Review: Timothy's Trans Fat Free Creamy Hot Chocolate, White Hot Chocolate and Chai Latte Pouches
We know some of you may not consider powdered mix pouches to be something fitting of the single-serve coffee market, but as was proven in the past by Keurig with Ghirardelli pouches, the fact that you can get pre-measured cups of hot water instantly from any of their machines allowed them to sell such items amongst their usual K-Cup varieties.
Timothy's also offers their own varieties of powdered mixes and have decided to further improve these offerings by making them 100% trans fat free. In today's health-conscious World, it's nice to see we can now enjoy Timothy's Creamy Hot Chocolate, White Hot Chocolate and Chai Latte without any of the guilt.
As noted above, you can use your Keurig machine to mix the contents of these pouches with hot water, but Timothy's recommends using hot milk (or any similar substitute) for better results. Trust us, go with the milk... more on that in a bit.
We'll start by reviewing the White Hot Chocolate. As you're aware, Timothy's also offers this flavor in K-Cup format and we're sure you're wondering if there's any difference between these 2 varieties. Well, other than the slightly richer taste of the powdered mix with milk, there's not much difference at all. We were actually surprised to see how well Timothy's managed to keep the taste so similar between these 2 products. The unmistakable taste of decadent white chocolate is further accentuated by notes of sweet vanilla... by far our favorite flavor of the 3 (not to mention, it's also one of our favorite K-Cups flavors at the moment)
Moving on, we find Creamy Hot Chocolate. Ah yes, good old hot chocolate... the original and oldest staple to any self-respecting chocoholic's kitchen cupboard. This flavor features rich milk chocolate taste which is further enhanced by milk to give its characteristic creamy texture. We always found the main problem with using water vs. milk to be the lack of this... the drinks just seemed rather flat, but to our surprise, using hot water with this mix still resulted in a decent, creamy taste. A quick review of the packaging reveals that dairy-based ingredients were used to achieve this result.
Last but not least, we have the most exotic of the 3 varieties... Chai Latte. We were somewhat apprehensive of this flavor since we've had rather unpleasant results with some competitors' versions of "powdered chai mix" in the past, but we can safely say Timothy's got this one spot-on. Not only can you taste the traditional notes of cinnamon, cardamom & nutmeg, you can SEE that they've actually added some of these spices into the mix itself, a true sign of care & commitment to overall product quality. The unique taste may not be to everyone's liking but we found it to have a perfect balance between the spices and overall sweetness. Just enough kick to keep things interesting but nothing overbearing. A thick froth would make this drink even better.
We can only hope that Timothy's will someday release the 2 latter flavors in K-Cup format, although there's still an added bonus that these powders have over conventional K-Cups... the ability to use milk instead of water to obtain a richer-tasting drink. We used 1% skim milk and were still able to achieve the desired rich & creamy taste each time. We even managed to get a bit of froth to form on top simply by using a miniature whisk. Another good option is to use the Aeroccino Plus to pre-froth the milk prior to mixing.
So there you have it. Timothy's has succeeded in bringing us the same great taste of its high-quality powdered hot chocolate & latte pouches without any of the trans fat. It should also be noted that despite having dairy elements within, these pouches are all KSA approved to meet Kosher standards. Those 2 reasons alone should be more than enough to satisfy any parents concerned about providing themselves & their children with healthy choices. Kudos to Timothy's for being able to do this without altering the taste of the final product.
You can use your Keurig to make these drinks quick & simple or preferably, you can pop a cup of milk in the microwave for a few minutes and obtain even better results. Add an Aeroccino and we're sure you'll have something that rivals many cafés or coffee houses.
A special thanks to S.H. for helping us with this review.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at November 13, 2008 9:41 AM