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Who doesn't like to snuggle up on a cold winter evening with a nice mug of hot chocolate? I know I certainly do. Although I do like to try out a lot of different brands, Galaxy Instant is one that I always come back to sooner or later.
It comes in a 370g jar that will cost about £2.20 and is available to buy in most grocery stores. It is instantly recognisable as being a Galaxy product because the packaging features the same branding as the chocolate bars, a swirly background featuring varying shades of brown and the Galaxy brand name. The jar has a screw lid that I found very easy to use and doesn't stick at all. When the product is first opened there is a protective layer of foil that has to be peeled off before you can get to the powder inside, which is obviously there for hygiene reasons. I guess it is always a comfort to know that the things you buy have not been tampered with in any way. The packaging does state that it is recyclable as well.
In general I really like the way this product is packaged. The opening at the top of the product is nice and wide so it is easy to fit a spoon in to scoop out the powder. However, I am now going to contradict myself slightly. When the jar is very nearly empty it can be a little difficult to get the last remaining bit of powder out because of the way that the jar is curved and so I often find myself tipping it out, which can be a little messy!
To make up the hot chocolate you have to put 4 teaspoons of the powder into a mug and then top up with hot water. I think it advises to use about 200ml of water but I never measure this. I have seen a lot of people stressing that the water should be hot but not boiling but I always forget and I don't think it really makes any difference!
My flatmates were all horrified when they first saw me make up some of this hot chocolate without using milk but I let them all try some and they all seemed to be pleasantly surprised. Despite using water and not milk the hot chocolate is actually very creamy and chocolatey, not at all watery. I really like the taste of it and I think it is very similar to how Galaxy chocolate bars taste. I prefer it to the Cadbury version, which is a little bitter for me. It feels like such a treat at the end of a long day! Each mug of this hot chocolate contains 97 calories.
My only criticism would be that because you have to use such a large amount for each mug you get through the jar very, very quickly. I remember being shocked when I realised I was over half way through the jar after only a few uses. It is possible to use slightly less powder per mug but this obviously results in a more watery taste. Due to this I wouldn't recommend this product if you like to have hot chocolate every day as you will be forever buying the stuff and it will quickly become quite expensive. It is something that I like to reserve for a special treat.
This really is a very good instant hot chocolate. I love the taste a lot. I think that it gives the creaminess and flavour of a hot chocolate that has been made with milk but without all the added faff that involves. Delicious hot chocolate is now only a boil of the kettle away!
I have to say that I do enjoy the occasional bar of Galaxy chocolate. Although I am still torn between Galaxy and Cadbury's chocolate I do find there are positive differences to both of them. Galaxy Instant is a hot chocolate drink. I do drink hot chocolate regularly - especially in the winter. With such a positive review on Aero hot chocolate drink quite recently, how will Galaxy Instant stand up against it?
The packaging is quite typical, with the familiar Galaxy logo and design as the chocolate bars. For some reason I think the packaging does get across the smooth texture of the chocolate, although that may just be me, as I do find this to be true having tasted the product. A 370g jar costs around £2.20 from your local supermarket, and the jar doesn't last that long when I am feeling the winter blues.
Upon opening the jar there isn't 'instantly' a chocolate hit. I heap four teaspoons of the powder into a mug, then add the hot (but not boiling) water. You can use warm milk if you wish, but I find the drink to be creamy enough with just water. The taste is instantly recognised as Galaxy chocolate. the smooth taste and rich, creamy texture is like velvet on your tongue. The taste isn't too sweet, so if you wish not to sweeten it then there is the option to do so.
I think the pricing is a little high. Considering you need to use four heaped teaspoons, the 370g jar doesn't last very long. I would say I get roughly a dozen mugs from the jar, and at £2.20 there are cheaper options available. So, how does Galaxy Instant stack up against the Aero drink I recently tried? Unfortunately, not very well. The creamy and rich texture is no match for the light and bubbly Aero drink. Whilst we aren't here to compare, just review, I must admit there are better hot chocolate drinks around.
On these cold evenings I love nothing more than curling up on the sofa with the fire on, my snuggly pj's and a good dvd and some smooth and creamy hot chocolate in my hand. This I spotted last week in Asda costing £1.49 a tub (for this size but other sizes are available) and I love Galaxy chocolate and had high hopes for this being totally scummy!
