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Hotel Chocolat Orange Hot Chocolate Vs Terry’s Chocolate Orange

Hotel Chocolat stands out with its extensive flavour range, including the Blood Orange Flavoured Hot Chocolate. On the other side of this challenge, we have the beloved Terry’s Chocolate Orange, a symbol of British tradition and a festive favourite. Who will reign supreme in this zesty showdown?

The Everything Hot Chocolate Sachet Selection

Hotel Chocolat The Everything Hot Chocolate Sachet Selection

Hotel Chocolat’s “The Everything Hot Chocolate Sachet Selection” is like a carnival of flavours in every sip!

But here’s a cheeky thought – what if we could take this adventure up a notch?

Imagine recreating or, dare I say, enhancing these luxurious flavours using everyday chocolates that we all know and love.

Picture transforming a simple bar of Cadbury into a creamy, dreamy hot chocolate concoction, or morphing a classic Galaxy into a velvety, star-studded galaxy in your mug.

The possibilities are endless and oh-so-exciting! It’s like being a chocolate alchemist in your own kitchen, mixing and melting your way to hot chocolate nirvana.

Well, after tasting the Orange Supermilk Hot Chocolate, I wondered how it might compare to a Terry’s Chocolat Orange. Let the challenge commence!

1. Flavour Profile

Terry's Chocolate Orange

Hotel Chocolat’s Blood Orange Hot Chocolate

Hotel Chocolat’s version is a finely balanced blend of cocoa and natural orange flavours. The chocolate is rich and deep, with the orange notes providing a refreshing, citrusy undertone.

It’s not overly sweet, allowing the quality of the chocolate to shine through, complemented by the zesty orange.

Terry’s Dark Chocolate Orange

When you make hot chocolate using Terry’s Dark Chocolate Orange, the result is a surprisingly good orange flavour but it lacks a little of the stronger scent of orange from Hotel Chocolat. The dark chocolate is still a little sweet but pairs very well with the tangy orange of the chocolate.

This combination creates an intense chocolate experience, with the citrus element being a little more dominant than in Hotel Chocolat’s version.

2. Texture and Consistency

Hotel Chocolat The Everything Hot Chocolate Sachet Selection
Terry’s Chocolate Orange segments

Hotel Chocolat

This hot chocolate is smooth and velvety, thanks to the fine milling of the chocolate. It creates a luxurious feel in the mouth, with a consistency that’s neither too thick nor too watery.

Terry’s Chocolate Orange

The texture here will depend on how the chocolate is melted and mixed with the milk. Generally, it can be a bit thicker, especially if you use more chocolate.

The mouthfeel is rich, and you might even find tiny bits of chocolate that add to the experience.

3. Preparation and Convenience

Terry's Chocolate Orange segments
Terry’s Chocolate Orange segments chopped

Hotel Chocolat

This is a straightforward option for those seeking convenience. The chocolate comes in a super-convenient sachet, making it easy to prepare by simply adding it into your Velvetiser along with the milk of your choice.

It’s perfect for a quick, hassle-free treat.

Terry’s Chocolate Orange

Making hot chocolate with Terry’s Dark Chocolate Orange requires a bit more effort.

You need to break the chocolate into segments, melt it or chop it up to create chocolate flakes not dissimilar to Hotel Chocolat’s, and then mix it with hot milk or add to a Velvetiser.

It’s a more involved process but can be quite fun and rewarding.

4. Customisation and Personal Touch

Terry's Chocolate Orange segments chopped

Hotel Chocolat

While delicious, there’s limited scope for customisation.

You get a consistent flavour every time, which is great for those who prefer predictability in their cup.

Terry’s Chocolate Orange

Here, you have the freedom to adjust the chocolate-to-milk ratio and this option is ideal for those who like to experiment and personalise their hot chocolate.

5. Price and Availability

Hotel Chocolat The Everything Hot Chocolate Sachet Selection

Hotel Chocolat

This is a premium product and is priced accordingly. The Supermilk Blood Orange sachets box will currently set you back £13.50 for 10 sachets, with each sachet containing 35g of chocolate.

It’s available in Hotel Chocolat stores and online, but isn’t as readily available in regular supermarkets.

Terry’s Chocolate Orange

Terry’s Dark Chocolate Orange is generally more affordable and widely available in supermarkets. The cost per cup is lower, making it a budget-friendly option.

At £1.50 for 157g, you can get approximately 4 cups of hot chocolate at 37.5p per cup.

I used 5 segments for one cup, which came in at 38g, so pretty much the same weight as the contents of a Hotel Chocolat sachet.


Both Hotel Chocolat’s Blood Orange Hot Chocolate and the homemade version using Terry’s Dark Chocolate Orange offer unique and delightful experiences.

If you’re after convenience and a finely balanced chocolate-orange flavour, Hotel Chocolat is the way to go.

However, if you enjoy a more hands-on approach without losing the zesty orange taste and at a far more affordable price, then creating your own hot chocolate with Terry’s Dark Chocolate Orange is a more than satisfying choice.

Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference in flavour intensity, texture, the joy of preparation and, of course, budget!

Ingredients & Nutritional Information

Hotel Chocolat Supermilk Blood Orange

Cocoa solids (cocoa mass, cocoa butter), sugar, full cream MILK powder, essential oils (blood orange, orange), emulsifier (SOYAlecithin). Milk chocolate contains minimum 65% cocoa solids, minimum 14% milk solids. For allergens, including cereals containing gluten, see ingredients in BOLD. May contain traces of tree nuts, peanuts, gluten, wheat, egg, sesame. Per portion: 1 sachet (35g of flakes) + 220ml skimmed milk : Energy 1268kJ ( 303 kcal) / Fat 17.5 g (of which is saturates 11.0 g) / Carbohydrates 24.8 g ( of which sugars 23.0 g) / Fibre 1.3g / Protein 11.3 g / salt 0.25 g.

Energy KJ / Energy Kcal2372 / 567
Fat (g)44.4
Of which saturates (g)26.9
Carbohydrate (g)28.6
Of which sugars (g)24.9
Protein (g)10.3
Fibre (g)9.7
Salt (g)0.1

Terry’s Chocolate Orange

Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Cocoa Butter, Skimmed Milk Powder, Whey Powder (from Milk), Vegetable Fats (Palm, Shea), Milk Fat, Emulsifiers (Soya Lecithins, E476), Orange Oil, Flavouring, Milk Solids 14 % minimum, Cocoa Solids 25 % minimum, Contains Vegetable Fats in addition to Cocoa Butter

Energy KJ / Energy Kcal2188 / 524
Fat (g)29
Of which saturates (g)17
Carbohydrate (g)59
Of which sugars (g)59
Protein (g)5.8
Fibre (g)2.4
Salt (g)0.27
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Andrew Lowry

Hi, I’m Andrew and I like hot chocolate. Given the nature of this blog, that’s probably not surprising though.

I don’t drink coffee or tea (except a bit of green tea occasionally) so my hot drink options are limited.

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