“ Manufacturer: Nestle / Type: Chocolate Drinks „
Back on the dreaded Diet. To be honest it seems to be going alright - 2 stone lost (and it feels like another 100 to go :-)). I don't have the biggest sweet tooth, give me a bag of Crisps or Chips anyday before a bar of Chocolate but I find when I am on a Diet then I fancy sweet things more. So I have been turning to products such as this for a low calorie Chocolate fix. Since the weather has been pretty rotten too then a Mug of Hot Chocolate has been a sweet Comfort. The Skinny Cow brand has other products apart from Hot Chocolate. The only other thing I have had has been the Ice Cream Bars and they are pretty yummy.
I picked up a tub of this in my local branch of Home Bargains. It was selling for £1.49 which I think is a bit cheaper than what it would be in Asda for this size of tub which is 200g. I know you used to get single serve sachet of this but not sure if they still are sold like this. They used to costs around 40-50p and a handy thing to pop in a work bag instead of chucking a big tub in.
Just scoop 2 teaspoonfuls of this power into some Hot Water and stir in. You can smell the Minty Chocolate scent when you unscrew the lid and It smells nice but not too strong a scent. It makes me think of a Watered down version of After Eight's but without such a strong Peppermint scent.
After tasting this I wouldn't say that I was disappointed but although the smell of this smells nice and rich the taste just seemed to be a bit weaker than what I was expecting. You could still taste the Mint and the Milk Chocolate but when I drink Options Hot Chocolate I can taste a lot more from it than I can with this drink. Calorie wise they are the same so I wonder why the weaker taste with this drink?
This has 38 calories when made as directed on the tub, so a quick and easy low calorie drink.
This is alright, but I much prefer Options as the taste is so much nicer.
I do enjoy my hot drinks all year round but more so during the cold months, and as our early winter took hold I have been buying more and drinking more hot chocolate. I do tend to enjoy making my own but it's so much easier to add to a mug with some boiling water and jobs done!
Skinny Cow Mint Hot Chocolate by Nestle:
'The combination of rich chocolate and mouthwatering mint makes this a little cup of heaven. It's the perfect pick-me-up treat that's also very low in fat - bliss'
Normally I always stick to options or highlights but as they were out of stock at the time (Well didn't have the ones I wanted) I picked up some Skinny Cow.
Well it was extremely cold when coming back from shopping so it was perfect timing for a cup of hot chocolate. Skinny Cow Mint can either be purchased in a tub or sachets, I chose the tub on this occasion all you need to do is add two heaped teaspoon to a cup/mug and pour over your boiled water.
One thing I noticed straight away is that it didn't smell as strong as the Options Hot Chocolate Mint, which was a little disappointing but I hadn't tasted it yet so still hope. Second thing I noticed is that it needed a lot of stirring! It's a low calorie hot chocolate drink however you'll be burning more calories stirring it until the hot chocolate has all blended into the water.
Once I had finished stirring my hot chocolate I waited a few minutes for it to cool; my first sip it had a nice light taste of chocolate followed by a hint of mint. The mint within the hot chocolate was rather weak and it was more like a plain hot chocolate. It had a light creamy texture in your mouth even though I didn't use any milk or sweeteners.
You do taste more mint in the after taste of the drink more so than your initial sip, still a nice drink on these cold days but I much prefer Options! A typical mug of Skinny Cow Mint is around 40 calories, but Options Hot Chocolates are tastier with fewer calories.
Price and Availability:
I was very shocked when it comes to the price of this; I purchased mine while on offer at £1.29 in my local Tesco's which I thought was a fair price for the 200g tub. In some supermarkets this retails at £3.49 and up which personally I think is way over priced.
As mentioned you can also purchase this in mini sachets handy when at work popping one in your bag or just to try before you buy the larger version, prices start from 30p to 45p.
A nice enough hot chocolate drink but not nice enough or minty enough for me. I shall be sticking to my Option Hot Chocolate they have more flavours and are way more flavoursome. However if you prefer a less minty hot chocolate then please do put it to the test and give it a try? You may like it.
Two out of five stars from me.
