“ Manufacturer: Galaxy / Type: Chocolate Drinks „
I was doing my large monthly shop recently and my since the weather has been a bit colder my daughter has been enjoying a lovely cup of hot chocolate before bed. I usually buy Milo as it is my personal favourite, but my daughter isn't so fussed, and seeing that with Galaxy Hot chocolate only requires hot water and a sachet was only 36p I decided to pick up a few.
The instructions to make the hot chocolate are really straightforward, simply boil the kettle and add, pour the chocolate powder from the sachet into the mug and mix!
One Sachet contains 25g of powder, so I actually make it stretch quite far, using one sachet to make 2 separate cups of hot chocolate which is good value for money in my books. The quality of the galaxy hot chocolate is far better than other instant ones I have used in the past as with them, as soon as I added the hot water the powder would just settle on top no matter how much I mixed it! With this one, it mixes instantly creating a nice consistency, not too watery but not overly thick and sweet and just the right balance.
In terms of taste, the hot chocolate tastes really rich and is a nice smooth milk chocolate and it smells as good as it tastes without being over bearingly sweet. I don't add any sugar or milk when I give it to my daughter, but for myself I do add a cheeky sugar as I have quite a sweet tooth! It does have quite a high sugar content, as sugar is third on the list of ingredients so I don't give it to my daughter too frequently.
The hot chocolate sachets are reasonably priced and affordable, although in the grand scale it is costly per mug than if you just bought a whole tub of 370g which costs £2.59, but I'd still recommend them though! They are easy to use on the go, taste really good, excellent quality and aren't overly expensive so this hot chocolate gets 5 stars from me!
A 370g pot of galaxy instant hot chocolate costs around £2.60 and is available from most supermarkets. Although I have also seen the smaller pots in Poundland before, which is perfect for those who haven't tried it before and don't want to spend too much. The large pot will last quite a long time as you only need 3 to 4 tsps of powder per cup. It says to add hot water, but I usually top it up with a little milk to make it extra creamy! The powder mixes in really well to make a smooth creamy drink.
It is not a rich chocolate taste, which I like as some hot chocolates taste too rich and sweet for me, this is more subtle. The texture is typical Galaxy, smooth and velvety. In terms of calories it is not too bad: 98Kcal per 220ml (made with water). This makes it a good treat for when you need to fulfill that sweet tooth, without completely ruining the diet.
My fiancé is a big hot chocolate fan and got me hooked onto it when we moved in together, he has a mug every night and now I do too!
We usually buy the Cadbury hot chocolate and that one is our favourite, but just recently I have being trying different brands to see if there are any even yummier hot chocolate flavours around and this is why I decided to try the galaxy version, which I bought from Sainsbury's last weekend.
I paid about £2.60 for the good sized tub which contains 370 grams of the powder. There are also sachets available but it works out cheaper to buy a big tub. The tub is nicely designed and there was foil protecting the opening under the lid when we first bought it so I knew it was fresh.
The hot chocolate has a nice sweet smell and the powder is very fine and a pale shade of brown. To make the hot chocolate you simply need to add 4 heaped teaspoons of the powder into a mug and add boiling water. The powder does contain dried milk, but I didn't find it creamy enough and it was a little too watery without any added milk or cream, so I added a teaspoon of cream which made all the difference!
This isn't the nicest hot chocolate I've tried, but it certainly isn't one of the worse either. It has a nice sweet scent which is comforting and warming, especially on a cold evening it really helps me relax and wind down. The taste isn't particularly chocolatey, it's more of a sweet taste with a slight hint of chocolate, but it is very nice and it isn't too sweet. The powder dissolves well into the water so it is smooth and not at all lumpy or gritty.
I really like this hot chocolate and would reccomend it. While it isn't my favourite, it is certainly one of the nicer ones that I've tried, and I've tried quite a few brands! My fiancé also likes it and he can be fussy when it comes to hot chocolate!
Galaxy Instant Hot Chocolate
I have started drinking Galaxy Hot Chocolate like it is going out of fashion recently! Which I suppose speaks very highly of the Galaxy drink, but is not very good for my waistline! I am going to be reviewing the 25 gram sachets.
The Galaxy Instant Hot Chocolate drink comes in a thick plastic sachet. This is slightly larger than your average instant drink packet and has the Galaxy branding all over it. The packet is a lovely rich brown chocolate colour with a lighter shade of brown where the product details are written and the Galaxy logo is written as if inscribed in melted chocolate.
