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Cabaret Brewed Chocolate

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Updated March 29, 2009

The Bottom Line

This "brewed chocolate" drink is a healthy alternative to coffee for a "pick-me-up," but be careful to have your expectations set right. If you are looking for a naughty treat, this is not your drink. This is more like "chocolate tea" -- a subtle flavor of chocolate in a warm drink.

Pros

  • Healthy and low in fat.
  • Gives a mild boost in energy.
  • Nice alternative to coffee/tea.
  • Easy to prepare.

Cons

  • Misleading expectation of decadence.
  • Must change midset about chocolate drinks.

Description

  • Claims to perk you up 20 minutes after drinking.
  • Easily made with 4 ounces of hot water and a teaspoon of the brewing chocolate.
  • Set your taste buds for "chocolate tea" not "hot chocolate."

Guide Review - Cabaret Brewed Chocolate

One perk of working on the Longevity site here at About.com is that occasionally a company will send me a product for review. It hasn't happened too often, but the other day I got a jar of Cabaret Brewed Chocolate to sample.

In my mind, I was picturing a drink of rich, hot chocolate to be slowly sipped -- an indulgence. When the jar came, it said lines like "almost no fat." This took the indulgence image right out of my head.

The label suggested that I make the drink, enjoy it and then wait 20 minutes for a boost in energy. I brewed the chocolate (4-ounce hot water plus one teaspoon) and rethought the whole "brewed chocolate" concept. I decided to think of this drink more like "chocolate tea" instead of "hot chocolate." Once I did that, things began to make sense.

When drinking, if I thought of hot chocolate, the drink tasted weak. I had to keep reminding myself that this was "chocolate tea." It had a subtle chocolate flavor. I drank the beverage and then waited. I can't say that a huge energy boost came next, but I did feel good after 20 minutes -- similar to having eaten a piece of chocolate (but without the fat and calories).

My overall impression is that if you are looking for a healthy pick-me-up alternative to coffee, this drink could be for you. If you are looking for a decadent chocolate drink -- Cabaret's Brewed Chocolate isn't what you want.

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