I reviewed Gü's ready made, chilled hot chocolate a few days ago, and was certainly blown away with how tasty and easy to prepare it was. So I couldn't resist going back to Tesco to try out this salted caramel flavour. Hopefully it would kick it up a notch and deliver an even tastier hot chocolate experience.
This stuff is the same deal preparation wise. Pour it in a mug, stick it in the microwave for a couple of minutes and you're good to go. The best thing is that the recommended nuking time leaves you with something immediately drinkable, rather than a mugful of liquid akin to the surface of the sun. So it was a case of bottoms up straight away. This hot chocolate is infused with some nice caramel flavouring. It's not overly strong, the hot chocolate base is still very sweet and flavoursome, there's just as velvety hint that is present in every mouthful. It makes for a slightly smoother experience, detracting from the ever so slightly sickly texture of the pure hot chocolate. However, I did find that this flavour suffers from being in the microwave. While the regular variety was smooth throughout, there were a few "lumps" in this one, probably a case of the caramel becoming a bit too cooked. It didn't affect the flavour at all, it just made the cup a bit inconsistent, and overall I didn't really enjoy it as much as the regular. Also, while the caramel was clearly noticeable in every mouthful, I didn't really get much of a salty taste, probably due to the overwhelming sweetness of the other elements.
This salted caramel hot chocolate is a good drink, and certainly one that fits nicely into the range. It just has a few minor shortcomings that means I can't rate it as highly as the regular flavour. If you want a bit of caramel in your hot chocolate, go ahead and buy it, but if you're after a smoother experience, stick with the normal. Either way, you'll still have a good time.
My rating: 4/5