Product Type: Options Soft Drink
Newest Review: ... into a cup and adding boiling water and stirring is about the gist of it. However Options hot chocolate (both sachets and from the jar) ar... more
Not such a cracking hot chocolate
Options Hot Chocolate Mini Sachets
Member Name: ryeb
Options Hot Chocolate Mini Sachets
Advantages: Easy to prepare, chocolate taste is good but..
Disadvantages: the hazelnut flavour is weak
I love hot chocolate, but I am quite fussy about which one I drink. I have had too many that have been weak and watery. I want mine to taste chocolatey, because that is the point of the drink! I do enjoy flavoured hot chocolates, so I was interested to try those available from Options. I think I have worked my way through most of the flavours now. Today I am reviewing the Cracking Hazelnut variety.
I bought a single serve 11g sachet when they were available on a 3 for 2 offer in Sainsburys some time ago. In fact they are often on a similar promotion somewhere or another. The standard price for one is around 32p, which means they are a good way to try a new flavour without wasting your money if you don't like it after all. Some of the Options varieties are available in larger tubs too, but I have not seen the Hazelnut flavour amongst them.
The little packets are easy to open if your tear where they suggest. There doesn't seem to be much powder in them so you don't want to loose most of it when you open the sachet! There is enough to make a standard mug size drink though. The preparation is simple - you just need to boil some water, let it cool slightly, then add it to the chocolate powder. I think you do need to stir the drink quite a lot in order to get it to a smooth consistency. If you don't, you may be left with lumps which are harder to get rid of once the drink has cooled more. Providing you do stir, the texture is fine. It is thick enough to feel a bit more special, while still being liquid enough to be nice and refreshing. It looks like a good quality chocolate, and smells fantastic. I could really smell the nuts at this point, so I was hoping to experience a strong flavour too. Sadly though, I thought the taste was strangely disappointing. It does taste of chocolate, and of Belgian chocolate in paticular, but the nut flavour is too weak for me. It is strongest at the first sip, but then develops a strange artificial aftertaste that I can't really place. This is a real shame because I know that hazelnuts and chocolate goes so well together normally. It is quite sweet too. I would prefer less of a sugary flavour, but as it is part of the drink, I can't adjust the sweetness to my own taste. The packet suggests that for a creamier drink, you can add some milk. I have tried this, and it does indeed taste creamier, but not to the point that it makes up for the absent hazelnut.
Overall, I didn't enjoy this as much as I wanted to. I would drink it again if someone offered me one, because it isn't horrible, but I find other Options flavours taste more natural and satisfying. I do like the fact the drink contains 39 calories a cup, as it doesn't taste like a relatively lower fat product. This isn't enough to persaude me to buy this paticular flavour again though. I wouldn't recommend it to those looking for a good nutty flavoured drink. I think for that, using a hazelnut flavoured coffeee syrup and adding it to a regular hot chocolate provides the best results.
Summary: A disappointing hot chocolat drink