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Drinking Chocolate?

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ChippyMinton Wed 30-Jan-13 20:59:23

This is bugging me, and I have no idea if IABU, so please help.

I bought a tin of Asda Drinking Chocolate, the kind that you mix with hot milk.
The tin contains cocoa powder mixed with clearly visible grains of sugar.#

AIBU to think this is not 'drinking chocolate' and I could have got the same result by making traditional cocoa? Other brands combine the sugar and cocoa powder into a seamless sweet fine powder that can be eaten by the spoonful don't they?

It tastes fine btw.

KatyTheCleaningLady Wed 30-Jan-13 21:01:30

I think you're right. I've never seen granular sugar in, before. That would be annoying, but it probably tastes the same.

I wonder what the price is for cocoa and sugar sold separately are?

Put in blender. Blend. Don't take the top off until the powder has settled. It will be the same.

ChippyMinton Wed 30-Jan-13 21:04:13

I wondered about the price. It's 75% sugar/25% cocoa. It's annoying because I always have cocoa in for baking, and could use that instead.

You know you can make hot chocolate (real) with just milk and chocolate? Heat it slowly and whisk.

KatyTheCleaningLady Wed 30-Jan-13 21:11:31

I'm sure it's cheaper to do it from sugar and baking cocoa.

It reminds me of those pancake mixes. 'Just add eggs and milk'. So, it's flour, then? At ten times the price.

mrsbunnylove Wed 30-Jan-13 21:16:56

get some asda hot chocolate that you make with water. make it thick. put a generous sprinkling of tesco sprinkles - the kind that has cinnamon and other stuff in it.
the sum is much greater than the parts.

ChippyMinton Wed 30-Jan-13 21:18:01

It is a rip-off.
The so-called drinking chocolate is 49.6p/100g
One part Asda cocoa at 91.2p/100g + three parts Granulated Sugar at 8.8p/100g would cost only 29.4p/100g shock

ChippyMinton Wed 30-Jan-13 21:19:50

I feel a strongly-worded email coming on (I need to get a life lol)

KatyTheCleaningLady Wed 30-Jan-13 21:21:04

Go, Chippy, Go! grin

ChippyMinton Wed 30-Jan-13 21:22:12

MrsTP - sometimes I make a big jar of Jamies Olivers Ultimate Hot Choc - cocoa, horlicks, grated chocolate, cinnamon, cornflour. That's pretty good and probably cheaper than the drinking chocolate too.

ChippyMinton Wed 30-Jan-13 21:23:00

Katy grin

DreamingOfTheMaldives Wed 30-Jan-13 21:26:15

YABU for not buying Cadbury's drinking chocolate grin

Off to make a hot chocolate now. Mmmmm

Scholes34 Wed 30-Jan-13 21:29:56

Here is the most fabbest cake ever with apologies for the imperial measurements:

3oz drinking chocolate
5oz sugar
6oz self raising flour
6oz margarine
3 eggs
3 tbsp boiling water.

Beat together. Pour into an 8" round tin, lined. Bake at Gas mark 3 for about an hour. Top with an icing made from 4oz milk chocolate, 1oz butter melted and mixed together with 5tbsp of cream.

Scholes34 Wed 30-Jan-13 21:32:36

Use the drinking chocolate to make a cake and stick to cocoa for hot chocolate drinks.

ChippyMinton Wed 30-Jan-13 21:33:21

If I had proper drinking chocolate, i would try the recipe sad

Right, who wants to compose a disgruntled customer email for me?

DreamingOfTheMaldives Wed 30-Jan-13 21:43:35

I can't believe the Asda drinking chocolate is only 25% chocolate! shock

Do they not think that the clue is in the name?!

Scholes34 Wed 30-Jan-13 21:43:51

Even with improper drinking chocolate, the cake is really very good. Send your e-mail, but be sure to make the cake too. I think I've had Sainsbury's drinking chocolate before with noticeable sugar grains in it and the cake was still good.

CloudsAndTrees Wed 30-Jan-13 21:47:59

There were granules of sugar in the marks and spencer hot chocolate I bought at Christmas as well. And it's no where near as nice as Cadburys.

It's in the cupboard unused because its so crap, but I might try it out with that recipe! Any cake covered in an icing like that is bound to be yummy!

I watched Jamie O make that ultimate drinking chocolate, and it did look good - apart from the corn flour which made it all thick and gloopy - a consistency that is all wrong for a drink, IMO.

Scholes34 Wed 30-Jan-13 21:50:22

That's chocolate sauce - but it's what the Spaniards drink with churros.

