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I love snuggling up on a cold eveing or day with a nice warm cup of hot chocolate and it has to be Options as this is my favourite brand.
My number all time favourite is the cherry option. I am in heave as chocolate and cherries are the two most lovley flavors that go so well together.
I do like the other options of flavours as well, and also like the fact that you can buy a big jar or small sachets. Which is great if you have different tastes for different members of the family. So rather than buying the jar for just one perosn I buy the diffrent sachets and love that you can normally buy them on offer so stock up when they offer the deals.
I even feel that the packaging is appeling too.
The chocloate itself is a very creamy and light texture and leaves no bad after taste in your mouth. Which I have found with other brands.
Also this products is neither too bitter or too sweet, just the perfect combination.
I would highly recomend this product.
I always make up a cup of hot chocolate every night before bed. Not only does it warm you on a cold night, but I find it helps me to relax and get sleepy before I slip under the covers to fall asleep. I often try to look for new flavours, to add a bit of variety, and to avoid getting bored of one flavour every single night. One day during a shopping trip, I spied this flavour, Options Chocolate Cherry. I love the taste of cherry in crumbles, yoghurt's and more, so naturally I was intrigued about this hot chocolate flavour.
The first thing I noticed was the packaging, which is a brown metallic colour, with plenty of pink and brown swirls surrounding the large Options logo. The packaging looks a little girly, which did end up appealing to my eyes. The back of the packaging contains all the ingredients for anyone who is interested in knowing what this product contains. I purchased Options Chocolate Cherry in a single sachet, which are often on offer in the supermarkets for a "3 for £1" deal. However, if you do enjoy loving this flavour enough to want more, it is probably advisable to purchase the much bigger pot, for around £3.98. Sadly though, this is a little too expensive, so I only really get Options Hot Chocolate on an occasional basis, as I found the pot does not last long if you plan to have a drink a night like me, and £3.98 per time can get very expensive.
When I got home, I ripped open the top of the sachet (it easily tears with your fingers), and was instantly greeted with a strong waft of cherry. I was very pleased with this, as often when a chocolate drink is mixed with another flavour, the chocolate smell over-weighs that of the accompanying flavour. Due to the cherry smell being so strong, I thought that the drink would be very strongly flavoured with cherry. In order to make this drink, simply pour the contents into a mug of your choice, and mix it into boiling water, straight from your kettle. I recommend using a small mug whisk to stir up the contents, as I found that you get mouthfuls of undissolved hot chocolate granules when sipping, which is actually quite disgusting.
Once the contents had been mixed thoroughly with the water, I waited for a minute or so for it to be cool enough to drink, and then gave my hot chocolate drink a sip. Instantly, I was aware that this was a very chocolatey drink. The ingredients stated that this hot chocolate contained 20% coco powder and 10% chocolate, which indeed makes the hot chocolate have a very rich chocolatey flavour. The cherry still smells very strong in the mug, but the flavour is a little less subtle than the strong smell makes you believe it is going to be. I felt that this drinks works better with a weaker taste of cherry, as where it is very rich in chocolate, the strong cherry taste would only make this even more sickly. Those on diets will be pleased to know that this drink contains 60 calories per drink, which is not a lot, especially if you are only planning to have it as a night time drink once a night like I do. However, due to the amount of chocolate contained in this drink, the sugar content is quite high, so please bare this in mind when you are indulging in it!
Overall, I found Options Chocolate Cherry a very rich, but sweet tasting drink. It is rather low on calories, especially compared to other hot chocolates that are on the market, so you should not feel too guilty having a mug of this occasionally. The cherry flavour is very light in comparison to the chocolate, but I felt it compliments the rich chocolate flavour, which may have been too much if it was the only flavour contained in this sachet. One main drawback I found with this hot chocolate was that it was very hard to mix up the contents of the sachet with hot water. You have to mix it rather thoroughly in order to stop any of the chocolate granules from floating around in the drink. Often I found myself getting mouthfuls of the granules, which had turned into a chocolate sludge by this point, and it not the most enjoyable drinking experience to endure! So if you love a very very chocolatey drink, I suggest giving this a go, especially as the cherry is a little more refreshing than trying a straight forward rich chocolate drink. It is a relaxing drink to have, especially in the night time, and chocoholics will probably love this.
