“ Manufacturer: Mars / Type: Chocolate Drink „
So it's Sunday morning and whilst buying the papers I needed a chocolate fix. Feeling a bit bored of chocolate in bar form I decided to try the Galaxy Thick Shake Milkshake. This was around the £1.20 mark for a 400ml bottle from my local corner shop.
*****Packaging and Contents Appearance*****
The drink comes in a white plastic bottle with a plastic wrapping label which on the front has the galaxy logo as well as the familiar brown pattern which is on its other chocolate products. On the back it has nutritional info as well as other ingredients, contact info ect. Pouring the contents into a glass you have a very thick dark brown milkshake which looks rich and satisfying.
*****Smell and Taste*****
So down to the really important bit what does it taste like? Well first off the smell is rich and chocolaty with a familiar Galaxy aroma. On first taste it seems pleasant enough which a nice chocolaty taste and nice thick consistency as it goes down. As much as the taste at first is nice after a while it gets a bit sickly, but that is not the real issue with the taste. My issue is that if it says galaxy on the bottle it should taste like the chocolate. This only has a very light hint of galaxy chocolate flavour and in fairness most of that comes from the smell. Don't get me wrong it's nice enough, BUT it just tastes like any other thick shake, nothing really special in a Galaxy type of way. A good example of another thick shake based on a chocolate bar is the Mars drink and this at least tastes malty much like the mars bars, but sadly the Galaxy one falls short on taste.
The 400ml bottle claims to have two servings in and therefore gives the nutritional values for a 200ml bottle. Those who perhaps only briefly look at the values might miss this and assume they are the values for the whole bottle as most other drinks do. So here are the values on the bottle remembering to double them if you drink the whole bottle in one like me!
Overall I must say I was disappointed with this product as it didn't give me the chocolate fix I was looking for. The taste and slightly misleading info are the main areas of disappointment. Only 2 stars from me :-(
Although I love chocolate in block form or as a coating to a bar of confectionary I have never been keen on chocolate milkshakes or in powder form as hot chocolate. When it comes to milkshakes I generally opt for banana or strawberry as I find their flavours to be more authentic and less artificial than watered down, chocolate 'flavoured' shakes. Recently in Morrisons Galaxy and Mars 'Thick Shakes' have been on BOGOF offer and as I am particularly fond of Galaxy chocolate in general I decided to give them a try and see if the chocolate flavour would be well received by my taste buds.
My plastic bottle of Galaxy Thick Shake is the same as the one pictured above and contains 475ml of liquid. The brown screw top conceals a foil cover on the neck of the bottle and once that is removed the awaiting Thick Shake looks as you would expect chocolate milkshake to look; a deep brown colour. Taking a sip and my first impressions were good, the flavour is creamy and actually is reminiscent of Galaxy chocolate which I always find to be somewhat richer than Cadburys. There is a nice consistency to the shake with it being much thicker than plain milk but not as dense as say a McDonalds shake and overall the combination of the flavour and the thickness meant that I actually enjoyed this drink.
Unlike other chocolate milkshakes which I found in the past left an odd aftertaste this didn't leave any bitterness at all and while it would never be an exact duplicate of a block of chocolate the taste, for me, was actually very nice and this would be a product that I buy again in the future.
Nutritional information lists its amounts per 100ml, which personally I find to be a bit misleading, the side of the bottle proclaims that there are only 2.2 grams of fat but that is for just over a quarter of the bottle so if you multiply that amount by 4 you discover that, in fact, the whole bottle contains nearer to 10 grams in total. Similarly the calorie amount is listed as 90 calories for 100ml, so the bottle you are looking at over 450 calories - which, for a 'drink' could never be classed as healthy.
Of course these figures are irrelevant if you enjoy the taste and incorporate those amounts into your daily diet and as well as providing a source of calcium, vitamins and minerals the product is also artificial colour and sweetener free. There are no allergy warnings on the bottle but lactose intolerant people will already know that this wouldn't be a suitable product for them and surprisingly for a multi-national company the size of Masterfoods the bottle does not appear to be recyclable unlike their main competitors in this market - Friij.
