Having started at the top, so to speak, with a review of Hotel Chocolat’s Liquid Chocolate, followed by a disappointingly sugary Hot Dark Choc, I continued my quest to find the best Drinking Chocolates with this, Twinings Luxury Chocolate Drink.
As you can see from the tin, it contains no less than 65% real chocolate (real BELGIAN chocolate, no less), but as I learned to my disappointment with Drink Dark Choc, that is no guarantee that it won’t also be loaded to the gunnels with sugar. The good news is that Twinings have taken a similar approach to Hotel Chocolat with their product. This drinking chocolate contains only 5% raw cane sugar, making it remarkably similar to Liquid Chocolate in consistency and flavour.
The ‘powder’ in the tin is in fact made up of shaved Belgian dark chocolate mixed with cocoa powder, so mixing it to a paste takes a little longer than it might do, but the end product is a satisfyingly rich, slightly bitter drink with tons of lovely chocolately flavour.
Most importantly, Twinings have left it up to the consumer to decide how sweet they want their drinking chocolate, so if you fancy popping a spoonful ofsugar in you can (or indeed if you prefer to add the liqueur of your choice, you can do that too!)
This is a fine quality, premium drinking chocolate, very similar in taste and consistency to Hotel Chocolat’s Liquid Chocolate. It’s drinking chocolate for grownups, dark, rich and bursting with the bittersweet flavours of good quality chocolate and cocoa. I’d recommend serving it with a tot or two of your favourite booze and a dollop of whipped cream.