Review: Milka Hot Chocolate T-Discs for Tassimo
After our recent battle with a frozen downspout, we didn't quite feel like getting a coffee buzz once back inside the house, so instead, we started craving some good old-fashioned hot chocolate. This got us to thinking, it's been ages since we reviewed any hot chocolate T-Discs for the Tassimo system and there hasn't been anything available to our liking... until the introduction of Milka Hot Chocolate T-discs on tassimo.com several months ago.
More common to the European market than on "this side of the pond", Milka Hot Chocolate is a combination of chocolate syrup T-Discs blended with European milk creamer T-Discs. The goal is to create a creamier version of hot chocolate than what we're used to with the Tassimo system. We've tried to enjoy the only other option, Suchard T-Discs, through their original version to their larger creamer-sized version and back to their recent "European Recipe" version, but they're just too watery for our liking and left a lot to be desired.
Milka's addition of its milk creamer helps go a long way in fixing this issue but is not the only factor in a better overall cup... instead, it's the taste of its chocolate syrup which helped sway us in its favor. This is not your typical hot cocoa taste... it's a rich, silky taste more akin to pure Swiss chocolate (think Toblerone). A quick look around the British Milka website reveals that they do indeed use "Alpine Milk" in all their products and as for a bit of odd irony, the site also reveals Milka's parent company to be none other than Suchard (Kraft does own both brands, after all).
The creamer has a somewhat sweet taste compared to your typical American milk creamer T-Discs and this only further enhances the final taste of the product. We're not sure if this is due to 1% skim milk being used instead of 2% milk (we couldn't find any indication of this on the packaging) or if it's just due to the way European milk is supposed to taste. Alone, the creamer has some of the "chemical" flavor we've experienced in the past with the American version, but once you add the chocolate, it disappears.
Aroma is definitely more pronounced than the Suchard T-Discs and is identically matched to the flavor profile of "Alpine Milk Chocolate". Froth is present until you stir the cup (as instructed on the packaging) which quickly starts to dissolve remaining bubbles back into the drink. It's certainly a very pleasing alternative to your typical cup o' joe on a cold Winter afternoon (and believe us, we've been seeing quite a few of those around the Single Serve Coffee kitchens lately).
Overall, we love these Milka Hot Chocolate T-Discs and feel they're a long overdue and much welcome addition to the Tassimo line-up. We can't find any faults with this flavor and highly recommend it. It's a hit with adults and due to the constantly disappearing packages around our kitchens, a MAJOR hit with the kids as well. There's no competition, if you've got the choice between Suchard T-Discs and Milka T-Discs, Milka wins & is our top pick everytime. Unfortunately, for our Canadian readers North of the border, Kraft Canada has yet to release these T-Discs on their Tassimo.ca website (we feel your pain), so we can only recommend you start bugging your American friends or relatives to ship you some Milka gift packages ASAP.
If we were to rate this on our conventional coffee scoring scale, it would probably score in the very high 90s... maybe even our first 100 (yes, they're THAT good). Milka Hot Chocolate T-Discs will work in all Bosch Tassimo models and are available via tassimo.com for $9.99 USD. Each package includes a total of 16 discs (8 hot chocolate + 8 milk creamer).
Milka Hot Chocolate T-Discs for Tassimo will work in your Braun Tassimo TA1200 or TA1400 models as well as the Bosch Tassimo T45 and Tassimo T65 hot beverage systems.
The Single Serve Coffee staff purchased these T-Discs directly from Tassimo for purposes of this review.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at March 4, 2010 7:44 AM