Pros: Decent chocolate flavor when mixed correctly.
Cons: Top ingredients are sugar and corn syrup solids? What?
At work, we are very lucky to have some really decent coffee on hand and hot chocolate. We have beans, a grinder and carafes to store the coffee in. We get flavored coffees, flavored decaffeinated coffees, etc. So, knowing that, when I say that we have the Nestle Hot Chocolate for bulk type settings, this is what I mean. It’s not really out of a vending machine. We actually have a storage container, dump the bulk bag into the container and people mix up their own hot chocolate with the hot water from the coffee machine hot water spigot.
The bags come in a brick style foil vacuum sealed pouch or container that is 2 pounds. It’s called Vend Whip rich hot chocolate. The mix appears to be a very light brown color with flecks of a white, shiny substance. I am guessing that this is the sweeteners (possibly sugar) that they use.
To actually say how many cups of hot chocolate we can get out of this bag would be very hard to do. Some people enjoy making their hot chocolate extremely rich and others like it lighter. So, some may take a teaspoon and mix it, others might take 2 - 3 teaspoons. But, two pounds does go a long way.
The smell when you open up the bag is a luscious chocolate smell. I don’t know about anyone out there reading this, but one of the favorite things I love to do in the winter is to toast up some bread, slap on some butter and use the buttery toast to dip into the hot chocolate. The soaking of the toast combined with the chocolaty hot chocolate makes for a very warming breakfast in the winter.
I don’t get to go much of this at work (although, it wouldn’t be hard. I would just need to buy bread and butter and I would be set! We have toasters, they provide the hot chocolate mix, plates, silverware, etc. I have it pretty decent, I must say!
The flavor can vary between rich and chocolaty and weak. If you take a standard 6 ounce coffee cup with one teaspoon, it’s a rich, flavorful cup of hot chocolate! But, it’s not the best for you.
Per the package, here are the ingredients:
Sugar, corn syrup solids, vegetable oil (partially hydrogenated coconut or pal kernel and hydrogenated soybean)**, dairy product solids, cocoa processed with alkali, and less than 2% of cellulose gum, nonfat mlik, salt, sodium casein ate, dipotassium phosphate, sodium aluminosilicate, mono- and diglycerides, guar gum, artificial flavors.
**Adds a trivial amount of trans fat.
This information is taken from the bag, and assumes a standard 2,000 calorie daily intake. Also, it’s assuming for a 2 ½ teaspoons which says it makes a 6 - 8 ounce cup.
Calories 120, Calories from fat 25
Total Fat 3g or 4%
Saturated Fat 2g or 9%
Trans fat 0g
Sodium 170mg or 7%
Total Carbohydrate 23g or 8%
Dietary Fiber < 1g or 3%
Protein < 1g
Vitamin A and C 0%
Mind you, after reading the ingredients and the calorie and fat details, it does make you less likely to get a cup. Possibly on those really cold days with the -30 plus wind chills, etc., I might grab one. But overall, I don’t think the flavor is that great to really desire this hot chocolate. I enjoy mixing it myself at home with real milk and cocoa from Blommer Chocolate factory in Chicago!
This is easy to mix up and it does taste decent. It’s a nice change of pace from water that I usually drink. I get an occasional cup of coffee if the flavor is decent. Right now it’s chocolate macadamia nut and it just doesn’t smell that great when I make it in the mornings (since I am in the earliest most days). Other than that, tea is my normal choice and I don’t get many cups of hot chocolate.
But, if you buy hot chocolate from a vending machine, you might be getting this particular brand. Or, if you see that brand is Nestle, it is this vending whip rich hot chocolate as described. It’s got a decent flavor if enough of the powder is mixed into the water. But, if it’s skimpy, it will be pretty bad stuff. Stay warm this winter!
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