240g long curved to the middle plastic tub and to the top of it, it has a screw on/off brown coloured lid. Round the tub there is a white, light orange and yellow swirly pattern on it and I'm told that it is Galaxy Instant Hot Chocolate Drink 'Think chocolate, think indulgence. Think Galaxy Hot Chocolate'. Other information on a brown background on the back of the tub includes ingredients and allergy advice, a full nutritional rundown chart, instructions to make the drink up, the best before date is clearly stamped on and contact details for Mars (the manufacturer of the product) are all listed. It's a nice quality and informative tub however one small niggle I have is that with the back of the the tub having a chocolate brown background, with small gold writing on it I can barely read it which is a pain cos I struggled to read how to make the drink up!
Directions For Making It Up:
Add 4 heaped teaspoons to hot water and stir.
The Drink Itself:
Well you make this up as I have just told you really, it isn't rocket science lol. 4 heaped teaspoons of the light chocolate brown fine powder blend quickly and simply into the water creating a chocolate fragranced, glossy drink.
Taste wise this is a rich and tasty milk chocolate drink. Naturally sweet and a little bit creamy it has body to it though of course it isn't a thick liquid or anything either. It really does taste chocolaty and full of quality...this really is.
I love this really smooth choccy drink. I like the tasty sweetness and creaminess that this has...so much so I totally recommend this on every level...particulary if you hate lumps or artificially sweet after-taste lol.
Nutritional Information Per Serving Made With 220ml Of Water:
Energy: 115 Kcal
This can be found in all good supermarkets etc.
I don't drink hot drinks, but I sometimes do get the craving for something sweet and chocolately, so I bought the Galaxy hot chocolate, as it was on offer, and thought it was worth giving it a try.
I wouldn't say it tastes like Galaxy chocolate, although it is a yummy taste. The texture is thick although it doesn't seems to fluff up at all, which is disappointing.
There is 153 cals per serving, which is quite high, I would of expected the drink to be so much more rewarding and tasty to have this amount of cals in it. But to be honest its no better or worse than lower calorie hot chocolates.
I would say that one of the products downfalls is that you need to use milk, this can become pricey and seeming the amount of milk you use I expected it to be more creamier than it was. You also need to be careful to heat the milk exactly right else you can taste it in the drink.
I would say that the product is appealing to all ages as my dad and son both like it, the good thing is that you really don't need to add an sugar no matter how much of a sweet person you are, the taste is good enough without it.
Nutritional information - Per serving made with milk
Calories - 153 (8% of your recommended daily allowance)
Sugar - 21.6g (24% of your recommended daily allowance)
Fat - 4.1g (6% of your recommended daily allowance)
Saturates - 2.5g (12% of your recommended daily allowance)
Salt - 0.3g (5% of your recommended daily allowance)
The product usually retails between £1.70 and £2.00 for a 400g container, and is available form most supermarkets.
To sum the product up I would say that it is ok as far as hot chocolate goes, the taste is ok, the price is average. I don't think it is as good as some of the other competitors and for that reason I would give it 3/10.
Being a big fan of Galaxy, I was happy to pick this instant hot chocolate drink up in the pound shop as an alternative to my usual Cadbury's Highlights. As with most brands of hot chocolate, the powder comes in a plastic tub, and has been shaped to create the illusion there is more of it! And when you open it, you find it's not filled up to the top. The plastic tub is durable and has a screw top plastic lid for easy closing. The front has the typical brown Galaxy colours and styling.
The hot chocolate powder itself is quite pale brown with a hint of grey to it. It looks like most other hot chocolate powder you can get. From the nutritional information, the amounts are quite reasonable based on if you make the drink with 225ml of water. I'm not sure who would actually measure that amount out, but never mind.
The hot chocolate is easy to make - boil a kettle, add four heaped teaspoons of powder to a mug, then add the water and stir well. My first taste of this wasn't particularly nice - the powder takes a good stirring to dissolve and the taste is weak, unlike the rich, creamy Galaxy I was expecting. On the plus side I guess it's not too overwhelming for people who aren't keen on sweet things.
