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I love hot chocolate & have a big mug of it most evenings.
I usually have the cadburys hot chocolate, but when we ran out I decided to buy the aero hot chocolate to try because it sounded nice and was on offer in Co Op. There was orange and mint flavour, but I chose the plain chocolate flavour.
It usually retails at around £2.40 for a 288 gram tub, but I got mine for about £1 which I'm glad about because neither me or my fiancé like it.
The first thing I don't like about it is the smell. Normally when you open a tub of hot chocolate it smells lovely and really sweet, but the smell of this reminds me of sawdust! The powder is quite gritty and you need 4 teaspoons mixed with 200ml hot water. It contains powdered milk, so you don't need to add any.
The powder doesn't dissolve very well at all and tends to clump up, despite how much I stir it. I actually got a mouthful of lumps with my first gulp, which were really gritty and horrible. I actually had to go back into the kitchen and use a sieve to get the lumps out!! There is no chocolatey smell and the taste is extremely bland and watery, there's no creaminess or luxuriousness to it at all.
The drink isn't very 'satisfying' and doesn't help fix a chocolate craving, or provide any sweetness, and I was left disappointed after drinking my mug of it. As for the bubbles there isn't many, just a very slight layer of them. I made a mug of it for my fiancé earlier today to get his opinion on it and he didn't like it, he only had a mouthful and chucked the rest down the sink.
One mug of it contains 94 calories and it contains no artificial flavours or colouring.
I wouldn't recommend this hot chocolate.
The only hot drink that I consume is hot chocolate and as it is winter I have been consuming quite a lot at the moment. I do find that some hot chocolate can be quite expensive so I tend to look for special offers and the last time I was in Tesco spotted the Nestle Aero hot chocolate on special offer. I paid just £1.14 for a 288g tub which I thought was a good bargain as some tubs of hot chocolate can be rather expensive.
The tub is made out of plastic and is brown in colour with the plastic wrap around label designed to look similar to the areo chocolate bars. On the front of the jar it shows a mug of hot chocolate which has a very frothy top. Clearly displayed on the front of the jar too is the basic nutritional information. On the sides and back of the jar you can find more detailed information about the hot chocolate including ingredients listings and full nutritional information as well as illustrated making directions.
Hot chocolate is not the healthiest drink option but this one is not as high in calories or fat are some are. A general sized mug made to the directions of using 4 heaped teaspoons of the hot chocolate powder contains the following nutritional information:
Calories - 98
Sugars - 14.2g
Fat - 1.8g
Saturates - 1.5g
Salt - 0.30g
It also states that the hot chocolate contains no hydrogenated vegetable fats.
To make the hot chocolate it states to add 4 heaped teaspoons of the powder to a mug then to fill with 200ml of hot but not boiling water. You then need to stir well to release the bubbles. I like my hot chocolate to be nice and creamy so I normally add a splash of milk afterwards too but this is just a personal preference and it tastes fine just with water. I have been surprised that this hot chocolate does dissolve very well after a quick stir and that no lumps are left behind.
I have been really impressed with this hot chocolate and think it is now one of my favourites. Not only is it really easy to make I really love the frothy top that is created from all the bubbles that form when the water is added and remain whilst drinking. The hot chocolate also has a good chocolaty taste and is smooth and creamy. It is also not too sweet which to me makes it the perfect hot chocolate.
Aero hot chocolate has always held a very speicial place in my heart. It would warm me up with its bubbles on cold days. It was my all time favourite childhood hot chocolate. In fact it still is my favourite hot chocolate.
Let's start of by staying I never and I repeat never get a cup of boiling water and put powder in. Oh no. I'm picky and for my tastes I need good old heart warming milk. I don't think it would taste the same with hot water.
I know the instructions state just add water and instantly have hot chocolate but I always use milk. You can you hot water if you want even though the instructions say to use milk.
Another thing is also found it pretty lumpy and really hard to mix the powder around fully. Now that I think about it, it could be due to the fact that I never followed the instructions and put the hot water in.
The whole beauty of aero hot chocolate is the bubble, the lovely bubbles. Aero hot chocolate has a lot of bubbles.
