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I am the kind of person who loves sweet things and often in the evenings I tend to snack a lot. I am also the kind of person who tends to put on weight and doesn't have a super metabolism which means that I can get away with snacking and so I'm always on the look out for low calorie options and this is exactly what this is; a low calorie Option! I didn't realise it but hot chocolate is actually quite high in calories, a normal instant hot chocolate contains about 140 calories which I think is a lot for a drink and it's saturated fat content also really high (around 16 grams!) I have therefore taken to drinking low calorie versions of the drink such as HIghlights and Options and I've always found that Options seems to be the best. Options is a low calorie belgian hot chocolate drink which you make instantly. It was originally the belgian chocolate flavour but now they have introduced several other flavours all with rather exotic names such as mint madness and outrageous orange! Options comes in two versions- a large plastic tub or single sachets. The plastic tubs have screw caps which are easy to take on and off even if you have wet hands. This lid helps to keep the chocolate inside dry and fresh. The tub is a very tall and slim design, shaped a little like an hour-glass which is meant to reflect how this drink will help you to keep your shape. I think it's a very elegant looking tub and because it's tall and slim it doesn't take upmuch room in the cupboard. The sachets are designed for just one mug's worth. They are plastic and you can open them by tearing the serrated area-a litle like on a sachet of ketchup. You shouldn't need scissors to open them! To make the drink you add the amount of powder and then pour boiling water over it and stir until it has all disolved. Sometimes I find that not all of the powder disolves and little bits are left floating on the top- my tip for not letting this be the case is to add milk to the powder first and stir it in to make a paste and then add the hot water. This does the trick! Taste wise this drink is lovely. It is orange flavour and it does taste very rich. It is almost like a melted chocolate orange as it is full of flavour and not at all watery, if you add more milk too it is even more so. I like how this drink actually still is rich despite being low in calories, you definietly don't think you are drinking a low calorie option that is for sure. The orange flavour too isn't sharp or over powering instead it's quite subtle but flavoursome enough for you to enjoy it. In my opinion this is a great hot chocolate drink. It is just 39 calories per serving and so definitely a much healtheir alternative compared to others. It does help me to curb some chocolate cravings too. It is now beginning to get cold again so it's nice to hav ea warm hot chcolate to warm me up on these cold mornings and it's also quite filling too! You can buy Options from most supermarkets and food shops.
=Options Outrageous Orange= I first tried this at Christmas, as I had one sachet left over from making Snowman soup for Christmas presents. This is the Orange flavour low calorie options Hot Chocolate. =Price and Availability= The sachets are available from most supermarkets and are generally 4 for £1, and some of the flavours are available to buy in larger packets. =To make up= The instructions are to pop the contents of the sachet into a mug and top up with hot water, personally I add a dash of cold milk to give it a edge to the drink. =The Taste= As soon as you add the water, you get the smell of orange, it reminds of a Terrys Chocolate orange, at the start of the drink the taste does feel intense when you start drinking from the drink, it does not feel like a low calorie drink, and the orange taste stays strong right to the bottom of the drink. =Colour= The colour is the same as any other hot chocolate. =Sachets= I personally prefer to buy the sachets, as there a treat and I get to try the different flavours, so if I do not like one flavour, then I have only wasted 25p. =Would I recommend= I would recommend the orange flavour, as it is like having a melted chocolate orange but without all the calories of the chocolate. =Mug Sized= They make a perfect mug sized drink, and the aroma is lovely.