The next time I made it, I fill almost half my mug with semi-skimmed milk, then added water to make up the rest. This time it tasted much better, much richer and I was a happy Goldilocks indeed. However, it's still not fantastic and I'm not sure I'd recognise it as Galaxy if I was tested blind.
The other things against are the fact it takes four teaspoons of powder (compared to Highlights' three), and it doesn't suggest on the packaging that you make it with milk, which should be suggested in my opinion! Of course it takes more stirring them, but it's worth it.
So overall, could be improved quite a bit but not too bad for £1. A tub will probably provide about ten servings I would think, and it's nice in the cold weather. But I wouldn't choose this over Cadbury's.
It's getting cold and our fingers are getting numb. You'd like a cup of coffee but fear the caffeine will keep you up all night. Usually I tend to move towards hot chocolate to defrost myself on a cold night. Galaxy instant hot chocolate seemed like a good choice considering their chocolates are of a tasty quality. The tub contains 400g of powder for the price of about £4 although there is a smaller size I think of about 200g that is cheaper. The tub itself is plastic with and easy to screw off lid and generous spoon space.
Add 4 heaped teaspoons of this into your mug with hot water and stir well. At least, that is what the side wants you to do. 4 heaps is a LOT. Mugs like that won't last you as many as 7 servings. I find using 2 is satisfactory and doesn't affect the taste too much. Filling the mug with hot water will give a brown liquid that gives off a very faint smell of galaxy chocolate. It isn't quite as thick as you might expect for a hot chocolate. It seems to be more watery, much like coffee. But then that could be to do with only adding half the stated amount of powder.
Taking a sip from the mug only clarified my thoughts on how dense it was. The liquid was watery unfortunately which is not what I'd have expected from galaxy considering their chocolate is quite thick. It tastes all right but not as sweet as it should be. I was also expecting it to be quite creamy. Again that could be to do with the half of powder. The added sweetness of marshmallows however makes the drink great! Although it does not do well with large marshmallows. With big mallows floating on the top I couldn't eat them no matter how far I tipped the mug since they just floated to the bottom of the cup. This would leave me with a gooey substance at the bottom to eat along with the leftover powder. There isn't much of the power since I'm only using 2 heaped teaspoons but with 4 there was a ridiculous amount. Luckily it is easily taken away by using hot running water.
It is a shame that this hot chocolate is only mediocre considering their chocolates are so good. It isn't the best value for money either, especially if you are using the stated dose per mug. Although it is quite a decent hot chocolate for a hot water one, opposed to hot milk.
Its cold today isn't it! So much so that on arriving at work I had to defrost the outside locks before I could come in, so the only sensible thing to do once in was make myself a big hot mug of something warm, I'm not a big fan of coffee and a cup of tea seemed wrong somehow so after a brief rummage in the cupboard (brief because all the mugs which usually live in there are on the side waiting to be washed) I found a tub of hot chocolate and our foam cups for when we don't trust ourselves with pottery.....
The chocolate is Galaxy instant, in the distinctive Galaxy livery of chocolate brown and caramel colours it's not the most 'stand out' of pots but it is at least clear what the contents will be.
Opening the lid the powdered chocolate looks very fine and has a pleasant enough smell of chocolate, the instructions say to simply add hot water to three heaped teaspoons of powder and stir until it is mixed.
Adding the water to the powder it goes a pale brown colour and looks quite watery, giving it a stir there is little change in colour and the liquid looks fairly unappetising with lumps of powder floating to the surface as it is stirred, then 'popping' leaving scummy looking film across the surface of the drink which no matter how much stirring is done simply won't dissolve in to the liquid. But the smell rising from the hot drink is still very pleasant.
The taste of the drink is very much like galaxy bar chocolate which is a big plus point but the liquid still seems thin and watery, so as I often like my hot chocolate with a splash of full fat milk I add some, the difference in taste is slim and but it does make the drink seem less watery - possibly this is just my imagination but hey its cold out there and in here! After finishing the drink I find that I don't feel particularly warmed up and wishing I had opted for a coffee instead.
Given most of us consider hot chocolate to be a comforting warming drink I wouldn't recommend this for that purpose without the addition of 'something' to improve it, my suggestion would be mini marshmallows as while the flavour is good the texture (as much as any drink has one) is too thin and watery, the addition of more chocolate powder doesn't help matters as it simply results in more of the powder/scummy layer on the surface.