It may not be as cheap as the tesco home brand. By buying the stores home brand hot chocolate you may save a euro or so but I prefer to get this and indulge on this bubbly hot chocolate.
Buy this you won't regret it!
I do love a good mug of hot chocolate! Especially when it's cold and wet outside, which it usually is (typical UK weather UGH!) I have tried many different varieties of instant hot chocolate and had many different outcomes but none as good as this one I have to say. This is my favourite instant hot chocolate drink by far and I feel no other brand of hot chocolate comes close to it in taste and overall quality. Of course the hot chocolate drink I'm harping on about has the be the one and only nestle aero.
Aero is a much-loved chocolate worldwide and is renowned for its unique bubbly texture. 2010 saw the brand celebrate its 75th birthday. Aero brings us products such as the aero biscuit, aero chocolate bar, aero bubbles, aero chunky, aero snack size, hot chocolate and many bubbly desserts.
~ Price and availability ~
Aero instant hot chocolate is available from most major supermarkets such as Tesco's, Asda and Sainsbury's as well as well-stocked convenience stores. It is available to buy in a 288g tub for around £2.35 and comes in two flavours, normal chocolate (the one I'm reviewing) and mint chocolate. Now, I do think that it's a bit expensive considering I don't actually manage to get that many mugs from it, but I don't often treat myself and I think the taste kind of makes up for the price. There are more expensive hot chocolates out there that I don't think are as nice such as Cadbury's, galaxy and options and equally there are cheaper ones such as supermarkets own brands, which I am willing to try and will review them as I do because my purse isn't getting any heavier and I appreciate yours aren't either.
~ Packaging ~
Nestle's Aero hot chocolate comes in a clear plastic tub with a slight curve around the middle and has a brown screw top lid. Around the tub there is a thin, brown plastic label with a mug of hot chocolate on the front with lots of chocolaty bubbles coming from it. Above this there is the signature brown aero logo. The whole label is covered in chocolaty bubbles of all shapes and sizes which looks quite fun and goes along with the slogan for this product; feel the bubbles. Around the sides and back of the label there is various bits of information including nutritional info, contact details, instructions, ingredients and a little description of what it feels like when you take a sip: 'the way the bubbles melt on your tongue creates a deliciously smooth hot chocolate sensation - go on, indulge yourself!' which is to be taken quite literally in my opinion as that is exactly what it feels like to me!
~ Making the drink and the taste ~
Untwisting the lid you will able to smell a subtle, rich, chocolaty smell. It's not that strong but it's definitely there. Peeping into the tub it looks like your usual instant hot chocolate drink; light brown in colour and nice and fine, almost dust like. As instructed too I added four heaped teaspoons of the chocolate powder into a smallish mug and added some hot water (not boiling) whilst stirring continuously. Something I noticed which was pleasing was that there were no lumps, it was very easy to stir in and made a smooth drink - I don't think there's anything worse than finding chunks of bitter powder in your hot chocolate! After a few seconds the aroma of aero chocolate fills your nostrils and little bubbles start to form on top of your drink - just like the chocolate bar! I tend to make my drink in quite a small sized mug as I find you get a stronger, creamier tasting chocolate that way. I think if you used a large mug you might need an extra couple of teaspoons of powder. Sipping this drink you definitely feel like it's very luxurious and naughty as the frothy bubbles melt on your tongue to reveal the velvety smooth hot chocolate beneath. Be careful though, the bubbles cool down a lot quicker than the hot chocolate and can often cause you to think that it's cool enough to drink and then you burn your mouth! I've done it plenty of times, simply because the drink is too nice to wait around for :D I'm not sure if it really tastes like aero because it's quite airy bar of chocolate but it does have all the qualities of aero; the bubbliness, the melt in the mouth-ness, the creaminess.... and you don't even need to add any milk to achieve this! Once finishing the mug of gorgeous cocoa you are also pleasantly surprised by the fact that there's no chocolaty thick gunk left in the bottom of your mug but you will find yourself wanting another one!
~ Other information ~
Each mug of aero hot chocolate (prepared according to the instructions)contains 97 calories, 13.9g of sugar, 1.8g of fat, 1.5g saturates and 0.40g of salt. I don't think that's too bad, the calorie count is very reasonable considering how naughty it actually tastes. Yes the sugars high but I guess that's what gives it the 'aero' sweetness.
