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Sainsbury's Basics Instant Chocolate

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Manufacturer: Sainsbury's / Type: Chocolate Drink

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      02.11.2012 20:59
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      Avoid

      As you will know if you read my reviews, I ofter buy Sainsburys Basics, I am not proud, if I can save money on my shopping, I am all for it.

      Basics in general is a pleasant change to the expensive brands, and the taste is overall not that different. That said, the odd one is wrong from the moment you get it home. Unfortunatly this goes in that catagory. You get the usual white and orange lable, with info on, no change there, I orangey brown plastic container, orange screw lid. Quite simple really, once the foil lid has been peirced, the smell is just odd. It definalty doesnt smell like hot chocolate, or any other kind of chocolate for that matter.

      The colour was brown of sorts, but with a white powerey covering. It sounds strange I know but thats because it was. I added two teaspoons into a cup and added hot water. It didnt really mix properly together, it stayed on top of the water, giving it a weak brown colouring. I tasted it and it just tasted of nothing. I added further spoonfuls of powder, and sugar just for some excitement but yet again it failed to even resemble chocolate.

      It is only 40p for 400g so I wont compain too much, I have binned it and marked it down to an experience I will never try again.

      I would advise people to leave this on the shelf.

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      06.09.2009 23:02
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      I wouldn't buy it again

      I love hot chocolate my favoured brand being Whittard but alas my local Whittard has closed and I'm left searching the shelves for an alternative.

      When I saw that Sainsbury's had a 400 gram jar of instant hot chocolate albeit from their Basics range for 50 pence I put a jar in the trolley and decided to give it a try, if it was disgusting I hadn't exactly wasted a lot of money.

      I have tried other products from the Basics range before and been pleasantly surprised with how good they were considering the price.

      The jar itself comes in the Basics colours of white label with an orange band around the top and orange writing and a picture. It says "Instant Hot Chocolate Drink a welcome winter warmer". There is a little chart with nutritional information stating a 34g serving (made with 180ml of water) provides you with 123 cal, 0.7g fat, 0.5g saturated fat 0.5g salt and 26.6g total sugars. It also says it is suitable for vegetarians.
      It has a dark brown scew lid.

      Upon opening the lid there is a gold foil seal for freshness, peel off the lid and you get a slight whiff of chocolate, the chocolate powder is quite a pale brown.

      I made the drink according to the instructions of 4 heaped teaspoons of powder to a mug of hot water.

      My first impressions are that it's got a slight malty flavour and not a particularly chocolatey one, it's also quite sweet. It's not an unpleasant flavour and I did drink the whole mug. It just doesn't have the overwhelming lovely chocolate flavour I would have liked.

      Each 400 gram jar will make around 12 servings so you are paying about 4 pence for a mug of hot chocolate, so I won't complain too much about this product.

      In summary...

      Will I finish the jar? More than likely.
      Will I buy this again? No

      Given two stars purely because of how cheap it was.

      Thanks for reading.

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      26.08.2009 03:45
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      wont be adding to my trolley again in a hurry.

      Sainsbury's Instant Hot chocolate Drink.

      I like to have a bedtime drink sometimes, helps me to sleep.

      Whilst this is not the best looking chocolate drink, and thinking that i would save a few pennies at the same time, brought some of this Instant Hot chocolate Drink in my local supermarket.

      The Pot **********

      Comes in the usual basics red colour band upon a white background, and has a rescrewable lid which has a removable foil lining presumably to keep the powder dry and fresh.

      I usually boil up some hot milk, and add a few maybe three spoonfulls of hot chocolate bedtime drink to my mug, its a large one that i got as a christmas pressie from one of my daughters, i think that it was either filled with a easter egg, or some Thorntons chocolates

      It was not the most nicest chocolately smells that i usually expect to come from the pot, after removing the foil lid

      I had to put loads into my boiling milk and add quite a bit of sugar to get my drink to taste, and further be able to drink this.

      Not one of my better moves, it is not too chocolately, does not even smell chocolately and was a waste of my money.

      If i want a hot drink in the future i wont be buying this drink, dread to think what it would be like if it were to be added to boiling water, as suggested.

      Bit of a disapointment so wont give it a big rating, other than one to be generous at that,, the only way i will try this again, would be if they improve the flavour and the smell, and i dont mind paying a little bit more, but no wont be adding that to my trolley again in a hurry..

      Suitable for vegetarians.

      Thanks for reading and rating my reviews x

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        31.07.2009 15:35
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        Doesn't look, taste or smell like chocolate. Avoid.

        I don't often buy supermarket "value" or "basic" branded products because rightly or wrongly, I feel that the product will be somehow inferior to the better known more expensive brands. However, in a bid to cut down on my shopping bill, I recently bought a tub of Sainsbury's Instant Hot Chocolate Drink from their basics range.

