“ Manufacturer: Tesco / Type: Chocolate Drinks „
One of the problems with letting your parents move house for you is that those last little bits of packing you planned to get done while things were being taken out to the van suddenly get done for you before you get home from work (or at least that's what happened to me) and has led to my spending a few afternoons lately rescuing things from my Mum garage before the weather turns any colder or damper.
One of the things I rescued this afternoon was the box containing my 'packing day brew kit' as much of it was contained in cardboard containers, including this hot chocolate.
I'm a big fan of chocolate drinks but find it hard to justify the cost of buying the high end brands, so decided a while ago to see if it was worth buying really cheap hot chocolate or if I should stick to the mid level brands.
Like much of the tesco value range this has undergone a restyle lately and now comes in a heavy cardboard cylindrical tub and has been renamed Everyday Value. The packaging does look much more appealing now than the plain white label of the previous version as it is now cream with red lettering and red and maroon images of cups, mugs, kettles and spoons beside a photo of a mug of the drink.
Opening the lid and removing the foil seal the chocolate powder looks much like any other - its a light brown coloured fine powder. The smell is quite definitely chocolatey.
The instructions suggest you should put five 28g measures of powder in to a mug to make a 200ml drink - when following this direction I found that the bottom of my mug contained a sludge of undissolved powder so since I have tended to use only 3 teaspoons of powder for a mug.
So the all important taste test and scent test.
Adding water to the powder it looks a rather insipid thin coloured drink but this could be down to my using 2 spoons less than the recommended quantity of powder. The smell rising from the hot drink is a warm chocolate scent, not a particularly rich scent but pleasing enough. Taste wise I was surprised at just how much I enjoyed it, the look of the drink left me expecting it to be somewhat tasteless but it was actually a lovely chocolate flavour, not particularly rich and very sweet but definitely comfortingly chocolatey.
Generally I now add a splash of milk to my drink it makes the colour look slightly less watery and does add a slightly more luxurious dimension to the flavour, I expect if you wanted to you could make the entire drink with milk but as it already contains dried milk I don't see that there is much point in that.
In terms of the allergens present the obvious one is milk, there should be no nut products present but they won't guarentee it and it is suitable for vegetarians. When made up according to the instructions it contains 110 calories, and 15g of sugar which explains the sweetness. The calorific content is one reason - another being my poor teeth not liking the sugar - I don't drink hot chocolate all the time but as an occasional treat.
This 400g tub will cost you a whole 58p.
Overall I am perfectly happy to keep buying this particular variety of hot chocolate, it's a good compromise between my enjoyment of money saving and my enjoyment of a comforting hot chocolate on a cold day, the flavour is a little weak compared to the more expensive brands and it is very sweet but as I have a sweet tooth I don't mind that so much, and the addition of milk does help to bring down the overall sweetness. But this definitely won't be a product for those to love dark chocolate but then very few chocolate drinks suit those who prefer the darker more bitter styles.
This hot chocolate is a bargain at 48p for 400g. The packaging has changed since the above picture, it now comes in a cardboard tub with a plastic lid (like the cocoa powder tubs). It is a light brown powder which has a nice chocolately smell to it. . I love drinking a hot chocolate whilst sitting by the fire on an evening when its cold outside.
The main difference between this value one and the tesco standard one is the amount of cocoa powder added, this has 9% compared to the standard which has 11%. Therefore what I do is add a little bit of cocoa powder to this to make it more indulgent. I also mix it thoroughly with a little bit of milk before adding the hot water (I find this makes it go slightly frothy). For a special treat at Christmas a bit of baileys added makes a nice addition. I make it using all milk for my son so it is better for him so as you can see this product is very versatile, the only thing I haven't tried it for is for cooking but I can't see why it would not be suitable if a recipe requires it.
I find that the recommend 5 teaspoons per cup makes it a bit sweet for me so normally use 3 or 4 depending on what mood I am in and if I am in need of a sugar hit.
