Product Type: Options Soft Drink
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Options wicked white choc drink - Wicked white water more like!
Options Wicked White Choc
Member Name: geodougal
Options Wicked White Choc
Advantages: Low in calories & gluten free
Disadvantages: overpoweringly sugary, has no creaminess and looks like dish water!
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!
Summary: Great if you want a pure sugar fix, will keep your kids high for hours I'm sure!