“ Manufacturer: Options / Type: Chocolate Drinks „
Another one of the individual hot chocolate sachets that I purchased recently as part of a multi-buy offer from Asda was the Options 'Belgian Choc Cracking Hazelnut'. I was attracted to this not only because of the flavour but also because it is lower in calories than some other hot chocolates.
I purchased my cracking hazelnut sachet from Asda, they are currently priced at £0.30 each or are on a mix and match offer for five sachets for £1.00. Each sachet contains enough to make one mug of hot chocolate. I thought that this was a great offer as not only are the sachets easy to pop in my bag to take to work they also allow you to try all the different varieties of hot chocolate to see if you like them before you commit to buying a full jar. This is extremely useful with the Options range of hot chocolates as they come in numerous different flavours.
The nutritional content of one serving of this hot chocolate is:
Calories (kcal) - 39
Protein - 1.4g
Carbohydrate - 5.3g
Fat - 0.9g
Making the cracking hazelnut hot chocolate is simple, just tear open the sachet, pour into a mug, fill with hot water and stir. You can also add a splash of milk to make the hot chocolate more creamy or even make fully with hot milk for a richer taste, this will although increase the calorie content. I made my hot chocolate with just hot water and found that it took quite a lot of stirring to get all of the power to dissolve rather than it just floating around in lumps on the top.
The hot chocolate had quite a weak, watery look about it but did smell very nice, almost like Nutella. My first couple of sips seemed quite nice, the hot chocolate did not have as strong a chocolate flavour as I thought it would but the hazelnut flavour coming through was rather pleasant. But the more I drank this the more I came to not like it as much, the hazelnut flavour seemed to get more artificial tasting and by the end of the mug full I found that it left an unpleasant after taste.
This is not an hot chocolate that I would recommend or purchase again, it may have been better made with milk but unfortunately I have been put off enough by my first try not try this hot chocolate again!
I do like the odd Hot Chocolate and I like the little sachets of Options as they are nice flavours and just the right size for a single serve. They aren't priced all that bad either, so all good in my eyes. Although you can get this in just a simple Milk Chocolate version this one is 1 of my favourite flavours.
My local branch of Asda has a good selection of the Options flavours and this one costs 24p but there is often an offer of 5 for £1 on this so I buy this in 5's as may as well get a little bit of a saving.
The packaging for this is alright. It's just in a simple sachet and you tear the top of this off and pour the powder into a Mug and fill with Hot Water. I don't feel the need for adding Sugar or Milk as this is just nice how it is.
The taste of this is really nice. You get the rich, Belgium Milk Chocolate mixed with a Nutty taste as well. It is a really nice taste and tastes a lot more calorific than it is in my view. The Hazelnut taste is a nice smooth Roasted flavour.
Per sachet this has only 40 calories so this will satisfy your sweet tooth without having lots of calories.
To be honest there isn't much else to say about this product as it's a Hot Chocolate and it is tasty. I would recommend this if you like Nutty tasting Drinks and there is nothing else out there that tastes like this.
Yes, another review on hot chocolate! Mmmm, I can't resist the stuff, especially now it's winter time. As already mentioned in a previous review, I am like many women out there - I am forever fretting about calories! The thing is, I am addicted to chocolate and despite knowing I probably eat far to much I just can't say no :P
For me, Options hot chocolate is a life saver! I can enjoy a yummy chocolate drink without feeling guilty afterwards. The Cracking Hazelnut flavour is one of my personal favourites, it's delicious!
You can buy Options hot chocolate in tubs or sachets, I always opt for the sachets as I like having a selection of flavours at my disposal. A sachet costs around 30p and you get 11 grams of powder in each one, at the moment Tesco have them on offer at 4 sachets for £1, that's saving you 20p folks!
The packaging has changed a little and the sachet is now light blue and brown. The sachets are extremely easy to open and the smell of Cracking Hazelnut is just divine - rich and chocolatey with a hint of nutty aroma.
To make your delicious hot chocolate is very easy, simply tip the contents of your sachet (or alternatively spoon your powder in to a mug from your hot chocolate tub) and add 200mls of boiling water. Stir until the powder has dispersed, you will then have a heavenly hot drink with a slightly frothy top, yum!
