“ Milk-based drink. „
A Twix milkshake sounded too good to resist whilst I was doing my shopping at Tesco a couple of weeks ago. On promotional offer, I was suitably tempted and bought one each for myself, hubby and also 3 year old Jack as what I hoped would be a special treat.
Marketed by Mars under a new 'dessert drink' category I was a bit unsure as to when we should sample the shake. Described as Super Thick (so thick you can stand your straw up in it, no less!) I thought that it would perhaps be a bit too filling to consume as a dessert immediately after a meal. We therefore decided to wait a while and indulge whilst watching an evening movie.
As it is made from heat treated milk, the Twix Super Thick Shake can be stored at ambient room temperature but it's recommended that you serve chilled to maximise the taste experience. We had the perfect opportunity to stick the product in the fridge to chill for a couple of hours before giving them a try. I couldn't wait!
Packaged in a frappucino style paper cup (which is covered with unmistakable Twix branding) and topped with a clear plastic dome lid, it immediately looks modern and similar to something that has come straight from a coffee shop. Promising the 'ultimate milkshake' is a bold claim to make but it seemed believable due to the overall presentation and appearance...and not forgetting the bag of Twix Mini Stix which are provided as a fun addition to make the caramel flavoured shake extra special!
The little 12g confectionery sachet comes stored under the plastic lid and can either be poured directly into the milkshake or eaten alongside. I was expecting the sticks to be great for dipping but they are too small for this. They are in fact so small that I thought they could possibly be sucked up through the supplied extendable drinking straw. Keeping this in mind, I let Jack eat his separately so as not to pose as a choking hazard for him.
Twix Super Thick Shake doesn't instruct the consumer to give the cup a shake before opening but I had the urge to do so and gave it a quick shimmy before removing the dome top and peeling back the foil lid. In went my Mini Stix followed by a quick stir and now for the test....does the straw really stand up?
The answer is a resounding 'Yes'! The delicious smelling caramel shake didn't feel particularly thick whilst stirring, not offering much resistance, but it does indeed hold the straw up so it must be pretty thick. Hubby on the other hand didn't agree and his straw fell over. He didn't give his cup a shake first so I think that's what did the trick for me. So, remember to sh-sh-shake it!
Now on to the taste. I must admit that I thought the caramel milk shake may prove to be too sickly but it wasn't at all. The sweetness was just right and balanced perfectly with the creaminess. Rich but not at all overpowering and a lovely smooth texture too, feeling like a pleasant cross between flavoured milk and a dairy dessert. Combined with the Mini Stix, the Twix shake felt extremely indulgent. The crunchy, chocolate covered shortcake biscuits (which do remain crunchy throughout and don't go soggy) taste just like tiny Twix, but without the actual caramel as this flavour is provided by the shake itself. An absolutely delicious combination!
Just thought I'd let you know that I didn't choke either! None of the little sticks found their way up my straw and they all had to be fished out. Luckily, the provided straw has a special scoop shaped end to act as a spoon. This feature allows the product to cross over into dessert drink territory and makes it an overall more tactile experience - a bit more involving than just a drink. It also means that they can easily be consumed while out and about. I think they would make a great addition to a picnic as a special treat, although preferably kept in a cool bag as I don't think it would have the same appeal if served lukewarm.
The 200ml serving was just the right amount in my opinion. It was satisfying but not too filling. Due to the fact that it was so scrumptious I probably could've managed more...but I would have no doubt regretted it and felt slightly sick afterwards. Incidentally, to avoid a poorly tummy we didn't give 3 year old the full serving and removed some from his cup when he wasn't looking. The product doesn't have to be consumed immediately and can be kept in a fridge for up to 3 days after opening, but I had an inkling that he wouldn't let us take it away half way through. He thought it was fantastic by the way and his little eyes lit up when he took his first taste! It's not something I would let him have on a regular basis but fine for the occasional treat.
At the time of purchase the nutritional content of this product wasn't at the forefront of my mind. I didn't take it into consideration as I wasn't buying them to feel guilty. Sometimes these details are just best ignored! For anybody who would really like to know, or needs to know in terms of allergies etc, nutritional figures are featured below along with a long list of ingredients. If you don't care, simply skip 'em! I will point out here that this product is suitable for vegetarians.
Although Twix Super Thick Shake is very nice, a regular price of £1.69 seems a little bit high and I can see that a large proportion of that cost must be attributed to the packaging. This is something that I can't imagine can be avoided though. In a more basic form, the product just wouldn't work across the intended market. The special offer of £1 at Tesco was much more reasonable, making it great value for money. I might sample another flavour if the offer is still on...Malteser and M&M variants are also available.
Nutrition information (per 100g)...
Twix Caramel Milk Drink: 118 kcals, 3.0g Protein, 18.5g Carbohydrate, 3.5g Fat
Chocolate Covered Shortcake Biscuits: 497 kcals, 6.2g Protein, 61.7g Carbohydrate, 26.7g Fat
Twix Caramel Milk Drink:
Semi Skimmed Milk (1.6% Fat) 80%, Caramel (17.5%) (Glucose, Condensed Skimmed Milk, Milk Fat, Vegetable Fat, Salt, Flavour), Sugar, Stabilisers (Tapioca Starch, Cellulose Gum, Xantham Gum), Emulsifier E471, Natural Flavour.
Chocolate Covered Shortcake Biscuits:
Shortcake Biscuit 50% - Wheat Flour (includes statutory additives), Vegetable Fat (Rapeseed/Palm Oil blend), Sugar, Partial inverted sugar, Skimmed Milk Powder, Tapioca Starch, Salt (includes Sodium Hexacyanoferrate), Sodium Bicarbonate, Ammonium Bicarbonate.
Milk Chocolate 49% - Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Whole Milk Powder, Cocoa Liquor, Lactose, Whey, Lecithin.
Glaze 1% - Gum Arabic, Glucose Syrup, Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Citric Acid, Sorbic Acid.