It's been cold and windy in Birmingham today and after an aborted attempt to get to the Xmas lights switch on in town with my little sister and her mate I needed something to warm me up when I got in.
I normally have hot chocolate that you make with milk cos it's so easy to make in the microwave but all we'd got in was Galaxy instant hot chocolate. I still wanted some so I boiled the kettle and measured out 4 heaped teaspoons of the powder, I thought that was going to be a bit too much powder but it stirred into the boiling water dead easy and didn't leave and clumps or blobs.
The flavour is yummy, it's very chocolatey and has got a lovely creaminess that makes the hot chocolate taste a bit like a bar of Galaxy. It doesn't actually taste like Galaxy chocolate but you can tell it's Galaxy, that doesn't make a lot of sense I know but it's just nothing like other hot chocolates! lol
The drink is thick and creamy, it's got quite a bubbly texture and reminds me of a McDonalds hot chocolate in a way. The flavour is very sweet but because the chocolate is so rich it doesn't come across as madly overpoweringly sweet.
I love it, it's obvious that it's not been made with milk but for an instant hot chocolate I deffo think it's one of the best. The creaminess is nothing like the other instant hot chocolates that my mum buys sometimes, she got this from the pound shop and that's a proper bargain!
In Poundland last week I noticed they were selling the tubs of Galaxy Instant Hot Chocolate and decided to treat myself as it's been a while since I had a nice Hot Chocolate that wasn't one of the low fat versions.
I adore the taste of Galaxy chocolate although find it a little too rich for my taste buds these days, so I was looking forward to the rich Galaxy flavour but without the sickliness that the chocolate itself causes.
I must admit I was sorely disappointed in this drink. I placed the four heaped teaspoons advised into my mug and topped this up with hot (not boiling) water, stirring constantly until every particle of hot chocolate powder had been mixed into the water.
The first disappointment was the smell. I had been expecting and hoping for a rich chocolate aroma but I personally found it to be rather insipid and uninspired. There is the smell of chocolate of course, but it doesn't put me in mind of Galaxy whatsoever and was actually more like the aroma of cheap advent calendar chocolate once it's been melted down.
The taste is the next disappointment. It has got a hint of the flavour of the smooth Galaxy chocolate we all know and love, but it really is just a hint and other than that to me it tastes like any one of a number of cheaper hot chocolates I've sampled over the years. There's absolutely nothing luxurious about this drink and it has an awful after taste, it puts me in mind of steralised milk which I've never been able to stomach and this actually made me feel quite queasy for some time after I'd finished my drink.
I also found this hot chocolate to be amazingly sweet. Of course hot chocolate is always sweet but I find this one to have such an intense sugary flavour that even had I enjoyed the drink I doubt if I could bear the sweetness of it too often.
The one redeeming feature of this Galaxy Hot Chocolate is the fact that it's a little thicker than most instant chocolate drinks. The surface of the hot chocolate after stirring is a little bubbly and it has the most rich chocolate brown colour that makes it appear exceedingly appetising.
Unfortunately I wasn't impressed and feel rather let down by Galaxy as by producing this hot chocolate drink they are obviously cashing in on their name and brand reputation. It's not a cheap drink either considering what a poor quality flavour it has, although I bought mine in Poundland the cost in Sainsbury's is almost £2 for a 400g tub.
I take my Hot Chocolate rather seriously, and given how I'm rather partial to the Options and Aero Instant Chocolates, I wasn't really banking on anything else coming close. The Galaxy Instant, however, is a nice addition to the few instant chocolate drinks that are actually worth your bother, as they are one of the few items that I simply will not skimp on - the cheap alternatives are watery and not very tasty at all, and so it's brand names all the way.
Like I say, it's not the cheapest one out there - it costs a hefty £2.10 for a 400g jar, which you think would last a while, but with the amount that I like to heap in (normally an extra spoonfull over the recommended 4 "heaped" spoonfulls), I can blast through the jar in just a couple of days. However, if made as the packaging describes (which is irritatingly almost the same colour as the font colour for the nutritional information!), one cup of this amounts to 115 calories per serving, which of course really isn't that much at all.
