Saturday, 14 December 2013

Choc Shot: A Review & A Giveaway

Choc Shot is a new liquid chocolate product developed by Sweet Freedom. They are well known for their ‘Sweet Freedom syrup’ products, which are made with natural fruit extracts giving them a lower GI compared to other sugar/syrup products. When they contacted me to ask if I would be interested in trying their new chocolate version I was more than happy to accept.

The product is described as liquid chocolate, but it’s more like a thick chocolate sauce. It comes in a handy squeezy bottle and is quite thick, yet soft and wonderfully dark and glossy. As the product is described as liquid chocolate and had a hot chocolate image on the front of the bottle, this seemed a good place to start the taste testing.

I heated some milk and stirred it into about 2 teaspoons of the Choc Shot sauce. This produced a wonderfully dark milky drink that smelt rich and inviting. I took a sip and found it was sweet but not in a sickly way, and the rich cocoa flavour really came through. It reminded me of a traditional hot chocolate made with cocoa, rather than the sugary, milk powder, slightly fake hot chocolates you often encounter these days. It was very comforting, a nice reward after putting up my Christmas tree.
 

Next I tried using the Choc Shot on some toast, in a chocolate spread style. It’s quite thick when you squeeze it out of the bottle, but on the warm toast it soon melted into a dark glossy spread. I found eating it this way was too intense. It was too sweet to use in such concentrated quantities and it reminded me of chocolate fudge sundae sauce, nice but not something you would normally spread on your toast.
 

Finally I tried it on some rice pudding. This worked well as even though it was still quite concentrated, the milky creaminess of the pudding helped tone it down and it was a delicious treat.
 

I think it would be fantastic drizzled over pancakes or ice cream but I most enjoyed it as hot chocolate. Having the sauce ready in the squeezy bottle meant it was super quick to make and very convenient. I love how its gluten free, suitable for vegans and low GI, meaning you don’t get a sugar rush/crash from eating it. Even though it’s sweet, the rich dark cocoa balances this out nicely and makes it taste indulgent without tasting cheap or sickly.

Oh and if you needed even more of an excuse to indulge, it has 85% less fat and only around 15kcal per teaspoon. The perfect rationale for hot chocolates all round this Christmas!
 
Now the Giveaway!
The lovely people at Sweet Freedom have agreed to send a bottle of Choc Shot to one lucky person. All you have to do if leave a comment below telling me how you would most like to try using the Choc Shot. Please make sure to leave a way for me to contact you should you win. The competition runs until 12 noon on Friday 20th December. Open to UK residents only, only one entry per person. The winner will be chosen at random from the list of entries. Good Luck!

10 comments:

katie skeoch said...

I would like to try it on a toaster crumpet - mmmh

Johanna GGG said...

love the pic of the hot chocolate and the christmas tree - looks so warm and cosy - sounds like an interesting syrup - I think I would love it on pancakes with ice cream and strawberries

gnowee said...

I like to make an adult hot chocolate before bed on a cold night. I add a shot of rum and a tablespoon or two of vanilla ice cream to my hot chocolate. The rum really enhances the chocolate flavor. I'd also like to try it in coffee.

mummy24 said...

in a lovely hot chocolate

@ashlallan

The Caked Crusader said...

I think added to whipped cream as a cupcake topping, or rippled into vanilla ice cream

Kate D said...

ooohhhh........... so many options! For my daughter - drizzled over home made GF banana bread (because I forgot to put the chocolate chips in the batch I made this weekend!) And for me - swirled into a vanilla cake mix to make marble cake.

Shannon Wilson said...

I'd like to try it as hot chocolate with lots of cream and marshmallows :)
My email address is: raspberrykiss.raspberrykiss@yahoo.com xo

Sharon said...

Would love to try it with some strawberries, yum!

Sharon said...

Sorry, forgot my email...
sharonad01@hotmail.com

Melissa Red said...

I would like to try it in a hot chocolate.(@MeliRed1)