You know I love Dragons’s Den and Iced Capps (and smoothies) so when Jim Jackson from Blender Boyz came into the studio with nine different drink blends, I became super excited! I thought making single serve packets for iced capps, smoothies and frozen spirit drinks was genius!
I wrote and requested products to review and Jim generously said yes and sent me a box of every single product they make. Wow! I was absolutely blown away and thrilled!
FYI: This post will focus solely on their iced capps. Smoothies and frozen drinks to come…
I began the foodie journey with their iced capp original mix first. Reg joined me for a live taste test.
With each box you get four packages of their iced capp. Each package makes a single serving. Each package of their iced capp mixes are dairy, gluten, fat and nut free.
I totally loved the fun and funky packaging for their original iced cappuccino mix.
For all the iced capps you just put the liquid flavouring in a blender with 1 cup of ice and 1/4 cup of your favourite milk beverage and blend.
A generous size for when you need that frozen coffee drink NOW!
In the video you will see me talking about a smokiness flavour that was very distinct to me. Reg did not notice it, he said he just tasted the coffee flavour. What I did not know at the time is with this particular mix, there is not just coffee extract but actual dried coffee. I think this gave it that distinct smokiness that made it stand out to me.
One thing I really liked about their original iced cappuccino mix is it does not taste sickeningly sweet. Is it low in calories? Hell no! It is 230 calories per pouch which is comparable to other companies’ iced capps but it did not taste like I was drinking a syrup. All that ice helped prevent it from being cloyingly sweet, which I do not like. Overall, we really liked it. I give this product four out of five wooden spoons.
Blender Boyz’s Caramel Iced Capp Mix was next to put through my test kitchen!
I found the packaging of this product to be a little more generic and later on in the product testing phase… confusing.
That said, I threw it in a blender with 1 cup of ice and 1/4 cup of milk and blitzed it up.
The caramel iced capp did not have that smokiness I found so distracting in the original mix. It did taste a little sweeter but without boosting the calorie count.
I checked the packaging and saw that it only has the coffee extract which I guess is why it did not taste smoky to me. I honestly did not notice a huge difference in flavour other than the additional sweetness. That said, I did enjoy it more than the original so I give this product four and a half out of five wooden spoons.
Moving on the French Vanilla Iced Capp Mix (do not worry, I spread the product testing out over days, LOL)… Look at that package! Look familiar? Yup, exactly like the caramel one with no clear distinction on the front. You have to look at the back to see that it is French vanilla.
If you go to their site, it seems that they are all now packaged like the original cappuccino one which I am happy about. So what you see here visually may not be what you get if you buy their product.
Into the blender went the French Vanilla Iced Capp Mix with the ice and the milk…
Nice! More like the caramel one (no smokiness) but I could definitely taste the vanilla. Again, no dried coffee. I wish I knew if that vanilla flavouring was real. The packaging on the French vanilla and the caramel both had natural and artificial flavours. If they used real vanilla, they should showcase it to make their product stand out.
The French vanilla was good but I liked the caramel the most. For 230 calories per 355 mL I want a bit of a decadent treat and the caramel did that for me without adding calories. Still, this one was pretty good, I give it a four out of five wooden spoons. Very similar to the original, just no smokiness.
I have tried making my own coffee syrups from scratch with zero luck so I am very impressed Blender Boyz has done such a good job. For my iced coffees I usually have to make my own super strong (but decaf) coffee, sweeten, let it cool down to room temperature and then chill. I make a big batch a few times a week so I can make it anytime I want but even when I am super vigilant, I run out.
Now when I have that craving all I need is ice and a little bit of milk! Super convenient and a great base that you can make your own. Add your own hazelnut syrup, Baileys… you name it. Blender Boyz did a fantastic job making iced capps simple and delicious.
I can not wait to product test their smoothies next!