Overall then for me I did enjoy this Thick Shake from Galaxy and for me it was very tasty, it wouldn't be something that I drank on a regular basis in light of the calorie content but as a one-off every now and again it provided a chocolate hit which certainly satisfied me.
Both the Galaxy and Mars Thick Shakes can be found on the chiller aisles in all major supermarkets and cost per bottle is around £1.10 each which seems a reasonable amount and definitely comparable to the Friij range. As far as a rating goes, although tasty the nutritional values need to be taken into consideration and from me 3/5 dooyoo stars seems fair.
Thanks for reading my review.
One of my addictions and vices in life are chocolate milkshakes and have been ever since I can remember and on the occasion that I may fancy a fix I will often go into the local shop or supermarket and pick up a chocolate milkshake of all different brands - Galaxy Thick Shake being one of my favourites.
The beauty about a Galaxy Thick Shake is that it possesses a quite unique chocolaty flavour and is quite reminiscent of the actual Galaxy chocolate taste obtained from the original chocolate bar, which seems to me to be rich and creamy.
Even though this particular bottle of milkshake claims to be a thickshake variety, it isn't really that 'thick' in consistency, in relation to the thickshakes I have consumed from other brands. This is not a problem for me because the consistency of the Galaxy Thickshake is pretty much perfect for what I enjoy from a milkshake.
The price is a little steep for these drinks (see price guide contained with item description being reviewed), but I feel one does get a quality milkshake or thickshake. There is one problem for me though and because of my addiction for these kinds of drinks, one bottle is never enough, so to satisfy my craving I would most likely have to buy another one and even another, so for chocolate milkshake addicts like myself, the Galaxy Thickshake could prove to be a relatively expensive addiction. I wish the manufacturers would make bigger bottles, or even a carton at a good price.
All in all, a tasty little drink which could benefit from being supplied in bigger quantities at a more reasonable price - for the milkshake junkies!
With an incredibly sweet tooth and a knack of drinking far too much liquid in a day at work I assumed this (priced £1.09 on offer) would be the ideal combination of both problems. After having tried the Mars Refuel drink (which is not the same price despite being 50p dearer when I bought it) and being unimpressed by the flavour I was hoping this would solve the problem of the Mars drink which just seemed to lack the true chocolate taste of the bars. Also feeling that the the bottle was being sold on the Galaxy Brand identity (Galaxy is actually run by the Mars company it would seem from the bottle), and the Galaxy brand is that of luxury, rich and real chocolate taste, the best on the market sort of thing I'm expecting a lovely drink here.
The bottle looks like the wrapper of one of the big Galaxy Bars that cost quite a bit but do taste delicious and despite being made for sharing, that's just a completely ludicrous idea if you're the one buying it. The drink plays on that image and the image of what you get when you get a Galaxy so at £1.09 for what I'm suspecting is going to be a brilliant drink this should solve my need for chocolate at the same time.
Upon unscrewing the chocolate brown lid I'm presented with a foil cap...memories of the Mars drink are re-emerging (which was a poor tasting drink full of energy). So I undid the foil and put the lid back on and shook, shook, shook it like a polaroid picture...(yes that was an Outkast reference), hoping to mix it and make the chocolate taste more prominent through out the drink. Sadly even after this is smelt more like a half eaten bowl of coco-pops than a true milk shake, I had started to think this was exactly like the Mars drink.
Deciding it was only fair to actually drink the stuff and find out I took a huge mouthful (helps to have a large mouth really) and the flavour was actually ok, not as great as I had hoped but it was better than the Mars drink in terms of flavour thankfully. It had a more chocolate based taste, even possibly a creamier taste than the more milky and weak Mars Refuel, though it was still not worth the money spent towards it, and wouldn't stand up to scrutiny against a proper milk shake like Frijj.
The bottle actually goes in two rather large mouthfuls which makes the price tag even more irritating, I don't mind spending money but I want something worth while in return and this didn't fit the worthwhile description of that. I actually (and this is genuine) spent more time squeezing the bottle childishly to hear the wheeze of air coming out of the top than I spent drinking it.
