Product Type: Options Soft Drink
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Options Hot Chocolate - Belgian Chocolate
Options Hot Chocolate Mini Sachets
Member Name: rji0907
Options Hot Chocolate Mini Sachets
Advantages: Well priced, Tastes good, gives you a chocolate fix
Disadvantages: I slightly prefer the Cadburys one!
I am a complete chocoholic but am trying so hard adapt a healthy lifestyle at the moment, but the chocolate issue causes a problem with this. A colleague at work suggested that I have one cup of Options hot chocolate a day as they are only 40 calories which is around a 1/3 of the calories of most chocolate bars, but it means I still get my chocolate fix, so I have been doing this for a while now.
I started off using Options chocolates I tended to have the chocolate fix at work so the little sachets were really handy for taking to work and when you can get them on offer for 4 for £1.00, you know you are getting good value for money.
There are many different flavours you can choose from in the Options range including white chocolate, ginger, toffee, hazelnut and mint amongst others. I am not personally into the flavoured ones and stick to the indulgent Belgian chocolate one when purchasing these. It doesn't matter whether you have four of one flavour, or a mixture, you will still pay the same price.
Each sachet is 11g and to use you simply rip across the top to open the sachet and pour the powdery contents into your mug. After this you just add hot water and stir until all the powder has gone. I personally add a little splash of milk to mine but this is personal taste and not actually needed to make the drink.
These drinks are free from gluten but do contain soya for those with allergies. Although these are better for you than actual chocolate bars, they are still a chocolate drink and therefore do contain sugar and sweeteners so they are not exactly a healthy option, they are just healthier than an actual bar of chocolate.
As for the drink itself, it is definitely indulgent. I love Belgian chocolate and this satisfies my craving no end. I personally would prefer the chocolate to taste a little milkier as I just adore milk chocolate, but this is definitely chocolate heaven in a mug and really gets rid of my chocolate craving without leaving me feeling like I have over indulged.
The drink is quite thick which is good as I wouldn't want it to be too watery so proves there is just the right amount of powder in each sachet for a standard sized mug. These create no mess and are great when you are on the go as you can easily transport a sachet around until you reach your destination and then simply get a mug, hot water and you have your chocolate drink ready to drink.
As an alternative I often have the Cadburys Highlights drink and there really isn't much in it in terms of quality. I think I slightly prefer the Cadburys one just because it feels that bit lighter and milkier and let's face it, who doesn't like Cadburys chocolate so you can't go wrong really. If you are one for flavoured chocolate, you don't really get the choice of flavours like you do with the Options brand so you are quite limited with choice.
Overall, I really like Options Belgian Hot Chocolate Drink and would definitely recommend it. At 40 calories, you can get a chocolate fix without piling on the pounds and it leaves you feeling nicely full, but heavy and bloated. I now have one of these drinks a day and regularly chop and change between these and the Cadburys ones just to have a bit of a change now and again.
These are definitely good quality hot chocolate drinks that taste of really good quality chocolate and not cheap chocolate and at 25p per sachet, what have you got to lose? Recommended.
Summary: A good way to have a chocolate fix without piling on the calories