“ Manufacturer: Whittards / Type: Chocolate Drinks „
Whittards sells a wonderful range of teas and hot chocolates and I often feel completely spoilt for choice when I shop there. One of my favourite Whittards products is the Dreamtime hot chocolate. This is admittedly a little more pricey than your common or garden hot chocolate (£5.50 a tub at the moment), but Whittards usually have some sort of offer on (they seem to run a three for two offer quite often) so if you want to stock up or go shopping with a friend and split the costs this might make it a bit less painful!
This is a good quality hot chocolate and doesn't contain any dairy products, so if your diet is dairy free (like mine) then you can make this using soya or rice milk. Ingredients do include malt, which you can really taste when you make up your chocolate- it's a bit like an upmarket mug Ovaltine, but with a hint of camomile. The drinking chocolate itself is very smooth and mixes well if you heat up the milk first then add the chocolate. It has a rich and distinctive taste- the mixture of chocolate, camomile and malt might sound a little odd but it really works, and the smell alone is just delicious.
I occasionally have a bit of trouble getting to sleep, and I've found a mug of Dreamtime at night does seem to help me snooze peacefully. Maybe it works and maybe it doesn't. Frankly it tastes so nice that I don't really care. Hot chocolate is one of the great treats of winter months, and this is definitely one of the nicest I've tasted.
It might be called Dreamtime but you'll be tempted to drink it all day.
Whittard of Chelsea is a fairly up-market high street shop that sells a wide variety of teas, coffees, sweets and kitchen equipment. In these hard economic times, I don't go here very often, but I do like to buy a jar of something as an occasional treat to myself. I'm a big fan of hot chocolate, and they do a wide range of interesting and varied flavours of hot chocolates. Some of their hot chocolate varieties (like this one) don't contain milk products - something which, sadly, many main supermarket brands fail to manage. This lack of milk is an advantage for us asthmatics looking for a winter warmer, but it does make it more of a hassle for everyone else wanting instant hot chocolate - you have to stir it into hot milk rather than just adding water.
I bought their Dreamtime luxury malt hot chocolate as part of a "3 for £12" offer - usually, each large jar is £5, which is a bit pricey for me. There are 20 servings per jar, meaning each cup costs about 20p. This means that even though it's pricier than most brands, I can justify it because it is nicer and still much cheaper than going out and buying hot chocolate from the machine!
This hot chocolate had an unusual combination - sweet and malty. I'm used to malted chocolates tasting rather less sweet than this. I thought it was a good mix, but I found that it was a little bit too sweet when made up to full strength. The jar says that it tastes of honey and chamomile, but I can't taste them. The malt flavour is pretty strong though, but the overriding taste is still the chocolate.
The tubs of teas and hot chocolates are the same size, and stack well. The containers are cardboard with a lid that pushes down to seal (not a screw top), rather like a scaled up tub of cocoa powder. The main problem that I have with this type of lid is that once you've broken the seal, it can be very easy to tug too hard on the lid and spray the contents everywhere. And breaking the foil seal has similar spray-everywhere issues.
===The serving size===
The pack says that you should use 4-5 heaped teaspoons (20g), which is rather more than many other hot chocolate varieties - I'm used to needing 3 teaspoons of hot chocolate - I think the sugar must pad it out quite a bit. I do find that 2-3 is often plenty for a tasty drink and 4-5 is far too sweet for me.
===How well does it mix?===
I've had a bit of a problem with some hot chocolate varieties that the powder tends to clump and never mixes in. This wasn't a problem for this particular type - it blended very easily and I didn't to do the standard high-effort hot chocolate technique of "mix it with a small bit of milk to form a paste, then gradually whisk in more milk". Just stirring it in worked fine.
The ingredients don't contain milk. But the make-up instructions tell you to stir it into hot milk. But it actually works fine as a hot drink if you do what I usually use and mix it into hot water - obviously, it doesn't taste quite as creamy, but it doesn't have that dark and bitter taste that you would get if you just mixed cocoa powder with water. I quite like it with rice milk, but I always use much less chocolate - anything made with rice milk tends to be extremely sweet!
Per 20g of hot chocolate, this has 72kcal, 1.3g protein, 14.5g carbohydrates, 7.9g sugar, 1.0g fat and 0.1g sodium. So this isn't a miracle product that somehow manages to make chocolate good for you, but it's not any worse than any other variety.
What surprised me was that the main ingredient was malt extract. Also listed are sugar, cocoa, dextrose, flavourings, salt and chamomile oil. The only allergens listed was gluten.
Overall, this was a fairly tasty hot chocolate. It is a little bit too expensive for me to buy this as my usual chocolate, but it was worth the extra expense as an occasional treat.
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****Whittards Dreamtime Hot Chocolate ****
Whittards is a specialist tea/coffee shop where although the prices are more expensive ,it is defiantly worth it!!.There are 130 stores located in Scotland, England, Wales and northern Ireland.
Quite a few of Whittards products come in round tubs and this product is no different. The product has hot chocolate written in big writing and the flavour in the middle which in this case is Dream time hot chocolate.I think the type of packaging is good,the tubs are a good size and since they use the size on a few of the products they can stack nicely in the cupboard.
Described as luxury hot chocolate with the flavours of honey and camomile - helps you relax and unwind. This put me off at first since i am not a fan of camomile tea but i was pleasantly surprised ,the hot chocolate had a nice taste and the camomile/honey wasn't overly strong but at the same time you could still tell it was there.
Simply sprinkle 4-5 heaped teaspoons ( 20 g) into a hot of hot milk and stir.I used four teaspoons and i would say that this is enough,especially since i used milk not water so that i wouldn't get a watery taste.
This is only available at Whittards and the tubs are always £5 or 3 for £12.I picked up mine for £2.25 each as there was a sale on.(my local closing down :-() . If you are unlucky enough not to live near a store they have a website where you can order products.
These are more expensive than the likes of Galaxy hot chocolate but in my opinion are worth it!!!