Nutritional Information (per 200ml, the bottle is 388...so per large mouthful)
164 Calorie (8%)
29.4g sugar (33%)
2.4g Fat (3%)
1.8g Saturates (9%)
0.36g Salt (6%)
The drink contains E407, E412 and E471 (the final one I know is an emulsifier) and milk and gluten, though it is fine for vegetarians.
Overall next time I want a milk based chocolate drink (maybe a while away now) I'm going to go and get a Frijj drink instead of a chocolate brand one as they have done nothing to warrant a high price tag. This one doesn't even maintain an energy boosting claim which means there really is no reason at all to drink it. Yes it tastes better than the Mars one, but the Mars one had energy boosting qualities (and was there when I needed to stay up for the tennis) this one has nothing.
On one of our many ventures to "the shop" my boyfriend and I decided to purchase milkshakes instead of our usual (Barrs glass bottle of something!). The milkshakes on display included the shops own brand milkshakes in a variety of flavours, Frijj milkshakes which I have never liked and the Galaxy Thick shake. I'll let you guess what one I purchased...
Similar to that of a bar of Galaxy Chocolate, all chocolate coloured swirls with a big 'G' on the front and the words 'Galaxy Thick Shake'. The packaging makes it awfully tempting to buy especially if you are a chocoholic like myself.
This is just an ordinary milkshake. It does not taste like Galaxy, it does not smell like Galaxy, it is just a regular (could have been a cheap saver brand) milkshake. Basically you are paying the £1.50-ish for the label, for the brand something which I really hate doing. The chocolate shake is thick which it claims to be on the label, it is creamy and milky like a milkshake but it just bears no resemblance whatsoever to Galaxy chocolate. The front of the pack also claims that this shake has 20% more chocolate, I am pretty convinced that it only has a spoonful of ordinary drinking chocolate in it as it is definitely not an overly chocolate flavour.
So yeah not very nutritional either! So ONLY 2.5% fat, which works out at over 10g per bottle. 28% sugars, so over 50g per bottle and well over 300 calories. Not ideal if you are trying to be healthy. I usually find milkshakes can be nutritional and help to fill you up and give you plenty of energy, this one just seems to be pure fat and unhealthy-ness in a bottle!
And what annoys me also is even though it is 440ml bottle (a reasonable serving I would say) in order to make it quite nutritional and only gain 180g calories, 5g of fat and 25.4g of sugars you should pour out 200ml as that's what they recommend as a portion - so why put it in a 440ml bottle?! Does that ever annoy anyone else? Why would you only drink 200ml of the bottle, then another 200ml, then leave 40ml till the end? Maybe that's just me being picky but surely the manufacturers should realise that if you buy a 440ml bottle on your lunch break you are more than likely going to drink the 440ml?
Rant over I think!
Not a good milkshake, very disappointing considering I do like the Galaxy brand so much. I would just go buy a saver brand in future as it will probably taste the same!
My younger brother works in the corner shop near me and he often comes home after work with some sort of goodie to munch or drink, this time it was the Galaxy Milkshake. I'm not usually one for chocolate milkshakes but I love Galaxy chocolate it's so creamy and rich and makes a perfect luxury in moderation. I can still remember his words, 'Yes it's lush!' he said and 'It tastes JUST like Galaxy' so I went and blew oops I mean spent £1.20 on a bottle.
The bottle looks just as dreamy and luxurious as the chocolate bar with elegant swirls of cream and brown decorating it and the word Galaxy smoothly swirled along the side. The bottle has a brown screw off cap and underneath this the shake is protected by a foil film which needs to be peeled off. 1.2% fat the bottle boasts as well as 'made with real chocolate'. Galaxy milk drink with real chocolate we are told on the back of the bottle with a few other points too. The drink apparently has a Unique smooth and creamy galaxy taste - remember that!! It's meant to be made with real Galaxy chocolate.