Once I have added the extra cocoa I can't tell the difference between this and the premium brands. The only problem I have with this is sometimes it is not in stock so when it I see it I buy 2 or 3 tins so I always have some.
For the price of this I would recommend that you try it, at this cost you have nothing to lose.
We all know that feeling, our purses weigh less and less and our budget is growing smaller and smaller - well that seems to be the case for majority of people today! But what is always a necessity in my shopping list is Tesco Value Hot Chocolate at the massive price of 49p for 400grams. Who can grumble at that?
Why I decided to buy this product?
I am a huge lover of hot chocolate and feel it has now become more of a need than a want! I have tried almost every hot chocolate out there but they all seem too bitty, too sickly or too expensive. If you do buy hot chocolate (like me) then you will know the average cost is around £2.50 for a 250g which is so expensive so that's when I decided to give this hot chocolate a try. I thought why not? It's not like it's going to break the bank, so that's what I did and I can sat with all honestly I have never looked back and believe I never will.
What does it taste like?
Well I know what you're all thinking...Hot Chocolate right? But this is different than most others, it is so smooth and has a sweet taste but without being too sweet or overpowering. You can taste the chocolate but not much - Tesco seem to have got the balance just right in every way. It goes slightly frothy at the top and goes down a treat every time! You can also adjust the taste yourself depending on how chocolaty you want your drink, for those who are not chocolate lovers just add a teaspoon less and for those who are a teaspoon more, you get the drift?
How to make this hot chocolate?
Well the preparation guidelines state -
'Add 5 teaspoonfuls of hot chocolate power to a cup or mug, add 200ml freshly boiled water, stir briskly until fully mixed. '
But how I make it is by adding three to four heaped teaspoons of the powered hot chocolate to a mug and then fill this with boiling water, I just feel that five is too much powder. As I said above this can be adjusted dependant on your taste and your mood! You can also add a touch of milk to the hot chocolate and this makes the hot chocolate smoother and thicker, or when I am feeling in an extra sweet mood I add a handful of marshmallows - Perfect!
What does this product contain?
It states on the tin that it is suitable for vegetarians, it contains milk, and although it should not contain nuts this cannot be guaranteed.
The ingredients are Sugar, Whey Powder, Maltodextrin, Fat Reduced Cocoa powder, Vegetable Oil, Thickener, Milk Proteins and Stabiliser.
I love my hot drinks, and love the cadburys hot chocolate, as well as the tesco own brand. To go even further in my brand downgrade challenge that I have started recently I also bought this Tesco value hot chocolate.
The above picture is a bit outdated, as the powder actually comes in a small tin with a pull off lid that can be put back on to ensure the product doesnt escape.
Its very cheap at under £1 for 400g, although recently tescos have stopped stocking this product so Im not sure if they make it anymore.
The powder is brown with speckled white bits in it, and the tin was not completely full when I opened it.
It contains milk so is not suitable for those who are lactose intolerant. To use just boil some milk, put 4 heaped tea spoons of the powder in a mug, then pour the milk over stirring as you go. I have found that if you put the powder into the milk it tends to clog up and the powder goes all lumpy and nasty.
The powder is quite coarse compared to other brands, the chocolate does not taste very smooth or even that sweet. It does taste a bit like cheap chocolate but mostly all you can taste is a powdery texture. I have also used the powder in chocolate muffins where I have had slightly more success, although I still would use a higher up brand.
I would say that once I have finished this tin I will go back up to the tesco own brand, or whatever is on offer, as this is not a pleasant experience.
Only if you are desperate for a sweet treat should you buy this!
The one thing I like and have got into the habit of doing lately is to have a Horlicks or a hot chocolate before I go to bed. Its become a bit of a ritual to me now, settles me down and warms me up as the nights are drawing in and getting colder.
When it come to hot chocolate I usually go for a known brand like Cadbury's but the prices are high usually and so when I spotted this for only 48p for a large tub of it remembering my mate likes this one and has a tub in her cupboard always I decided it was worth me trying.