This hot chocolate powder contains no hydrogenated vegetable oils, its low fat and is now made with 40 % less saturated fat compared to the previous aero hot chocolate.
The main ingredients are fat reduced drinking chocolate, skimmed milk powder and sugar.
~ Over all opinion ~
For me, this is the best tasting drinking chocolate out there. It ticks all the boxes for a good quality hot chocolate and I can't really fault it. I would recommend aero hot chocolate to anybody who enjoys a nice warming hot chocolate drink. I think it's great for children and adults and beats most other brands by miles!
I have been drinking Aero Hot Chocolate for a few years now, and it tastes amazing. The only thing I have found is that it is so much less bubbly. The frothy bubbles was what I enjoyed most about the hot chocolate, but I'll get into that later. They used to sell large tubs of the hot chocolate which would last a long time but now they only sell the smaller, quite expensive tubs.
The tubs have been downsized a considerable amount. They used to sell very big tubs, but now they only sell the 288g tubs. The packaging looks very professional with the typical brown bubbles all over that Aero put on their chocolate bars. It also says Aero at the top in large, white letters. At the bottom, there is a large picture of the hot chocolate in a mug, which looks delicious. The tub is curved on the sides which makes it look very nice. However it is very impractical because it is hard to get the last couple of teaspoons of powder from the bottom. It has a screw on lid that is very easy to open and close. The hot chocolate sells at Tesco for £2.00, which is quite expensive compared to other hot chocolates. It doesn't last long either, being as I put in the recommended four teaspoons of powder in for a mug, which just about gives me enough for 10-12 cups of hot chocolate.
The taste is very chocolatey and delicious. I doesn't really taste like Aero bars, but it definitely is by far the nicest hot chocolate I have tasted. It is very simple to make as well. Simply add four teaspoons of powder to a mug, and add in hot (but not quite boiling) water and stir. What I usually do is add a little bit of milk in first to make the powder a kind of paste. This is so it is easier to stir the water in after.
The main thing about Aero Hot Chocolate is that it is supposed to be very bubbly. I think that this is what it's main selling point was. At first, a few years ago, the hot chocolate was very bubbly and nearly half the mug was filled just with frothy bubbles that I scooped up and ate...or drank...whatever you want to say, and it was great! However, over the years, the hot chocolate has become less and less bubbly, and I have been a bit dissapointed by it. There is an up side though, because Aero Hot Chocolate was never the best tasting hot chocolate in my opinion once you had the frothy bubbles, but I find that the taste of it now is so much more enjoyable, but of course, the downside is that there are less bubbles.
I am pleasantly surprised about the fact that this very chocolately hot chocolate only has 97 calories per mug, and 13.9 grams of sugar. Other hot chocolates have a lot more calories, even though they don't have such a strong chocolatey taste.
I think that this hot chocolate is best had every now and again as a treat, because it is very expensive and I always go through the tubs very quickly. Aside having less bubbles, I haven't really got any other complaints about the hot chocolate. But one word of advise I'd give is that once you have finished drinking it, rinse it out straight away, otherwise the remains on the inside of the cup stick to the sides making the cup more difficult to clean.
I would definitely recommend this hot chocolate because it is absolutly delicious. But it is also relatively low in calories, which I consider a bonus!
The year I will be seeing in 2012 with my three granddaughters who are spending the weekend with me, I do not drink alcohol so at midnight I shall make us all a nice cup of hot chocolate and we will share some of the tasty Christmas leftovers before going to bed.
I bought a box of Aero Hot Chocolate sachets recently and have been drinking them to stave off this awfully cold weather we've been having recently. This hot chocolate is also available in a jar but I find the fact that the sachets are pre measured to be very useful as my arthritic hands unfortunately struggle to dip teaspoons into the type of tall jar most hot chocolates are housed in. This really is very simple to make, as an instant hot drink you simply need to boil the kettle and pour your hot water over the chocolate powder, stirring all the while to ensure all the powder is mixed in.
