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Is the NEW Cadburys Freddo GLUTEN FREE Hot Chocolate Mix different to Cadburys GLUTEN FREE Hot Chocolate…

Somehow, despite being launched last year (in September 2016) it appears that it is currently getting quite a lot of press coverage. Indeed, it’s not really a great NEW News story but if you know that Freddo Chocolate Bars are made from Dairy Milk Chocolate (and contain the dreaded “May contain WHEAT” on them as do many of the Dairy Milk Chocolate Bars although special seasonal treats from Dairy Milk are often GLUTEN FREE including Christmas Advent Calendar Chocolates and Easter Bunny Dairy Milk Buttons Chocolate Chick and Dairy Milk Easter Vanilla Moose Treats), it would be easy to assume that Dairy Milk Hot Chocolate and Freddo Hot Chocolate would be the same?

So let’s check out the ingredients in regular Cadbury Dairy Milk Hot Chocolate Mix and this “NEW” Cadbury’s Freddo Hot Chocolate Mix and see if we can work out how different they are:

Ingredients in Freddo Drinking Chocolate: 

Sugar, Cocoa Powder, Salt, Flavouring, Cocoa Solids: 25% minimum, Sugar, Cocoa: traded in compliance with Fairtrade Standards, total 99%

Ingredients in Cadbury Drinking Chocolate: 

Sugar, Cocoa Powder, Salt, Flavouring, Sugar, Cocoa Solids: 25% minimum, Cocoa: traded in compliance with Fairtrade Standards, total 99%

The instructions for the Mixes are as follows: “Preparation Instruction (with 200 ml semi-skimmed milk). Swirl one heaped teaspoon of Cadbury Freddo Drinking Chocolate into a mug of hot milk and stir. For a cold drink, make a paste with a dash of cold milk and stir until the mixture is dispersed, then add the remaining cold milk and stir well” so in terms of making up the Hot Chocolate: they appear again to be the same!

So there is a little difference in that Freddo Drinking Chocolate can be made with cold milk.  Of Course, could Cadbury’s Drinking Chocolate be made with cold milk and whilst it isn’t mentioned, it hasn’t state you cann’t! The ingredients are the same with no exact quantities but the typical nutritional values are actually slightly different.

But there is a more major difference: a really big one which many consumers might just miss: the Freddo Drinking Chocolate is sold in a smaller tub (175 grams) at £1.50, whilst regular Cadbury Drinking Chocolate is sold at £2.99 for 500 grams. As an Accountant in a previous life, the comparison calculates out that Freddo Drinking Chocolate is being sold at 86p per 100g, whilst the regular Cadbury Drinking Chocolate is just 60p per 100g.. so there is a clear difference which is unnecessary: Freddo is sold at a premium!

Note the Hot Chocolate MAY contain MILK

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If you are a member of Coeliac UK, they produce a comprehensive directory which covers over 16,000 food and drink items (including GLUTEN FREE Chocolate Bars). This is available in a paper-based Manual and online FREE to members of Coeliac UK. They have also published an Easter listing (although it is not as visually EGG-citing as this posting and excludes many of the included Chocolatiers and High Street stores covered in my posts).

One of the hard-hitting posters from Coeliac UK for Awareness Week.

One of the hard-hitting posters (featuring Yours Truly) from Coeliac UK launched for Awareness Week, held in 2015 and to seen in The Netherlands last year in 2016.

A separate Blog post will cover EGG-citing High Street Own-Label GLUTEN FREE Chocolate Easter treats (including The Co-Operative, Holland & Barrett, Marks and Spencer, Sainsburys, Tescos and Waitrose) and a further Blog post will share some EGG-traordinarily Luxurious Chocolate Easter delights (including Fortnum & Mason, Harrods and Selfridges).

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This information was correct as of May 2017.

But as I am learning, ingredients do change and therefore you should always read the label and check for yourself whether it is GLUTEN FREE or not!




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