I had been looking for some hot chocolate sachets for my younger brother to take away on a camping weekend, so when I spotted the Options Limited Edition hot chocolates in Tesco, I was desperate to try them for myself. I'm always a bit wary when they mix flavours up but at 3 for £1, it wasn't a great loss if I didn't like them and someone else would always drink them, so I opted for the chocolate cherry flavour.
The powder comes in a bit of a jazzed up sachet, which I have to say caught my eye and attracted me to try them. The flavour is surrounded by dark pink swirls and instantly leaped out at my girly side. The drink contains 60 calories, which is 20 more than the original for those of us who are watching our weight, it still isn't very much to get that chocolate hit.
I have to say on opening the packet, you are hit with the smell of cherry, it is quite strong like cherry liquor, which I can't stand after having a stint stacking shelves full of boxes of cherry liquor chocolates. The packet advises mixing the powder with some hot water first into a paste otherwise it doesn't dissolve very well, after forgetting to do this on one occasion, I found lumps of powder in my hot chocolate, which wasn't pleasant.
I was quite disappointed on the flavour point, to be honest. I expected it to have more of a cherry kick, especially because of the smell but it only had a slight hint and was more a thick hot chocolate. However, it was still a nice hot chocolate and it was exactly what I needed curled up on the sofa with the fire roaring watching corrie, it just hit the spot. It contains 20% cocoa powder and 10% chocolate, which explains the strong chocolate flavour.
I don't think I would buy this again unless it was on offer, I think it makes a welcome change and I look forwards to trying the other flavours.
I have been desperate to try the new Options Limited Edition hot chocolates since I saw them advertised a couple of months ago, but despite shopping in a huge Tesco Extra and Sainsburys I hadn't been able to locate them. I finally managed to track them down in a different Tesco Extra on a 3 for £1 offer, so I bought two of the Chocolate Cherry and a Chocolate Brownie Sachet.
The packet looks like it has been jazzed up compared to the standard options flavours - The flavour is written in dark pink metallic decorated with matching pink swirls. It states on the front that the drink contains 60 calories, which is 20 more than the original options.
On opening the sachet you get quite a boozy aroma of cherry, a bit like the smell that comes from a cherry liquor. It advises that you mix the powder into a paste with some hot water first, and having not noticed this the first time I made it, I would really recommend doing this as I found the powder did not dissolve as easily as other instant hot chocolates. Even with melting it down first I found that there were still some small lumps of powder floating on the top.
When I made this I only used a third of the mug as I have quite large ones, and had I used the whole cup I think it would be quite watery. As it was it was quite a thick luxurious tasting hot chocolate, with a real chocolaty taste and a slight hint of cherries. I was a bit disappointed at the lack of cherry taste, especially with such a nice strong aroma, but it was still a nice hot chocolate. It contains 20% cocoa powder and 10% chocolate which accounts for the deep chocolate taste, but cherries are not mentioned in the ingredients (I'm guessing it comes under flavouring listed near the end of the list) so that explains the lack of real cherry punch.
I would buy this again if it was on offer, but I don't think I would swap my normal Belgium Chocolate Options for this on a permanent basis - for the extra calories I could add a small blob of low fat whippy cream to my normal drink, and that would feel more of a treat! The Options Chocolate Cherry makes a nice change, and feels like a real chocolaty treat, but the lack of cherry taste lets it down slightly!
Contains Milk & Soya. Gluten Free
I like hot chocolate and have been really pleased with the majority of the options range. I don't like to spend a lot of money of new products in case I don't like them so I think that these sachets are a brilliant idea. Asda currently have these on offer at 3 for £1 or you can buy them individually for 38p.