The packet has a tear opening on one of the ends of the sachet which is very easy to rip open without spilling the powder inside. On the back of the packet is all the information and instructions for the hot chocolate drink.
This Instant hot chocolate drink is very simple to make with the instructions stating you simply add boiled water tot the powder. I also add a good glug of milk to my hot chocolate drink to make it a bit creamier, but this is my personal taste rather than vastly improving the taste of this delicious drink.
To make this I pour the entire sachet contents into a large mug, the powder is a light brown colour and very fine and has a faint chocolate smell. I then boil my kettle and fill half the mug with water. I then stir the hot chocolate until the powder has dissolved into the water, this takes minimal effort and time as the powder is so fine and you don't get any lumps in your drink at all. After this I add my glug of milk and then top up with boiled water to the top, and then give it one last stir for luck.
This Galaxy Hot Chocolate is a really delicious treat. It tastes rich, smooth and velvety and very indulgent. The chocolate is not quite the intense hit of chocolate that you get with a Galaxy chocolate bar, but it is a lighter and less sickly offering that is really moreish and I could easily drink many cups of this per day if I wasn't conscious of the calories in each mug.
I was especially impressed at the lack of lumps in this instant drink; I have made hot chocolates before now that totally clog up the bottom of the mug and the top of the drink tastes like slightly off water. This drink stays a good reasonably thick consistency all the way through drinking and really is an indulgent hot chocolate drink. It tastes of a quality and premium hot chocolate and with a splash of squirty cream tastes and looks like a hot chocolate drink you would get in a nice café.
A 25 gram serving of this will cost you 97 calories of your daily allowance which is why I try not to get too carried away with them. I find this is a lovely treat on a dark and cold night and for something even more special you can add your own extras such as marshmallows and cream. An absolutely gorgeous hot chocolate drink from Galaxy and also reasonable priced, currently a 370 gram tub of this hot chocolate is priced at £2 (on offer in Asda and Sainsbury's).
Calories - 97kcal - 5%
Sugar - 16.6g - 18%
Fat - 1.9g - 3%
Saturate - 1.5g - 8%
Sodium - 0.6g - 10%
I love a good cup of hot chocolate and after noticing that Galaxy do their own brand of hot chocolate, I decided to try it out because I like thier ordinary chocolate bars. The hot chocolate that I have has slightly different packaging to the one in the picture, but all the same wording. The word that crops up most on the front of this tub is 'silky' which I thought was very promising. The 370g tub is £2.59 from Sainsburys which is where I got it from and I think this is reasonable because of the amount of time it lasts. To prepare, you just put 4 teaspoons of the powder into a cup and then add water. This drink is 97 calories for a 25g serving made with 200mls of hot water.
The taste is a massive advantage for me. I love that smooth chocolate taste. To me, it doesn't actually taste like normal Galaxy chocolate, but this is expected as it is just some powder and hot water. I have had other hot chocolate brands which taste much more chocolatey and not so sweet, which I prefer. Another advantage is that once the kettle is boiled and the water is added it takes just seconds to stir and then it is done! I like when instant really does mean instant.
However the one thing I did find with this product is when I use the advised 4 teaspoons of the powder, it takes a while to make sure all the lumps have gone. Usually, I will find that there is a number of lumps of powder floating on top of my drink, which to me makes it look quite unappetising. So to fix this problem I use only 3 spoons of the powder, which to me, doesn't affect the taste, but does meant that I don't get as many lumps and also means that I use less of the powder each time and have to buy it less often.
Overall, I think this is a good hot chocolate but I think 4 teaspoons of the powder is a little excessive. However, it is a good staple brand which you can play around with, like having marshmellows on top, or adding a little bit of sugar to make it so it fits your tastes.
As I do not drink tea or coffee in the colder winter months I tend to have the odd mug of hot chocolate to warm me up instead. This winter I have tried quite a few different hot chocolate brands in the aim to find some new favourites. Asda sell a large variety of individual hot chocolate sachets and often have them on special offer allowing you to mix and match different ones. One of the hot chocolates that I have tried recently is the Galaxy instant hot chocolate.
