“ Delicious, low calorie chocolate drink. „
I love hot chocolate but was starting to get slightly bored of the typical hot instant hot chocolate, so while I was out shopping with my Mum she offered to treat me to a pot to keep at her house for while I've been doing over nights helping to care for my Nana.
We couldn't find a flavoured one we both agreed on then spotted this one on the shelf and thought it was worth a try.
Getting it home piercing the foil there is a definite scent of creamy chocolate, the chocolate powder is as you would expect the same soft light texture as most hot chocolates but a cream colour.
The directions suggest to use three teaspoons of powder per mug, generally I've found using slightly less two and a half is typical is more to my liking.
After boiling the kettle the first problem I found with this is that no matter how carefully you stir while pouring the water there it is very difficult to actually get to mix properly, there always seems to be small lumps floating in the surface. Once I've either fished out the bigger of the remaining lumps or accepted that I can't get rid of them the overall appearance of the drink isn't too bad, there is a thin layer of what in normal hot chocolate is light coloured foam on the surface. The drink under this layer looks very thin and watery, regardless of how much of the powder you use.
The scent is quite sweet and creamy as you would expect from white chocolate.
Taste wise this is quite disappointing, white chocolate is usually very sweet and creamy, the drink version is mostly very sweet, there is a some creaminess to it but not very much. As with the Tesco cheap hot chocolate I reviewed previously I found that the addition of a splash of milk does help the flavour but then with an instant product you really wouldn't expect to be needing to add anything else.
It's a chocolate product so the drink isn't overly healthy but as it's part of the Options range it is meant to be lower in calories than others. The guide suggests that for 11g of powder made up with 200ml of water will contain 44 calories, but a very high 5.4g of sugar which explains that it is very sweet. A 220g pot of Options will cost between £2 and £3.20 depending on the supermarket and any offers available so it isn't too bad price wise. But given the disappointing flavour I would say that if you want to swop your usual chocolate drink I would be thinking about the flavoured varieties in the Options range rather than this one.
I love hot chocolate. I normally drink it in the winter, but this year I haven't stopped drinking the stuff. Something to do with the weather I think! I enjoy trying flavoured versions, so my attention was drawn towards Options Wicked White Chocolate Hot Chocolate powder. I couldn't imagine how it would taste, so I decided to give it a try. Whilst you can buy it in a tub, I decided to purchase a single serve sachet, just in case I didn't like it. This cost just 32p in Sainsbury's at the time. [The price does vary between about 30-38p depending where you buy it, and the Options range is frequently on offer somewhere.]
Options make a wide variety of hot chocolate drinks, and I have tried most of them now. I have loved some and found others to be very disappointing. As they are inexpensive, I don't mind trying out a new flavour when I see one. The Wicked White Chocolate is not actually brand new, but it has just arrived in my local Sainsburys for the first time.
Making the drink up is easy. You just need to mix the powder into slightly cooled boiled water. I waited for what I thought was a long enough time for the water to cool before adding the chocolate, but it did not mix in well. The drink had the appearance of curdled milk with undissolved lumps on the surface. It certainly doesn't look the most attractive of drinks in my opinion, even after vigorous stirring. I thought maybe I had let the water cool too much so I used the sachet that I had bought my boyfriend to make a second trial cup. That didn't fare much better. There was slightly fewer lumps but it still looked weak and watery. I wasn't going to let the drinks go to waste though, because they smelt lovely - exactly like a Milky Bar. When made into a drink, the aroma becomes stronger. It is a mixture of chocolate and vanilla, and it made me feel I couldn't wait to take my first sip. Doing so was a big disappointment. The drink is weak and insipid tasting. The only really strong taste to me is of sugary water. I associate white chocolate with being sweet, but this tasted like someone had added 5 or 6 teaspoons of sweetener while my back was turned. It was, in a word, disgusting. I got half way through the cup, and thought the combination of a horrid taste and lumpy texture wasn't going to improve, so I poured it down the sink.