The sachet is dark brown in colour with a light blue flash near the top which has the Options name written on it. The main writing is metallic red. As this hot chocolate is part of the indulgence range, the sachet does look quite posh compared to the normal options sachets. The hot chocolate doesn't say it is suitable for vegetarians, I assume it is but you never know these days. It contains milk and soya but is gluten free.
Directions for use:
Boil some water and let it cool slightly. Empty a sachet into your favourite mug, add a dash of water and mix to a smooth paste then fill with hot water and stir well. For a creamier drink try adding a dash of milk.
I emptied the sachet into a mug and added a small amount of hot water. It seemed to mix really easily into a paste. The smell of cherry was really strong at this point. It smells just like the cherries you get on a black forest gateaux. I then filled the rest of my mug with hot water and although I stirred for quite a while I still ended up with bits of powder floating around on the top. The overpowering cherry smell goes down if you leave it to stand for a couple of minutes to cool. When you blow on the hot chocolate to cool it before taking a sip, you are hit with the cherry smell again but when you actually taste the drink, it is much more chocolatey. I only tasted a hint of cherry and the rest was the flavour of chocolate. I found the drink to be quite a good thickness; it didn't look like a mug of brown water like some hot chocolates do. I was pleasantly surprised with this flavour. Its not one that I would buy all the time but it is very nice for a change now and again.
I don't usually write reviews about food or drink but I simply had to share my thoughts about this new Chocolate Cherry flavour hot chocolate drink.
The hot chocolate comes in a little 16g sachet. The sachet is a dark brown chocolatey colour and has the name of the flavour written in bright pink lettering along with pretty swirls in the same colour. It is an eye-catching packaging and it caught my attention when I was browsing in Tesco. The back of the sachet gives the nutritional information and I'm very pleased to see the drink contains only 60 calories per cup. The sachet holds one serving of the powder.
*Making the drink*
Making the hot chocolate is incredibly easy. You simply put the powder in a cup and add boiled water. I find hot chocolate often gets clumpy and doesn't dissolve that well, so I fill the cup about 1/3 full with water and give it a really good stir. Then I gradually add more water and keep stirring well. This usually results in no powdery lumps and this is the method I used with this Options drink. I was pleased to see that the power dissolved well. You can have this drink with or without milk and I choose to add a little milk to mine.
I used a larger mug than normal, about 1 1/2 times the size of a normal mug. There was plenty of power to make a full cup of hot chocolate without it tasting too watery.
*The taste test*
I smelt the cherry-ness before I tasted it. As soon as I raised the cup the scent of chocolatey cherry hit me and it was gorgeous! I love cherry scented/flavoured things and this one didn't disappoint. Then I tasted it and I was very pleased that it tasted as good as it smelt. It has a rich chocolate taste with more than just a hint of cherry. You can definitely taste the cherry flavour in every sip but it isn't too strong that it is sickly. For me, it is just the right amount of flavour. I don't particulary like the drinks where you have to try really hard to taste whatever flavour it is meant to be and happily this wasn't like that.
The drink is a nice consistency, not too thin or thick but just right. It feels rich and full of flavour and doesn't taste 'watery' like many hot chocolates do. I am amazed that it is only 60 calories per drink as it certainly doesn't taste like a low-calorie version. In fact it tastes that nice that it feels like it should be full of calories and other 'naughty' things. I have been trying to lose weight and it is great to know I can drink this whenever I like without feeling like I'm undoing all my hard work. It makes a brilliant treat as it tastes divine!
*Price and Availability*
One sachet costs 39p. It is only available in sachet form, not in full jars, as it is a limited edition. I really hope they decide to make it a permanent flavour as I want to be able to buy it all the time. I found it in Tesco and have not seen it anywhere else, although it may be available in other supermarkets. If you see it I recommend you stock up as unfortunately I don't think it will be around for long. Next time I'm in Tesco I will be buying all they have left. In fact, I think I may have a special trip to Tesco as I can't wait to have another drink of this gorgeous cherry hot chocolate!