Chocolate brands

We try Tesco’s hot chocolate brands to see how Costa, Cadbury and Options compare

Who doesn’t love a hot chocolate – and with an ever-increasing number of brands on offer in supermarkets, we decided to test out some of the more well-known brands.

Having recently found out that Costa now sells pots of hot chocolate at Tesco, we thought it was fair to try it out and see how it compares to other brands in taste and price.

Cadbury’s and Options brands being among the most dominant in the market, we have included them in the test.

All were purchased from Tesco.


Belgian Chocolate Options:

A favorite of many, when mixed with a little milk before adding the boiling water, it produces a perfectly delicious and smooth hot chocolate. Options hot chocolate drinks have produced many varieties of flavors over the years, but Belgian chocolate remains a favorite.

With a uniquely sweet and chocolatey taste, Options is a great choice for anyone grabbing a quick hot chocolate at work.

Belgian hot chocolate

Since you do this by mixing the powder with boiling water, it’s also a lower calorie option.

But with some of the other drinks we’ve looked at here, milk should be used.

A perfectly pleasant choice, we certainly wouldn’t turn down a cup of Options Belgian hot chocolate if offered. And the brand has to score points for the variety it offers – with a vegan Belgian hot chocolate drink now in its portfolio.

Price: 3€ for 220g

Our rating: 7/10

Cadbury Instant Hot Chocolate:

This tastes very different from the Options brand. Although much more traditionally chocolaty, it doesn’t quite mimic the taste of a Cadbury chocolate bar.

“But since this is an entirely different product, this may be an unfair comparison. Made by mixing hot chocolate powder with boiling after, this is another similar choice to the Options brand It’s easy to take with you to work and will provide a warming chocolate fix on a busy day – or just when you feel like it.

Cadbury hot chocolate
Cadbury hot chocolate

It’s a close call for us between this product and Options Belgian hot chocolate drink. Both taste very different and are equally enjoyable. It is very difficult to choose between these two products for the second place of this review. We would be happy to take advantage of both. Call it a draw – although Cadbury wins on the prize.

Price: £2.50 for 400g

Our rating: 7/10

Costa Hot Chocolate:

At a reduced Clubcard price of £2, the Costa hot chocolate available to buy exclusively at Tesco seems like a bargain when you compare it to the around £3 you can expect to pay for a drink when visiting a branch of Costa.

Tesco Costa Hot Chocolate Powder
Tesco Costa Hot Chocolate Powder

And it did not disappoint. While it may not be as delicious as the hot chocolate drinks you get direct from Costa, this product is still hands down the best store-bought hot chocolate this reviewer has ever tried. The taste is slightly different from those served when you visit a real Costa, but it still has the rich, creamy taste of chocolate. This product is designed to be mixed with hot milk, not water. So maybe it has an unfair advantage over instant brands that you mix with water. It is also worth paying attention to the packaging here. The sleek box adds to its appeal. This is the big winner of this review for us.

That being said, at £2 (Clubcard price) for a 300g jar, it seemed like great value.

Price: £2 for 300g (Clubcard price until 15 Feb 2022) £3 normal price

Our rating: 9/10

Cadbury Bournville Cocoa:

It might be a little tricky to include this one in our view, as it’s technically a cocoa and used by many for cooking, but since it’s also an option to use as a drink, we thought we were going to try it.

Cadbury Bournville Cocoa:
Cadbury Bournville Cocoa:

The instructions say to mix one teaspoon with milk to create your drink. While it’s fairly easy to make and certainly a pleasant drink, it’s a lot more bitter – as you’d expect from the dark chocolate brand – and doesn’t have the same sweet, chocolatey flavor as others.

But that may be an unfair comparison and live up to the taste expectations of the dark chocolate brand.

Price: £2.99 for 250g

Our rating: 6/10

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