“ Options / hot drink sachets. „
Banoffe pie is probably my favourite desert ever but sadly as everyone else in my house are allergic to bananas I dont get to eat it very often at all as the banana's just arent kept in the house. Anyway as soon as I saw the advert seeling these brand new limited edition Options drinks and saw that they did a Banoffee flavour I wanted to try it straight away but for absolutely ages I couldnt find it anywhere. Luckily my mom found it while she was out shopping a few weeks back and bought me home a sachet to try. I had very high expectations for this drink which may be why I was quite let down by it - its an okay drink but there are much better Options flavours out there & it doesnt taste THAT much like banoffee.
Price: 38p - sachet (Dont think this flavour is available in a large tub) 3 sachets - £1 at the moment.
Stockists: Asda & Tesco - You might have to search a while to find this flavour as its not very widely available.
Nutritional Information: [Based on per sachet]
Total Fat: 2g
And apparantly theres nothing else in there so I guess this drink is actually pretty good for you. This would be a great one for dieters because it will give you that chocolate fix without all the calories. Remember those values are before you add any sugar or milk though.
So to make this drink you simply need to add boiling water. I usually add milk and sugar to my hot chocolate's but in this case its sweet enough already and I dont think it needs any milk because it does weaken down the taste. So add water and stir for a while - otherwise there will be lumps - and then your good to drink it. This does look so yummy in the mug, proper thick and creamy and it actually does smell like proper banoffee so I had very high hopes for the taste.
The taste is the part I felt let down by though because the banana taste is just too strong and even for someone with a sweet tooth like me it was simply too much. I assumed the banana and chocolate flavours would be equal and mix nicely together but the banana was much stronger and overpowered the chocolate mostly. This actually made my teeth go a little bit sensitive while I was drinking it because of the sweetness so I can only imagine how it would have tasted if Id added sugar to it! I love banoffee but this was too much even for me and I think it would be for most people - even for those of you who do like sugary drinks.
I do recommend this a little bit but mainly for dieters as the sweetness and chocolate will satisfy cravings without you having loads of calories but I think for most people this will be just too much. 2 stars from me - maybe my expectations were just to high!
Thanks For Reading.
x0 Salz 0x
**This review is also on Ciao, under my username "MonsoonBaby88"**
Ever since I was a child, my favourite fruit has been bananas. This also means that anything banana flavoured I will instantly fall in love with, and so imagine my excitement when I stumbled across Options had made a Chocolate Banoffee flavour hot chocolate!
There are several flavours in the Options hot chocolate range now, but this new Chocolate Banoffee flavour is part of their "Indulgence" selection. These flavours are, unfortunately, limited edition, and combine rich and creamy hot chocolate with a deliciously tempting taste that has never been sampled in any of their hot chocolates before.Now the front of the packets may state that it is "rich and creamy", which automatically made me think that this is going to be one calorie-riddled drink. However, the calorie intake is rather low, clocking in at only 61 calories in a cup. This is lower than Ovaltine, a malty healthy drink that I had always assumed was rather healthy. Therefore, due to the low calorie content, you shouldn't feel too guilty about pouring a cup of this for yourself. Each 16g serving that is mixed with the typical 200ml of water for an ordinary sized cup not only has 61 calories, but 5.7g (6%) of sugars, 1.7g (2%) of fat, 1.2g (6%) of saturates and 9.2g (4%) of salt, and is based on an adults guideline daily amount. The percentages of each are rather low, so a cup a night really isn't going to make you pile on the pounds, especially if you follow a balanced diet anyway.
I find that the best time to drink Options Chocolate Banoffee hot chocolate is in the evening, especially as at the time of writing this, we all find ourselves in the throes of the "Big Freeze." The hot chocolate warms you perfectly, and is even more enjoyable if you indulge in a handful of marshmallows on the top of it. Let them melt, and you have the perfect, creamy, chocolately, winter drink. Four teaspoons should be added to the cup, and then boiling water from the kettle should be poured in. Give it a little mix around with a spoon and voila, you have your chocolate drink. Options suggest adding a dash of milk if you are wanting an even creamier drink, but I have never felt the need to do this-it is creamy enough on its own anyway.
This drink can either be purchased in sachets, or in a tub, depending on how much you think you are going to drink it. The sachets are normally priced at around 30p each, and supermarkets often have a 3 for £1 deal going on these, so I suggest looking for a deal on the sachets if you choose to buy the drink in this way. Each sachet contains 16g of hot chocolate powder, which allows you to make one cup of hot chocolate. The tubs are about £3.90, although this can vary depending on where you purchase it from. I felt that this was a bit pricy for hot chocolate, especially as if you are making a cup of it each night (or more, if you count your partners or children, etc), it doesn't really last that long. However, I will continue to buy it, even if the price stays the same, as this has become my favourite hot chocolate drink at the moment.
So what is the taste actually like? Well chocoholics are going to love this. A cup of this chocolate drink is very rich and chocolately. I love chocolate, but I find that this hot chocolate fills me up quite considerably, so I can only drink one cup a day of it. The banana taste is definitely evident, although I could not really pick out the toffee flavours that were supposed to be in there as well. In general, this tastes like a creamy, rich chocolate drink with a hint of banana, which is great. I absolutely love bananas, but I find that banana flavoured drinks can at times be a bit overpowering, and luckily I didn't find it in this drink. It is a little disappointing that the toffee isn't as strong as I imagined it would be though.
One main gripe about hot chocolate is getting a mouthful of unmixed chocolate powder in my mouth when I take a sip. I always leave the spoon in my cup and stir for a considerable amount of time to make sure that everything has been fully mixed in, but unfortunately I found that I was still getting lumps of the powder floating around amongst the water in the cup, so it takes several stirs of a spoon to eradicate these. I suggest using a mini hot chocolate or coffee whisk instead, as this does a far better job, and does not require as much time or effort.
If you are impressed with this flavour in the Indulgence range of Options hot chocolate, then there are also Chocolate Fudge, Chocolate Brownie and Chocolate Cherry to try out. I highly suggest trying the Chocolate Cherry flavour after this Banoffee one, it's delicious!
So overall, I feel that Options Indulgence Chocolate Banoffee is worth spending your pennies on. It is a rich and creamy chocolate drink that has a hint of banana, and a slight taste of toffee. It may seem a bit overpowering to many, and it is also a bit too creamy at times. I have to have let my dinner go down to give this a go, as it does tend to fill me up very quickly. My main criticism is that there isn't really a strong enough taste of toffee in this for me, and also the tubs of it are a bit on the expensive side. However, this hot chocolate is a great drink to enjoy particularly in cold weather, or just before you head off to bed. Chocolate lovers will probably love this, and those who are health conscious can take comfort in knowing that this is a low calorie drink that can be enjoyed not just as a one-off treat. Go on, "Indulge" yourself!