=========The Experience======== I first tried this options hot chocolate last week when I bought 8 sachets of different flavours from Morrisons. They were selling for £1 for 4 sachets and thought it would be a nice evening treat to stop me from snacking on things I shouldn't. I bought two of this flavour, two mint, two coconut and two white. I found this one to be a brilliant flavour but not my favourite out of the range. It tasted very orangey and tasted very much like a terry's chocolate orange or orange smarties. It always says to just add water to these "low calorie" hot drinks, but I always add a small amount of milk into the mug and add the hot chocolate into the milk and mix it to make a thick glossy mixture to stop it from creating lumps. When you add the water it always makes the frothy top which I think everyone looks for in a hot chocolate. This is the best way to achieve that! =========The Flavour=========== The flavour is intense yet subtle at the same time. Your first sip will tingle your taste buds and remind you of terry's chocolate orange and then the flavour simmers down to bring through the chocolate flavours. I think they have put just the right amount of orange into this drink to not overpower it too much. The smell is also very strong. When I made two mugs of this for me and my partner, we could smell the warming flavour of the orange in the kitchen. It was mouthwatering and we couldn't wait to taste it! The colouring of this drink is the same as any other hot chocolate. The sachets are my favourite way of buying the drink as I don't use too much or too little that way and the sachets contain enough for a standard sized mug. =========My Thoughts========== I will definitely be buying this flavour options again in future. It filled us up when we were watching TV in the evening which stopped us from wanting to snack on anything. I thought the quality of this drink was excellent and deserves the 5/5 stars I've given it. The sachets are usually 32p each or 4 for £1 in some stores. I do think 32p for each one is a bit expensive when the jars of it work out cheaper. I will be buying a few of the other flavours to try out this week as they have such an array of flavours. My favourite of the range was the coconut one which I have since bought more of. These are brilliant for taking to work or on the go too if you want to enjoy a treat out of the home. Thanks for reading my review Helen190390
I love hot chocolate, and have been working my way through all the different flavoured ones you can buy in the supermarkets. A range I have bought more often than most is the Options Belgian chocolate selection, simple because the gflavours available are more imaginative than most. Some of them have actually sounded more promising than they actually taste, but I have at last found one that lives up to it's billing. This is the orange flavour, otherwise known as Outrageous Orange. Another reason that I buy the Options drinks is the fact they are available in single serve sachets for a reasonable 32p a portion. You can buy most of the flavours in larger tubs that work out at better value for money in the long run, but a liitle sachet obviously makes it cheap to try out a new flavour in the first place. This orange drink is the only Options chocolate that I have actually felt I would want to drink more than one mug of! The sachets are easy to tear open, and once you have, you will be greeted with the most delicious smell. It reminded me straight away of a Terry's chocolate orange which is no bad start. Once you tip it out into the mug, you get to really appreciate the lovely aroma. Making the drink is both quick and easy, as you merely need to pour on some boiled water that has cooled slighty. I have found that all of the Options drink leave something to be desired as regards how well they melt. It is important to stir them well but even if you do you may end up with a lump or two. This means that the drink doesn't look as attractive as it might do. The stirring results in few bubbles on the surface but it doesn't really make a frothy drink. This doesn't matter to me becuase once I have fished out the lunmps, the remaining drink has a nice smooth texture. This is a Belgian chocolate drink, and although I can smell more orange than chocolate, the taste is much more balanced. The chocolate base is full of flavour, and not too sweet. The orange part is the best of all because it tastes natural and there is none of the peculiar artificial aftertaste than some of the other drinks in the range are cursed with. You can make this drink up with a touch of milk, and normally I would say that doing so improves any hot chocolate. I think this one tastes creamy enough on it's own though, and when I made one up with quite a bit of milk, I thought the flavour was too diluted and a bit sickly. It is nice chilled though - by which I mean made up with a little hot water to form a smooth a paste as possible, thenn topped up with cold milk and ice cubes. This makes a nice change on a hot day! The Options range are designed to be relatively low calorie, with this drink having 38 calories per mug. It is made with fat reduced cocoa amongst other things, but it doesn't taste like a reduced fat product. I chiefly buy these for the flavour myself so I am pleased about that. Overall, I would recommend this drink. It really does taste of both Belgian chocolate and orange and is cheap to try out for yourself. I would suggest giving it a go even if you haven't liked other Options drinks because this does taste better quality on my opinion. I will be buying one of the large tubs myself..