Options claim the drink has a rich and creamy flavour, but they also say if you want an even creamier taste, you can add a dash of milk. I think most chocolates taste better when made this way, but not this one to me. I had also bought my brother a sachet, and he made his up with the milk. He persauded me to try some, but I still wasn't impressed. He did like the drink though, saying it was like drinking a chocolatey vanilla custard. I wish it had tasted like that to me!
On the plus side, if you do like the taste, the drink comes in at 44 calories a cup. This doesn't seem bad compared to other chocolate drinks, even if it isn't a health drink! The packet doesn't give a nutritional breakdown that includes the sugar level, but as I can tell from the taste, it does contain both sugar and sweeteners plus glucose syrup. It also contains added colouring, although this isn't obvious from the drinks wan appearance. Perhaps it would be too off white without them.
In conclusion, I won't buy the drink again myself, although my boyfriend liked it enough to give it another try. I don't like the taste, appearance or texture, so I wouldn't recommend it to lovers of white chocolate. The flavour just doesn't live up to the fantastic and authentic scent. What a shame!
In the evenings I love to settle down to a nice cup of hot chocolate in front of the TV, I usually opt for aero instant hot chocolate as I think it's better for quality and taste by miles but when I was in Tesco's I fancied a change and I remembered the options hot chocolate sachets that I used to buy and quite enjoyed before discovering aero. I picked up 4 different flavoured sachets including this one 'wicked white chocolate'.
~ About options ~
Options is an instant hot chocolate brand that has been around for a few years now and is one of a few that provides low calorie hot chocolate in a variety of flavours different from your usual plain chocolate. They provide us with two hot chocolate ranges, one being the indulgence range which includes six flavours - Belgian chocolate, chocolate brownie, chocolate cherry, chocolate fudge, winter spice and chocolate banoffee (all less than 61 calories a sachet). The second range is the everyday chocolate range which includes ten different flavours - outrageous orange, wicked white (the one I'm reviewing), tempting toffee, cracking hazelnut, ooh la la vanilla, Belgian choc, mint madness, go bananas, Caribbean coconut and double choc. There are also limited edition flavours available such as devilishly dark.
~ Product & availability ~
Options wicked white chocolate is available to buy in most well stocked supermarkets but I know some do stock limited flavours (Tesco's definitely has it). You can buy it in individual sachets for around 32p or 4/5 for £1.00 when on offer or some supermarkets stock it in 220g tubs for around £3.19.
~ Packaging ~
Options wicked white chocolate comes in a little 11g sachet which is cream in colour to represent the white chocolate. At the top of the sachet there is the options logo in brown font on a pale blue background, beneath this I am told the flavour of the drink - wicked white choc treat fit for angels. There is also a little gold circle that tells me the calorie content. The back of the packet is a darker cream almost brown in colour. It lists the ingredients, allergy advice, directions for making, contact details and the full nutritional information.
~ Making the drink, smell & taste ~
Making up this drink couldn't be simpler. You just boil some water, empty your hot chocolate sachet into a mug, pour in the water and stir. But for me, this wasn't as simple as it should have been. I stood there stirring for ages and there was still floating clumps of powder on the top of my drink which I hate and make a pretty lumpy beverage. When you open the sachet you can immediately smell sweet white chocolate. The sachet is about half full with a very fine creamy coloured powder. When the drink is made up the smell is even stronger and is almost overpoweringly sweet smelling, almost to the point of being too fake. Once this drink is mixed in with the water you are left with a very thin off-white coloured water. No nice bubbly/frothy top or thick creaminess. It looks so artificial it's unbelievable. This really surprised me as although I don't usually opt for options hot chocolate I have done in the past and all the other flavours have been acceptable. I can't say the drink was unpleasant to drink because it wasn't but it was extremely sweet and sugary and not really all that chocolaty, it was more like hot sugar with a hint of milk. It reminded me a bit of horlicks actually. The drink didn't really have that indulgent feel to it either because there wasn't really much to it, unless you think the lumpy floaty bits add a bit of 'bite'. Perhaps adding milk to it would make it thicker and creamier but I liked the idea of it being a low calorie hot chocolate drink and that kind of defeats the object in my opinion and the other options hot chocolate drinks I have tried were fine without it. One thing I have to give it credit for is that although there were lumps in the top of my drink there was no bitter powder left in the bottom of my mug.