The Cracking Hazelnut flavour is very nicely balanced, rich chocolate with just enough nuttiness without being overly so. The chocolate is there without being sickly and what's more, it's only 33 calories a serving! If you're a chocoholic like me but you're bored with just plain old hot chocolate then try this, you'll be very pleasantly surprised I'm sure! The hazelnut really livens the hot chocolate up and makes it even tastier.
The nutrition bit:
(with 200ml water)
Of which sugars 3.8g
Of which saturates 0.6g
Equivalent as salt 0.33g
So I really think you should give this hot choccy a try, it's nuttily nice!
Whilst continuing to try every Options drink available I decided to try the Hazelnut flavoured drink which like the others is made from Belgian chocolate and is made by the Ovaltine company. This one, much like the plain Belgian chocolate one, comes in a brown and blue wrapper with a melted piece of chocolate on the front of the packaging. The drink comes in either a multi-portioned "tub" or in a single serving plastic sachet (of which I have). The drink, like the rest in the range is simply an instant mix powder that needs adding to hot water and stirring until it's all dissolved.
When made this has a delightfully nutty chocolate smell, it's got a glorious and strong hazelnut scent to it, much like some hazelnut flavoured chocolate bars (think Ferrero Rocher or Kinder Bueno) or even a hazelnut spread. The drink has a really dark colour to it, more like cocoa than "hot chocolate" as such, which some may find unappealing whilst others will find it rather delightful as it's often a sign of the drink having a stronger chocolate taste. So to drinking it, the drink, like the rest of the range has a really thin and runny quality to it, although some will enjoy this personally I'd rather see my hot chocolate to be thick, creamy and filling though having had Option a few times recently I've come to know what to expect. So on to the taste, it's a rich hazelnut taste with soft chocolate over tones which is really wonderful and great when it hits your mouth, your tongue and your nostrils. Sadly however like many of the drinks in the range the flavour doesn't really stay with you long, it doesn't seem to last long enough for you to savour and truly enjoy, which is a shame really as it's nice.
Overall the nutty taste makes this one of the stand out hot chocolate drinks on the market, with a rich and smooth flavour, that although not able to last long enough to truly enjoy does last enough time to appreciate that it is nice. The drink could do with being a bit thicker too, though this seems like I'm being picky (and could possibly be solved by adding some full fat milk into the drink when you make it). This seems like one of the brands best drinks and is nothing less than fantastic.
Nutritional Information (per serving of 11g powder in 200ml of water)
Energy 163KJ/ 39Kcal
Contains milk, soya, E340, E551 and Aspartame (a source of phenylalanine) though doesn't contain any nuts (according to the packaging)
As I mentioned in a review yesterday Ive been trying loads of these Options flavours out recently because my local Spar has been flogging them at 10p each so Ive stocked up on at least one of every flavour one of which was this Cracking Hazelnut flavour. Ive actually been meaning to try this for ages because it sounded like it would be really yummy so I cant understand why Ive only just got around to trying it. Anyway this morning I was horrified to find that I had ran out of coffee and I can function properly without a hot drink in the morning so I decided to make myself up this drink and because Im such a lovely person I made my little brother one as well. The fact that this flavour like a few of the Options range is very low in calories and contains no sugar or fat only made me want to try it even more, but I had the taste of that horrible White Chocolate drink running through my mind and I was hoping that this didnt taste anything like that!
All you do to make this drink is open the sachet, pur it into a mug and add boiling water. I recommend stirring this for a good few minutes because you dont want to be left with any of those horrible, powdery lumps which totally ruin your drink. Some people like to add milk to their hot chocolates but I think that with this one you really dont need it!
I dont really know what I was expecting this to taste like but I think I was expecting it to taste nasty but I was very wrong, it was actually beautiful. The smell of this is enough to know what its going to taste like because the smell is amazing. There is a wonderful nutty/chocolate aroma coming out of your mug as soon as you pour the water in and that was enough to get my mouth watering. This smells exactly like a Cadbury Whole Nut but in a liquid form and that really got my hopes highered for the taste.
