June 1, 2012

Review: Cadbury Hot Chocolate T-Discs for Tassimo

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We continue our reviews of Canadian T-Discs today with another submission from our Canadian Correspondent, SH. Today he’s reviewing the recent Cadbury Hot Chocolate T-Discs. Can they stand-up to what’s available this side of the border? Let’s find out.

Much like the Milka T-Discs available in America, Kraft have decided to introduce a Canadian version of sorts with their new Cadbury Hot Chocolate T-Discs. Each package comes with 8 chocolate syrup T-Discs and 8 concentrated milk T-Discs. Even though the packaging suggests that you brew the chocolate disc first, then the milk afterwards, we decided to start by brewing the milk disc followed by the chocolate disc. Once brewing is done, you need to stir everything together to achieve the final result.

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Aroma was rather similar to the Milka T-Discs with a sweet milk base followed by rich milk chocolate. The final blended aroma reminded us of more of Milka bars than Cadbury bars. Things were starting off quite well! Since this is hot chocolate, there really isn’t any acidity present here, so that category doesn’t apply in this case & it isn’t affected since we effectively drop down to a 4 category score vs. our usual 5 category scoring system.

Final body had a nice layering effect with a surprisingly thick white milk crema on top, beige milk chocolate in the middle and darker medium-brown chocolate syrup starting to settle on the bottom. As for flavor, we wouldn’t exactly say it tastes like the Milka T-Discs, but it’s a pretty close runner-up. The best we can describe it is a slightly weaker version of Milka with a sweet buttery milk flavor underneath covered by a European milk-chocolate flavor on top much akin to Lindt chocolates. Mouth feel was super smooth with a silky presence throughout. The addition of the milk disc really worked wonders here and simply blows the Suchard’s T-Discs out of the water. Once again, much on-par with what the Milka T-Discs had to offer.

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  • Aroma – 10 – Sweetened milk topped by indulgently rich milk chocolate which is very similar to Milka bars.
  • Acidity – N/A – Not applicable. After all, this is hot chocolate, not a mocha.
  • Body – 10 – Very nice layering effect with a luxuriously thick white milk crema on top followed by beige milk chocolate and medium-brown chocolate syrup beginning to layer on the bottom.
  • Flavor – 9 – While not quite exactly as strong as the Milka T-Discs, it’s a VERY close second place. Sweet buttery milk blends perfectly with rich European milk chocolate. By far the BEST hot chocolate T-Discs in Canada yet.
  • Mouth Feel – 10 – Super silky smooth. Wave upon wave of melty milk chocolate sip after sip. We’re sorry… what’s that about a Suchard T-Disc again? Just no comparison.
  • Coffee Drinker – Well, this isn’t exactly a mocha, but if you enjoyed the Milka T-Discs, you’re likely going to enjoy these new Cadbury T-Discs and if all you had before were the Suchard T-Discs, then get ready for a super-indulgent treat which will make you wonder why Kraft ever bothered omitting a milk disc in the past. This by FAR blows Suchard out of the water. Once you’ve tried these new T-Discs, you’ll never want to go back to anything else. Just flat-out superb.

Overall Rating: 99 – Excellent

We’re not sure which celestial bodies have aligned, which miracles have occurred or which prayers have been answered, but needless to say nothing short of extraordinary has finally occurred on the Canadian T-Disc scene. In the past, the only way Canadians could enjoy Milka T-Discs would be via pricy foreign online retailers or by having their American friends/relatives ship them a package via snail mail. Thankfully, they now have an outstanding Canadian alternative which comes in at a very solid close second place. While some would argue that Suchard T-Discs are considerably cheaper, we think you’ll agree that the higher price for the Cadbury T-Discs is more than worth it once you’ve given them a try.

Going from watery Suchard to these super-addictive Cadbury T-Discs is as revolutionary as when Green Mountain decided to ditch their own bland brown-water hot cocoa K-Cups in favor of their pricier Café Escapes Milk Chocolate K-Cups. The difference was like night & day plus completely mind-blowing as well. Hats off to Kraft for finally showing our Canadian readers some much needed love by introducing these new T-Discs. We can only hope this is a first sign of many good things to come within the next several months.

Cadbury Hot Chocolate T-Discs work in all Tassimo brewers (dual barcodes for home & professional models are on the discs) and are available in 16 packs (8 chocolate syrup discs + 8 concentrated milk discs) for $8.99 CAD or lower at various Canadian grocery store chains and online via Tassimo’s Canadian e-Shop at Tassimo.ca. These T-Discs are not currently sold in USA, but the Milka T-Discs are pretty much identical in most ways.

A special thanks to SH for providing this Single Serve Coffee staff review. We would also like to note that these T-Discs were purchased online for the purpose of this review.

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Posted by Jay Brewer at June 1, 2012 7:57 AM

Recent Comments

for those of you complaining about the weak taste:

The reason is that the tassimo brewer is not getting all of the syrup out of the disk as it is so thick. If you run the chocolate disk under hot water or soak it in hot water, all of the syrup will come out and you will get the full flavor.

Sweet, velvet chocolate.


Posted by: Barry at October 30, 2014 3:01 PM

The Cadbury Hot Chocolate taste very weak. I don`t know how this review can score a 99 percent. There`s no way the hot chocolate deserves it. It`s watery, makes a very little quantity and it`s overall very average. And don`t start blaming my machine or telling me to call support because I`m not the one at fault here. Very disappointing.

I`m thinking of ordering Suchard and Milka t-discs to see if it`s better but, this Cadbury one is a big joke. I`m reading everywhere that there are no great hot chocolate t-discs on the market. Well, we all know why; coffee makes more profit so, development is spent on coffee discs. Very disappointing as well. I don`t like coffee. It`s caffeine, it`s a drug and people are addicted to it period. Nobody will ever make me believe that coffee actually taste good. It is rather disgusting.


Posted by: Mickey at April 27, 2014 1:19 AM

I don't know who reviewed this, but it is obvious they do not have any taste buds. I LOVE Cadbury Chocolate but the Tassimo Cadbury Hot Chocolate is absolute crap. It has no taste, I even tried to brew double chocolate to one milk. It is totally terrible. I cannot believe Cadbury would allow their name associated with this product!


Posted by: Karen at February 4, 2013 6:37 PM

Thanks for the review SH. I noticed these on Walmart's Canadian site and was interested in finding out how they taste. Needless to say they are on my list of discs to get my next time in Canada.


Posted by: AO at June 1, 2012 8:07 AM
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