I regularly buy the Options hot chocolate individual sachets to keep in my desk drawer at work. They are a handy little stash to have readily available for that mid afternoon chocolate fix. I started buying them a few years ago, and my initial purchase was purely based on the fact that they were on offer. The Options jars do represent better value for money, however the sachets are much more convenient for me at work. You will normally find the sachets on offer at one of the supermarkets, I do buy them at full price if I've ran out and can't be bothered hunting around for any on offer though, they are only just over 30 pence each at full price. They are currently on offer in Sainsburys where you can buy 6 sachets for £1.50. I've tried all of the flavours over the years, and one of my favourite flavours is definitely the Outrageous Orange flavour. As the name would obviously suggest it's hot chocolate flavoured with orange, and the orange taste in this is a very citrussy and sweet orange taste. It actually reminds me of a Terry's Chocolate Orange. You can still taste the rich chocolatey Belgian chocolate taste underneath the taste of the orange. One of the reasons that I really like the Outrageous Orange flavour is that this one doesn't taste like a low calorie hot chocolate drink - which the Options range is. I think that the Outrageous Orange is actually a very luxurious and creamy tasting hot chocolate drink, shot through with the sweet citrussy orange. Each sachet of the Outrageous Orange contains just 38kcal per cup when made up with hot water, you can add a dash of milk to make the drink a little creamier, but I personally don't think that this flavour needs any milk, it's the perfect taste with just hot water. I suppose if you prefer you could also make up the drink entirely with hot milk. We have a water cooler at work that also dispenses boiling hot water, so I just add the sachet to my travel mug, fill up with the boiling water from the water cooler, stir to dissolve the powder and that's it, a lovely chocolatey treat. Even now after years of buying and drinking these I'm still quite gobsmacked that they are low calorie, especially this one, it actually tastes like an indulgent treat. OK I'm not kidding myself it doesn't taste quite as good as a hot chocolate made with chunks of proper Belgian chocolate, but for just 38kcal and fact that it's easily whipped up in seconds with hot water it's not actually a bad alternative at all.
In the winter time there's nothing more I like doing than curling up infront of the tv watching a good old film and with a nice hot drink by my side to warm my cockles; I'm not a tea or coffee drinker and am not particularly keen on hot vimto or squashes either, hot chocolate is definitely my preferred drink of choice. Like many ladies I'm constantly watching my waist line and trying to keep that muffin top controlled, hence why I try and stick to low calorie varieties of most things if possible. Whilst there are many brands of hot chocolates that are devilishly delicious; unfortunately they tend to be chock full of naughty calories that seem intent on attaching themselves to my hips in the form of fat, alas on the quest for diet hot chocolate did I then go. Before I discovered Options I had sampled some other low calorie hot chocolates and been bitterly disappointed in the insipid, often synthetic flavour they possessed; instead of a rich, wholesome tasting drink I would regularly be met with a pale liquid with only the slightest hint of chocolate present but an overbearing chemical sweetness - in a nutshell, whilst being low calorie alternatives these drinks would more often than not leave a foul taste in my mouth. I then came across Options and fell in love with the range, finally a brand that was indeed low fat but full of yummyness. One day I came home and my mum had bought me a different flavour to try called "Outrageous Orange", now I personally think that chocolate and orange is one of the tastiest combinations possibly in existence so I was eager to make myself a mug and slurp away. It should be noted that Options hot chocolate comes in 2 varieties, 11g sachets and big 220g jars; in this instance it was the sachets I tried. To make a serving all that is needed is to rip open a sachet, pour the contents in to a mug and add 200 mls of hot water; giving it a thorough stir (I use a mini whisk) to get rid of any lumps and ensure a nice amount of frothyness. To make it even richer you could always add a splash of milk, though I've never needed to, the flavour is usually scrummy enough without. Before I even tucked in I was met with a lovely rich orange aroma that was really quite mouthwatering, on tasting the drink I was greeted with a rich chocolate flavour with a sweet orange kick that reminded me somewhat of a Terry's Chocolate Orange in liquid form. My opinion is that Options really have got the combination of flavours spot on, the orange is apparent but doesn't overpower the chocolate in any way; the balance is superb and whilst the orange is sweet, there is also an added tang that prevents the whole thing from becoming sickly and vomit enducing. The chocolate has a good amount of depth, not wishy washy like you'd expect from something that is only 33 calories per serving. The orange flavour cuts through the chocolate nicely, to sum it up the drink is scrumdiddlyumptious! Whilst I love most of the Options range this is certainly my favourite so far, if you like chocolate and orange then I'm sure if you give this flavour a try you'll become as much a fan of it as I am. A must have for those cold winter nights or just when you fancy a tasty treat. Great for dieters as you still get the chocolate flavour but save on a ton of calories. For the sachets there are also quite often offers on in the major supermarkets where you can pick up 4 for £1; I've seen these offers on in Tesco and Asda. 5 stars from me.
