Hot Chocolate is undoubtedly the evil nemesis to the Self Stirring Mug. A bit like what Lex Luther is to Superman. Well, sort of. There's no Kryptonite involved but you get the idea.
If the Self Stirring Mug can cope with Instant Hot Chocolate, it can handle ANYTHING (well, apart from Cup-a-Soups maybe). So we decided to put it to the ultimate test of stirring power.
The test is simple. Make two separate cups of Cadburys Instant Hot Chocolate. One will be made with the traditional (phah!) spoon stirring technique. The other will be made with the Self Stirring Mug.
When the battlefield calms and the bloodshed ends (hopefully not from my fingers), we'll compare how much hot chocolate is left un-stirred from each mug.
So first of all we put 4 heaped teaspoons of Cadburys Instant Hot Chocolate in each mug.
Then stirred (or pressed) for 60 seconds or so.
It has to be said, the Self Stirring Mug makes the ultimate slurping noise when in full flow. I would probably feel a little awkward if stirring in a quiet library or office.
But having said that, the Self Stirring Mug did insulate the hot drink better than the standard mug. Obviously it would work even better when used with the lid.
As you can see from the results below, it did leave quite a lot of unstirred hot chocolate around the bottom edges:
But I think in reality, you would stir intermittently whilst drinking (with no spoon poking you in the eye). Overall, I was happy with its performance. It stirred up that chocolate nicely. I can certainly see the convenience of this little gadget, especially for use outdoors when camping or fishing.
Cleaning was actually much easier than I thought. The power of the propeller seemed to throw any unstirred debris towards the sides of the mug, which is easily reached. The propeller itself only required a quick rinse, plus the insides of the mug seem to have a kind of non-stick coating which further reduced the scrubbing.
Just for the crack, we decided to video the whole test:comments powered by Disqus