Aero promote this hot chocolate as being as bubbly as their chocolate bar of the same name. Having made a cup this afternoon I do agree that there are bubbles on the top of the chocolate, however, the foam produced really is nothing to write home about and is no better than I have found on other instant hot chocolates. It disappears after my second sip of chocolate and has a very thin, uncreamy consistency - a sentence that also accurately describes the overall drinking experience with this hot chocolate.
The flavour is nothing like an Aero chocolate bar, this drink being rather insipid and flavourless. It lacks any level of creaminess and, although not an unpleasant drink, it is certainly not the special treat I envisaged for New Years Eve. The chocolate powder blends easily into boiling water, this unfortunately being the one saving grace to this drink. It's not as sweet a drink as I expected, especially as this is based on a chocolate of the edible variety - I admit I do not like overly sweetened drinks but this one has an aftertaste that is erring on the side of bitterness, not a very pleasant end to a rather unpleasant drink.
Needless to say, once I realised what an inferior product this was I went immediately to the supermarket this morning to purchase a higher quality hot chocolate to celebrate with. It could be argued that paying just £1 for eight sachets of Aero hot chocolate was always going to end badly, but for a respected brand such as this I really did expect a better quality product regardless of price.
I drink a range of hot drinks throughout the day - especially at this time of year. Nestle Aero Hot Chocolate drink is available in a 12 serving jar, or in sachet form. I buy the sachets as I find it easier to make the drink and the 8 sachet pack costs around £1.99 with the jar costing a little more but you do get extra servings in the jar. Aero Hot Chocolate is available as the typical hot chocolate flavour, but also as mint hot chocolate very similar to the Aero bars. I prefer the normal version but have tried the mint chocolate drink aswell.
The packaging sells the product as it gives you a good idea of what to expect. A thick, creamy chocolate taste with a bubbly and rich consistency. The drink lives up to the Aero brand and I love how light and 'bubbly' the texture is. The sachets are easy to use and I simply pour one into a mug and add hot (not boiling) water to it and stir. Using boiling water spoils the taste for me, and it is also easier to drink when it is hot! I love the taste and I have to say this is totally different to Cadbury's Hot Chocolate and is quite difficult to compare due to the contrast in texture.
Each serving contains 99 calories which I think is quite reasonable for this type of beverage. The ingredients are as follows;
Fat Reduced Drinking Chocolate (42.9%), Skimmed Milk Powder, Sugar, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Lactose, Dried Glucose Syrup, Thickeners (E415, E466), Salt, Milk Proteins, Flavouring, Stabilisers (E331, E340, E452)
The ingredients list don't inspire confidence that this would be a tasty beverage, but I can assure you it most certainly is! I have also included nutritional information for your reference and make it possible to compare Aero Hot Chocolate to other brands.
Nutrient per 100g per 24g (with 200ml water)
Energy kCal 414kCal 99kCal
Energy kJ 1,707kJ 410kJ
Protein 8.7g 2.1g
Carbohydrate 69.2g 16.6g
of which sugars 59.5g 14.3g
Fat 11.2g 2.7g
of which saturates 10.3g 2.5g
Fibre 5.0g 1.2g
Sodium 0.7g 0.2g
Salt Equivalent 1.8g 0.4g
As I said previously the calorie count is quite reasonable but obviously the sugar content is quite high. Due to this I dont drink this very often as it can be quite sickly and bad for your teeth. The taste isn't too sickly, but if you don't have a particularly sweet tooth you might not like this drink as much as some. This drink can be enjoyed as part of a balanced diet and in moderation.
The main point to note with this drink is the frothy top of the hot chocolate drink without the need to whisk or create it. Aero is a light and bubbly chocolate bar and so is the drink.
I brought this aero hot chocolate as a treat for myself. I love aero chocolate and thought it would taste just as good! In the shops it's currently £2.34 fo a 288g pot and they are usually on special offer over the winter months when more people drink hot chocolate.
Once you open the plastic tub (with screw lid) the smell of chocolate hits you, which got me excited thinking it would taste as good as it smells! I usually add 3-4 teaspoons per mug, but you can add as little or as much as you like to warm water and stir very well. I dont like to add boiling water as then you have to wait for it to cool! If you want to be really naughty you can get some squirty cream and put that on top with some chocolate flakes! yum!
