with each sachet being 11g it does work out expensive to buy it this way. With the jar I got from the 99p shop holding 132g, this makes it much cheaper to buy and the sell by date is 05 2010. So I will have to keep an eye out to see if they get any other flavours in. The only good side to the sachets is that you can try the different flavours to see if you like them or not, before paying out for a jar.
There are several others flavours to choose from;
~~~Wicked White Choc~~~
~~~Ool la la Vanilla~~~
Each 11g serving with 200ml of water contains;
So far this has been one of the best hot chocolates around, so now I will have to try some of the Skinny Cow and Galaxy ones to see which gets the crown for the best Hot Chocolate.
5 stars for this one!
I am a huge chocolate fan, so when they started making low fat chocolate drinks I was in heaven. One of my favourites is Options 'belgian choc'. It comes in a sturdy containers. Made from plastic it is lightweight. The brand name and the flavour of the drink are very easy to see. It clearly states that you get 24 servings from the container, which is 264g. Also easily and clearly seen on the side it states that there are only 40 calories per serving. This is good news for anyone on a diet of any sort. In fact all of the nutritional information is clearly visable. So, the flavour, well I put in 3 heaped teaspoons of the powder to a mug of boiling water and stirred it for a few seconds. It looked very silky smooth , a lovely creamy, velvety, chocolatey and very appealing. The colour was of smooth chocolate velvet. I just thought mmmm. It tasted very rich and very chocolatey. It had a very good chocolate colour too. You wouldn't guess that it was low fat. The drinkl was completely full of flavour and taste. As no milk was needed - you simply add hot water to the powder - the drink stayed hot for quite a long time. i would say that this was the perfect low fat chocolate drink for anyone, on a diet or not. the flavour and taste are amazing.
I tend to view Hot Chocolate drinks as a bit of an indulgent treat especially as in calorie terms they can be little different to eating an actual bar of chocolate however having discovered Options Belgian Choc at least I can indulge a little more often as compared with traditional drinking chocolates this product is about a third of the calories per mug and there is little or no compromise on taste in my opnion. Gven the recent cold spell there is nothing better than coming home to a nice steaming hot cup of drinking chocolate.
I paid just under £3 for my 220g jar of Options Belgian Choc, I forget the exact price but it was definately between £2.50 and £3 and the suggested serving mount is three teaspoons per cup however I find that I tend to use two and a bit as the product is very sweet to the taste and if you add too much it just ecomes sickly.
There is a lovely rich aroma that hits the nostrils when you add the water and stir it in, the drink itself has a nice dark colour to it. Ih has a wonderfully rich chocolate flavour as well and is so much better than some of the more insipid brands out there.
You do pay more than other drinking chocolate brands but the much lower calorie count and the nice taste means that this is my first choice when it comes to drinking chocolate.
I consider myself to be a pretty big fan of hot chocolate - it's great at this time of year when the weather is cold, and you can warm yourself up by making a cup of the lovely (and often unhealthy) drink.
I have always bought Cadbury Instant Hot Chocolate in the past, as I love it's creamy taste, and the fact that it isn't too rich. However, I recently purchased a jar of 'Options Belgian Choc' as I had heard many people say how delicious it is. Therefore, this review is a direct comparison between the two products.
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Costing £2.74 from Tesco for the 220g container, Options is more expensive than the Cadbury variety, which retails at £2.69 for 400g. That said, the two products are equally economical, as Options suggests adding three teaspoons of powdered chocolate per cup, whilst Cadbury's requires four.
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Upon making a mug of Options Belgian Choc, I was pleasantly surprised by the flavour. I would probably say it was sweeter than its Cadbury rival, and definitely richer. The taste is more akin to the hot chocolate that is served at Thornton's cafes, than the home made powder-based drinks I have made in the past.
In terms of the ingredients, the product contains; Whey Powder, Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder*, Dried Glucose Syrup, Stabilisers (e414, E415, E340), Chocolate Powder (5.9%), Vegetable Fat, Salt, Dried Skimmed Milk Powder, Sweetener (aspartame), Anti-caking Agent (e551), and Flavouring (vanillan).
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When comparing Cadbury's and Options hot chocolate, the calorie content of both makes interesting reading;
One serving of Cadbury = 128 Calories
One Serving of Options = 37 Calories... A huge difference.