Thanks for reading :o)
Skinny Cow is a company that aid to help slimming along side a calorie control diet. They don't just do hot chocolates, they always have their own range of ice creams consisting of bars, cones, sandwiches, and good old tubs of ice creams. All with an array of flavours which I shall be trying come the warmer days!
I'm trying to wean myself off all things sinful. So far I've kicked cigs in to touch, I'm not drinking alcohol at all, I'm getting plenty of sleep and eating my 5-a-day.....boring I know, healthy I will be....apart from one very unexpected turn of events. I have never been a chocolate fan, I could probably count on both hands the amount of chocolate bars I would eat in a year, until now. It would seem that in the midst of my abstinance I have swapped all other addictions for one major player in the game of clogged arteries and a massive behind......chocolate, and plenty of it!
Having crept up to a stone above my usual 9, I'm trying to tackle the problem using restricted calorie items, although I have to admit I'm not a big fan of eating cardboard-like products for the greater good theory. It is during my time spent on this new fad stage of my life, I have discovered The Skinny Cow. I am not cow nor am I skinny, but I'm very glad someone thought to invent a low-calorie hot chocolate that a) tastes like chocolate and b) is a lot lower in calories than most other alternatives.
The Skinny Cow instant indulgance 'mint' flavour is tasty and actually feels like a treat. There are 37 calories per cup when made using 200mls of hot, not boiling water. That's a 0.001lb better than the 99 calories per cup of Malteasers hot choc or Cadbury's at 89. I find that a small splash of milk on to the powder before you add the water makes the drink just a little bit more substantial. It also stops the powder getting caught in bubbles, preventing that awful surprise when you acidently chew one!
The packaging is bright and cheerful. You get 200g for £2.86, which is a bit more expensive than some other well known brands but I think it's worth it. The 200g jars are on offer at Asda at the moment for £2, so hurry off to buy one!
The ingredients are of high quality, there are no hydrogenated fats, no artificial preservatives and no added colours. It provides a source of fibre and is low in fat and sugars. This leads me to believe I can pass this drink off as an indulgent part of my new found wholesome lifestyle!
For anyone on a diet, this drink is an ideal way of satisfying a sweet craving without breaking too many rules, so pop one in your cupboard. They come in handy individual portions too, so I've got some in my handbag.
I think I forgot to mention how very minty the mint flavour is, so if it's not your cup of tea (!) then I'd stick to original.
Yum Yum Yum, a really tasty alternative to an evening treat. A lot of low fat hot chocolates are really tasteless but because this one is mint flavoured you still have a chocolate treat but it is flavour stacked. It's really well priced at around £2. I would recommend that you put a splash of milk in the top as this makes it creamier. It's really easy to get into the habit of having one every night they are that tasty. It dissolved really easily in the hot water which I was not expecting as a lot of low calorie hot chocolates are low calorie as the powder doesn't even go into the water so essentially you just have slightly flavoured hot water. This is a revelation it is really great for a completely guilt free treat that everybody can enjoy. For little ones it's great with marshmallows in it.
There is actually something out there which wont make you the size of a whale which doesn't actually taste like card board!
I don't know how they have done it but they have and its well worth a go. I bought my first tub a few months ago and I can't stay off the stuff!
Hot chocolate isn't something that I used to drink regularly, it was an indulgence perhaps, both because it was fattening and also I found that I had to make it with milk, not water to really get the full enjoyment.
Skinny cow however have managed to strike upon a recipe which is so low in fat that I can drink it more regularly and also it tastes great just made with water!
An added bonus for those of us who like to keep the purse strings nice and tight is that you only need two spoons per cup! I was really pleased with this as I have found that with some of the other famous brands I have needed to use more than the reccomended amounts to create the richness of the chocolate flavour.
Melted belgium chocolate Nigella style it is not, but it is delicious!
Go on, give it a go!
***I am reviewing the sachet version as dooyoo would not add as already on site under the jar format*****
I love sitting down with a good book and a hot drink as well as sometimes a nice biscuit or bit of chocolate whilst enjoying a good book. I happen to love drinking the options hot chocolate drinks in particular the mint and orange flavoured ones. I tend to buy a fair few of the sachets in one go when they are on offer and only the other day I was in Asda and thought I'd treat myself so some. However, as I was looking at them my friend commented that she had seen the skinny cow mint variety ones for only 10p a sachet in the B&M store next door. So I decided instead to just buy 5 orange flavoured ones and buy the skinny cow mint ones instead as then of course I could get double the amount for my money of that flavour!