When I started to drink it I was quite surprised at how thick and sweet it was even though I ahdnt added any extra sugar. But best of all it actually tastes like chocolate! I cant really describe the taste of the nuts other than saying it tastes really nutty but the two flavours of the hazelnut and the chocolate work really well together and I think they are both very different flavours but they are very even and neither overpower the other but it just leaves a gorgeous smelling and tasting drink. It was so nice I think I finished the whole mug in about three gulps and even my little brother liked it! Im proper shocked to find out that this drink has very little calories or sugar in it because I think if you didnt know beforehand then you certainly wouldnt be able to tell.
Price: Around 35p Per Sachet
Availabilty: Supermarkets & Most Local Shops.
Available In Sachets OR A 220g Tub
This drink is absolutely beautiful and I highly recommend it to everyone because its not just for dieters! By getting rid of the sugar they certainly havent comprimised on the taste at all and best of all it actually tastes like proper chocolate. One of the best flavours I have tried without a doubt. I highly recommend this drink to everyone!
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I had a sachet of Options hot chocolate come through the post the other day, I don't like low fat hot chocolate but tried it because I'd run out of my fave Green And Blacks hot chocolate. The flavour is Cracking Hazelnut and it's been about for years, I know I've deffo had it before ages ago but remember it being proper weak and runny. It's yummy now though and will deffo save a few calories if I swap a few of the shedloads of hot chocolates I drink a week for this!
You make it exactly the same as any of the Options drinks by adding boiling water and stirring til it feels like your arm's going to come off! This one mixes wicked and didn't take as long to stir into the water, like any Options you should make it in the smallest mug you've got because that gives you a better flavour and doesn't let too much water dilute it.
It's not a very rich hot chocolate and is thin but when you have a low cal hot chocolate you expect that. It's got a nice creamy feel though and is mega smooth so you don't notice how thin it is that much. The chocolate flavour is yummy, Options must have changed their recipe because this is loads nicer than it used to be. It's got a proper chocolate flavour instead of tasting fake like it used to, it's quite sweet but not too much and even though you can tell its low calorie there's a bit of a creamy flavour that makes it proper nice to drink.
The hazelnut is wicked, it's dead fresh and gives the hot chocolate a yummy nutty flavour. They've put the perfect amount in because I can taste it through the chocolate instead of one overpowering the other one like what usually happens with Options drinks. The 2 flavours together are delish and the hazelnut flavour also made the chocolate taste a lot richer.
I deffo recommend Cracking Hazelnut Options, it's a yummy drink that really DOES taste of chocolate and has only got 40 calories in each sachet!!! That's mad, such a sweet and yummy drink should have loads more calories than that and I don't know how Options have done it!!! Like I said before you can deffo tell this is a low calorie hot chocolate but at least it's got a yummy flavour even though it's not thick like luxury hot chocolate.
The sachets are about 35p, I don't know if this one is available in the big tubs but I'm going to look tomorrow!
*Where & How Much*
Currently 4 sachets for £1.00 at Morrison's; and 5 sachets for £1.00 at Asda, with an individual selling price of around 28p - 30p. They are widely available in most supermarkets, although I understand that 'Cracking Hazelnut' is a recent addition to the Options family and is limited edition.
Each 11g sachet mixed with boiled water provides 33 calories and around 0.8g of fat. It contains sources of Phenylalanine and is Gluten Free.
*Appearance, Smell & Taste*
It is easy to make up following the instructions on the packet, mixing with boiled water. Taking a long sniff of the fine chocolate brown coloured powder before stirring in the water it really reminds me of a box of Milk Tray or Quality Street chocolate with a nice whiff of hazelnut.
Once mixed the mixture turns to a dark chocolate coloured water. On first taste it was slightly bitter, from the darkness of the chocolate but soon the flavour of the hazelnut kicked in. It does taste like a lot like 'The Big Purple One' from Quality Street, which is one of my favourites. It is warming and very chocolately.
I really enjoyed this drink, if was great in the evening as a warming chocolate fix in this dull weather. I will definitely buy more of these to keep in the cupboard and would be interested to see if Options continue this and sell it in the larger tubs. This is one of my favourite flavours.
It is great if you are watching your weight / counting calories as is only 33 cals.