In conclusion, for those watching their weight, there is only one real 'Option' in the form of Options. However, although I enjoy the flavour, I think I still prefer the Cadbury's variety. Options Belgian Choc is nice but more sickly than Cadbury Instant. Therefore, although it's probably better for you, i'll be sticking to the Cadbury drink which in my opinion is perfect.
I love hot chocolate and have probably tried most of the instant types on the market and this one wins by a mile.
Super indugent, the flavour is rich and creamy and it's very easy to make. Just add water if you like, or to make it super rich go half water half milk, all milk or even stick a bit of cream on there. Maybe some whipped on the top or marshmallows even if you want it really calorific. This is the type of choccie the option hot choc is though, this isn't a hot drink.. it's a pudding!
Options have now brought out variations on this theme including mint, vanilla and orange versions. All good for a change but in my opinion you can't beat the original.
Price wise it's mid - high in the range of hot chocs on the supermarket shelves but I'd say it's worth as yummy as it is, this is for treats as it's full of calories.
I wondered why my 17 year old daughter loves Options Belgian Chocolate drink so much, but now I've just made myself a big mugful I can understand why!
I'm really only a tea & coffee woman but lately have been trying other hot drinks due to the cold weather.
I'd run out of my current favourite (Horlicks with chocolate) so tried this Belgian Choc one for a change.
To be honest I begrudged paying the £2.49 for 220g but I now think it's worth paying for the lovely taste & satisfaction found in this drink.
The container looks very stylish - it's just as shown in the photo.
It has an easy to open screw top & the contents are sealed with a gold easy-peel cover.
The smell hits you as soon as you open the plastic jar - Belgian chocolate but not too overpowering.
The clearly provided instructions couldn't be easier to follow - just boil a kettle, leave a little while & then add to a mug/cup with 3 teaspoons of Options.
You have to stir pretty well otherwise you can get a film on the top & you can add milk if you want.
I found the taste to be perfect for my liking as it isn't too sweet but still has the great taste of chocolate.
The consistency is great too - not too watery yet not too thick (thinner than Horlicks but thicker than some cheaper chocolate drinks).
It has only 37 calories per drink & there are approx 20 servings per container which makes it cheaper than buying the sachets.
All the ingredients & nutritional information are provided on the product which is made in Switzerland ( I wonder why they don't use Swiss chocolate?!).
Options make other varieties including vanilla,toffee, orange, mint hazelnut, turkish delight, mocha, coconut, cinnamon & banana - to be honest we're happy with this Belgian Chocolate one - but maybe I'll just try the vanilla one & the toffee one &.........!!
- relatively expensive compared to some brands but really delicious.
- more econimical to buy in these jars than buying sachets.
- easy to use.
- low in calories & fat - sugar content not too high.
- very satisfying - recommended!
Ah, the chilly feeling in your toes, nose that won't warm up, it can only mean one thing! Winter is here!! Time to dig out stompy boots, double up your socks and most importantly of all - Hot chocolate before you go to bed!
I love hot chocolate, but I don't normally like the ones that you make up with just water, they don't taste right to me! But that all changed when my boyfriend persuaded me to try options for the first time.
I'm a lapsed weightwatchers girl, and the fact that this is so low in calories is great for me, you mix up 3 teaspoons with hot water and can happily enjoy it like that, although i like to add a dash of milk (skimmed) just to make it a little creamier.
There are 7 different options available, but I have only ever tried the belgian one. Each is no more than 45 calories a cup, which is pretty cool! Its pretty good value too, at around £1.60 ish (depending on where you buy) for a tub it lasts a couple of weeks in the winter.
This is a really good quality instant hot chocolate. You simply add water and have a rich smooth and creamy chocolate drink.
The taste is very chocolatey and a good quality chocolate at that - the Belgium mention in the title is justified!
I find this slightly on the sweet side, but this is expected from an instant hot chocolate and also from a diet hot chocolate that wants to reduce its sugar content in favour of sweeteners. It isn't a match on Cadburys hot chocolate made with milk but it is still a lovely drink.
The only downside is that it contains Aspartame - naughty people! For this reason, I do not tend to have it very often.
You can try individual sachets for only 20 pence. Although this works out a lot more than the 220g tubs, which will set you back about £2.50. However, if you just want to try it, it's great to get a sachet. Also, they are usual to carry with you if you are traveling and want some hot chocolate for your hotel room. Not that I am addicted to chocolate or anything!
I found a few Options hot chocolate sachets in the cupboard recently, one of which was the 'Belgian Choc' which I had bought ages ago, but never got round to trying.