I love hot chocolate to drink any time of year, I find its a good pick me up mid afternoon. I've recently been buying Options hot chocolate drink as its slightly cheaper than Cadburys and every penny counts at the moment. The latest flavour I have tried is Outrageous Orange. I bought my Options from Tesco where a 220g jar costs £3.19 and an individual serving sachet is 32p. Options hot chocolate is sold in both jars and sachets, the jar is plastic and is a pale blue and orange/brown colour. The front of the label has Options Belgian Chocolate written on it along with a small paragraph about an outrageous orange sequin dress which in my opinion is daft, if the flavour is outrageous orange then that's all that is needed! The jar also tells the customer that this is only 38 calories per serving which is given as 200ml's. The back of the label gives the nutritional information and ingredients for those who wish to know them but they are written in very tiny letters, it also gives the instructions for making a mug of the chocolate. You simply add 3 teaspoons of the chocolate powder to a mug of water that has been boiled and slightly cooled, personally I find 3 teaspoons far too much and only add 2, I also never wait for the water to cool I just add a dash of cold water to the drink. The jar also states that for a creamier drink you can add milk, in my opinion this is unnecessary the drink is rich and creamy enough with just water, this is just my personal taste though. There is also a telephone number on there where you can phone and Options will send you a free scoop to measure out your chocolate powder. I unscrewed the jar, broke the foil seal and gave the powder a quick sniff I was a bit disappointed with the weakness of the orange smell, with the chocolate being called outrageous orange I expected it to have more of an intense orange smell, I gave the powder a little taste, as I always do, and although the orange flavour was there it was still very faint. I made the drink up and gave it a taste, this was where the orange really came through. It was delicious, just like a chocolate orange or an orange cream, the drink is sweet and creamy and absolutely delicious. I do find you get a few lumps with Options drinks no matter how much you stir but to be honest I don't really mind them and they do taste like gooey lumps of chocolate which is nice. I would certainly recommend trying this Options variety, if you fancy a nice chocolate fix or a bit of a pick me up mid afternoon then this will fit the bill and at just 38 calories per mug it wont pile the pounds on.
I do like the odd mug of Hot Chocolate. Fair enough more so in the bad weather, but then again with the wind and rain and even Snow up here in Scotland then the weather isn't exactly Spring Time. I don't tend to have a jar of Hot Chocolate and more buy the little sachets. I know this is a bit of a waste of money, but as I mentioned I don't drink it all that much. Don't drink any hot drink that much. The individual sachets you get of these cost 22p in Asda or you can get 5 for £1. Not that much of a saving, but I normally buy a few from the different flavours. Although I like just normal Milk Chocolate flavouring, I tend to go for the Mint one and this one more than the "boring plain ones". The sachet is alright. Just a small, sort of thin rectangular shape. Nice enough blue colour with the writing on the front and a splash of colour to indicate what flavour this is, so this one has a orange bit on the front. The sachet is easy enough to open and you just rip the corner off and pour the powder out. There is a good enough amount of powder in here, and enough for 1 Chocolatey mug of this. The powder seems thin grains and stirs in well enough. You can smell the Chocolate and the Orange tinge coming through as well. So was this Outrageous? Not quite. it was tasty enough and the Orange was zesty and a nice flavouring when mixed in with the Milky Chocolate. A nice perhaps strong taste, but not too strong either. Just a nice drink. You can also buy this in a large tub like the 1 pictured. I think these cost around the £2.80 and don't know how many servings you would get from that. a serving from the tub is 1 teaspoonful. Don't have the sachet to hand, but think a sachet of this has around 45 calories. A nice fancy twist on a hot drink.
