I am in need of a sweet treat. The week is almost over, ALMOST, but not quite. Lucky for me, I have this can of Camino Original Milk Hot chocolate Instant Mix and it looks incredibly appealing. Big thanks to Camino for sending this along my way. My big kid was particularly excited to try out the hot chocolate mix. I may not be a big fan of chocolate but hot chocolate is a completely different ball game especially when it’s made with quality ingredients that I recognize.
Who cares if it’s Spring? If the weather doesn’t know the difference, what harm can a little hot chocolate do?
Product Review: What ingredients are in Camino Original Milk Hot chocolate Instant Mix?
Here’s a list of ingredients that went into Camino’s Original Milk Hot chocolate Instant Mix: organic golden cane sugar, organic skim milk powder, organic cocoa powder, organic guar gum, sea salt, organic carob bean gum, organic vanilla powder.
Thoughts? I recognize the ingredients and they don’t have 15 letter chemical names that many other hot chocolate mixes do. Only thing I have to do now is boil some water!
Taste Test: how does Camino Original Milk Hot chocolate Instant Mix taste?
Some hot chocolate mixes tell you to warm up milk, others suggest you use water. This Camino Original Milk Hot chocolate Instant Mix recommends using hot water with 2 – 3 tablespoons of its mix.
For this taste test, I made 2 different versions, one using 2 tablespoons, the other using 3 tablespoons. My big kid also got a giant marshmallow and although I gave myself one, I ended up tossing it in the garbage.
As you’d imagine, using 2 tablespoons of the Camino Original Milk Hot chocolate Instant Mix results in a much lighter drink. It’s still very chocolaty, it’s tasty, but it’s definitely not as creamy or milky as its richer counterpart. My big kid paired it with her marshmallow and she happily devoured it all, big grin and all.
Using 3 tablespoons of the Camino Original Milk Hot chocolate Instant Mix lends itself to a much richer taste and feel. Using hot water in this combination seems like a good pairing as hot milk would probably make it taste too rich. It certainly didn’t need the marshmallow (which is really just junk anyway). It was sweet, smooth, and tasted like clean chocolate.
Now, you may wonder why I opted to use the word ‘clean’. I don’t quite know how to explain it but if you’ve had enough good chocolate, you start to notice they all have a certain feel and taste that is noticeably different from chocolate made with a different list of ingredients. This Camino Original Milk Hot chocolate Instant Mix tastes like the good stuff made with good quality ingredients. It doesn’t taste like the other brands of hot chocolate mixes with that other list of ingredients.
Sorry, that was a terrible paragraph but I hope it made sense.
Would I buy the Camino Original Milk Hot chocolate Instant Mix again? Yep, I would. We all need treats here and there and if I’m going to treat my family to some hot chocolate, I’d rather give them something decent to drink with decent ingredients.
It’s gratifying to know that the Camino Original Milk Hot chocolate Instant Mix contains fair trade certified ingredients. It’s organic and it’s gluten free.
Visit their website and you’ll learn that all their hot chocolate mixes are GMO-free and soy lecithin-free. How many can make that claim? I mean, if you’re going to reward yourself with a treat after a long day at school or work, does it not make sense to choose something made with good quality ingredients?
Of course, the Camino Original Milk Hot chocolate Instant Mix likely costs more than your average hot chocolate mix. However, when you factor in how much money most of us spend buying that daily cup (or two) of special coffee, this Camino Original Milk Hot chocolate Instant Mix is by far cheaper than all that java (I mean, do you even know the ingredients that are in all those syrups and mixes?). With the Camino Original Milk Hot chocolate Instant Mix, I know what I’m drinking and I also know that 3 tablespoons of it with give me only 1% of my daily intake of fat, 2% sodium, 10% calcium, and 10% iron.
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