This is an Instant hot chocolate mix from the Options range, which contains many flavours. Being, simply Belgian chocolate flavour, this makes it the plainest of the flavours in the range. Really, I think it is just supposed to be normal hot chocolate, but with a fancy name to make it sound more interesting!
The hot chocolate comes either in a jar, or an individual sachet containing enough for one mug of hot chocolate, and it's the sachet that I have.
Making the hot chocolate is very easy, as it is simply a case of emptying the sachet into the bottom of a mug, and pouring boiling water into it. When I tipped this into the mug, I could see that the powder was a fairly pale colour and the powder was very fine.
On adding the water, I began to stir, and noticed that it took quite a lot of stirring to get rid of any lumps, which I found quite surprising really as the powder had been so fine.
The reason this had stayed in my cupboard so long without me trying it, is because I thought that it would taste quite bland. I sometimes buy the Galaxy hot chocolate from the Klix machine at work, and as it comes in a small cup, I can just about get through it, but if drinking a full mug of hot chocolate, I usually prefer the flavoured ones, as I find them easier to drink.
I was surprised then, to discover that I really liked the taste of this. It's chocolaty, without tasting too artificial, and the level of sweetness is just right. I often find with hot chocolate it is too sickly sweet, or too bitter, but this was bang in the middle, which made it very drinkable. It's quite light too, it doesn't taste too rich or sickly at all, and I managed to finish the whole mug easily.
The packaging of the product, seems to put a lot of emphasis on the fact that one mug of this only contains 37 calories. Whilst that may be the case, it is also worth noting that it contains the sweetener aspartame, the use of which is quite controversial - I suggest you try Wikipedia if you want to know more, rather than having me try to explain it!
A sachet of this hot chocolate costs 20p and the 220g tub costs £2.47 from ASDA.
Overall, this was a nice hot chocolate, and I would buy it again. It was just the right sweetness for me, and not too sickly. Recommended!
During the winter months it's nice to warm up with a tasty hot drink - and since I'm not a huge fan of coffee or tea, I like to try different chocolate drinks and Options Belgain Chocolate is one of my favourites so far.
The jar of Options that I recently purchased looks similar to the one in the picture above, except that the container I have narrows in at the middle, which gives the impression that it's slim - and at only 37 calories per drink this is certainly a popular choice.
The jar holds 220g of chocolate powder and has printed on it the nutrition information and ingrediants, directions on how to make the drink, and contact details for the manufacturers.
This chocolate powder looks very similar to other hot drinks, and smells chocolatey.
~Nutrition Info and Ingredients~
Each 11g serving with 200ml of water contains
37 Calories (2% of adult's Guideline Daily Amount)
4.4g Sugars (5% GDA)
0.9g Fat (1% GDA)
0.7g Saturates (4% GDA)
0.3g Salt (5% GDA)
Ingredients: Whey Powder, Fat-Reduced Cocoa Powder, Sugar, Chocolate, Acacia Gum, Dried Glucose Syrup, Skimmed Milk Powder, Vegetable Fat, Whole Milk Powder, Salt, Stabilisers, Emulsifier, Sweetener (Aspartame), Anti Caking Agent, Flavouring.
Simple enough to make - just add 3 teaspoons of Options powder into a mug, add hot water and stir.
Options drinks are produced in Switzerland on behalf of Ovaltine Uk.
Various other flavours are available in the Options range:
Wicked White Choc
Ooh la la Vanilla
Some Options flavours, including the Belgian Choc, are also available in 11g sachets, which are handy if you want to sample a flavour - these cost approx £0.25 in supermarkets.
A 220g jar of Options Belgain Choc will cost approx £2.49.
Compared to some of the other hot chocolate drinks that I have tried (see previous Maltesers drink review for one example) this is one of the nicest. Although I do prefer my hot drinks to be a bit creamier, so I often add some milk to the water, or if I'm feeling a little bit crazy, I'll make it all with hot milk instead of water - mmmmmm.
I have mixed feelings about the ingredients - obviously it's great that one cup of Options (made with water, as directed) is only 37 calories, however I have a personal thing about Aspartame as there is some debate about the effects of this sweetener. Shame I can't have it both ways!
Saying that, as I don't drink Options all the time the Aspartame isn't a major concern and I really enjoy the taste of this chocolatey drink.
Drinking chocolate, instant hot chocolate