~ Other information ~
Per sachet there are 44 calories, 1.2g of protein, 7.1g of carbs and 1.1g of fat. It doesn't list the sugar content and I expect this is because it's so ridiculously high if the taste is anything to go by. The calories are nice and low it's just a shame that it tasted like a low calorie drink compared to the others in the range. Carbs are pretty high considering its just a drink so I don't think this hot chocolate drink will do carb watchers any favours.
Options wicked white choc contains sugars and sweeteners.
Allergy advice: Contains milk, may contain traces of hazelnuts and almonds. It is gluten free though.
~ Overall opinion ~
This is a letdown for me, I was excited to try a white chocolate hot chocolate only to have a cup of what tasted like sugary hot water. It definitely doesn't give you that satisfying chocolate hit like the others in the range do. I wouldn't recommend this particular flavour of hot chocolate in the options range as in my opinion it's the worst of the ones I have tried so far. I guess my expectations were set too high with this one as I'm so used to my bubbly aero goodness and for a few more calories I would prefer to have a mug of aero hot chocolate any day as it's much more of a treat and tastes much more naughty when it isn't really.
2/5 stars from me. Didn't enjoy this anywhere near as much at the others, thumbs down from me options!
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 the flavours that I don't like is the Wicked White chocolate flavour. This surprised me as I absolutely adore white chocolate and so I thought that I would really love this.
As the name would obviously suggest this is a white chocolate flavoured hot chocolate drink, only I don't think that it tastes anything like white chocolate. I think that this has a very sweet and synthetic taste, I can't detect a chocolate taste at all in this. This tastes like hot water with a strange synthetic tang to it, and tonnes of sweetener. I know that white chocolate is generally sweeter than milk chocolate, but this drink is over the top sweet, maybe if I could actually taste the chocolate I wouldn't mind so much!
Each sachet of the Wicked White contains just 44kcal per cup when made up with hot water, you can add a dash of milk to make the drink a little creamier, I've tried adding some milk to see if it improves the taste, but it doesn't. I've even tried making the sachets up entirely with hot milk, I know that this would then increase the calorie content, but I figured it might make the drink a little pit more palatable, it still doesn't!
If I get the options sachets on offer, as I've done recently, I will sometimes add a sachet of the Wicked White - hoping that they have changed the recipe so that I will actually like it. They never do, and I never like it, I should stop adding a Wicked White sachet really as it always turns out to be a waste!
Options White Wicked Drink
I have to admit, when it comes to hot white chocolate drinks nothing beats the Whittards one. However, at the moment I can't really afford to go and spend money on tubs of that so I treated myself to an individual serving of this the other day.
The individual packets are 31g each and cost 32p or you can have 4 for £1. I only bought one however, and I think 32p is a reasonable price to pay when you think how much you'd be stung for something like this in a cafe. It's also available however in a large jar if you want more of the stuff (but strangely not from Tesco who only stock the individual sachets of this flavour).
The theory with this is that you empty it into the mug, add the hot water, stir, and drink. The fact is however that if you do that what you'll have is pretty washed out tasting and not that delicious. I've found that if I make it up a bit like one might a mug of coffee - with hot water and then a bit of milk - it's much nicer and the extra milk gives it a much fuller creamier taste.
Now this is designed as a low fat low calorie drink - so I'd best mention that side of it although for me it's just the only 'cheap' (individual) hot white chocolate drink I can get at the moment. Each mug full made their way (not mine), contains 44 calories and 1.1grams of fat.
This is safe for anyone who can't tolerate caffeine like myself as white chocolate doesn't contain any caffeine like regular milk and dark chocolate do. However there is a note on this that it may contain almonds and hazelnuts so if you've a nut intolerance I'd avoid this!