As I stated I purchased the individual 25g sachet from Asda which is currently priced at £0.27 or currently on offer at 5 sachets for just £1.00. You can also buy the Galaxy hot chocolate in a large 370g tub priced at Asda for £2.48.
The sachet of Galaxy hot chocolate that I purchased came in a brown foil packet. On the front of the pack there is some basic information showing that the sachet contains one serving, how many calories the serving contains and that you just need to add water to make it. On the back of the packet you can find full ingredients listings, nutritional information and instructions for use.
I tend to try and drink low calorie or lighter hot chocolates when I can as many contain quite a lot of sugar and calories but every now and again it is nice to have a treat. Each 25g serving of the Galaxy hot chocolate contains the following nutritional information:
Calories - 97
Protein - 1.9g
Carbohydrate - 17.3g
Fat - 1.9g
To make the hot chocolate you simply tear the packet open, indicated by the arrow pointing to a small tear at the end. Then simply pour the light brown coloured powder into mug, add hot water and stir. The hot chocolate powder seemed to dissolve quite quickly without too much stirring and seemed to have a nice frothy top. Under the frothy top the hot chocolate appeared to be quite a dark brown and looked quite rich for an instant hot chocolate and not at all watery which I was quite impressed by.
As far as the taste of the hot chocolate goes I was slightly disappointed, the frothy top was nice and creamy but the hot chocolate underneath although looked good did taste a little bland. It did have quite a creamy taste but seemed to lack in chocolate flavour. I think if this hot chocolate contained a little more cocoa powder it could make it much more enjoyable drink. Overall this hot chocolate was by far not the worst instant hot chocolate I have tried but apart from the creaminess there was nothing else that would make me think that this was meant to taste like Galaxy chocolate as the chocolate taste was just not strong enough.
I am usually a tea drinker but every so often I do like to sit down and enjoy a nice hot chocolate. I would normally buy Cadburys drinking chocolate (the type you add to hot milk) but being on a diet I opted for an instant hot chocolate drink and this is what I bought in Poundland so yep, it cost £1.
I suppose making this is so much easier than going through the faff of warming up milk as this just requires 4 heaped tea spoons into a mug and top with hot (but not boiling) water give a good stir and it's done.
It looks quite delicious and although when first opening the tub you aren't hit with an overwhelming chocolatey scent in the mug made up is looks like a hot chocolate should, a slight froth on top and a velvety chocolate colour.
It's smells really chocolaty for an instant hot chocolate drink and is very satisfying to sniff. It smells as good as it looks!
~~The True Test - The Taste~~
Once cooled a little I like to sip my hot chocolate slowly to savour the flavour and this doesn't disappoint (much). Although not as creamy tasting as hot milk and powder varieties this does hit the mark and gives me a satisfying chocolate hit.
Due to the fact you need to use four heaped teaspoons in each mug you make this jar doesn't last long, probably about 6 mugs worth but when it costs a quid it's not too bad.
I don't think I would pay much over a £1 for it as I do prefer 'proper' hot chocolate but this stuff is good and I suppose better for you calorie wise :)
At first I was skeptical of getting this drink because I didnt know the brand too well but Im glad I decided to buy it afterall. The hot choclate is very quick to make and tastes great. It tastes very rich and delicious. Out of all the brands I have tried in the past I reccommend this one the most because it is simply the best I have ever tasted. The price is pretty far for the portion you get although of course, I do wish the bottle was bigger. I believe that is the only disadvantage of this drink. Some other people might find somehting else they dont like about it but personally I do really like the drink. As long as the like rich chocolate milk then you will really like this chocolate milk. The best time to drink this is at night watching tv because its very calming to drink it before bed.
I often enjoy a hot drink at night-time, and one drink that I buy regularly is hot chocolate. I have tried out several brands and types over the years and have found that some are better than others, and as you would expect, the quality of a hot chocolate product is often reflected in the price of the item.
When it comes to chocolate, my preferred brand is 'Cadbury's', and so I tend to try and pick out hot chocolate products in this brand, if I am not buying a supermarket-own brand product. I had never before tried a hot chocolate from the well-known "Galaxy" brand, but when I saw it for sale recently, I decided to give it a try out.
I paid around 90 pence for the jar of Galaxy Instant Hot Chocolate Drink which is 225g in size. I bought my jar in a local independent grocery store, but I have also seen it for sale in some branches of 'Poundland' as well as some branches of 'Poundstretcher'.
