The Taste Test: Hot chocolate
Meiji Milk Cocoa Drink Zero Sugar HK$39 for 98 grams (seven sachets), Marketplace by Jasons
I tend to find most hot chocolate too sweet. So this sugar-free drink is great, as I can tailor its sweetness to my preference. I felt it didn't need any sugar at all. Made with water, that's just 57 calories and 1.4 grams of fat per serving.
Verdict: rich chocolatey flavour but very thin when made with water; so use milk for a more indulgent treat.
Café Direct Sao Tome Luxury Hot Chocolate
HK$45 for 300 grams, Marketplace by Jasons
This 100 per cent natural pre-mix contains delicate cocoa called criollo from the West African island of Sao Tome, also known as "Chocolate Island" for its top quality cocoa. Three to four heaped teaspoons sets you back just 62 calories.
Verdict: lives up to its "luxury" status: rich, intense chocolate with just enough creaminess.
Swiss Miss No Sugar Added Cocoa Mix
HK$37 for 125 grams (8 sachets), City'super
Swiss Miss is an American favourite that dates back to the 1950s - it was one of the first full-flavoured dry cocoa mixes, originally served during flights. This version uses the sugar substitute sucralose and hence has less than half the calories of regular hot cocoa.
Verdict: very sweet, weak and artificial chocolate flavour, and thin drink texture. Next please.