Only been drinking Huel for two weeks for breakfast. So far, I’m on a very diluted vanilla mix (300ml cold water, 200ml hot water, 1 level Huel scoop) and that tastes like sweet, warm porridge to me with the consistency of watered oatmeal. I did start on three scoops but it was way too thick and sweet when made warm, and made me feel like I was eating three bowls of sugar glue in one sitting (literally had to eat with a spoon).
The vanilla mix is sweet enough on its own (in my diluted mix) but when I added one of the flavour sachets to attempt a lunch Huel drink (toffee) I couldnt finish it. Tried adding more water, still too sweet. I chucked it and tried another (Strawberry) and tossed that too. Did try mocha the next day, and while the flavour was great (less artificial than the previous two) the saccharine blanket on my tongue was not nice. They were way, way too sweet. That being said, I very rarely consume anything but raw cane sugar, honey or maple syrup to sweeten food (West Indies heritage. Processed sugar/sweetners have never been a staple of my diet at home even while living/being born here in UK). So sweeteners/processed sugar have always tasted super sweet and artificial to me anyway. I’d actually prefer the vanilla without any sweetener at all (artificial sweeteners have a funny aftertaste) but perhaps when I open the unflavoured Huel, I’ll revise my stance on that because then I can mix them together. The vanilla is super easy, no fussing, and the sweetness/flavour is okay for how diluted I currently drink it, but I see it becoming a problem again when I start adding more scoops…and that’s before the boosts!
I got two of the flavour sachet trial packs and don’t really see myself liking any of them. I’ll try the same flavours again when I open the unflavoured Huel as a comparison. I think when I’m ready to fully extend to lunchtime Huel I’ll be a bit stuck for palatable options…maybe a Plain/Greek yogurt and whole fruit blend in the nutribullet might do it. Savoury Huel…meat stock/broth? That way it could be warm and taste less “fake” and unnaturally sweet. At present, I do not like Huel cold…probably because it reminds me so much of porridge how I make it.
So my overall verdict is yes, the sachets are far too sweet and artificial tasting, but I’m not used to sweeteners in any case.