Cadbury's Highlights Low-calorie DrinkIngredients
  • Fat-reduced cocoa
  • Dried whey
  • Dried skimmed milk
  • Glucose syrup
  • Vegetable oil
  • Milk chocolate (6%) made of milk, sugar, cocoa butter, cocoa mass
  • Soya lecithin
  • Maltodextrin
  • Salt
  • Thickener E407
  • Anticaking agent E551
  • Milk proteins
  • Aspartame
  • Acesulfame K
  • Flavourings
  • Emulsifier E471

Published July 2011

"Milk chocolate drink in an instant - 40 cals per cup".


Fat-reduced cocoa is the 45% of the cocoa bean which remains after it has been ground up and hot pressed to remove the cocoa butter.

Dried whey is produced from the liquid that remains when milk has been curdled, for making cheese, and then filtered. It is mainly lactose (chemical formula C12H22O11) which consists of two simple carbohydrates, glucose and galactose, bonded to each other.

Dried skimmed milk is milk without its cream which has been spray-dried (injected into a stream of hot air) to remove the water.

Dried glucose syrup is produced by the action of enzymes on starch. These break its long chains of mainly glucose molecules down into single units.

Vegetable oil is produced by plants and can be sourced from olives, rape, coconut, and palm. It consists of three long chain fatty acids, some saturated, some monounsaturated, and some polyunsaturated, which are attached to the three oxygens of a glycerol molecule.

Milk chocolate (6%) made of milk, sugar, cocoa butter and cocoa mass. As its name implies, this is the traditional Cadbury product.

Lecithin (aka E322) is an emulsifier and the one used here is extracted from soya. Lecithin consists of two long-chain fatty acids bonded to phosphate, to which is also attached a choline molecule. Choline is an essential nutrient and has a role to play as a molecular messenger. Lecithin has applications in pharmaceuticals, plastics, inks and paints, and it acts as a dispersant. In inks and paints it prevents the pigment from settling out.

Maltodextrin consists of short chains of linked glucose molecules (up to around 16 in the longer chains) and it is made from wheat starch.

Thickener E407 (aka carrageen) is used to give the finished drink the right consistency. Carrageen is a complex mixture of carbohydrates extracted from seaweed and used in many products such as cosmetics, shampoos, sexual lubricants, and fire-fighting foams.

Anticaking agent E551 (aka silicon dioxide, sand, chemical formula SiO2) is there to prevent the ingredients sticking together during storage so they remain as a free flowing powder.

Milk proteins consist of chains of linked amino acids of which there are 22 different kinds. Some of these are called essential because our own body cannot make them so they have to be part of our diet. Milk contains them all.

Aspartame (aka E951, Canderel, chemical formula C12H18N2O5) is an artificial sweeteners based on the amino acids aspartic acid and phenylalanine, which are bonded together and then neutralised with methanol.

Acesulfame K (aka E950, chemical formula C4H4KNO4S) is an artificial sweetener consisting of the potassium (K) salt of a sulphur-nitrogen cyclic molecule.

Emulsifier E471 consists of a glycerol with one or two fatty acid chains attached, as opposed to the normal three (see above). Its role is to keep all the ingredients nicely blended together in the final drink.