This is quite a sweet tasting drink, and with the extra added milk - and it's only semi skimmed I use - it does taste quite nice. Not as rich as Whittards version, but still full enough flavoured to make it very pleasant to drink of an evening when you're in your pajamas curled up on the sofa with a biccy and a good film.
I won't be moving back to buying this regularly, but for now, it's satisfied my hot white chocolate drink craving so I'm pleased with that.
I buy these in individual sachets as they are usually on offer in Tesco for "4 for £1", or sometimes "5 for £1", depending on which offer is on that particular day.
The drink is easy to prepare. You simply empty the contents of the sachet into a mug, add hot water and stir. The drink is then ready for consumption. I find this process very easy and less messy as opposed to using the tubs. Plus the sachets deliver just the right amount of powder per serving. The powder is the same consistency as powdered milk, apart from the fact that it smells a lot better!
The drink is a creamy colour when prepared and it sometimes leaves a little froth sitting on top of the water, I don't mind this though as I quite like frothy drinks. The drink does taste of white chocolate, it's a very sweet taste and one that sticks around for a while after drinking. I quite like the sweet aftertaste that it gives though, apart from the fact that it leaves me wanting more!
The drink fills me up, warms me up but doesn't bloat me up, bonus! The drink can be drunk on it's own, just as it is, or it can be drunk with food. Drinking the drink with food is fine - I have no problems with that. In fact the drink is lovely for relaxing with at night and dunking a few biscuits into it!
These hot chocolate sachets are wonderful. They're filling, tasty and cheap.
With us heading towards the winter season my hot chocolate drinking has begun again. While shopping in Asda few days ago I spotted a special offer on the individual hot chocolate sachets so I decided to try and few of the brands and flavours that I had not had before. One of the ones I purchased was the Options White Chocolate versions. On the packet it was described as 'a wicked white choc treat fit for angels'. I love white chocolate so when I spotted that you could get a white chocolate hot chocolate I could not wait to try it.
The cost per individual sachet of the wicked white hot chocolate is currently priced at £0.30 but at the moment there is an offer on of any 5 sachets for £1.00. I thought this was a really good offer as it allows you to mix and match different brands so you can try the different ones before you commit to buying a full jar.
It is really easy to make the hot chocolate you just simply tear open the sachet and pour the cream coloured, fine powder into a mug. You then simple fill the mug with hot water, you can also use milk if you wish or half milk and half water depending on how creamy you want your drink to taste. As I was at work when I drank the hot chocolate I just used hot water. It did take a fair amount of stirring to get the powder to dissolve fully as after a few stirs there were still lumps of powder floating on the top which slightly put me off the drink.
The first thing that I noticed about the hot chocolate was the smell it just reminded me of the smell of a milky bar. So at this point I was very happy as I love milky bar so if the hot chocolate tasted as good as it smelt then it certainly would become one drink I would be having on a regular basis.
The nutritional information per serving made with water is:
Calories (Kcal) - 44
Protein - 1.2g
Carbohydrate - 7.1g
Fat - 1.1g
The taste unfortunately was not as good, the hot chocolate tasted very weak and bland. There was a slight taste of white chocolate but it was just not strong enough for me. It was a very artificial tasting and not something that I want to experience again. So until I see this options wicked white hot chocolate with a new improved recipe label on the front of the wrapper I will not be purchasing it again.
2 stars from me, but I am feeling generous today!
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Love white chocolate then you will love the taste of options wicked white choc! Even if you are a milk chocolate fan this is an amazing chocolaty drink with no nasty after taste and a great way to end the day! Great when made with hot water and even greater when made with a hint of milk to finish.
Value for Money?
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Options can be pricey so look out for the offers although these are usually for the smaller sachets rather than the larger tubs. Options is a hot chocolate that is worth paying more for especially when you get that chocolate craving!
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Options can only really be found in super markets and in some general high street stores. It comes in two sizes, the large home tub and the travelling sachet.
