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Galaxy is a range of chocolate bar, cake and drink products from the Mars Company.
Galaxy offer 3 different hot chocolate options including traditional and instant. The other option is "Galaxy Silky Smooth Frothy Top Hot Chocolate".
This is a new addition to the Galaxy range and is similar to the instant option. The official description of this hot chocolate is "Indulge in the pleasure of Galaxy silky smooth hot chocolate with a delicious, creamy frothy top". It can be made with hot water or hot milk and is suitable for vegetarians. It isn't suitable for those who suffer with gluten, milk or soya intolerances.
There is a minimum of 14% milk solids and 25% cocoa solids.
*Packaging, Preparing and Nutritional Information*
The hot chocolate is in powder form and presented within a tall, curvy plastic tub with a screw top lid. The packaging has various pieces of information and an image of a frothy hot chocolate.
4 heaped tablespoons of powder should be put in a mug and either water or milk added and stirred until all mixed in. The nutritional information below is for 4 tbsp (25g approx) with 200ml of water. The brackets show the information when using 200ml of semi skimmed milk.
Calories 100 (193)
Saturated fat 1.7g (3.9g)
Sugars 15.3g (24.7g)
A 275g tub (11 servings) can be bought from Asda for around £2.60.
I love hot chocolate and seem to drink it more when the dark, cold nights start. I normally go for Cadbury or Malteasers hot chocolate and buy marshmallows and whipping cream to top as I don't like just plain hot chocolate. I love Galaxy chocolate so last month, I decided to try this new frothy top version. It isn't cheap but certainly works out cheaper than paying for one from Costa Coffee or Starbucks!
The packaging is sleek and attractive and the hot chocolate stays fresh thanks to the foil top underneath the lid. The powder itself is of course brown and fine granules with not too much dusty bits (unlike Cadbury!). It smells gorgeous and creamy.
*Mmmm Hot Chocolate!*
I tried this once with hot water and wasn't keen. It didn't have a good impact on me and simply tasted too watery despite adding 4 tbsp of powder. The frothy top wasn't substantial either. I like using warm milk to make any hot chocolate and this one is no exception. I heat some up in the pan until its warm but not boiling. I don't tend to add 4tbsp with milk as it makes it too strong. 3 is plenty in a large mug and the milk poured in. It mixes up well and no grains or powdery lumps remain.
The appearance of this frothy hot chocolate is pleasing. The hot chocolate is a medium brown colour and doesn't appear as rich as a stronger cocoa drink. When mixed up with the warm milk, a gorgeous, thick, foamy top quickly forms. It looks inviting and creamy and really adds body to the drink. The frothy top makes up about a quarter of a large mug and I don't need to add my usual toppings as it would be overkill! I occasionally have a chocolate biscuit with this hot chocolate and my preference is a Rocky Bar. I dip it in the frothy and is melts it slightly whilst sitting thickly on the surface. So yummy to devour!
This hot chocolate is very yummy to drink. It has a smooth texture and is very easy to drink whilst being fufilling. There is no need to add additional sugar (which is good considering the sugar already in the drink!). The taste is very much like Galaxy and is creamy and sweet but can be sickly after drinking half a mug. I personally find this drink to be very appealing and comforting on a cold night. It has more of an indulgent and milky taste when compared to the likes of Cadbury hot chocolate and leaves me perfectly satisfied.
I am happy to pay a little more for this hot chocolate and will be buying another tub next week. I have managed around 15 drinks from one tub which works out to around 17p a drink. I think this represents excellent value for money given the quality and indulgent experience from this hot chocolate drink. The nutritional content isn't brilliant but this is definently an evening treat and is relaxing to drink.
Thanks for reading x