The sachet is long and thin the same as the options variety sachets are. These are mainly white in colour except for a black band at the top and bottom. The skinny cow logo with the skinny cow herself draped above it at the top end and the word 'mint' is in big letters halfway down in bright green. The nutritional information is on the back along with the company address. I think it is very easy to spot these on the shelf as they are quite bright so they do stand out.
Making the drink:
The instructions tell you to enjoy by emptying the sachet into a mug and fill with hot but, not boiling water. I never make these drinks that way preferring instead to make with hot milk. I enjoy hot chocolate this way and it of course is just not as creamy with just water. I have had one of my sachets with just water when I was running low on milk and it still tastes nice but, personally I think much better when made with hot milk. The one thing I would say is it takes a lot of stirring to get all the bits mixed in! If you are too impatient it will be clumpy and not as chocolaty as the flavour is not fully mixed in. So be warned!
Upon taking the first sip you can really taste the mint - of course when using these sachets you are limited to how much you can out in the cup as opposed to when you buy a tub of it. I feel the portion is just right though as it is full of flavour without being over the top. The mint flavour is lovely combined with the chocolate - overall a very enjoyable drink indeed!
I am glad my friend told me about these as they are well worth the money. For 10p a sachet it is much cheaper than buying a tub and also cheaper than buying the options equivalent too. For now I will carry on buying options orange flavoured ones as unfortunately skinny cow do not make one in that flavour but, if they ever do I know I will be switching to their version rather than options if that flavour is as nice as the mint ones! Recommended.
There is nothing more relaxing after a late shift than coming home and relaxing on the sofa with a good TV program and a mug of hot chocolate - Bliss! I have always tended to buy Galaxy Hot Chocolate because of it's rich, creamy taste. However on a visit to Asda a few weeks ago I noticed that the Skinny Cow hot chocolate range was on offer at only £1 (usual price £1.99) for a 200g tub - a bargain too tempting to resist. I like the combination of mint and chocolate so naturally seleced the mint flavour hot chocolate, putting THREE tubs in my trolley (psychologically I'd convinced myself I'd like it and so best to stock up on the offer!)
Produced by Nestle it is very eye-catching and funky! It comes in a traditional shaped hot chocolate plastic tub with black and white "cow" patches in the background and the skinny cow laying seductively on the front above a mug of the prepared drink - Mmmmm! There are highlights of green on the packaging to emphasise the mint flavour.
I came home after a particularly hectic late shift. Some people would have reached for the wine... I reached for the Skinny Cow! On opening the tub the smell was very chocolately and sweet with a slight hint of mint. I put the kettle on and as directed by the packaging placed 2 heaped teaspoons of the powder into a mug, plus a little extra just to make sure I had a good, strong, flavoursome hot chocolate. I added the hot water and gave it a good stir using a teaspoon. I found that the powder disolved into the water quickly and completely - no floaty, bitty powder particles floating on top. Perfection so far! I always add a little milk to my hot chocolate, to add richness and help cool it down for immediate drinking.
Once made the smell was very minty and set my taste buds off salivating. The consistency is quite thin and watery rather than creamy, due to it been made with water, not milk. Typical of low fat hot chocolates. There was a small amount of froth on the top, but this soon disappeared as I began to drink it.
Now for the real test... the taste. I settled myself onto the sofa, switched on the TV and prepared myself. I raised my mug to my expectant lips, took a sip and waited for my taste buds to respond. Ooooooo!!!! They were not disappointed and most satisfied. The flavour is rich, chocolately and the mint comes through well. Not overpowering, not too sweet, a very good balance of the two. It doesn't have that certain "sweetner" taste that a lot of diet drinks have and you wouldn't know from taste alone that this is low calorie and low fat drink. It has a smooth consistency as you drink it, and my only complaint it that it isn't fuller and creamier. But then again if it was the cow would be fat, not skinny!
