A very helpful overview of powdered chocolate drinks. “Only use enough to sweeten your drinks” is great advice! –

A quick conversation last week about Milo and hot chocolates made me think that this could make a good product review. I always have hot chocolate in my cupboard as I don’t drink tea or coffee, and usually there is Milo as my husband enjoys his Milo – but I discovered we had run out. So after replenishing the Milo supplies we were off and racing. A friend also asked how NesQuik powder compares, so I have added that in as well.

Looking at just the energy component of these three drinks Milo and Nesquik are identical and Cadbury Drinking Chocolate is slightly lower. However, when we look at the next criteria of fat – Milo is a whopping 10% fat (and 6.5% saturated fat) compared to just 3% for Nesquik and 2.5% for Cadbury Drinking Chocolate. I had a look at the ingredient list to see what the source of fat was from in Milo – and I think it must be the milk solids, which is the 3rd ingredient – as the other ingredients are barley, rice, wheat, sugar, cocoa and then added vitamins and minerals.

Given all three of these products are used to sweeten drinks, it probably isn’t overly surprising that the total carbohydrate and sugar component of these drinks was high. Nesquik has the highest sugar load, followed by Cadbury Drinking Chocolate and then Milo. Obviously Milo has a lower sugar component because this is offset by the much higher fat content.

So let’s put all this information in perspective. Most days I make a hot chocolate at home using Cadbury Drinking Chocolate and a cup of reduced fat milk. I use a heaped teaspoon – which is much less than the recommended serve size of 1 tablespoon. I think this is a key point – only use enough of these products to sweeten your drink – you really don’t need a tablespoon! By using my 1 teaspoon I am getting around 500kj from the reduced fat milk and then another 80kj from the drinking chocolate. Not much of a concern – and much better than adding 240kj which is the recommended serve size of drinking chocolate.

Click Dietitian Online Blog: Product Review – Milo, Cadbury Drinking Chocolate & Nesquik to read the full article.