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We've had our Dolce Gusto coffee machine a while now - and hadn't been very adventurous with our choices of drinks - I must admit our main reason for getting the machine in the first place was because we have a friend who fancies herself to be a bit of a coffee expert - any attempt to serve up a steaming hot cup of instant coffee (even the posh expensive ones) was met with the look of the lady in the Mellow Birds advert (showing my age now!) - and our pot plants were looking suspiciously limp!!!!
So, we had confined our use of the magic machine to the times our 'Hyacinth Bucket' friend visited and stuck to coffee pods.
But, getting fed up of dusting the barely used machine taking up space on the worktop, I decided we should try and make better use of it and be more adventurous with our choices of beverage!
This led to the purchase of a box of Chococino Pods.
I can only say that I was disappointed with the experience. I was hoping for a rich chocolatey taste - but was sadly only presented with a rather insipid and watery hot chocolate type of drink - quite thin and weak.
It definitely hasn't convinced me to buy another box - and definitely hasn't tempted me away from old fashioned hot chocolate made with powder and hot milk.
At the beginning of the year my partner decided to treat himself to a dolce gusto coffee machine. Knowing I don't drink coffee, as well as his coffee pods he also bought me a box of the chocochino hot chocolate pods. I have been buying them ever since. I buy mine from Tesco and pay £3.77 per box but they can be bought from most supermarkets and online from sites like amazon too.
I think that these are quite good value and you get sixteen pods per box. As you need to use two pods per drink though you do only get eight drinks but I still think that this is good value especially considering how much cafés charge for a hot chocolate. Out of the sixteen pods there are eight containing the milk powder - these ones are white with a brown lid, and eight containing the chocolate powder which are brown with a brown lid.
The pods are made from plastic and the lid is sealed on and can't be peeled off. What you do to make the hot chocolate is place the chocolate pod into the dolce gusto machine and let the water heat up, and the machine will then piece the lid and out comes steaming hot thick brown liquid which is the chocolate. I let it fill the glass (I have the special dolce gusto latte type glasses) just past half way and then I place the milk pod in which does the same but a milky type liquid comes out.
The drink then needs stirring and there is always a bit of froth on the top which I love. I found that it took me a bit of time to get it right and to my taste and on the occasions where I've been greedy and added a lot of the chocolate pod, like 3/4 of a glass full, I found the drink watery and it is actually more chocolatey when it is half milk half chocolate but I think everyone will have different preferences. I really like the taste of this hot chocolate and it is a very comforting drink, perfect for cosy days/nights in in front of the fire.
The taste is sweet and creamy and it satisfies my chocolate cravings. I don't find the taste overly special or indulgent but it is nicer than instant hot chocolates and it isn't sickly. Each glass is only around 105 calories which isn't too bad. Although I recommend this hot chocolate drink, I have had a few bad pods where there have been lumpy bits of powder which haven't dissolved.
I know that it isn't a fault with my machine though because my fiancé had no problems with his coffee pods (he usually has the cappuccinos) so I am always wary now when I make the hot chocolate for lumpy white bits, the chocolate pods have always been fine it's just the milk pods that can be hit and miss.All in all I wouldn't say that this is the perfect hot chocolate and I am knocking a star off because of the dodgy milk pods I've had but I recommend the chocochino pods, and I will continue buying them.
The Nescafe Dolce Gusto Chococino is one of the various products of Nescafe. Nescafe is one of the best-selling brands of instant coffee that is made by Nestle. Starting 1867, Henri Nestlé in Vevey starts his company "Farine Lactée". He produced a baby food product developed by himself, based on milk and cereals. Nestlé has now become a major concern.
You can make in various ways a cup of hot chocolate like with the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Chococino. With one cup (1 with a cocoa and milk) you get a cup of hot chocolate with frothed milk. At this moment I have the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Chococino in use.
The smells of the two products (milk and cocoa) are only noticeable when hot water flows through the cup. The color is beautiful dark chocolate brown. When I then put the white cup in the coffee machine you will notice a delicious whole milk smell. The milk provides a beautiful creamy white color rather thick foam layer on top of the chocolate. This foam layer sinks slowly down if you let the chocolate stand a little longer. If I take a sip of the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Chococino I taste a little sweet but flavorful chocolate. The chocolate is deliciously creamy and the taste and odor are very good.
The Nescafe Dolce Gusto Chococino are per 16 cups (8 cups light brown and 8 white) suitable for 8 cups of chocolate in a predominantly brown cardboard square box. This package you open at the top and you see immediately see the cups for making the chocolate. On the front of the packaging clearly states the brand name "Nescafe" above (in a dark brown colored frame) the product in the package - Dolce Gusto Chococino -. There is also a good clear picture of a cup of chocolate on the front of the pack. On the side of the packaging of the ingredients and nutritional mentioned. On the inside of the package the user instructions.
When I saw Chococino product Nescafe Dolce Gusto, I initially have my doubts. Meanwhile I have used the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Chococino many times (the box is almost empty) and I can tell you that I am very satisfied about this product. In addition, the chocolate that I make with the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Chococino has a delicious taste, rather thick and creamy and slightly sweet.
I love our Nescafe Dolce Gusto Machine and my particular favourite is the Chococino pods. It makes a nice change from all the Coffee Pods and I do like the occasional hot chocolate on a cold night.
You can buy the Chococino pods from most supermarkets for around £3.79. For this you get a box of 18 pods - 8 chocolate and 8 milk. At £3.79 you are paying less than 50p per drink so compared to your coffee shops this is very cheap! The Box is a thin cardboard and has a base colour of (obviously chocolate brown). There is a picture of an appealing hot chocolate and the lettering is in a white colour to stand out. The box is simple and appealing as are the rest of the Dolce Gusto pods.
The pods themselves are coloured brown for the chocolate and white for the milk. On the top of each pod is a graphic if the measurement for each pod to make the perfect drink. Although this is a great idea, everyone's mugs are different sizes, so you do have to judge the amounts yourself as well.
The chocolate drink these pods produce is a rich and creamy chocolate drink. As the milk comes out hot as well, it stays hot for a long time and you get a nice froth on the top. It really does emulate the hot chocolates you can get in the chains such as Costa and Starbucks. I have even taken to adding the occasional dollop of whipped cream and marshmallows for an extra treat! Yum Yum! You will also not need any sugar as they are sweet!
The chocolate and milk mix well into each other even without the need to give the drink a good stir like you would need to for other hot chocolates. You do get a residue of chocolate mix in the bottom of the mug but if you put the milk in first then this isn't too bad.
One problem I have with the pods is that the machine doesn't measure them out for you, and although it shows you how to measure them, if you put in too much chocolate or milk it can go watery. I think the machine should really have a feature to measure the amounts for you. Apart from that, if you have the Dolce Gusto machine these are a must to try!!!!!
Nescafé Dolce Gusto Chococino Pods (16 pack)