Is Hotel Chocolat’s hot chocolate velouté worth the hype – and nearly £ 100?

Is Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser really worth almost £ 100? (Photo: Hotel Chocolat / Asda /

It’s a cold winter night. You can almost hear the crackle as you watch passers-by walking over puddles of amber and red leaves and sit down to watch Love Actually for the first time this year.

What would make that better, you ask yourself? A cool mug of hot chocolate in your favorite mug, accompanied by whipped cream and marshmallows, of course.

These days, making the perfect hot chocolate has never been easier.

In 2018, the Hôtel Chocolat dropped a bombshell: the Velvetiser.

The Velvetiser is a luxury hot chocolate maker supposed to make the perfect hot chocolate in just two and a half minutes.

The trap ? It costs £ 99.95.

Fortunately, however, TikTok came with a hot chocolate hack in the form of a £ 25 dupe.

Asda’s milk frother has been hailed as the best budget hot chocolate maker, a worthy rival to the Velvetiser.

Could this be true? There is only one way to find out.

The specifications :

Velvet Hotel Chocolat

  • Price: £ 99.95
  • Color options: Copper, Charcoal, Stellar White (limited edition)
  • Foaming time: 2.5 minutes
  • Maximum capacity: 220 ml
  • Self-cleaning: Yes

Asda Milk Frother

  • Price: £ 25
  • Color options: Black
  • Foaming time: 1.5 minutes
  • Maximum capacity: 150ml (froth) / 300ml (heat)
  • Self-cleaning: No

Luxury vs budget hot chocolate: the comparison

At first glance, the Velvitiser has a much grander feel than the sleek but simple Asda Matte Black Milk Frother, though the two are roughly the same size with slightly different capacities.

In fact, there is only one quite fair way to determine which machine makes the best hot chocolate: a blind taste test.

Using Hotel Chocolat’s hot chocolate sachets (you can also chop any chocolate bar you like), I prepared espresso-sized samples from each machine and I roped up my boyfriend and our friend to guess which was luxury and which was budget.

I poured milk up to the maximum line in both machines, added the chocolate chips and turned them on.

hotel chocolate velouté

The Hotel Chocolat velouté is as chic as its price of £ 99.95 suggests (Photo: Hotel Chocolat)

The Asda Milk Frother takes an extra second to install, because unlike the Velvetiser, it has two interchangeable mixing options, a mixer and a frother.

Both were extremely easy to use and took less than three minutes to prepare – although the Asda frother was the winner in this department, taking a whole minute less.

I have to admit I made a mistake the first time around which led to a pretty dismal result – I decided to use the blender rather than the nozzle. Learn from my mistakes.

The result was quite striking: the Velvetiser produced a much richer, airy, and decadent hot chocolate, while Asda’s was, well, just everyday hot chocolate.

By unanimous decision, the Velvetiser was crowned King.

hotel hot chocolate
Just add milk chocolate (Photo: Hotel Chocolat)

Okay, I thought, that makes sense, but it doesn’t feel quite right – so I tried again, this time using the frother tool – and it was much closer.

So close, in fact, that my boyfriend guessed that the economy drink was the luxury choice on the first taste, although he changed his mind moments later.

Using the frothing tool, the Asda milk frother produced hot chocolate almost identical to the Velvetiser; it was perfectly blended, light and airy but smooth.

Unfortunately, the drink from the Asda Frother was missing something, although we didn’t realize what it was until we tasted the Velvetiser hot chocolate: that taste of luxury.

But that’s not to completely reject the Asda milk frother.

George with asda milk frother
The Asda Milk Frother wasn’t designed just for hot chocolate, but it does a brilliant job (Photo: Asda)

Considering it wasn’t designed for making hot chocolate, and for a quarter of the price, it’s surprising how close the quality of the two drinks was.

Additionally, the milk frother has a cold drink option and two different mixing tools, which makes it a bit more versatile.

The verdict:

Overall, the Asda Milk Frother is an extremely close dupe to the Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser.

They both make gloriously light and creamy hot chocolate and, not to mention, making a sizzling cup of chocolate goodness has never been easier than with either of these tools.

They both take about the same time to steam and froth the hot chocolate (just under three minutes) and, with similar dimensions, both take up the same space.

If you’ve got the extra cash to spare or want to treat a loved one, splashing the Velvetiser at £ 99.95 is a worthy choice, especially if you value luxury above all else.

Additionally, £ 20 of the price is represented by the two ceramic mugs that come with the Velvetiser.

That being said, for £ 25 the Asda Milk Frother is almost a no-brainer – especially since you can buy Hotel Chocolat drinking chocolate in sachets if you want to take it up a notch.

The Asda Milk Frother has more to offer for the price in terms of versatility, especially since it has an option for making chilled drinks.

However, the Velvetiser comes out on top when it comes to cleaning up messes.

With a self-cleaning feature, there are absolutely no issues when it comes to cleaning the Velvetiser except for a little wipe down after the fact.

Without the self-cleaning option, there is a little more effort with the Asda Milk Frother but, again, for the price difference, can we really complain?

For £ 75 less and almost identical tasting hot chocolate, it’s very difficult to vouch for the Velvetiser.

Our verdict? If you’ve got cash to spare, appreciate absolute luxury, or want to give a chocolate-loving friend a gift, go with the Velvetiser.

But if you’re on a budget or want more versatility, the Asda Milk Frother won’t disappoint.

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