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Usually I don't buy Nestle products on moral grounds, and as a general rule, any drink that puts "drink" at the end of what it is, is to be avoided. For example, "orange juice drink" is unlikely to ever have seen an orange.
Still, wandering through my local Iceland, this was the only hot chocolate they had and it was cheap.
I usually like my hot chocolate to be really chocolatey so this was a bit of a disappointment. It tastes like if you get regular hot chocolate but only put half a teaspoon of the powder in. I've tried using smaller mugs, and milk instead of water but it still tastes the same. You definately need to make it with water though because it's already really thick. (Well, you definately need to not make it at all)
The texture is the worst thing really. It's quite thick, but instead of being thick like milkshake, it just tastes greasy, and all the fat coats your mouth for ages afterwards. It's a bit like drinking full fat milk if you're used to skimmed. It doesn't have any sort of aftertaste or smell; it doesn't have any sort of taste of smell full stop. The only novel thing is that it's frothy, but when you know that the froth is liberally coating your veins with cholesterol, it sort of takes the pleasure out of it. If it goes a bit cold before you finish drinking, the froth sort of congeals. That's not too pleasant.
The most important thing to note is that it doesn't actually taste of Aeros. It doesn't really taste of chocolate at all, which isn't surprising when you look at the ingredients:
Fat reduced drinking chocolate (42.9%)
What's that all about?? You can't list the ingredients of drinking chocolate as drinking chocolate. And to note that less than half of the drinking chocolate actually consists of drinking chocolate is equally baffling.
=== The rest follows like so: Skimmed milk powder, Sugar, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Lactose, Dried glucose syrup, Thickeners (E415, E466), Salt, Milk proteins, Flavouring, Stabilisers (E331, E340, E452).
I wouldn't usually list the ingredients in a review, but I think this one is important. Firstly: hydrogenated vegetable oil. You've probably heard of trans fats by now. They tell you saturated fat is bad for you, but this stuff is far worse. I gave up Pink Wafers for this stuff last year! My 2005 new years resolution was to eat more healthily. I researched pretty much everything and now live on sandwiches.
Secondly - Additives. E-numbers, etc. I'm fairly convinced that nothing in this drink remembers its time out of a lab.
Anyway. It does bad things to your insides.
= Other Stuff
It's suitable for vegetarians, although if you're naturalistic enough to be vegetarian, I can't imagine why you'd want to buy Nestle stuff.
The sachet holds 24g, which I think it probably so they can boast it's "only" 99 calories. You get quite a few sachets in the box, I think it was 6, and it cost £2 from iceland. I've looked on Tesco price check and they don't seem to have it so it seems pretty rare. For the best, really!
I really wouldn't reccomend this. It has no good points. I'm slowly getting through the box, but only because I'm too lazy to go out and get some actual chocolate.
The only vague plus is the bubbles, and they quickly get boring.
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