CHOCS away for an indulgent brew to banish the January blues.
The market for hot chocolate is booming, says Martyn James, consumer expert for Resolver.
Lynsey Hope gives her views on best-selling brands, rating each out of ten
But which brand is the best cocoa go-to?
Lynsey Hope gives her views on best-selling brands, rating each out of ten.
£2 for 250g
- Cost: 16p
- Calories: 175
- Sugar: 5¼ tsp (21g)
MIXED with milk, this seemed very creamy and luxurious and had a lovely chocolatey flavour.
This seemed very creamy and luxurious and had a lovely chocolatey flavour
The only downside was that I found it quite hard to mix out all the lumps.
Despite stirring for what seemed like ages, there were still a few lumps left when I started drinking it.
£3.15 for 350g
- Cost: 25p
- Calories: 106
- Sugar: 5 tsp (19.7g)
ONE of the most expensive I tried, costing more than brands such as Cadbury.
It’s simply not worth the high price tag
But it’s simply not worth the high price tag.
If you’re watching your calories it’s also worth knowing that this one contains a high amount of sugar at 19.7g per cup.
£1.50 for 300g
Sugar: 5½ tsp (22.7g)
A LOVELY hot chocolate from Sainsbury’s, which warmed me up after a particularly cold and wet school run.
A lovely hot chocolate from Sainsbury’s
This was a little high in sugar and calories, but it was totally worth it. Delicious.
99p for 400g
- Cost: 7p
- Calories: 115
- Sugar: 4¼ tsp (17g)
MY top value option at less than a third of the price of some more luxury brands.
This is my top value option
Mix with water and it’s lower in calories and sugar than many.
Its flavour didn’t quite match up to the winning brands but it’s a tasty choice and ideal if you need a cheaper way to get your choc fix.
£2.99 for 500g
- Cost: 27p
- Calories: 168
- Sugar: 6 tsp (22.8g)
JUST one sip gives you a delicious chocolatey hit.
Just one sip gives you a delicious chocolatey hit
It’s a lovely flavour and tastes as good as many you would buy from cafes or coffee shops.
It is pricier than others but if you don’t really mind spending a little more, this is an excellent choice that’s sure to please.
£4.25 for 330g
- Cost: 28p
- Calories: 186
- Sugar: 5½ tsp (22.3g)
DELICIOUSLY indulgent, this has a lovely chocolatey flavour that tasted rich yet not too overwhelming.
This has a lovely chocolatey flavour that tasted rich yet not too overwhelming
But you are advised to add four big scoops per cup, so you won’t get many servings per tin, meaning it is expensive.
It was also the most fattening I tried.
£2.99 for 260g
- Cost: 29p
- Calories: 114
- Sugar: 4¼ tsp (17g)
I FOUND this quite sweet, though my kids were super excited when they saw it and both loved the taste.
My kids were super excited when they saw it and both loved the taste
Mixed with hot water it’s not the worst one for you, but be warned, there is still 17g sugar per serving.
£3 for 220g
- Cost: 15p
- Calories: 40
- Sugar: 1½ tsp (5.7g)
THIS had the least sugar and calories of the hot chocolates we tested, but it is made with sweetener which gave it an overly sweet, disappointing flavour.
This had the least sugar and calories of the hot chocolates we tested
If you are on a diet, I’d recommend you save the 40 calories for something worth consuming.
£1.60 for 400g
- Cost: 11p
- Calories: 107
- Sugar: 4 tsp (16g)
I ENJOYED this one.
It was one of the best value and healthiest options that I put to the test
It tasted quite rich which surprised me considering that it was one of the best value and healthiest options that I put to the test.
I would certainly buy this again for a quick chocolate fix.
£2.50 for 400g
- Cost: 18p
- Calories: 168
- Sugar: 6 tsp (23g)
THIS Cadbury offering was easy to mix and really hit the spot, delivering a lovely flavour.
This Cadbury offering was easy to mix and really hit the spot
Working out at 18p per serving, it is also reasonably good value.
Definitely one of my favourites and I would add it to my weekly shopping again.