I won't intentionally waffle on here (well I'll try) but let me just explain as to why I'm reviewing this product.. For the past 2 weeks I've had a nasty throat infection (onto antibiotics course number 2 as I type) so I've been drinking lots of hot drinks to soothe it. When I say hot drinks what I actually mean is tea as I can't abide with coffee. As I've been getting fed up of drinking the same thing constantly I bought a small sachet of this Options hot chocolate drink to try. Deciding I liked it (I don't normally drink hot chocolate - yes I'm boring I know!) I returned to the shop the following day to purchase the larger, economy tub. So now you know. Onto the review.. Price and packaging~ (This is a review of the tub of Options) The orange flavoured Options hot chocolate drink is imaginatively titled 'Outrageously Orange'. All the flavours in the range have *wacky* names and this is what poor orange ended up with. The drink comes housed in a 220g plastic tub that looks as though it's been squeezed in the middle; presumably to make it easier to hold. Either way it gives it a definitive look and makes it that little bit more special compared to the other 'boring' straight up and down varieties. The colour is a light blue on the top half and lid (which is an easy to open screw top) whilst further down the jar the colour blends into a frothy looking chocolate colour complete with little picture bubbles. The logo is an outrageously warm orange and on the back is all the relevant nutritional information. The price was a very reasonable £1 which considering the single sachets are around 30p this is good value. The taste test~ The reason I don't normally drink much hot chocolate isn't because I don't like it; it's just not very thirst quenching and I always find it rather on the 'claggy' side. This says to make a perfect mug to add 3 teaspoons into boiled water (after letting it cool slightly) then stir well. I thought 3 teaspoons would make this far too thick so I emitted one and just used two (albeit heaped) spoonfuls in and stirred away. This proved to be too watery which surprised me so I added another and found it still wasn't *quite right*. After adding a small drop of milk it seemed to be perfect and I proceeded to sip it slowly. After taking the skin off my lips and mouth (yes, it's incredibly hot, what was I thinking?) I found that the taste was creamy and the combination of the chocolate and the orange was just right. On first opening the jar I thought though the chocolate smelt deliciously of oranges I was afraid it would be too overpowering, but I was pleased it was noticeably subtle. Would I recommend it?~ I was dubious whether I would like this but was pleased it tasted smooth and was enjoyable without the dreaded 'claggyness' (sorry I know that isn't a real word but you know what I mean - hopefully). It's not refreshing and thirst quenching like my beloved cups of tea, but then again I knew it wouldn't be. I just wanted to find a hot drink, particularly for on an evening, that would make a change to tea - and this is does the trick. So far I've only seen the Orange and the Mint flavours in the larger tubs, but also in the range from Options are: Tempting toffee Wicked white Cracking hazelnut Ooh la la vanilla Belgian choc Mint madness Go bananas Caribbean coconut Double choc Turkish delight Simply cinnamon Miscellaneous~ One 220g tub contains 20 servings 33 calories per mug (based on an 11g serving) Allergy sufferers take note - contains milk and soya. Produced in Switzerland Gluten free For a free sample call 0845 600 9944 Overall~ This made a nice change, and though I will finish the rest of the tub I am eager to try some of the other flavours as they sound deliciously different. The only problem is which one?
One of my favourite low fat hot chocolate drinks is the Options Outrageous Orange flavour, I try other brands and flavours but I always have a tub of this in the cupboard - which is testament to how much I love it as I strictly stick to sachets when it comes to hot chocolate as I am easily bored. This orange one never bores me though, it's an old favourite I return to again and again. Of course it's a thinner drink than a rich hot chocolate made with milk, but it's for dieters and frankly it tastes so good that I'll happily lose a little richness and save a lot of calories! It's made with water that has been allow to come off the boil for a few minutes, then a good stir will make sure you get no unsavoury black blobs on top of your drink. Unfortunately you can't get them all and this particular flavour seems prone to the odd rogue blob of semi-dissolved powder, even when I am sure I stirred it well suddenly a blob will rise up in my drink - I swear I hear it laughing at me sometimes! The taste is very good though. The hot chocolate is mildly creamy, although this comes through more in the flavour than in the consistency of the drink. It's a smooth milk chocolate flavour, you can taste that there are sweeteners rather than sugar in it of course but this isn't really a problem as the overall drink is so very tasty. I like the way Options have been subtle with the orange flavouring so that it mingles really nicely with the chocolate, a lot of hot chocolates seem to go a little overboard with the flavour of orange and that can produce a sickly and overpowering drink in my opinion. Options have, in my opinion, got it spot on. I have recently started cocktailing my Options sachets and have discovered that a sachet of Outrageous Orange blends beautifully with a sachet of Cracking Hazelnut, it needs stirring for ages to get the two sachets to combine in the hot water - but the elbow grease it well worth it as the sweet orange taste mixes with the delicious nuttiness of the hazelnut drink. If you have the tub of Outrageous Orange Options you'll find a cup will 'cost' you just 40 calories and 1.1g of fat, providing of course you make it up as directed on the tub. If you particularly like this flavour as I do, it's far more economical to buy the tub rather than the sachets as a 220g jar is currently on offer at £1.95 in Sainsbury's and will make 20 mugs of this lovely drink.
