When it comes to hot chocolate, I’m a bit fussy. I usually make my own with dark chocolate, water, spices and a bit of sugar. It may be a bit of a faff, but I can control exactly what goes into it and tweak the recipe according to my mood.
Sometimes though, it’s an awful lot of trouble to go to, particularly when I’m just in the mood for something comforting. I don’t want to spend half an hour in the kitchen when I get home on a freezing December evening. I just want a big mug of hot chocolate, and if I have to wait longer than two minutes, I start to get really quite grumpy.
That’s where these new hot chocolates from Gü Puds come in. Available in ready made cartons, you simply heat them in the microwave for a couple of minutes for instant satisfaction.
The lovely people at Gü sent me all three flavours to try; regular Hot Chocolate, Salted Caramel and Mocha flavours. And they really are quick, simple and satisfying.
Gü recommend pouring heating the drinks in a jug in the microwave, then transferring to your favourite mug, so that’s what I did for my first test. Doing it in a jug let me give the drink a quick whisk before serving, but I found that even this added valuable seconds to the preparation time, so when it came to trying the other two flavours, I just heated them directly in the mug.
The verdict? I like them! They’re made with whole milk and have a nice, creamy texture. It’s not too thick, and importantly, not too sweet. I enjoyed all the flavours, but the salted caramel was the winner for me and I suspect that will end up being the best seller. The flavour balance is spot on and I quickly found myself going back for more.
The downside of having hot chocolate in cartons is that you could very quickly find it takes up all the space in the fridge, particularly at this time of year. For me, that’s a small price to pay for the convenience of having a great tasting hot chocolate available on demand. Who needs fresh food anyway, right?