All registered with the Vegan Society, the three varieties of Choc Shot from Sweet Freedom are a low calorie alternative to hot chocolate. Having a cocoa is all very well, but you generally need something to sweeten it up, and that’s where extra sugar can scupper your diet. Sweetened only with fruit sweetener (from apples, grapes and carob) this stuff manages to be naturally sweet, so no need for refined sugar. Also, many hot chocolate powders are not suitable for vegans and maybe plant milks don’t work too well with them, so this is a refreshing alternative.
Choc Shot comes in Original, Orange Spice and Coconut flavours. I like them all and although not a huge hot chocolate fan normally, on cold days it can be very comforting. The Original is, as you would expect, chocolaty. The Orange Spice is rather reminiscent of a chocolate orange and the Coconut of Bounty (if memory serves). Not a powder, this is like chocolate syrup that you squeeze from the bottle. Around 4 teaspoons are required for the average mug I’d say, and advertised as just 14 calories per teaspoon, that’s what, 56 calories, which isn’t too bad at all for a hot chocolate. I’m sure you’ve heard about the horrific amount of fat and calories in your average takeaway hot chocolate these days, so not only is this a healthier alternative, it’s also a hell of a lot cheaper. All you need to add is hot water, or maybe hot coconut milk or similar for a thinker drink.
Of course you don’t have to use Choc Shot as just a hot chocolate mixture. You can squirt it over porridge or vegan ice cream or into a smoothie. You can also use it as an ingredient. The list of recipes on the company’s website is pretty extensive, with everything from oatcakes to mousse, crepes to tray bakes covered.
If you don’t want to pile on the calories but still fancy a chocolaty taste, then Choc Shot is a pretty good bet. It’s available from most supermarkets.