As I sit and write this review, I have just made myself (another) cup of lovely Options Outrageous Orange, it is a hot chocolate drink that is also low fat/low calorie. It is available in jars, as shown in the picture above, however I have got it in individual sachets of 11g each, and they cost me £1.00 for 5 at my local Asda. The wrapper is a rectangular foil sachet, sky blue with brown and orange picture and writing on it: The information panel tells me that it contains only 33 calories per drink, which is pretty good for chocolate. The title "Outrageous Orange" is bizarrely surrounded by the rest of a seemingly random sentence "she had on the most" <outrageous orange> "hotpants, it was really quite surprising". Can anyone explain the significance of this? I don't know! Tearing off the corner, you can instantly smell the tang of orange mixed with chocolate aroma, gorgeous. It's very simple to make, just put it into a cup and pour on boiling water, stir until it's mixed. No need to add milk unless you want it. The powder dissolved really easily and the hot water released some lovely choc-orange fumes into the air too. It tastes as good as it smells too: It's creamy and smooth, and doesn't seem like a low-calorie version, it seems like the real thing! There is a slight froth on the top too, to make it seem authentic. Although it does contain some artificial sweeteners, there is no bitter aftertaste, it all tastes very natural. I would very much recommend giving this one a try.
I've been making my way recently through the range of Options chocolate drinks trying to find my favourite, the white one is the worst and tastes like hot milk so I would avoid that one if you ever see it in the supermarket. As for the rest I would definitely say that the Outrageous Orange flavour is my fave, so far at least! (I havent tried the banana one yet) Each serving of Options, whichever flavour, contains only 40 calories yet has all the taste and creaminess of more indulgent chocolate drinks and beverages. The Orange one has a saintly 33 calories so is perfect for anyone watching their weight but still wants something a bit different to tea and coffee as a hot drink in the evening or a treat at any time. The taste of this drink is very much like that of Terrys Chocolate Orange, but slightly thinner and weaker. Its not too sweet and is very comforting unlike horlicks which I find a bit too sickly. The best way to prepare this drink I find is to pour a small amount of boiling water over the powder first and mix to a smooth paste before topping the cup up with water. I find doing this makes the drink very frothy and gives it a nice foamy topping. I would recommend this drink to chocolate lovers everywhere, at less than 40 calories it's certainly not going to upset your waistline.
I've been a little absent from Dooyoo as late, which isn't good, I miss you guys! With everything that's been going on in my "real" life, I've barely had time to do everything I need to, let alone write any reviews. I will definitely get around to reviewing everything on my up and coming list, and if there is anything you particularly want to read about (if you're planning to buy) then let me know and I'll try to make it a priority. However for this review at least I'm abandoning the list, and telling you all about chocolate orange hot chocolate - mmm yummy! Basically because, it's much quicker to write about than my beauty reviews which can be quite time consuming, and also because I'm enjoying a cup right now, so why not live the experience with you! I've been wanting to try the many different "Options" for a while now, in particular the Turkish Delight one, but alas they didn't have that flavour so I found myself with three sachets; Chocolat Orange, White Chocolate, and Toffee Chocolate. At 25p each, it's not too bad, although to be fair it's just for one drink, but hey, by writing about it you can actually make a profit from drinking a cup of this - bonus! With all hot chocolate's I never find them sweet enough, if you think I'm weird for this, then disregard what I am about to say - but I didn't find this sweet enough! It's about the same sweetness as all hot chocolates so you should know whether it will be sweet enough for you based on that. I however added two spoons of sweetner and then it was just right. To make it it's really easy - simply pour the sachet (which was easy to open) into a cup and add water that has been boiled but cooled slightly (a little annoying but hey it avoids the usual burnt tongue I normally get from hot chocolate - I can never wait for it too cool down!!). I simply let the water stand in the kettle for a while and then poured it into the cup with the powder and stirred. It all mixed together nice and easily and didn't all just stay in the bottom of the cup - which I hate! Smell wise it just smelt initially like normal hot chocolate so I was a little disappointed at first. However when I tasted it, it definitely