“ Beverages Type: Chocolate Drinks / Manufacturer: Whittards „
I am a huge fan of hot drinks, tea, coffee, hot chocolate - anything I love it, so its not a suprise that I love Whittards and their selection of teas, coffees and hot chocolates on offer!
I recieved 3 tubs of their hot chocolates for christmas, including this mint and chocolate chip one. It normally costs around £5 for one tub, but more often than not they are on a 3 for 2 offer which makes it a bit more purse friendly. It comes in a round card tub sealed with a foil tear away top and a plastic lid a bit like what you get on a poster tube. To make the drink the instructions say to add 3-5 teaspoons of the powder to a mug of hot milk and stir - the first time I made it I added 5 teaspoons and found I just had too much hot chocolate powder. The next time I only added 3 and this made the perfect drink, it dissolves easily in hot milk and has a very rich and creamy texture (if you want to be a bit less sinful you can make it with hot water and a splash of milk - but this wont be as nice, creamy and rich as making it with just milk!) The taste of mint is the perfect blend with the luxury chocolate taste and is the perfect strength, the mix also has little chocolate chips in it which seem to melt in the bottle of the cup - I always like to spoon these out at the end for an extra chocolatey treat!
Overall I would definitely recommend this hot chocolate, and all other Whittard hot chocolates, they are delicious and on the 3 for 2 offer are reasonably priced for a luxury drink.
I recently visited a Whittards of Chelsea store for the first time. Whittards are a Tea specialist with years of experience and in fact their own special tea plantation. They will even make you a custom blend on their website. They have 77 stores nationwide and their products are sold in selected Debenhams, House of Fraser stores and B+Q Cafes. You can order easily off their website. They also offer coffee, hot chocolate and gifts such as teasets.
They had a few samplers in the store of flavoured tea, which drew my attention to their vast and varied Tea collection. There was an offer on, 3 for 2 across teas and hot chocolates, as my partner isnt much of a tea drinker I asked her if she would like to choose a hot chocolate along with the two teas I had picked up. She opted for Mint Hot Chocolate - I was a little reluctant to try it, as I am not normally a great lover of mint flavoured products.
Making the drink:
To make the drink the instructions suggest you add 4 - 5 heaped teaspoons in to a mug of hot milk and stir. I personally found this methodology unsuitable, as doing so left me with lumpy undissolved hot chocolate. I found that by getting a large mug, adding half boiling water to dissolve the powder then topping with hot milk made a much more palatable drink.
Taste and Texture:
There are small milk chocolate chips in the powder, these congealed slightly at the bottom of the mug, but tasted delicious when scooped out with a spoon. The mint flavour is not overwhelming in fact it is quite subtle, it would be a little nicer if the mint flavouring was stronger (and this is coming from someone who doesn't like mint). The hot chocolate is very creamy, you can reduce the thick creamy texture if you find it too sickly by using solely hot water rather than milk, or by using less powder (although you will get less mint flavour).
Sugar, Cocoa Powder (31%), Dark Chocolate (18%) (Cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, butter oil, Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin, Flavouring), Dextrose, flavouring, salt
Value for Money:
This Hot Chocolate comes in a 400g tub which costs £5. As I bought it in the 3 for 2, it cost me just over £3.30. Per cup if you use 4 heaped teaspoons this is about 20-25g. This means the tub makes 16-20 cups, so roughly at £5 a tub 25-30p per cup. I think this is acceptable for a luxury drink. At £3.30 it equates to 17p roughly per cup - now this is more like it - cheaper than the tasteless morsels the vending machine at work offers!
My Hot Choc Tip:
As an alternative to liquer coffees and after dinner mints, try this; take a mug and add Baileys, hot water and 4 teaspoons of mint hot chocolate. Top with steamed foamy frothed milk and grate after dinner mints over. Mintochino, perfect.