ChippyMinton Wed 30-Jan-13 21:52:03

I like the gloopyness, it keeps the marshmallows afloat.

Well - I dare say Jamie won't turn up on my doorstep with a cleaver if I leave the corn flour out - will he?? << worries >>

zukiecat Wed 30-Jan-13 21:56:48

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ChippyMinton Wed 30-Jan-13 21:58:31

Have you tried drinking it through a straw? I tried it on on holiday recently and it was a revelation and stopped me getting whiped cream on the tip of my nose.

ChippyMinton Wed 30-Jan-13 21:59:39

what's the vile stuff <worries>?

Scholes34 Wed 30-Jan-13 21:59:53

Hope you keep up with the visits to the dentist, zukiecat. Have just been today and the amount I was charged for a check up and clean is a whole other thread!

Can't decide whether I should have married a dentist or a vet for a life of luxury and better quality drinking chocolate.

ginmakesitallok Wed 30-Jan-13 22:00:59

Cadbury's drinking chocolate is only 25% cocoa solids too.

AuntieMaggie Wed 30-Jan-13 22:02:24

No I bought this before xmas and it was wayyyy too sweet. Stick with cadburys!

forevergreek Wed 30-Jan-13 22:22:00

You need green and blacks organic hot choc for ultimate yumminess!

ChippyMinton Wed 30-Jan-13 22:27:13

I do grin - it must've been on special offer. Will do a taste test with the DC tomorrow!

KobayashiMaru Wed 30-Jan-13 23:05:46

it's not a con of any kind though, thats just what the product is. What is there to complain about? That it costs more than if you bought the components separately and did it yourself? Well so do a lot of things!

OhMerGerd Wed 30-Jan-13 23:20:08

But drinking chocolate cakes have that greyish brown tinge to them. A cocoa chocolate cake on the other hand has that deep brown veering to black colour. The cocoa ones taste a gazillion times better too. We jjust switched back to good old cocoa as part of our austerity times budgeting as you use less cocoa per mug it lasts longer even though jar price is higher works out cheaper ( unless u go mad baking cakes like has happened chez nous but the novelty will wear off or your trousers won't fit).

zukiecat Thu 31-Jan-13 08:51:19

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Scholes34 Thu 31-Jan-13 09:10:53

I don't make grey tinged cakes, even if using drinking chocolate in them. The recipe I gave is specifically for drinking chocolate. It's not a recipe using drinking chocolate instead of cocoa. The two aren't interchangeable.

Trills Thu 31-Jan-13 09:17:27

AIBU to think this is not 'drinking chocolate'

All drinking chocolate is cocoa+sugar. Even Cadbury's.

Therefore YABU

Cadbury's Drinking chocolate: Sugar†, Cocoa†, Salt, Flavouring, Cocoa Solids 25% minimum, †Cadbury has purchased Cocoa and Sugar in compliance with international Fairtrade standards.

I have a lovely recipe for hot chocolate somewhere.....it has cream, melted chocolate and Baileys in it grin

nefertarii Thu 31-Jan-13 09:30:27

Am I missing the point here?

Why are you so horrified when the ingredients are right there. Drinking chocolate is different to cocoa.

milk chocolate bars don't have much cocoa solids in either.

Theicingontop Thu 31-Jan-13 09:31:16

You need green and blacks organic hot choc for ultimate yumminess!

Can't get better than Green and Blacks, since my Tesco stopped selling Twinings hot chocolate. That was like four years ago. I'm still hung up on it. It had real dark chocolate flakes sad

LifeSavedbyLego Thu 31-Jan-13 09:40:34

You should all be buying green and blacks hot chocolate. Once tasted you can never go back. Yummy.

ChippyMinton Thu 31-Jan-13 16:04:10

nefartiti - my original point was that the Asda Drinking Chocolate is simply cocoa and sugar bunged together in the same container, whereas other brands are refined into a consistent fine sweet chocolaty powder. I know it's the same ingredients and the same outcome, but for the money I expect to have a sweet chocolate powder, not something I can make myself with a spoon of cocoa and three spoons of sugar for half the price.

valiumredhead Thu 31-Jan-13 16:09:17

But that's all drinking chocolate is, sugar and cocoa.

ChippyMinton Thu 31-Jan-13 16:14:30

<bangs head against brick wall> grin
They are the ingredients, but the product is not just the two mixed together. It's the ingredients processed into a homogenous fine powder.

And Asda's is not.

valiumredhead Thu 31-Jan-13 16:16:27

That's because it's cheap - buy Cadbury's next time and stop moaning wink

valiumredhead Thu 31-Jan-13 16:16:46

Urghhhh Green and Black's is VILE!

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