        Priced at just 50p for a generously sized 400g jar, this hot chocolate drink was the cheapest on the shelf by a vast margin and seemed excellent value for money. The alarm bells should have started ringing at this point, but focussed on my quest to drive down my shopping bill my judgement was somewhat clouded and I bought a jar to try.

        The tub is manufactured from recyclable white HDPE with a brown easy to open screw top lid. Wrapped around the outside of the tub is a white non-recyclable PVC sleeve with the product brand and title in orange lettering, and the ingredients and nutritional information in black. This means before popping the container in your recycling bin, the label will need to be removed. The information on the label states that the hot chocolate is suitable for vegetarians and coeliacs, and the prominently displayed nutritional pie chart informs you that each 34g serving provides 123 calories, 0.7g of fat and 26.6g total sugars.


        Beneath the screw cap lid is a gold coloured foil seal which comes off quite easily to reveal the hot chocolate powder underneath. The powder itself is very pale brown in colour with the appearance of fine, dusty sand. But here comes the bit I found odd - it didn't smell of chocolate. In fact it didn't really smell of anything - at a stretch I would say it smelt a bit like milk powder. The powder itself tastes synthetically sweet, but definitely not chocolaty - and yes, I am sad enough to have tasted this.

        To make the hot chocolate drink, the directions say to add 4 heaped teaspoons (34g) of the mix to 180ml of hot water and stir well. This produced an unappetising brown, watery solution which resembled dirty dishwater. The foul looking liquid in the mug did have a vague aroma of chocolate, but there was no creaminess or taste of chocolate whatsoever. In a bid to produce a drink resembling hot chocolate, I have experimented using different volumes of water and have even doubled the amount of powder, but the end result is always the same watery tasteless rubbish. If you can imagine the sort of nasty instant hot chocolate you get from vending machines and dilute it twofold, then you will come close to visualising Sainsbury's Instant Hot Chocolate Drink.

        To conclude, I would say that Sainsbury's basics instant hot chocolate drink is a disappointing cheap and nasty waste of money. In fact if I could give it a zero star rating, I would. All this product has done is reinforce my scepticism and reluctance to buy supermarket value brands in the future.

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          21.05.2009 16:18
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          Not so great!

          I really do love hot chocolate particularly when it's cold and miserable weather and as I'm in the UK I do get through a lot of the stuff lol!

          I usually buy individual servings of choccy drinks mainly because I'm a bit of a gannet and can't help myself and drink far too much of the stuff which simply isn't cost effective for me. So when I saw this big tub in my local Sainsbury's priced 89p (for a huge tub) I thought why not give it a go it may be the buy of the century!

          The Packaging....

          White tub with a brown screw on/off lid to the top of it (slightly different to the photograph on the top of this review). In white, black and orange writing I'm told it is Sainsbury's 'Basics' Instant Hot Chocolate Drink which is a 'Welcome Warmer'. There is drawn on scribble of a mug, a nutritional at a glance pye chart is displayed and I'm told it is suitable for Vegetarians. On the back of the tub (this time in all small black writing) I'm given a full nutritional rundown and told it is suitable for Coeliacs, ingredients and allergy advice are given along with contact details for Sainsbury's, storage instructions and how to make the drink up are also stated as is the size (400g) and finally there is a bar-code on there. Yes it is cheap looking packaging but hey it's the product that counts after-all and if we're ashamed of our economy buys we can always shove it in something else and disguise the fact we're being cheap skates! lol

          The Drink Itself....

          Well to get to the powder the first time you want to use it you simply break through the gold foil which is the inner seal (simple to do). You are then met with very light brown powder that smells of sweeteners in the main and with a waft of cocoa to it and it really is very fine and 'dusty' looking.

          Making the drink up is really easy peasy to do. 4 heaped teaspoons is what we're told to use, add boiling water to the powder and stir well. No lumps appear and the powder really does blend into the water so no gloop or sticky bits. The top of the mug looks frothy and light brown like chocolate and still it smells slightly of cocoa but not very rich smelling to my nostrils.

          Taste wise though...well it's not great to be honest. Even if I add more powder and or/less water to the mix it really is a watery and thin drink. Very sweet in a fake way, doesn't smell or taste that much of chocolate it's simply ok and not awful. For me though there is nothing tasty and inviting about this drink and it simply isn't rich enough in flavour for my taste-buds.

          Verdict....

          A not very flavoursome hot chocolate sadly. Too sweet and too thin however as I have just said it isn't disgusting to be fair to it cos it simply doesn't really taste that much anyway lol.

          I would recommend you pay more for such an item and have a gorgeous hot choc drink lol.

          Nutritional Information Per 34g Serving....

          Calories: 123
          Fat: 0.7g
          Saturated Fat: 0.5g
          Salt: o.5g
          Total Sugars: 26.6g

          Only available in Sainsbury's stores (and should stay on the shelves there in my view lol).

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