Previous versions of Huel were even more “chunky” than it is now and had the texture that not all of the powder had been pulverised after shaking in the bottle. I actually like that. I don’t want my Huel to taste like a smoothie. Squizzle is correct. You cannot say Huel can be better texture wise and point to a product which uses maltodextrin as it’s main carb source. I’d rather eat oats than maltodextrin.
As for my experience Huel taste is nice, especially with flavdrops or blended fruit, that gives it a sort of “milk shake” texture. Solubility is not an issue, I never expected a product like this to be as good as an ice cream or a pizza, so as long as I can eat it with relative comfort, minus the occasional lumps that can be minimized with a blender or with proper shaking, I don’t care.
The “competitor”, instead, from what I read is inferior in all important fields, like nutritional values and ingredients. So, in my humble opinion, that “sucks”, not Huel.
I think most of your gripes with Huel could be solved if you:
Used a blender instead of shake by hand - vastly improves the texture.
Add your own flavourings to make it palatable - I use cocoa powder, coffee, cinnamon, fruit. Also if blending with fruit, blend your fruit & liquid together first in their own, then add Huel & blend more… I always get a super smooth result this way, which I much prefer.
Chill your huel before you drink it - I make mine up the night before or at least a few hours in advance, seems to round out the taste & make it much more enjoyable. Have also added ice cubes if I’ve needed to drink it when not quite cold enough. Huel is like beer for me - can be delicious ice cold, but nasty when room temp/warm.
Experiment with adding different liquids, not just water - alpro nut milks work well for me, or a mix of nut milk & water, or dairy milk (goat or cows, which I tend to have in at home).
Experiment with different ratios of liquid to Huel - I find a 3 scoop shake way too thick with the suggested amount of water & tend to use just 1 or 1.5 scoops to 500ml… I still find this filling & have experienced many positive benefits even on such a ‘low dose’!
I’ve never tried any other nutrition shakes to comment in a comparative way, but there’s no way I’d consider paying double for a nutritionally inferior product just because it “tastes nicer” straight out of the box…
Gotta love someone who compares two products, and demands that the best of each be copied to the other.
Sometimes there are choices to be made. Could Huel’s texture and taste be made better? For some, yes, although I quite like it just as it is. But that would be at the expense of some of what makes it awesome.
I suspect the original poster demands the taste and texture be made to match the competitor’s, but would be quite upset to find out that in the process, Huel’s nutritional profile degraded to match the other’s (and may very well be posting on THEIR forums about how much more they enjoy the taste and texture, but could they please get rid of the maltodextrin and improve the nutrition profile, like Huel does).
Pretty soon, you get to wanting the thing to have the taste and texture of an honest-to-goodness ice-cream milkshake.
Huel’s first priority should always be the nutrition. Obviously if it’s completely disgusting and no one will drink it, that’s also a major concern. But a lot of people like it just fine, and would be REALLY upset to see them mess with the formula for taste and texture concerns we don’t share, if it meant that what we really like about Huel, the nutritional completeness, was diminished.
Or at least understand that it’s not cool to complain that the screen on your phone isn’t the same as a 36 inch television, and when they make a phone with a 36 inch screen, then complain because it no longer fits in your pocket.
It wasn’t deleted and is still visible, it was flagged as spam by another Hueler immediately and thus was unlisted as a precaution by the super clever discourse system/bot. The spam flag is still in my inbox for moderation, I just haven’t got around to it as I’ve been away Friday-Monday – sorry. I am now going to delete it though since there is this duplicate thread. Hope that makes sense.
James hasn’t commented on the nutritional profile of Jake, we aren’t here to bash other products, but equally this is a Huel forum and your comments are toeing the line a little bit, hence why it was flagged. r/soylent is a more collaborative environment to discuss the pros and cons of various complete foods. Clearly we would argue strongly that our nutritional profiles are not equal at all.
Thanks so much for keeping us striving for better products - we always are looking to improve and this is the right place to tell us so, thank you for the amendments to your post. When you’re using highly nutritious ingredients like oats then you’re going to be susceptible to clumping. Sure, we could bang in a load of maltodextrin or dextrose but that hardly seems in keeping with our nutrition-first ethos.
If you’re having problems with the mixability then here are a few great tips on making sure your Huel is smooth!
@Wendy_Shepherd had a theory that different plant milks have different effects due to the thickeners used. I tend to agree with her and this post seems to add weight to her argument. I don’t use soya milk in Huel… But am not anti-soy…but have noticed different thicknesses in different mylk despite same 100g of huel
Also you said something about filling or almost filling the shaker, that sounds like a recipe for lumpy Huel right there. I personally only make my Huel with 400ml of water and two level scoops, but if you’re wed to the idea of 3 scoop shakes (as many are), try 400ml of water, add scoops, Shake Shake Shake, top up with water, enjoy
Yeah, I had to hit pause a few times to see what’s what.
I did find that for most of the categories, Almond came out at or near the preferable end of the spectrum, which made me happy since it’s what I use (when I use one). Actually, I’ve taken to an almond/cashew mixture, but that’s relatively recently on the market, so I’m not surprised it wasn’t included in the video.