The packaging consists of a plastic 'tub' or jar, which has a screw-off plastic lid. There is a sort of light, slim-line look to the jar and it is not as 'clunky' as other, similar products that I have bought before. This is probably helped by the fact there is a sort of curved design in the centre of the jar's length, which makes it look slightly 'sleek' when compared to similar products.
The powdered chocolate drink is a pale brown colour and it looks pretty much the same as any other similar product that I have bought recently. There is a very sweet smell evident when I am making the drink, which of course smells like chocolate. The powder is not overly thick or dense, and it looks to be fairly average in its appearance.
Making a cup of the Galaxy Instant Hot Chocolate drink is not at all difficult. All I need to do is spoon some of the powdered chocolate into a mug and add hot water whilst stirring continuously to ensure all of the powder is dissolved. The stirring is actually a fairly crucial point in the 'brewing' process, as I find that the powder will coagulate at the bottom of the mug if it has not been properly dissolved, which means that there is powdery residue evident throughout each mouthful towards the second half of my mug of chocolate... disgusting! So, I tend to take my time when I am stirring in the powder, and this results in a lump-free mug of chocolate drink which I can enjoy fully. It really is worth taking an extra moment during the process of making a cup of hot chocolate to ensure that all the powder has been dissolved... believe me!
The Galaxy Instant Hot Chocolate suggests four heaped teaspoons of powder should be added to a mug to make a cup of the hot drink, but I tend only to use this amount if I am drinking from a slightly larger-than-average mug, mainly because I find the Galaxy chocolate is very sweet. I find that in a more 'average' sized mug, three heaped teaspoons of chocolate powder is more than ample for my own tastes.
The end result either way is a hot steaming mug of delicious hot chocolate that is quite satisfying. I find that the Galaxy Instant Hot Chocolate is quite sweet, although I don't find it is sickly at all. I don't feel the need to add sugar to the drink, such is the rich, sweet taste of the Galaxy chocolate itself, although my other half informs me that sugar should be added to any hot chocolate drink..?! I certainly don't feel it is a necessary addition and I don't find anything lacking in the sweetness of the chocolate drink.
There is nothing lacking in the flavour overall in my opinion, and I find that the Galaxy chocolate drink is fairly rich, certainly it is richer and slightly more 'dense' in its flavour than other (much cheaper) brands of hot chocolate I have purchased before, and this is probably down to the Galaxy product being one of a fairly high quality. There is certainly no 'watered down' element to the taste or flavour of the chocolate, and it is quite satisfying overall.
I tend to add a little cold milk to my mug of Galaxy Hot Chocolate, mainly because I tend to burn my mouth on it otherwise. I don't find that this little addition takes anything from the flavour or taste of the hot chocolate at all.
The nutritional information on the jar's label informs me that each serving of the Galaxy Instant drink will provide 98 kcal and 2.5g fat, so it is probably not going to be a popular choice with anybody trying to watch their figure.
For the rest of us however, I would highly recommend the Galaxy Instant Hot Chocolate and I will most definitely buy it again!
Make no mistake Galaxy is actually one of my favorite chocolate makers. So it was only natural for me to pick up a Galaxy Instant Hot chocolate!!!
Company History; The Galaxy brand was launched in 1960 and in 1986 the company was bought by Mars. The company is known as Dove in many countries such as Holland and Germany. It is highly popular in the Middle east and the UK. Although Cadbury is bigger Galaxy has actually outdone Cadbury in certain products. In the USA although it is known as Dove the taste is different to suit the American market.
Quality; Although the drinking chocolate is relatively smooth the drinking chocolate is packed with many ingredients such as hypromellose and sodium carboxymethyl. (What the hell do they do? If you know please leave a message in my GB!!!) To me ludicrous amounts of ingredients shouts to me POOR QUALITY. I would obviously expect many ingredients if it was not so damn expensive!!!
Package design; Typically Galaxy swirled lines and a piece of Galaxy chocolate melting into a mug- (which is not the case) the rounded plastic design makes it easy to hold however. the lid is also easy to screw on and off.
