We have been using the Nescafe Dolce Gusto single-serve coffee for about two years now and have found it an excellent system for making great coffee and hot chocolate. At home, we enjoy both, particularly the Chococino hot chocolate in the evening, especially in the winter.
For us, the Chococino covers all the bases with a great taste, a good quality milk capsule and smooth and rich chocolate that Nescafe describe as “silky smooth” and “hot chocolate heaven” – which we would have to agree. From the different hot chocolates we have tried over the years, from the instant jar to making it yourself, we have this the best for taste, quality and ease to make.
So the making of your Chococino really could not be much easier.
- First off lift the locking handle on your brewer, ours is the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Melody II Single Serve Coffee Machine (you can read a review of it here under our Pod Coffee Machines section), which will then release the capsule holder.
- Next take the brown Chococino chocolate capsule and place it in the holder you have just released. Make sure the capsule is sitting nicely in the machine, even and flush with the molding, so that it will lock into place securely when the lever is brought back down.
- Press the locking handle back down, making sure it clicks and the capsule is secure and the brewer is now ready to go.
- Of course make sure you have your cup sitting in the drip tray. We have done this before, gone to make the coffee or hot chocolate and it just pours into the drip tray. We do believe there are two groups of people when it comes this … those that have and those that will.
- The next part will vary a little depending on your brewer. Some you can set the exact amount of chocolate to dispense into the cup and others, like ours, you can’t. Either way, you want about 3 oz to pour through into the cup. We just do this by guess work each time; finding that if you do use the same up each time you get pretty good quite quickly and picking the right amount.
- Once you have the amount of chocolate you require life the locking handle, take the used capsule out and replace it with the white Chococino milk capsule. Again make sure its set correctly and then push the locking handle back down.
- With the amount of milk you are looking for approximately 4 oz this time (which is around half a cup). Again, the measuring of this will depend on your brewer but for us the old line of sight works pretty well. And we tend to do probably about 3 oz, making the chocolate and milk half-and-half.
- And finally lift the locking handle back up and take-out the milk capsule. Be careful with the heat of any excess milk or chocolate for that matter that may leak out of the capsules. We tend to place them on a saucer once used and let them stand for a while before putting into the rubbish. Unfortunately we haven’t come up with any recycle ideas yet for these, so if you have any please let us know and we can share with others on the site.
The Chococino pack of 3 from Amazon.com does make good value, with 3 packs of 16 capsules (8 chocolate and 8 milk in each pack) for only $28.47 at the time of writing. And this would include the free shipping too. Buying the boxes from Amazon.com with the subscribe and save is the most inexpensive option we have found so far.
Ingredients and Nutrition Information
Of course, it is important to know what you are drinking and look at what is in each capsule. Milk Capsule: Nonfat Milk, Milkfat, Sugar, Soy LecithinCocoa Capsule: Sugar, Cocoa, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin, Artificial Flavor, CinnamonServing Size = 1 cocoa capsule; 1 milk capsule
Servings Per Container 8
Calories from fat 60
|Total Carb 20g||7%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||8%|
|Total Fat 6g||9%|
|Sat Fat 3.5g||18%|
|Trans Fat 0g|
|Polyunsaturated Fat 0g|
|Monounsaturated Fat 2g|
Vitamin A 2%•Vitamin C 0%•Calcium 15%•Iron 2%.