As well as being;
*Made with real cream
*Only 1.2% fat
*Containing no artificial colours, flavours, preservatives or sweeteners
*Full of milk goodness
Well along with what my brother said and these facinating chocolatey facts on the bottle I was quite excited. I mean a milk drink which tastes just like the Galaxy chocolate bar - that sounds like heaven. So I opened the bottle and peeled off the film and took a deep breath in hoping to take in the divine creamy galaxy aroma. Instead I was met by a bitter chocolate smell - you know that one that seems to come attached to most chocolate flavoured milkdrinks, the one you can't help but screw your nose up at. I could not smell milky, creamy naughty chocolate. So I thought it best I taste it - don't judge a drink by it's smell eh!
Well I sipped, and sipped and sipped again. It was definitely smooth, as well as creamy and even quite thick too but it had that bitter cocoa taste that I find seems to come with every chocolate milkshake I've tried. I could taste NO galaxy chocolate AT ALL!! The colour and consistency of it was stunning, a delicate brown in colour you could see it's creaminess as you poured it into a glass but I wanted the taste as well as the look.
Even for a galaxy shake though the milkshake had no oomph, no excitement it was just nothing special. The lovely rich taste that comes with a galaxy chocolate bar is definitely not evident in this shake. It is more bitter cocoa than gorgeous milk chocolate.
I actually thought the shake was horrible, but then I'm not a fan of chocolate milkshakes anyway they all taste so bitter and twisted, like this one! I did only buy it under the impression that it actually tasted like a Galaxy chocolate bar.
The bottle it comes in is a 388ml bottle but the nutritional info is given per 200ml serving. Each 200ml serving contains;
Whether you like chocolate milkshakes or not I wouldn't suggest wasting your money on this, yes it may be Galaxy but you don't always get what you pay for with things and the bottle looks better than what the drink actually is!
Never go shopping on an empty stomach, isn't that what they say? Otherwise you'll end up spending way more than you mean to on frivolous sweets and snacks just because your rumbling stomach demands them. This is what happened to me last night on a grocery shop in Tesco straight from work, and this is how a bottle of Galaxy Thick Shake ended up in my basket. In my defence, it WAS on offer for £1 (normally £1.50ish) and it DID tide me over til tea time!
I'd never even heard of these shakes before I spotted them in the supermarket so I had no idea what to expect. They come in a 440ml white plastic bottle with a swirly, chocolaty Galaxy-type label featuring a large G and an image of two squares of the chocolate. "20% more Chocolate" it proclaims, and "2.5% fat". It has a brown screw top and underneath that is foil sealed.
Chocolate is probably my least favourite of the usual milkshake flavours, I think this is because the grittiness that can often come with it. There is none of that however with the Galaxy thick shake. Everything about the consistency and texture of this shake is fab - it's really thick (as promised!) yet not too thick, and really smooth. It goes down easily and doesn't leave that cloying carpetty feeling on your tongue or a bad taste in your mouth.
The taste however is a different matter. On first taste I noticed that it didn't especially remind me of a bar of Galaxy, but it was quite chocolaty and tasty. After a few mouthfuls though, it started to seem more and more bland, as though they hadn't quite measured the ingredients out right. The back of the bottle claims that the shake is "more sumptuous than ever" but that's not a word I'd use to describe this (though I would use it to describe Galaxy chocolate). This didn't really affect my enjoyment of it I have to say, because I soon polished off the bottle, but I think they could make the chocolate 'hit' a bit stronger!
The nutritional information on the bottle is contradictory and confusing - on the back there is the main nutrition table which gives values per 100ml, and on the side there is the supposed 'clear-labelling' of nutritional values, where it gives key values per 200ml. Remember, this is a 440ml bottle, so to work out how many calories is in the whole thing you need to take 180 and times it by 2.2! I thought the government were trying to make food labelling clearer for all and I often find that labels give out values for a smaller amount than you've actually consumed so at first glance you might think this shake is only 180 calories, when it's actually 396! No wonder the nation is on the brink of an obesity epidemic! It also contains 61% of your daily sugar and 15% of your daily fat, though it a good source of calcium and does not contain artificial colours or sweeteners. Contains milk, gluten and soya and is suitable for vegetarians.
Overall this is a really tasty and thick chocolate milkshake, but it doesn't taste of Galaxy and it's quite bad for you!