I wasn't sure about trying a White Chocolate Hot Chocolate. It just doesn't seem right in my eyes, but I imagined that it would be nice and Creamy. Since this was just an individual sachet then I thought it was worth a try, so why not.
Not sure if this is available in the full sized tubs still as I haven't seen this around recently, but that could just be my local shops and their stock I guess, but as I mentioned I got this in a little sachet. My local Asda sells all the kinds of sachets - to my knowledge and although it is a good way just to try a different kind it is a handy way to perhaps pop 1 in your bag if you want to drink a hot drink at work or that.
I think the sachets are still 22p each but my Asda has had a 5 for £1 offer running now and again, so I tend to buy in batches of 5's. Any saving is good isn't it?
This comes in the little pouch shown in the picture. It looks ok and is easy enough to open as well. Just rip the top bit of this off.
To make you just pour the powder into a cup or mug and add hot Water. This seems to disolve quick enough and you can smell the Milky, Creamy White Chocolate straight away. It smells lovely.
Calorie wise this has less than 40 calories in it, but it smells and tastes like it would have a lot more.
This was nicer than I expected. It smelt like the real thing and a Mug of liquid white Chocolate. It was so nice.
I will buy this again as it is nice and would recommend you to try this if you haven't already tried it.
Since the over indulgences of Christmas I have been trying to lose a few pounds. With this is mind I decided to swop my usual hot chocolate for a low calorie variety, namely options made by Twinings. My local Tesco had options single serving sachets on offer at 7 for £1.50 so I decided to buy a selection. If you buy the sachets individually they will cost 30p each. I love white chocolate so part of my selection was a couple of sachets of wicket white chocolate.
Wicked white chocolate comes in either an 11 gram single serving sachet or a full sized plastic 220 gram jar. The single serving sachets are packaged in an elongated plastic tube with perforations at the rend making them easy. Each sachet of white chocolate will give you 43 calories; not too bad for a chocolate drink. However the same sachet also contains a whopping 5.8 grams of sugar, so this drink is no healthy option!
Making the drink is simple; just pour the powder from the sachets into a cup and add 200 ml of boiling water and stir. It is important to stir well to ensure the powder has dissolved. The drink smells lovely, exactly like gorgeous white chocolate. When it is made the chocolate does look a bit watery and not like the creamy drink I was expecting from the manufacturers description.
As I love white chocolate I was really expecting to like this drink. However not only does it look watery, it tastes watery too. To be precise there is little taste of white chocolate, just an overpowering sweet taste that is really very unpleasant. I also found that after finishing the drink I was left with an unpleasant aftertaste.
Overall I was very disappointed in this variety of options and definitely won't be choosing this again! If you want to try it for yourself then expect to pay 30p for a single serving sachet or £2.84 for a 220gram jar.
As an avid fan of hot chocolate but keen to watch the calories I must say that Options hot chocolate is right up my street! I like the sachets and decided to try the Options Wicked White Choc as it was something a bit different.
You can buy Options hot chocolate in either a sachet or a tub with a screw lid. I buy the sachets and they cost around 30p each, though Tesco usually have an offer of 4 sachets for £1.
You get 11 grams of hot chocolate powder in each sachet, the Wicked White Choc comes in a pale blue and cream coloured sachet as pictured. It's easy to open and straight away you will be met with a lovely, sweet, vanilla-ry smell that just makes you go mmmmmm! The great thing about these hot chocolates is that they are low in calories and reasonably low in fat, fab for anyone wanting a tasty treat but who are watching their waistlines! Per 11 gram serving the Wicked White Choc is just 45 calories, there's no need to use milk, just add 200mls of hot water and stir.
Now on to the nutrition side of things:
(with 200ml water)
Of which sugars 5.8g
Of which saturates 0.1g
Equivalent as salt 0.3g
When it comes to taste I actually find it to be rather pleasant, the flavour however is very sweet, but then again so is white chocolate. The consistency is fine and you do get a nice bit of froth too. I love the slight vanilla taste to it, just yummy! It doesn't really taste very chocolatey but I still like the taste as I'm very fond of sweet things. I think some people will find it to be quite sickly so it's not a hot chocolate for everyone. If you're a huge chocolate fan then I would recommend the belgian choc, that is heavenly and chocolatey rich in flavour.