The Aero hot chocolate has a very frothy appearance (like in the picture), you have to dig down a bit to find the drink!
I really enjoy the taste of it, but was dissapointed that to me it didn't taste like aero, just a creamy chocolately hot chocolate!
Each 24g serving made with 200ml provides:
- 2.7g Fat
-2.5 g Sat Fat
- 14.3g Sugar
- 0.4g Salt
The sugar content to me is a concern, but when compared to other drinks such as alpro soya chocolate milk which provides a whopping 24g sugar in a 250ml carton, suddenly 14g doesn't seem so bad!
It actually strange that I'm reviewing this project because I really don't like hot chocolate - but a while ago I was at a friends house and she was drinking a cup of Nestlé Aero Chocolate Drink and she offered me a taste after me remarking that it smelled delicious. After sampling it, I liked it so much I bought myself a box and have declared myself a "hot chocolate lover" at last.
Unlike the picture above, the Nestlé Aero Chocolate I bought actually came in a pot which contained 288g of the powder. I preferred having it in a pot because then you are able to decide exactly how much of the powder you want to add (depending on taste) without having to open another sachet if you need more. It had a screw lid to seal the pot and keep the powder within it fresh and dry. A 288g pot costs £1.50 from Tescos and, using my method to make the drink, I get about 10 mugs of hot chocolate from it.
The powder itself looks like typical hot chocolate powder and there was nothing to distinguish it. Although it suggests using 4 heaped teaspoons per mug, I like to add 5 heaped teaspoons so that it's thicker and creamier - but this is just my personal taste. Although you can make this with just hot water, I do like to make it with 50% hot water and 50% milk because, again, this makes it thicker and creamier - and just feels more decadent.
The end result....however you choose to make it....is delicious! The hot chocolate is thick and creamy and....and I know this will sound weird.....but very chocolately! I particularly like the fact that the liquid is slightly bubbly and frothy and therefore reminiscent of a Aero chocolate bar (which incidentally is my favourite chocolate bar). The smell itself is inviting, but the rich velvety texture and the sweet aftertaste are the real selling points. I also like that all of the powder is absorbed and so there aren't undissolved bits of powder in the bottom of the mug.
Surprisingly, this drink is not that bad from a nutritional standpoint. One mug (made up as they suggest) contains 99 calories, 2.7g of fat and 14.3g of sugar.
Overall, I love this drink....and I think everyone should give it a go (if you like chocolate!).
I like Aero. I like Hot Chocolate. I seldom buy either.
Aero isn't often on offer and I baulk at buying expensive bubbles. Hot Chocolate is almost always too sweet in its ready mixed form so I tend to buy the unsweetened hot chocolate/cocoa powder and add my own sugar - which for me is very little.
Until earlier this week I had never bought Aero Hot Chocolate Drink either. It always seemed to be quite expensive for what it was. However, last week, I spotted it on offer in Lidl, so bought some on impulse. It was a particularly cold and breezy day so I made us both a cup of this as soon as I got home from the shops.
Given my earlier comments about both Aero and Hot Chocolate, I suppose it was hardly surprising that although the taste was quite nice, I found the overall drinking experience to be a bit disappointing.
Firstly, there were just too many bubbles. I was quite surprised how many bubbles were created when I followed the instructions and although they were quite thin, they didn't disappear that quickly either and I found it altogether too frothy for my liking.
Secondly, it was just too sweet for me. I should have known it would be and had I checked the label in the shop (which I normally do) I would have spotted that 59.5g of every 100g is sugar. Using only 24g of product with 200ml of water, the calorie count is stated as being 99. However, I suspect that most mugs will hold a fair bit more than 200ml and if you have larger teaspoons, you'd be nearer twice this per serving, I suspect.
For me, this was a mistake and after only two mugs of this, I am quite happy to leave the rest of this 288g jar to my wife who is a fervent tea drinker but who has taken to having a mug of this at bedtime the last couple of nights.
I paid £1.49 for this on offer at Lidl. It is typically available for around £2 and is stocked by all the major multiples.