This is no longer called Tesco Value its now called Everyday Value and instead of the products within the range being garishishly packaged in white, red and blue they have now revamped the range so it looks less cheap though it is still a distinctive range.
This comes in a beigey coloured cardboard cylinder tub with a red plastic pull on/off lid to the top of it and on the front of it we are told that it is indeed Tesco Everyday Value Instant Hot Chocolate and that it contains no artificial preservatives, flavours or colours, there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown and a photograph of the hot chocolate is shown along with some little pictures of cups, spoons kettles and so on. On the back of the tub other information listed includes ingredients (this is suitable for Vegetarians by the way), allergy advice being is stated along with instructions given on how to make the drink up, there is a full nutritional chart shown, the weight of the product is also given which is 400g and contact details for Tesco are clearly listed. This is decent enough packaging for an economy product and informative enough too.
The Drink Itself:
Well what you get is loads of brownish powder and to make this up you simply need 5 teaspoons of this and boiling water, add the water to the powder in a cup or mug and give it a very quick and thorough stir and that's it you are left with a milk chocolate looking drink that smells sweet and chocolatey. I add milk to this to give it a thicker and creamier taste sometimes too.
For me this is nice enough. I expected it to taste powdery and bitty and rather cheap but actually and surprisingly it isn't. It tastes of chocolate, mixes well and my only complaint is that for me it's a bit too sweet however that sweetness is a natural tasting sweetness and not artificially sweet which I do happen to appreciate.
This is quick and cheap chocolate fix and I like it well enough, it isn't my favourite on the market I have to be honest due to it being too sweet for me and with 110 calories (only 1.0g of fat though) this is a little on the higher side with those calories for me than what I'm used to, its nice enough and great if your skint though!
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We pay only 50p for a jar containing 400g of hot chocolate from Tesco from their Value Range. The packaging is so plain and simple but I'll bet that if you poured this powder into a branded tin or jar of hot chocolate and made it up as directed and then tasted it, you would not be able to tell the difference and you certainly wouldn't guess this is a No Frills brand.
I do not mind about the packaging, because as I say, that doesn't bother me, it is the taste of the product I am looking for. This hot chocolate is as good (if not better) than the higher priced branded products I have bought.
It is very simple to make. Just pour boiling water onto a few teaspoons of the powder in the bottom of a cut and give it a good stir. Hey presto! You then have instant delicious hot chocolate. The taste is rich and smooth and very very creamy. It is very sweet so there is no need to add sugar.
The smell of this hot chocolate is also really very good. I made some the other night and left it on the kitchen table to cool for a while and my other half came downstairs and asked me what the lovely smell was! This hot chocolate is very moreish and once you have paid just the miniscule amount of 50p or so for this massive jar, you will just what excellent quality it is and I am sure you will be tempted to buy another jar once the first one has run out. This is a great drink to have just before you go to bed for the night when it's cold.
This is lovely stuff and I really highly recommend it.
Tesco Value Hot Chocolate
This hot chocolate is only a snip at Tesco, compared to the more expensive branded ones on the market, where you usually pay for, but get less product.
At times like these, we all need a little comfort, without the unecessary price tag, and this hot chocolate product delivers just that!
There isn't much to say about this product, so this won't be a mammoth review, but hopefully will let you know all you need to make an informed choice.
-First of all, it is cheap. The price is about 40-50p for around 400g depending on how Tesco are feeling in terms of prices. (Anyone else think their prices vary on a day to day basis?)
-You get a large amount of coco powder for your money (400g), just as much as you would in the average jar of branded hot chocolate. So breaking it down, each mug of hot choclate works out cheaper.
-Most importantly, it tastes great, just as good as any branded powder. It has a very chocolatey and smooth taste to it.
-It is incredibly simple to make. Simply put a few tea spoon fulls of the powder into a mug and add boiling water, stir, and VOILA, lovely hot chocolate!
If i'm going to split hairs here, I'd just say about the design of the packaging, however, it is Tesco's value range, and it is dirt cheap. Who really cares about the packaging really, so on that note it wouldn't be an issue here.