Taste and Appearance; I can taste nothing apart from the awful salty after taste here. Its quite smooth (after getting paste the un-dissolved bits at the top) Maybe I am being a bit harsh here but when one pays so much for a branded product my expectations were very high. Upon making the hot chocolate a residual at the top was apparent making it unappealing (even though I stirred considerably)
Value For Money; What makes the experience worse for me is the price- if its cheap I expect it to taste cheap- Galaxy is in no way cheap making this product unacceptable in the likes of "Faburys" drinking chocolate. What makes the Galaxy worse is the fact they request 4-heaped teaspoons in a mug meaning you theoretically get 9 servings out of your 225- gram tub. (It still tastes of nothing until you get the salty aftertaste)
Verdict; Buy the Galaxy (I would go for the Galaxy Cookie crumble a happy marriage!!) chocolate and buy the Cadbury drinking chocolate!!!
Ingredients; Sugar, Whey Powder (From Milk), Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder, Galaxy® Milk Chocolate 6.3% (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Skimmed Milk Powder, Cocoa Mass, Lactose, Vegetable Fat, Demineralised Whey Powder, Milk Fat, Emulsifiers (Soya Lecithin), Flavourings), Vegetable Fat, Skimmed Milk Powder, Glucose Syrup, Stabilisers (Guar Gum, Potassium Orthophosphate, Hypromellose, Sodium Carboxymethylcellulose, Carrageenan, Sodium Phosphates), Barley Malt Extract, Salt, Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrate), Flavourings, Anticaking Agents (Silicon Dioxide, Calcium Orthophosphate), Milk Sugar, Milk Proteins, Emulsifiers (Mono & Diglycerides of Fatty Acids), Milk Chocolate Contains Milk Solids 14% Minimum and Cocoa Solids 25% Minimum.... DEEP BREATH!!!!!
Nutritional Value (made 25g Galaxy instant drink with 220ml of water)
Energy (kcal) 99
Saturated fat 1.9g
Salt equivalent 0.6g
Also published on Ciao by jjcross
As the nights have started to get a bit colder I decided that I would treat myself to some hot chocolate. My product of choice was the Galaxy hot chocolate as it can be purchased in individual sachets. I thought I could try the sachet and then if I liked it I could buy the bigger tub, and I am so glad I purchased the sachet first.
The sachet is a long tube which has the typical Galaxy design on and the slogan; "Think chocolate, think indulgence, think Galaxy hot chocolate". I couldn't resist. I love Galaxy chocolate so was very eager to try it out.
The sachet opens very easily where indicated to allow the powder to slide out and into your mug.
MAKING THE HOT CHOCOLATE
After reading the instructions on the back of the packet I was quite pleased that all I had to do was boil some water in the kettle and pour over the powder and mix, simples.
As I emptied the sachet into my mug the sweet smell hit me instantly. It smelt sweeter than Galaxy chocolate bars but it wasn't too overpowering.
I poured the water in and began to mix. The powder dissolved very easily and quickly into the water and there were no traces of powder remaining. Sometimes I find that you get the odd bit floating on the top of hot chocolate but this seemed perfect.
The result was a lovely, bubbly looking hot chocolate.
TTHE TASTE TEST
The bubbly hot chocolate looked perfect and just what you need during the cold nights and I was very pleased with its appearance. Now it was time for the taste to do the talking.
I let it cool for just a couple of minutes then began to tuck in.
It was very smooth but to my horror it was extremely bland and weak. My expectations up until now were that I would have an explosion of Galaxy flavour in my mouth but I was bitterly disappointed with the cheap tasting product. It had no resemblance to the much loved Galaxy bar at all.
I continued to drink the hot chocolate in the hope that maybe the taste would develop over time but this did not happen. What a let down.
If this product were in a line up of several other hot chocolate products on the market you would not guess that it was one of the more expensive products, it tastes very cheap and to be honest quite flavourless. I will not be buying this product again and I am so glad I did not waste my money on a bigger tub as it would have just sat in the cupboard not being used. From my bad experience with this product I would have to rate it 2 out of 10.
--also on ciao--
Like most people I am addicted to hot drinks. I love tea and hot chocolate, although I never developed a taste for coffee. 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 tub of this Galaxy Instant Hot Chocolate mix to use at work, as this allows me to prepare my drinks quickly. I found this in Poundland where it costs £1.00 for a 225g jar. You can also find it in most supermarkets, and Tesco's sell the 370g jar at a cost of £2.25, so you do make a slight saving buying the smaller jars at a lower cost.
Product description: "New smoother recipe. Succumb to the smooth pleasure of creamy, Galaxy Instant Hot Chocolate. Made with real Galaxy Milk Chocolate."