After buying a range of the sachets of Options - 5 for a pound at Asda - I decided white chocolate and hazelnut had been my favourite flavours and when I went to buy a full tub I opted for the white chocolate one. Options hot chocolate doesn't come cheap, and for a 220g tub you'll be shelling out around £3, with the prices varying slightly on where you buy it.
The tubs are very eye-catching and immediately stand out with their aesthetically pleasing designs. The white chocolate tub is light blue and a pale yellow colour, which combine to give the whole thing a "heavenly" look, which is obviously what the company are going for considering how much they go on about the drink being fit for angels and whatnot.
As with many of the other people who have reviewed this product, I noticed how nice the powder inside the tub looked and smelled. However, this is where my opinion similarities seem to end. I put in 4 heaped teaspoonfuls - more than the recommended 3 teaspoonfuls - into a mug, added a good bit of milk, poured in not-quite-boiling water and stirred well. Really easy and quick to make, then, and when I tasted it, I really did think it tasted heavenly. It was creamy, rich and packed with flavour and I quickly finished the whole mug. Now, considering most other people thought the drink was revolting, I assume the reason I found it so enjoyable was because I put in so much of the powder, and probably because I added milk as well. I have used a bit less of the powder at times and found the drink to be rather weak and watery, so I can understand that if you put in the amount of powder the tub recommends you won't be very satisfied with the end result. It's easy to say "well, what's the problem? Just add more powder!" but considering how much a tub of Options hot chocolate costs to begin with, using a liberal amount of the powder isn't really an, erm, option, if you want the product to last you for any considerable amount of time.
I would say that the combination of the amount of powder you need to use to make the drink tasty and the price of the product really have an impact on how satisfactory a buy it is. If you're usually skint like I am, it would be much easier to just choose a cheaper brand of hot chocolate. But this is where the catch is. Options are mainly known for the fact that their drinks are a dieters dream, being very low in sugar, fat and calories. As the tub states, 11g of Options white chocolate drink with 200ml of water contains:
5.4 grams of sugar,
1.1 grams of fat,
0.8 grams of saturated fats,
0.4 grams of salt.
So, basically, it's undoubtedly one of the healthiest, "slimmest" types of hot chocolate out there, which is no doubt why Options get away with charging such ridiculous prices for their products.
All in all, I do thoroughly enjoy Options white chocolate, provided I use enough of the powder and add milk. An added bonus is the sheer number of flavours that are available, including belgian chocolate, orange, and mint. However, if you don't use enough powder, it can quite easily taste watery and unsatisfying. Considering the price of the product, Options would do well to increase the strength of their drink - but doing so without also increasing the sugar and fat content might prove to be quite the challenge.
I love white chocolate and I do enjoy a good hot chocolate. I normally buy mine from Whittards of Chelsea but it does tend to be very expensive. Asda were offering 5 of these sachets for £1 or at 22p each. I have had some of the range before and really enjoyed them so I thought I would give this one a go.
The flavour is described as wicked white chocolate and the sachet is light blue and creamy coloured. Options is written in brown and the rest of the writing is in brown and blue. The sachet is 11g in size which is enough for a mug full. The packet suggests making the drink with 200ml of water and this will give you 45kcal, 1.1g of protein, 7.5g of carbohydrates of which 5.5g are sugars, 1.2g of fat of which 0.8g are saturates, 0.1g of fibre and 0.15g of sodium.
Directions for use:
For a perfect mug of Options, boil some water and let it cool slightly. Empty a sachet into your favourite mug, fill with hot water and stir well.