I would recommend this, it is cheap, and tastes just as good as the branded hot chocolates out there. Give it a try, you may spend a few pennies from your weekly shop if you can mamge to switch to this.:)
I cannot see any reason why this shouldn't get 5 stars as it seems to do what it says on the tub and delivers at a rock bottom price, without all of the branded marketing nonsense drivvel.
Heres a value range product that I have only just swapped to using. I was previously buying the Tesco Instant Hot Chocolate which is also a reasonable product but deicded to take the plunge with this product just before Christmas to save in more money.
The price is currently 48pence for 400g (compared to some branded alternatives at the same weight thats a whopping £1.98 saving) and nutrionally there isnt a great deal of difference between this and the leading brands regarding calories, sugars, carbohydrates etc so it isnt any worse because it is a budget item.
The flavour of chocolate is there and it does not have that insipid sickly sweet taste that some cheaper brands do where the product just tastes very sweet with no or very little real flavour. The drink doesnt taste powdery or chalky and when mixed the consistency is smooth, this has a milder chocolate taste (possibly due to a lower cocoa content) compared to top brands but then you are not paying an executive price so should not be dissapointed when you dont get a superior product.
I would compare the flavour simular to the difference between eating a lower quality chocolate bar and one that contains 70% cocoa. You don't get a rich chocolate flavour but that is why I personally like it because I am not so kean on rich, strong tasting drinks. Infact if you like rich, chocolatey drinks then why not buy a chocolate bar with around 60-65% cocoa and just melt that into milk.
If you like chocolate with a rich, cocoa taste adding more mix of this value product won't really achieve it (it becomes quite thick and sweet so perhaps try a grade up from this one.
If your on a budget or you get through vast amounts of chocolate drink on a monthly basis definitely change to this one and at less than the price of an actual chocolate bar if it really isnt for you then you havent wasted much to try!
I am a sucker for hot chocolate, especially in the winter, them cosy cold evenings cwtched up in my PJ's sipping on a milky hot choc mmmm. However I'm a cheapskate and will ALWAYS try saving money where I can. I've tried many supermarkets value products and I have to admit Tesco's value products are probably my favourite - their rice pudding is gorgeous by the way lol! When I spotted their Tesco Value Hot Chocolate on the shelf I quickly checked the price, an astonishing 50p - No way was I not going to try this.
Ok so being a value product it's not the most appealing tub of hot chocolate on the shelf being a misty coloured plastic 400g pot with a bright red screw on plastic lid and the Tesco value label around it with that cheapy blue and red colour theme to it, plain, simple and tells you exactly what you need to know and that it's Tesco Value Hot Chocolate Instant Drink.
A 25g serving of this with 200ml of hot water contains;
Opening the tub, and ripping off the piece of foil at the top that keeps the chocolate in the tub nice and secure I was instantly met by a thin, chocolatey scent, nothing to rich or powerful but it definitely smelt like a hot chocolate powder. The powder itself, well looked like powder in a very pale brown colour.
Adding my 4 heaped teaspoons of hot chocolate into my mug as advised on the back of the tub I waited for my kettle to boil. It soon boiled and I was soon stirring my hot chocolate to rid the excess powder at the bottom of the mug. The look of the drink looked 'weak' a pale, brown in colour again, not very frothy at the top just the odd bubble patch here and there, and to be honest it looked 'thin' so I wasn't expecting much. Having a sip, once it cooled down of course, I was quite impressed by how thick it tasted, more chocolatey than I thought to but very sweet. Adding a little milk however soothed the sweetness to make it more creamy chocolatey. It's not a rich and indulgent hot chocolate drink, but it is very tasty and definitely tastes of chocolate. For just 50p I will always buy this in the future it satisfies my sweet sugary needs and my hot chocolate cravings in an evening and I honestly don't feel like I'm lacking anything just because it's not as frothy, indulgent and naughty as some as the more expensive brands. I'd reccomend trying this to anybody who enjoys hot chocolate as it is a real bargain!