“ Manufacturer: Options / Beverages Type: Chocolate Drinks „
Ginger biscuits dipped in hot chocolate are amazing so I guessed that with this drink I would have the best of both worlds but without the calories from the biscuits.
I bought the sachet from Asda as part of a multibuy offer of 5 sachets for £1. The packet is light blue and brown in colour with brown and orange writing. It is a limited edition flavour. The sachet is 11g in weight which is enough for a mug full. The hot chocolate is gluten free but doesn't say if it is suitable for vegetarians. It does contain soya lecithins and milk so is not suitable for allergy sufferers.
One mug full of this drink made with 200ml of hot water, will give you 34kcal, 1.4g of protein, 5.2g of carbohydrates of which 3.9g are sugars, 0.9g of fat of which 0.6g are saturates, 2.0g of fibre and 0.1g of sodium.
The sachet was easy to open as it has a perforation at each end. a quick rip and it was open. When I poured the powder into my mug, it smelt chocolatey and almost malty. My first impression was that it smelt like chocolate horlicks. I added a bit of water and mixed the powder and water into a paste. I then filled up my mug with cooled boiled water. It still smelt really malty but now with a strong ginger undertone. The drink was a good consistency and wasn't too watery.
When I had a mouthful, the ginger was really strong but didn't taste like ginger biscuits. I didn't find it pleasant at all. I couldn't taste any hint of chocolate in the flavour. I also found that it left a really nasty and strong after taste.
I won't be buying this one again
Still on my weight-loss kick, i look for ways to curb my cravings as i have a very sweet tooth!
Ginger is one of my favourite ingredients, which i realise is ironic....as it's also the colour of my hair! Anyways....
When i saw this on the shelf in morrisons, i was very happy indeed, as they were on offer i got a few, some different flavours as well. I'm not a huge fan of the 'options' range, i usually end up disappointed as they don't usually come anywhere close to tasting like what they are supposed to. This however, was different.
Considering it's only just over 30 calories, it tastes like it should be more and that's always a good sign! The chocolate seemed darker and richer, it was sweet but not overly, as diet products are often over-loaded with sweeteners, this didn't taste like it was. It smelt gorgeous! The balance of ginger was just right. While it wasn't over-powering in anyway, you could certainly define what it was, it had that lovely 'warming' effect that ginger does, a similar effect you get from drinking Chai.
I made this in a small mug and it was perfect, had it been a larger mug i think it would have been too weak. Although this might not be to everyones taste, if you do like ginger, then i recommend that you try this :)
Having recently started the slimming world diet in an attempt to shift a couple of pounds, (okay okay stones then) I have been on the lookout for something low cal to take the edge off of my chocolate cravings!!
I love hot chocolate - I'm not much of a tea of coffee drinker - and although my favourite is Starbucks Signature Hot Chocolate, for a low fat alternative you can't beat Options. While shopping in Morrissons last week I spotted Limited Edition Jazzy Ginger Options, and they were on offer with the other flavours at 4 sachets for £1. Now I love ginger - Ginger biscuits, Ginger Cake , no wonder I need a diet - so thought this would be particularly warming in this cold weather.
On opening the sachet you get a very strong whiff of artificial smelling ginger, and when you poor it into the mug you get a light brown powder with orangey specs, and the smell intensifies when you add boiling water. It was kind of off putting, but I thought I would stick with it, so let it cool slightly before giving it a try. I wish I hadn't bothered - the ginger taste overpowered the chocolate to the point where recognising it as hot chocolate was almost impossible. I managed about a quarter of the mug before I gave up and tipped it down the sink!! It felt almost grainy on my tongue and left it feeling tingly, and not in a good way.
Each mug of Jazzy Ginger Options contains 34 calories, so is good for any dieter and contains 2 syns on the slimming world diet. Looking at the ingredients the drink actually contains no actual ginger, only flavouring. I guess that is what's causing the horrible artificial smell! I definitely will not be buying this again in the future, despite its low calorie content. Although this flavour was not for me I still think that Options is the nicest in the low calorie hot chocolate market, the original Belgium chocolate being my favourite. However, here are loads of other flavours in the Options range, and I have seen an advert for some new limited editions, and am keen to try the cherry flavour next!
When I see new flavours of things I just have to try it! I love hot chocolate and recently I haven't been very well with a potassium deficiency so I've been really low in energy and tired and on the one occasion I did get out knackered I dragged myself around Sainsbury's like death warmed up and I spotted this and thought it would make a nice treat later when I got into bed to watch tv! I find hot chocolate really comforting and couldn't wait to try it out! Now these normally retail about 27p a sachet but on the day I picked mine up I got any four 'Options' sachets for a pound. Now this is a limited edition and I have investigated this and I'm pretty sure it's only available in a sachet and for a limited time of course.
Light blue and brown oblong plastic packet. On the front I'm told it is Options Choc 'Everyone was envious of her jazzy ginger jacket...' and I'm told it only contains 34 calories per drink and that it is an instant hot chocolate. On the back of the sachet other information includes ingredients, a full nutritional rundown chart and directions for use are given and contact details for Ovaltine are listed (the manufacturers of the product). Nice enough sachet and to open it, it has a nick at the top of it to pull it open and inside it contains silver foil for freshness.
The drink Itself:
Open up the sachet and your greeted by rather alot of dark brown powder with white bits in it. All you do is completely empty the sachet into a mug or cup and add hot water to it and give it a good stir and what you end up with is a rather thin dark brown drink with no visible lumps (providing you give it a really good stir of course!) and it smells very slightly sweet of chocolate but not alot and it really does smell heavily of ginger.
Taste wise well this did not alot for me or my taste-buds! It was thin and watery and only vaguely tasted of chocolate and it all felt really overpowered by a ginger powder that was rather harsh smelling and tasting. I wasn't keen on it and I didn't feel like I was drinking a hot chocolate but a gingery drink that lacked creamy chocolate in it. It's too strong on ginger for me and not chocolaty enough and it has a weird sweetness to it that gives a not so nice after-taste after drinking it!
Only 37 Kcal a mug though!
Available in all good supermarkets etc for a limited time only