Overall this is a very smooth, minty chocolate drink. It is superior to Options because of the rich flavour rather than the artificial taste of essence and sweetners. It won't replace Galaxy drinking chocolate in my cupboard because it's not creamy enough for me in terms of consistency but I would certainly buy it again should it be on offer and would recommend it to those who are watching the waist line and wanting a low calorie hot chocolate drink. It saves on fat and calories but looses nothing in flavour!
Nutritional Information per serving with 200ml water:
I always say that I hate low calorie hot chocolate cos it never tastes very nice but I have found one I like even better then some of the hot chocolates that are packed with sugar.
Skinny Cow make 2 types of hot chcolate and these are a normal plain chocolate one and a mint one. My favourite is the mint flavour cos it's lovely and sweet and I can taste mint and chocolate in the hot drink.
You make it with boiling water and the powder dissolves easy so that I dont get loads of clumps of powder in the bottom of my cup.
The hot chocolate is very thin but cos the taste of chocolate is so strong it makes it feel more filling than it really is. The mint is a bit fake tasting and this is wierd cos mint is the ingrediant that has no calories so they could have used proper mint I reckon.
The mint and chocolate is nice together and the hot chocolate smells quite strong of mint. After I've drunk it the taste of the mint stays with me for a bit and I think the hot chocolate is nice and sweet and that makes it feel like I've had something worse for me than this is.
I must confess I am a bit of a chocoholic but when I'm determined to stick to a diet plan I get my chocolate fix from skinny cow hot chocolate mint drink, while is isn't exactly a fair trade for my favourite areo mint chocolate bar it does make a reasonable substitute. It does in fact have a lovely blend of both mint and chocolate neither is too over powering and I prefer it to other brands of low cal hot drinks in fact it is my fave hot drink. You can buy it in a jar or in sachets I personally buy a jar as it works out a lot better value for money. Its less than 40 cals a mug which around the same as other low cal chocolate drinks and for 40cals you get an excellent chocolate fix. I wouldn't be able to tell it was low cal as its taste rich and creamy and is full of flavour. Its perfect after a long hard to snuggle up on the sofa with and treat yourself. You do however have to really give it a good stir to ensure that the powder is full disolved or you end with chuncks on top and its rather unpleasent. But it is possible to get a good mix just stir with a spoon well.
I do like a nice cup of hot chocolate in the evening but since I joined Weight Watchers last September I've been struggling a little to find a good quality lower fat version, I do like the Options range but the recipe seems to have changed recently and my favourite flavours are not as nice as they used to be.
I first sampled the Skinny Cow hot chocolate when I was sent a sample sachet through the post, it was nice enough but nothing special I thought and not really worth the hike in price compared to Options or Highlights. But then in Sainsbury's I noticed they also make a mint version, and nothing goes better with chocolate in my opinion so I bought a couple of sachets to try.
It's absolutely delicious. The hot chocolate is made with boiling water and I was impressed at how well it mixed, leaving no lumps of claggy powder in the bottom of my cup. I tend to use a small fork for mixing any instant hot chocolate rather than a teaspoon as I find this breaks down the powder much better and gives a smoother end result.
The smell of mint is not overpowering although I was impressed at how strong and full bodied it smelt compared to the inipid aroma of the Mint Options.
As a drink I was surprised at how creamy it tastes, considering this has been made with water rather than milk it manages to attain a much creamier and smoother consistency than most other instant hot chocolates.
You can tell it's a diet hot chocolate as it's thinner than a full fat drink but the flavour is nicely sweet and very chocolately indeed. The mint flavour comes through well and adds a touch more sweetness to really round the drink off. The strength of the mint is perfect in my opinion, some diet hot chocolates go a little overboard on the mint I find but this is not overpowering in the slightest and works to compliment the chocolate flavour perfectly.
I really cannot fault this Skinny Cow hot chocolate at all; it satisfys my craving for something different to tea at night, allows me a little taste of chocolate when dieting doesn't really go hand in hand with this kind of drink and the best news is each mug full will cost you less than 40 calories.
You can buy Skinny Cow hot chocolate in individual sachets or the large tub you can see above which contains ten servings. The sachets cost around 40p each and the tub is £1.99 so it's definitely worth buying the tub if, like me, you will be drinking this regularly.