As you may know from reading my other reviews (hopefully!) I love my chocolate! Especially, in milkshake form. I can't claim to be an expert but I reckon I've tried the majority of the big brands. McDonalds rate highly with me as I like the thick ice cream type the best, but as far as the bottle variety goes I don't think you can beat M&S Belgian Chocolate. In Tesco the other day, I spied one I hadn't tried (I know!) so gave Galaxy's 'Thick Shake' a try, purely for reviewing purposes, you understand!
I am not a fan of Galaxy chocolate, I find it too creamy and not chocolatey enough, however this might work in favour if being converted to a milkshake, I thought. I was right it was creamy, and a fair amount of chocolate flavour. It calls itself a 'Thick Shake' but I didn't think it was that thick, the likes of Frijj are thicker than this but it was pleasant and very filling. Galaxy are made by the Mars group and they also make a 'Mars' flavour milkshake, which is very sickly and sweet. This one is a vast improvement on that, but I think it's average as a milkshake and doesn't live up to the 'luxurious' image that Galaxy use to sell their chocolate.
The 440ml bottle I picked up in Tesco set me back £1.29. A little steep considering you can get a litre of own brand chocolate milk for less. It looked good on the shelf, the bottle is covered in the iconic brown swirly 'Galaxy' logo, it looked luxurious. Shame it didn't taste so.
There are lots of claims on the bottle too. It claims it now contains 20% more chocolate. I'll buy this as it did taste chocolatey, rather than just artificial and sweet like some milkshakes. It also claims that its 'only' 2.5% fat. I'm always sceptical about claims like this. Surely chocolate milkshake can't be healthy, can it?
No, well not in this case anyway. My bottle contained nearly 400 calories, over 10g fat and 50g sugar. To give it it's credit it's very filling, so you probably won't be snacking after this. It also claims it's 'full of mikl goodness' (well, yeah) and free of artificial flavours and sweetners...just lots and lots of sugar then!
Overall, a tasty enough milkshake, not one for dieters and there's certainly better quality and lower priced out there. Don't be fooled by the 'brand.'
Galaxy chocolate is my absolute favorite chocolate, so when I saw the Galaxy Thick Shake in our local garage I had to buy a bottle and give it a try.
At £1.49 per bottle it is not cheap. The bottle is 440ml and has a screw top lid, underwhich there is a foil covering for freshness. The bottle boasts 2.5% fat and 20% more chocolate. The label is the same pattern used on Galaxy chocolate bars and along with the big G on the front of the bottle there are 2 pieces of Galaxy chocolate shown. The bottle makes this drink look very inviting!
Unfortunatly, as aluring as the bottle is, its contents is quite ordinary and disappointing. It is very thick and creamy, so deserves the title of thick shake rather than milk shake, however I did not find it to be very chocolaty. As I mentioned the bottle states 20% more chocolate, so if they previously made it with less chocolate its really not surprising that they had to re-do the product with more chocolate, I think they should have carried on adding personally, and not stopped at 20% because it tasted to milky to me.
Im afraid I did not really feel this thick shake tasted of Galaxy either, yes it was chocolaty, but to me, Galaxy is a thick, smoothe chocolate with an individual taste and I really do not think that they have captured that taste in this thick shake.
On the side of the bottle the nutritional content is shown, it actually gives the value per 200ml which is silly in my opinion, becasue I quite easily drank the bottle in one sitting, I think products like this really should offer the nutritional content per bottle. Following the nutritional information it says ' this bottle contains 2.2 portions' - what is the point in that? I am one of those people who is forever on some kind of diet and I have to take note of my portions and calories, but its a lot of faffing around when products have nutritional information like this - seriously am I really going to divide it into 2.2 portions? I dont think so! On the back of the bottle the nutritional information is stated again, this time per 100ml!
On the plus side, this thick shake has no artificial sweetners or colours ( although personally when I am indulging in something like a chocolate thick shake, artificial sweetners are the last thing on my mind! ).
So, overall this product is not really anyhting special and I felt it was a bit of a let down compared to how I had imagined it to be. it does not taste bad, but it just isnt the gorgeous chocolaty shake I had hoped for.