was a chocolate orange taste. It wasn't too over powering, but was just a lovely blend that wasn't sickly but was really nice, the balance is just right. Due to it supposedly being for people who like to watch their weight it is quite watery. Well, I guess as watery as tea or coffee or anything made with...water! It would have been absolutely delicious had it been creamier but it was still very nice none the less. Getting back to the weight watching side of things, this has 0.8g fat and 33 calories. Now obviously it's not a huge amount of fat or calories, but I think if you were dieting you'd be absolutely crazy to have one of these. For 0.8g of fat you could have half a tin of beans or soup and there are plenty of drinks with no fat whatsoever in - so why anyone dieting would drink this is beyond me. The same calorie wise - there's plenty of calorie free or virtually calorie free drinks out there so I wouldn't choose this if I was dieting, but if you are a complete chocaholic it would be a better option than having a chocolate bar of course. For those not dieting though, this part is all a bit irrelevant. All in all I enjoyed my drink, it was just sweet enough when I added sweetner but wasn't so sweet that it was sickly, the blend of chocolate and orange tasted gorgeous and was just the right balance without being too overpowering, and it's lovely and warming too. The freak nice weather we had here this weekend is long gone and it's really cold here now, so it would be nice to have these in for when you come in out of the cold. It isn't something I would drink regularly, and it is quite a pointless intake of fat and calories but it's nice once in a while. That said, it's not luxury enough to feel like a real treat once in a while, so I guess it falls somewhere in between. At 25p a drink it would be an expensive habit if you was to drink these regularly, but for something a bit different now and then on those cold days it's really not too bad. I didn't absolutely love it, but then there was nothing bad about it either. It was a really nice drink, just not a luxury one.
I recently bought a few different flavours of Options hot chocolate to try, one of which was the outrageous orange flavour. ~About Options~ Options make several different flavours of hot chocolate, including Mint, Orange, Toffee, Belgian Chocolate and Vanilla to name just a few. They come in small single sachets, and some of the more popular flavours also come in a jar. ~Packaging~ Outrageous Orange is one of the flavours which comes in either jar or sachet form. I bought the sachet, as I had never tried it before, so didn't want to splash out on a jar in case I didn't like it. The sachets are small with an easy to tear corner, and contain all the product information on the back. ~My Thoughts~ I bought three sachets of this, and is the second one I have tried , the first one being the mint flavour, which I really liked. As with the mint, I was surprised at how much powder is in one sachet. Usually when making up hot chocolate from a tub, I wouldn't use this much powder- it looked like quite a lot sat in the bottom of my mug! The powder had a slightly orangey smell to it, even before adding the water. Once the water was added, it looked like any other cup of hot chocolate, a lovely dark brown colour, the only difference being that there was a slight hint of an orange aroma. I really love orange flavoured chocolate, so I was looking forward to trying this. When I first took a sip, the combination of the orange and chocolate was lovely - it tasted just like Terry's chocolate orange. It was pleasant, and the balance of the two flavours was just right - neither one overpowered the other. As I drank on, I found that the orange flavour became less and less noticeable - perhaps my taste buds had just become accustomed to it - but by the time I was about halfway down the mug, it just started to taste like any other cup of hot chocolate, which was a bit strange. Either way though, it was enjoyable, and certainly a lot nicer than the own brand hot chocolate I usually buy. ~Nutritional Info~ One mug of this contains the following.... Calories - 40 Protein - 1g Carbs - 6.5g Fat - 1.2g It states that this can be used to help slimming or weight control when used alongside a calorie controlled diet. It may be worth noting, that this contains a total of 8 different E numbers, and also the artificial sweetener Aspartame, which is quite controversial, as it's said to have negative effects on your health. ~Price~ I think a sachet cost me about 29p from Somerfield, I have been unable to find the price of the full jar, but I think they normally cost around the £2.50 mark. ~Conclusion~ This was really nice, but it was strange (and a bit disappointing) that the orange flavour seemed to disappear after a while. Still, I would buy this again, and will look out for the full sized tubs in the future.
Orange flavoured drinking chocolate, instant hot chocolate