Well that was unexpected. Who would have thought we’d have such a sunny spell in March. My goodness! I have to say I really enjoyed it, and spent as much time outside as I could with Jasper. The children didn’t need coats for school and I got tonnes of washing dried. Great stuff.
And then today, what happened? As I watched the day develop from about 5am, I realised the weather was indeed changing as had been predicted. By six o’clock we had rain blasting on the kitchen window and could hear strong winds whipping up some kind of fearsome menace. Just a gentle reminder that it is indeed still early in the year.
So with that drop in temperature Neets decided it was hot chocolate for breakfast. Usually she makes herself a cup using the Tassimo machine, but today she wanted to try out a new variety we had. Galaxy traditional hot chocolate.
It’s been sitting in the cupboard for some time now, and Neets has been nagging me to try it. I have been a horrid Mother and made her wait, because for one thing I didn’t quite know if it was going to be easy enough for her to make. I remember as a child that making hot chocolate was quite an event, watching the never boiling milk pan, and whoa betide if you took your eyes off the pan and it would rise up and make a horrible mess and smell. And then the trick of dissolving the hot chocolate powder, often getting lumps that made me feel quite ill.
So how was this going to compare? Traditional leads me to believe it’s meant to be similar to old style hot chocolate. On the packaging it indicates that this is smooth, and dissolves easily. So Neets put it to the test. She is after all the hot chocolate master in this house.
The instructions suggest putting 200ml of milk into a cup/mug. Either warming the milk first in a pan, or heating in the microwave.
When it had boiled, Neets carefully took the cup out of the microwave and added the required teaspoons of Galaxy traditional hot chocolate granules. Galaxy suggest four teaspoons to 200ml of milk.
Straight away you could see the granules dissolving and the milk turning chocolately.
Stir well to make sure it’s all dissolved.
We also used the powder in a contrasting way. With the weather being warmer of late (until today anyway), we’ve been enjoying cold drinks and ice lollies.
We decided to try the Galaxy hot chocolate granules in milk shake.
Perfect for warm afternoons, sitting in the garden. Creamy and chocolately.
We used Kallo soya milk for the milkshake. Neets is partial to chocolate soya milk. Kallo actually make their own chocolate variety, but Neets had already enjoyed that and finished off the carton many weeks back.
I find that making milk shakes with soya milk makes then less sticky on the throat. I limit the amount of cow milk I have, as I find it effects my throat. So using soya milk is ideal. I had some Kallo soya milk to try, and to compare to my usual brand. I’m pleased to say Kallo didn’t disappoint, and the soya milk was tasty. No bitter after taste.
Neets thoroughly enjoyed the Kallo chocolate milk, and often asks for it when I do shopping. Given the choice, she will always chose chocolate soya milk over chocolate cow milk.
Did you spot the ice-cream scoop too? That my friend is another story.
Galaxy traditional hot chocolate is one of a range of hot chocolates from Galaxy. They all look fabulous, and from Neets herself, this one was “yummy”.
For more information visit their website.
Fuss Free Living ratings to follow
Fuss Free Living Ratings
Galaxy traditional hot chocolate
Taste 10/10 Neets says the hot chocolate and the milkshake were delicious. She said it was a nicer taste than the other instant hot chocolate we’d bought previously.
Value 7/10 Priced at approximately £2.99, this for my family is more of a treat than an regular purchase.
Convenience 8/10 A little more fuss than just adding water, but easy nonetheless.
Kallo original organic soya
Taste 10/10 A good tasting soya milk. No bitterness. Good for all uses, in cooking and drinks.
Value 9/10 An average cost for ready to use soya milk, at approximately £1.19 per 1 litre
Convenience 10/10 A appreciate a decent soya milk as an alternative to cows milk. This can be used as cow milk, in all ways. Being UHT the milk can be stored in the cupboard before opening.