This drink powder comes in a plastic tub with a screw top lid. It has a curved shape with the middle section being slightly thinner to allow you to get a good grip on the tub. Inside there is a foil seal over the top which will keep the powder fresh until you open it and then remove that layer. The packaging has the classic Galaxy appearance with a chocolatey brown colour and nice image of a hot chocolate drink.
Directions for use: Just add four heaped teaspoonfuls of Galaxy Instant Hot Chocolate Drink powder into a cup or mug and then pour on hot water and stir.
I personally think the amount suggested is over the top, as four heaped teaspoons seems like an awful lot! This works out as around 25g of powder. This is certainly more than what I would normally use to make myself an instant hot chocolate drink of any kind. My preferred directions for use are to put three flat (not heaped!) teaspoons of the drink powder 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 this gives a nice light drink without having a thick sludgy goo at the bottom of my mug from using too much powder. This way I get a nicer tasting drink and better value for money as the jar will last for longer.
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. This still creates a nice smooth tasting hot chocolate. The Galaxy Instant Hot Chocolate is made using actual Galaxy milk chocolate, and has a sweet and creamy taste which I would say is very much like the real thing. It could be a little too sugary for some people, and it is primarily a sweet tasting rather than a rich tasting milk chocolate flavour.
The drink is very easy to make and instant hot chocolate made with hot water is much more convenient than having to prepare a milk based hot chocolate drink. Personally, I find that milky hot chocolate drinks are too rich and sickly for my tastes, especially the type that you get from coffee shops. I much prefer the cheap cheat's way out of using an instant hot chocolate powder! This gives a lighter drink that it still indulgent but has a more pleasant consistency and flavour.
This instant hot chocolate drink has a very high sugar content, so I would advise not adding any extra sugar. Going on their recommendation of 25g powder per serving, the amount of sugar content per serving is 16.3g, so very high indeed! However, the calorie count isn't all too bad at 98 calories per drink. This is slightly less than similar products such as Cadbury's instant hot chocolate, although not quite as low as Cadbury's Highlights.
I think this is a really great tasting hot chocolate drink that is easy to prepare and has a lovely sweet taste. It is well priced and the perfect thing to keep stocked in your kitchen cupboard.
Typical Values per serving made with 220ml water:
Energy - 415kJ - 98kcal
Protein - 1.9g
Carbohydrate - 17.3g - of which sugars 16.3g
Fat - 2.5g - of which saturates 1.9g
Fibre - 1.1g
Sodium - 0.2g - equivalent as salt 0.6g
Ingredients: Sugar, Whey Powder (from Milk), Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder, Galaxy® Milk Chocolate 6.3% (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Skimmed Milk Powder, Cocoa Mass, Lactose, Vegetable Fat, Demineralised Whey Powder, Milk Fat, Emulsifiers (Soya Lecithin), Flavourings), Vegetable Fat, Skimmed Milk Powder, Glucose Syrup, Stabilisers (Guar Gum, Potassium Orthophosphate, Hypromellose, Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose, Carrageenan, Sodium Phosphates), Barley Malt Extract, Salt, Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrate), Flavourings, Anticaking Agents (Silicon Dioxide, Calcium Orthophosphate), Milk Sugar, Milk Proteins, Emulsifiers (Mono & Diglycerides of Fatty Acids), Milk Chocolate contains Milk Solids 14% minimum and Cocoa Solids 25% minimum.
I have to say, this stuff has got me through one harsh, heating-less winter in Spain, and it's about to get me through another. Who would have thought that a region of Spain that gets 300 days of sunshine a year could be so cold for 3 months of the year?
The best thing about this drink is that you can make it with only hot water, rather than milk, and, unlike many other makes of hot chocolate I've tried, it still tastes good. Admittedly, it probably tastes better with milk, but if you wanted a nice, comforting yet convenient drink to take away travelling, for example, this one's perfect, as long as you've got a kettle.
The main disadvantage is that one mug of this requires quite a lot of powder to stop it tasting watery- I usually use about 3 heaped teaspoonfuls, and since a jar doesn't exactly come cheap, it can end up being quite expensive. It's lucky I'm limited in how many I can buy, since I rely on people bringing them over when they visit!