I normally buy Options hot chocolate because of their massive range of flavours but when I saw this Aero one whilst shopping a few weeks ago I thought I'd give it a go. It cost £2.34 for a tub containing roughly 12 servings.
The tub is made of a sturdy plastic with a screw on lid which is easy to open. The outside of the tub is wrapped in an extra layer of plastic with the design on it, and this goes over the sides of the lid to seal the tub, so before opening it you need to rip the top bit of plastic off.
As soon as I open the pot I can smell the chocolate scent which is really quite strong, much stronger than other Instant chocolate drinks I've tried, which gives me hope that it will taste good too! 4 heaped teaspoons in a mug is all you need, then just add hot (not boiling!) water and stir well.
Normally when I make hot chocolate I use a mini whisk because it helps mix it in better so you don't get loads of lumps of powder floating in it, but with this it doesn't work because it just ends up as just a mug of froth rather than a drink. Having said that it doesn't need it anyway because it dissolves perfectly well using just a teaspoon to mix it and there are no lumps to be seen.
It is a very frothy drink and generally I get about a quarter of the cup as froth and the rest as drink, personally I would prefer a full cup of the drink and less froth but that's a minor issue. The taste is fantastic and unlike most instant chocolate drinks it actually tastes of chocolate! It's creamy and has a thicker, less watery consistency that makes it much more of a satisfying drink. Normally I add a bit of milk to my hot chocolate to make it creamier and tastier but with this I find adding milk actually detracts from the flavour and just seems to dilute the taste rather than making it better.
At 99 calories and 14.3g of sugar per serving it is not a drink to be indulging in too often but a tasty treat to save for when you really want to indulge yourself.
As the cold weather kicks in it is hot chocolate time again. I only tend to drink hot choclate in the winter and this has got to be my favourite of all time.
I was lucky enough to buy a box of 100 sachets of this from my local car boot for a small £3!! Which was brilliant and as you can imagine has lasted me along time.
The sachets I have are just the powder from the pots but in the correct amount so you don't have to mess around with a teaspoon just add the contents of the sachet to a cup boil the kettle pour over the hot water and there we go.
As soon as the water hits the powder it starts to bubble. As you stir the powder in all of the hot chocolate becomes bubbly which is wondeful. I usually find with other instant hot chocolates that I have to add milk to get a creamy taste but not with this one. There is just the right amount of milk powder in it to make the chocolate really creamy.
I have never used any other hot chocolate where this effect has been through the whole drink either. This hot chocoalte does not just have bubbles on the top which disappear as you drink the top layer, they are all the way through your drink it is heavenly.
The bubbles melt in your mouth as you drink and the chocolate flavour is just right not to sickly just perfect. I also find that this drink is ready to drink quicker than other hot chocolates as well once the boling water has been added there seems to be something in it that reduces the temperature to a drinkable one without having to add milk which is great for me because I can't drink my drinkd straight from the kettle like some people can.
If you like hot chocolate you will love this it is the best hot chocolate by far in my opininon and so 5 stars from me.
I am a big fan of hot chocolate. Always have been... always will. I'm not a big coffee or tea drinker and being an avid chocoholic and having a massive sweet tooth, hot chocolate just gets me going. I've been taking it upon myself to go to Sainsbury's every week and try a new hot chocolate each time.
I bought a 300g pot of the Aero hot chocolate a few weeks ago. It's been available for a few years now and I think I tried it (in sachet form) once when it first came out, but I couldn't really recall my initial opinion. So I bought a pot, scanned it through self check out at sainburys (I love self checkout, so much fun! xD) and went on my merry way home to give it a go.
I got my oversized mug out and and pierced the golden foil sealed around the neck of the pot. It suggested I use 4 heaped teaspoons of the powder, but having a larger mug than your average drinker and knowing that what is suggested is rarely enough I put just over 5 teaspoons into my mug.
I mixed the powder into a paste with a generous serving of milk (gotta have some of the white stuff) as I find if you mix it into a paste first there is less likely to be any scandalous lumps when it comes to adding the water and milk is a much needed added touch! Then I boiled my kettle and added the water slowly to my mug stirring vigorously...