The sachet has a perforated bit at each end and I found it easy to open. When I poured the powder into my mug it smelt gorgeous, just like white chocolate. I added the water and stirred for a while but I could still see bits of powder floating on the top. I ended up stirring for about 3 minutes before all of powder had dissolved. I had another smell and it smelt disgusting. It smelt sickly sweet and more like custard than chocolate. When it is made up the hot chocolate is an off white/yellowy colour and doesn't look like hot chocolate as I think it looks very watery. I almost had to hold my nose before I could taste test this. It doesn't taste as bad as I expected but I had to put my mug down between mouthfuls to avoid the smell. It does actually taste like white chocolate. The hot chocolate is not as watery as it looked either. Taste wise this hot chocolate is ok but I will not be buying it again. I will be sticking to the other flavours in future.
I adore white chocolate so when I saw this options sweettreats white hot chocolate drink, I was sold; even better that it so say has less calories! 45calories per mug.
It cost me about £2.40 for 220g which apparently does around 20mugs (sorry didn't count).
Basically it is a white chocolate powder that you mix with hot water and milk to make your hot chocolate drink. I personally use two dessert spoons as I like mine quite thick and less seems to make it taste watery. I can only drink one mug though as it is quite sickly and tastes very sweet (touching on to sweet really).
The drink comes in a pale blue and cream plastic tub with a screw lid. It has all the ingrediants details, plus details of the calorific information for each mug.
Another added bonus is that you can buy the mini sachets for under £1 which does one mug, this way you can try before commiting to a large pot.
Ive been trying out loads of these Options flavours lately because its been absolutely freezing and I needed warming up and also the Spar by my house has been flogging them for 10p per sachet because they were nearly going out of date (I didnt even know hot chocolate could go off!) Anyway one of the ones that caught my eye was this white chocolate flavour because I thought it sounded gorgeous. I actually prefer white chocolate to milk chocolate which everyone seems to think is really odd so this was like heaven in a mug for me. The fact that is is a low calorie drink only made me even more determined to buy it because of the "health kick" Ive been on recently.
All you do to make this drink is open the sachet, pur it into a mug and add boiling water. I recommend stirring this for a good few minutes because you dont want to be left with any of those horrible, powdery lumps which totally ruin your drink. Some people like to add milk to their hot chocolates but I think that with this one you really dont need it!
Anyway I decided to make myself one of these last night and curl up in bed with a film. I was really craing some chocolate so I was hoping that this would be a great way to satisfy those cravings without all those calories. I was sort of expecting this to taste like one of those Milky Bars but liquid, unfortunately it didnt at all.
When I smelt this I thought it was going to taste loely because it really does smell like proper white chocolate and proper creamy. Now why they couldnt transfer those wonderful smells into taste I have no idea.
The only way I can describe the taste of this drink is that it tastes like watered down hot milk. I dont like hot milk at all and the taste of this is so close to that its amazing. Other than that there wasnt really any other flavours, certainly no chocolate and even when I went down to add some more sugar it didnt sweeten the drink up at all. Im not sure whether I put to much water in or not but this drink was also really watery and weak and it seemed like the powder and the water had actually worked against each other and created to very different textures (I couldnt think of a better way to describe it) half of the drink was really thick and bright white and the other half was a pale, watery white which let me tell you was very off putting. I did try and stir this for another few minutes when I saw the liquid seperating but it made absolutely no difference to the taste.
I couldnt even finish 1 mug of this and when I gave my little brother a sip he agreed with me. I cannot understand how something that smells soooooo nice can taste so vile.
It did not satisfy my chocolate fix at all and now I can see why they were selling it for 10p!
Price: Around 35p Per Sachet
Availabilty: Supermarkets & Most Local Shops.
Available In Sachets OR A 220g Tub
Shockingly there is sugar in this drink whatsoever but even adding your own doesnt make it any better. This is a perfect drink for dieters but only if your not to worried about compromising on the taste.
I wouldnt buy this particular flavour again if Options were offering it for free. Its such a shame because other flavours from this range are really nice and its a shame that this one lets the whole range down. By getting rid of the excess calories and sugar they have seriously comprimised on the taste which makes this just taste bland and absolutely nothing like white chocolate. I recommend you try other Options flavours but not this one!
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