The amount of powder you use is quite important in getting a pleasant-tasting beverage; as I said, it can taste very poor quality if you don't add enough powder, but if you add too much then you end up with lumps which don't dissolve, and I'm sure we've all experienced the unpleasantness of swallowing a lump of congealed hot chocolate in our lifetime!
I enjoy the taste, as I've said, although it does taste very sweet, so I wouldn't have too many in a day. If you're expecting it to taste like the chocolate bars though, as the packaging suggests it will, then you'll be disappointed. The taste bears almost no resemblance to the bars of galaxy. Also, according to the packaging, there are 98 calories per serving (25g), if you only use water rather than milk, and this is apparently 5% of the recommended daily allowance. It also contains, rather alarmingly, now that I think about it, 16g of sugar per 25g. No wonder it tastes sweet!
So, I would definitely recommend this drink, but as a treat, rather than something to drink out of habit. Also, if you were going to buy some to travel with, as I suggested, the sachets are probably a better idea than a whole pot, because of the obvious benefit of taking up less space in a suitcase, but also because I've found that the portion sizes are about exactly right for making one mug. Enjoy!
When it comes to chocolate I tend to default to Cadbury's. It just seems to be the superior brand in my opinion. However I have seemed to come across this galaxy hot chocolate several times now and I feel it is due a review!
Quite a few times I have been given sachets of this in hotel rooms to make with the tiny portable kettle they give you. I have always thought it would be rude to refuse, and have made and drunk a couple. I quite liked them, but thought they would taste nicer made properly with real ingredients in a real home, so when I was next in Tesco I picked up a pot for just over £2 for 370g. I seem to remember it being cheaper than the cadbury's one, pence per gram.
The galaxy hot chocolate comes in a plastic container with a screw off lid. I find the packaging bland and boring, I dont think that it is very attractive compared to the Cadbury's one which is much classier.
The hot chocolate is a light brown fine powder. The instructions on the tub tell you to add four tea spoons to hot water. I personally find that if you just use hot water it is quite bland, so I always use half milk and half water. I know this is more fattening, but tastes so much nicer and creamier. The powder does not dissolve in the liquid easily, so quite a bit or stirring is involved, and even then, you end up with a lumps on top and lots sunk to the bottom, which is such a waste, and a bit unpleasant to drink if you accidently swallow a lump or two!
The taste itself is quite nice, it is very creamy and sickly, but doesn't have that famous velvetty edge that the Cadbury's one has.
This isn't a bad hot chocolate, it's just no cadburys.
Sometimes you just want something warm and indulging in the evening rather than tea or coffee especially as the winter evening draw ever nearer. So in the cupboard, I usually keep a jar of hot chocolate for those evenings you want something warm and sweet.
I have previously bought the aero hot chocolate instant powder, but when I went to buy some more back in the Spring time, this Galaxy Instant Hot Chocolate Drink was on offer, and I presumed since it was a well known chocolate brand it would be as delicious as the chocolate bar it produced. This 370g jar retails around £2.20 in most supermarkets, although as I said I got mine on offer at the time.
On the front of the packaging is the Galaxy logo, and a picture of a mug of chocolate with a chocolate square slowly melting into it. It also states that this product comes with a 'new smoother taste'. In terms of calories, hot chocolate is never too bad, with this one coming out at 98 calories per serving. Fat is 2.5g per serving, but the sugars are the problem with a whopping 16.3g of sugars per serving.
On the reverse of the jar it states that this product is made with 'real galaxy milk chocolate' and there are also instructions recommending that you put in 4 x 25g of powder mixed with hot water. Like all instant hot chocolate drinks this is not difficult to make and a super fast way of making a hot drink for yourself, with those all important mini marshmallows on top to finish it off.
Now, as I said, I was a big fan of the aero hot chocolate I had regularly bought before, but I was somewhat disappointed with this jar. I love galaxy milk chocolate, but I didn't think the taste of this drink reflected that. Don't get me wrong, it is perfectly nice and drinkable, and we will most certainly finish the jar out, but it was just somewhat of a let down after the aero hot chocolate drink. Any time we have had a drink from this, I have never felt that I was indulging in yummy chocolate, in fact, it felt more watery (even though I followed the instructions perfectly) than chocolatey.
All in all it does make a pleasant and drinkable hot chocolate, but nowhere near as nice as other options on the market. I will be sticking to others next time, regardless of any offers on this product.