The content of my mug quickly transformed into a thick, bubbly, deliciously foaming cup of the most visually tempting hot chocolate imaginable. There was about an inch of lovely-bubbly Aero foam, very much resembling the inside of an Aero bar.
It smelt gorgeous so I quickly and anxiously sat down in front of the telebox to sample the delightful couldron of chocolatey wonder in front of me.
HMM HMM HMMMM. That pretty much sums it up. I have tried a lot of different hot chocolates... but this, currently has to be the best the supermarkets have to offer in terms of the instant variety. It was so thick and creamy, it was scarcely different to a £4 cup of Hot chocolate you could buy in starbucks. It really is incredibly, incredulously incredible!
Mr Nestle, you have done me proud!
Now I am still a rookie hot-chocolatier, and have many more brands and hot chocolates to taste, but for me nothing could beat this as of yet. So get up now and go buy some! Hurry!!! Before i buy it all!
I am a avid hot chocolate drinker, i especially enjoy a cup in the evenings i have tried most of the brands in the supermarket and to me they all taste the same bit of hot water a drop of milk (thats how i do mine) and there you have it, nothing special.
Recently i received a free sample of Aero Chocolate drink, when i tasted it i was pleasantly surprised, it comes out very bubbly, thick and chocolaty, definitely the best supermarket hot chocolate drink.
So after my free sample i brought a jar of it and to make it you have to put 4 heaped spoonfuls in a mug and add hot water (if you are using a large mug i would suggest adding another spoonful or two).
For me this drink is a nice evening treat, i really enjoy the bubbly frothy goodness and the thick chocolaty smooth consistency ideal for anyone that likes a frothy hot drink.
And after all of that it only has 99 calories in it what a bonus and it is priced very reasonably. If you are a hot chocolate fan you will love this.
I doubt i would drink any other supermarket hot chocolate now i have tried this one.
Being a huge fan of Aero mint chocolate bars and becoming increasingly sick of drinking coffee day in day out, hubby thought it would be a nice change to buy some Aero hot chocolate for those mornings when I feel a little bit more indulgent. At 99 calories for a mug full I wasn't complaining.
The jar is made of a white transparent looking plastic with a plastic printed label wrapped around the middle. It has a light clay brown screw top lid for easy opening and has a foil seal to keep it fresh whilst on the supermarket shelves.
The front chocolate follows the expected Aero design that we would all recognise and I have become rather fond of. It shows us the nutritional information on the front and states that it is an instant bubbly hot chocolate drink. I couldn't wait to try it, it was definately all those little bubbles that made Aero the favourite it is today.
The back of the label shows the ingredients which mainly consists of fat reduced drinking chocolate at 42%, that being mostly made from sugar. There is serving instruction, telling us that four heaped tablespoons should be added to 200ml water, stir well to release the bubbles. There is also three large chocolate 'bubbles' on the back with the words 'chocolate', 'creamy tasting' and 'smooth' in large lettering.
The contents looks the same as any other drinking chocolate, a light brown powder with a strong smell of malty chocolate. Kettle has boiled, my favourite mug at the ready so it is time to see the results.
When I added the water I had to stir quite fast and rigorously to break down the powder lumps, but I was met with a lovely foamy frothy bubbly layer on the top. The aroma was heavenly, much like the chocolate you would expect from Nestle.
On tasting the whole experience took a rather disappointing turn. The frothy bubbly layer was wonderful, very chocolatey and satisfying but underneath was a very bland tasteless hot chocolate drink and full of powder lumps. The flavour of the mixture was not at all like the Aero's I had experienced when I was a nipper, no substance, no satisfaction. On the bright side it wasn't over bearing on the sweetness as you often find with hot chocolate drinks.
For £1.99 for 288g I would have expected alot more. Of course you could go for a cheaper alternative brand and you probably would not get the lovely froth on top but I can imagine the taste would be the same. Unfortunately there aren't many redeeming features of the Aero hot chocolate, I shant be buying this again personally.
I would recommend this for those who like their chocolate drinks less sweet and not too strong. Not my 'cup of tea' as the saying goes.
Aero Hot Chocolate is widely available from most reputable supermarkets, and often can be found in petrol stations and newsagents.