The main reason that this is just miles ahead of the cheap stuff is that it isn't saccharine and cloying like so many of the Tesco and Asda versions - it has a very rich and textured taste that doesn't taste like dishwater. The big three now stand as Aero (first), Options, and Galaxy - unless I hear pretty good things about any others, I think I'l stick with my three favourites, and never, ever return to the comparably disgusting depths of the cheaper stuff, even if it means I have to splash out a bit more when I go shopping.
For me theres nothing more comforting that cwtching up on the sofa, just out of the bath, clean PJ's, best slippers and a nice warm mug of hot chocolate. I've tried many hot chocolates and have found alot of them are just so thin, unsatisfying and not chocolatey at all so much so that it's depressing lol! While in Iceland the other week I spotted Galaxy Instant Hot Chocolate so thought I'd give that a try, I had high hopes as I know Galaxy chocolates can be quite a luxury to eat for me, in small amounts though as I find it quite rich.
Galaxy Hot Choc drink is proudly sold in tall, attractive, and quite sophistocated looking plastic tubs. Covered in a smooth looking sticker with the fancy word Galaxy written on the front. Underneath this we are told it's an instant hot chocolate drink! Sounds sweet. At the bottom of the tub it says 'Think chocolates, Think indulgence, Think galaxy hot chocolate.' Mmm tempting.
To see the naughty goodness inside all you need to do is unscrew the brown lid on top and pierce through the gold foil. Once the foil is pierced you instantly smell the chocolate powder! Tease!
I boiled my kettle and eagerly waited for it to bubble, whilst waiting I read the easy to use instructions provided on the back - don't know why as I never take any notice anyway. On the back you are advised to add 4 heaped teaspoonfuls into a mug then pour on hot water and stir. I tend to enjoy Hot Chocs with and without milk choosing to add milk for a comfort binge late at night. As for the 4 heaped teaspoon fulls, I'd say add what you prefer depending on how chocolatey and how sweet you like your drinks.
Without milk though this drink is extremely creamy, especially those first few frothy sips. So long as you give it a thorough stir you won't find no build up of powder at the bottom of the cup either. The chocolate drink is rich in flavour and when milk is added I personally think it emphasises the flavour and sweetness which is a real treat. I don't find it overly sweet, it is a very gratifying thick, rich and smooth chocolate flavoured drink - just what I wanted. It doesn't actually taste like a Galaxy bar in my opinion, but it is definitely chocolate flavoured, I'm glad it doesn't taste exactly like the bar though as it would probably be way too sweet and sickly, especially for a drink.
Per serving with 220ml water you are provided with
There is allergy advice on the back advising that it contains milk and soya.
I would reccomend this hot chocolate drink to anybody looking for a chocolate fix, a comforting drink or just want to treat themselves. It really is a pleasure to drink.
As a lover of Galaxy chocolate and hot chocolate i tried this last winter as i thought the combination of the two would be just delicious!
And i certainly wasn't wrong!
It's easy to spot amongst the other hot chocolates as it has the definitive 'Galaxy' branding. You'll find it in most supermarkets although some of the smallers shops don't stock it so make sure you snap it up if you see it!
To make it you simply add three or four heaped teaspoons to a mug and top up with hot water stirring as you go. The only problem i found was it can take quite a lot of stirring until all the powder disappears and can still be a bit lumpy which is a shame.
Also this product does contain some powdered milk - which is guess is so keep it creamy but i have found it actually tastes better is you add a dash of milk or cream and stir it in - give it a try next time!
In all honesty, I have never been the biggest fan of hot drinks. I have always drank hot chocolate but I have always found that most of the leading brands can be really watery.
I like drinking hot chocolate at night whilst watching a nice film to relax me and let me go to sleep and when I saw this in Tesco for a pound I decided to buy it - I was not disappointed.
The taste was like no other hot chocolate I had tasted; a rich chocolatey taste but also extremely smooth and creamy, the best hot chocolate I have ever had and I will never go back and buy another.
The packaging is an orange, browney tub which is quite tall and slim with 'Galaxy' in bold, you would not miss it, it is quite interesting actually.
