Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Nestle' Chococino


The best hot chocolate I ever had was in Tübingen, Germany last Christmas. The best mocha (coffee and chocolate combined) was at De Bijenkorf, a department store in Eindhoven, The Netherlands over 20 years ago.
At De Bijenkorf (translated loosely as "The Beehive"), they had a tiny coffee shop that was packed full on any remotely sunny day. But they knew, as do most Dutch people, how to make a good cup of coffee. Unsuspectingly, I ordered a coffee that had chocolate at the bottom. And it was gooooood.
The store's still there, but I don't know if the coffee is. If anyone goes by and checks, please let me know.
ANYway, I didn't have one of those coffees today. Only a couple of hours into my workday, the stress kicked up a notch. I really needed an emotional pick-me-up, so I decided to make a "poor engineer's" mocha. Free coffee from the coffee station, a touch of vanilla sugar, and a packet of Nestle' Chococino hot chocolate. While not a perfect mocha, it still gave me a little boost, and I got back to work quickly.
Chococino is a respectable drinking chocolate. Its strengths are the single-portion packaging and its 48% chocolate powder. Not as sweet as American hot chocolates, this is a good thing, because the chocolate flavor isn't hidden behind too much sugar.
At 98 calories per portion, it's much more energy-efficient than a candy bar. I really like the note they add to the nutrition information:

One cup of Chococino delivers as much energy as you would use on a 20-30 minute walk.

That's really neat, because it's not a punitive statement like: You'll have to walk half an hour to burn this off. Instead, they say that this tasty beverage provides you with the energy to take a nice stroll.

One additional pleasure: they've managed to create a little foam on top, and if you use coffee instead of hot water, you can almost pretend it's a cappucino.


Reviewed: Nestle' Chococino
Personality: Convenient way to put chocolate in your coffee
How to enjoy: Put a little or a lot into your coffee. Add a bit of vanilla sugar or maybe an amaretto sugar to make it more special.

Rating:
1: Better than sex
2: Little bites of heaven
3: Share with your best friend

4: Will do in a pinch
5: Halloween candy

Where to buy:
Germany: Buy them locally at many grocery stores. I don't know about anywhere else. Let me know if you can find it where you are.

1 comment:

Marcela said...

ola, meu esposo esteve na Italia e me trouxe um sache de chococino, ainda nao encontrei nas redes de supermercados na minha cidade, moro em Jau interior de SP, me ajudem onde posso encontrar?