Product Type: Options Soft Drink
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Options Hot Chocolate Sachets: A Low Calorie Chocolatey Fix
Options Hot Chocolate Mini Sachets
Member Name: darling89
Options Hot Chocolate Mini Sachets
Advantages: Low calorie, tasty, various flavours, easy to make, portable, cheap, widely available
Disadvantages: Some may not like the flavours or texture
I love my hot drinks but don't like milk so am somewhat restricted in what I can drink. Usually I go for Cadburys Highlights instant chocolate which gives me a nice chocolatey fix for under 40 calories, but recently I've craved a bit of variety, so I've been testing out various flavoured hot chocolates from the Options range.
Options produce sachets and jars of low calorie hot chocolate which are widely available in supermarkets. There are two parts to the range: the Chocolate range with smaller, cheaper sachets which contain around 40 calories and the Indulgence range which make a thicker drink for about 60 calories.
I'd say that the best thing about the Options range of hot chocolate is the variety of flavours that are available. The Chocolate range includes such flavours as 'Wicked White Chocolate', 'Outrageous Orange', 'Belgian Choco', 'Dreamy Caramel', 'Ooh La La Vanilla', 'Mint Madness', 'Tempting Toffee', 'Caribbean Coconut' and, my personal favourite, 'Cracking Hazelnut'. There are further flavours available in the Indulgence range, including 'Chocolate Fudge', 'Chocolate Brownie', 'Chocolate Cherry' and 'Chocolate Banoffee'. Options also periodically release limited edition flavours, for example 'Jazzy Ginger' and 'Double Choc'. With such a large range of flavours available there is something for everyone, and the fact that the hot chocolate is available in single-serving sachets means that you can try different flavours without running the risk of buying an entire jar of powder only to discover that you don't like it.
Another thing I really like about the Options range is that all of the hot chocolate sachets are low in calories and fat and are therefore ideal for those on a diet and craving a chocolate fix that won't ruin their efforts. The sachets in the Chocolate range each contain fewer than 43 calories, while the Indulgence range sachets each contain 61 calories or less. They are all also less than 1.5% fat and are therefore ideal as a light post-meal sweet treat or an evening drink. The entire range is suitable for vegetarians and all flavours except for 'Wicked White Chocolate' do not contain any nuts.
This hot chocolate is incredibly easy to make: you simply empty the sachet into a mug, add 200ml of boiling water and give it a good stir et voila: a steaming mug of hot chocolate. Because this hot chocolate is sold in sachets and is very simple to make, it's portable and ideal for camping or travelling when you have limited space, time and equipment.
Options hot chocolate is widely available in supermarkets and small shops. I've noticed that prices tend to fluctuate wildly, but the Chocolate range usually costs between 25-35p per 11g sachet and the Indulgence range is slightly more expensive (though better value) at 35-45p per 16g sachet. The sachets can more often than not be found on multibuy offers, which I tend to take advantage of as they enable me to try different flavours without worrying about having wasted a lot of money if I don't like them.
Overall, I'm a huge fan of Options hot chocolate. There are, however, a few negative aspects of the range which I must point out. Some of the flavours are quite sweet and a little artificial tasting, and may not be to everyone's taste. For instance, I'm not a massive fan of the 'Belgian Choc' flavour, yet I really like the 'Cracking Hazelnut' and 'Caribbean Coconut' varieties. I also find that the Indulgence range creates too thick a hot chocolate for me, so some may find it too rich. For those who are used to traditional thick hot chocolate made with milk or cream, Options sachets may be a long way from what they're used to as it has a thinner texture and is much sweeter.
Nonetheless, I'd recommend that anyone looking for a low calorie chocolate fix gives a couple of flavours a go to see what they think. What's to lose?
Summary: A nice, low calorie chocolatey fix