To make it put four teaspoons into a mug and just add hot water, some add milk to it to make it cooler and more creamy, it tastes great either way, it does smell like Galaxy.
However, there is one bad side to it - 140 calories per serving but what do you expect for a great tasting chocolatey drink? Not really any less I expect.
I prefer to drink hot chocolate in the winter, on a cold night in my bed watching a nice DVD and snuggling up with the heating on.
I would reccomend this to any hot chocolate lovers as it is quite a good price for what you are getting and if you just want to taste it, it comes in little sachets too. This is a great tasting drink and you can purchase it from many supermarkets - including poundland!
I don't like coffee and although I do like a cup of tea, I don't drink it so often. I prefer juice, but love a mug of Hot Chocolate, especially if i'm not feeling that great.
I had never tried Galaxy Hot Chocolate befor but I got a 400g tub from Poundland for - you guessed it £1!. Things are always worth a try when they are on offer. I think in most supermarkets this costs around £1.50.
The design of the jar has the same colourings are on a bar of Galaxy chocolate. It is dark brown swirls through lighter brown and the Galaxy writing is in deep brown.
To drink this you scoop 4 teaspoons into hot water. You can add a dash of milk, but I find this drink is pretty milky and sweet anyway, so I just stir the powder in. You can smell the Galaxy Chocolate soon after and it smells lovely.
It says on the jar that this has 7.5% real Galaxy Chocolate in it, and that may not sound like a lot, but it tastes like more.
The only bad side is the calories. If this is made up as instructed then it has 140 calories per serving, so that's not great. It is alright for a treat though and should satisfy a sweet tooth.
I think this would be nice on a cold winters night, and great to be tucked up indoor with fluffy socks on and a nice big dressing gown!
My latest favourite hot chocolate.
As you can probably see from my past reviews I am a big fan of hot drinks and especially hot chocolates!
I think they are just the ticket when you come in from work and need a treat, perfect to drink while having a big bubble bath....perfect anytime if you ask me.
Most instant hot chocolates recommend you use just hot water with the powder. I ALWAYS use at least half milk, sometimes all milk (warmed in the microwave first) if I want a luxurious treat.
If I have any in (which is quite often) I add squirty cream and mini marshmallows on top!
This jar was £1 from Home Bargains, most supermarkets sell it for around double that amount.
The plastic covering the jar is the same swirly brown design as the paper covering a bar of Galaxy chocolate, just as in the picture above.
As far as I know this instant hot chocolate is available in just the one jar size; 240g.
"Succumb to the smooth pleasure of creamy Galaxy hot chocolate drink, made with REAL Galaxy chocolate"
To use you add four heaped teaspoons to a normal sized mug and pour on hot water, if using milk it works best if you microwave the milk first for about 90 seconds then stir in the powder.
Looking at the ingredients the claim above is true, this contains 7.5% of proper Galaxy chocolate! Mmmm!
I have always been a fan of Galaxy, I'd choose it over Dairy Milk any day as it is just so creamy so I knew I'd enjoy this drink.
As soon as I open the jar I can smell chocolate, it's a strong smell so I'm hoping the taste will match that strength too.
The powder is as you would expect, fine and brown and....powdery!
So I stir some into my hot milk and it melts in easily, there are no nasty lumps floating on the surface. My milk turns the colour of Galaxy chocolate, a warm brown!
For this review I decided to try it without cream and marshmallows so you know how it tastes alone.
In one word...Luxurious. So thick and creamy, it tastes exactly like the chocolate it contains. A really strong flavour but it isn't too sickly just impressively tasty.
As a huge Galaxy fan I am not disappointed.
I also tried it as instructed on the jar, with boring hot water! It is still tasty but just not as creamy, for me I always need the milk. It is better tasting than other hot chocolates that you make with water though, much nicer than the crap in the vending machine at work!
If you usually drink hot chocolate with milk this will probably impress you but I NEED milk!!
Obviously if you make it with milk it ups the calories but with water a serving contains 115calories which is quite high for a hot chocolate but you only live once!
I can't find any fault, available at this price at Home Bargains makes it a great buy. Even at £2 it won't break the bank.
I have used this for about 3 weeks now, maybe 4-5 times a week and the jar is nearly empty. I'd say it would last about 2 weeks if you drink it every day.