I recently received a new order, and a new batch. It was immediately noticable that it was considerably thicker than my earlier order. It went from batch 2415 to 2439.
A few things about this.
2145 was marked as 2.0. I was going on six months of 1.2 at about 75% and up. Trying this new recipe remained, to me, unchanged and I went about my day. Ordering another 8 bags was a no-brainer based on my belief that I was ordering the exact same product.
2439 was much thicker. MUCH much thicker. It’s been mentioned previously that Vanilla is thicker than Unflavored. Taste aside, this was pretty much that thick.
I used to go 4 deciliter of water and 100-110grams of mix. I’ve had no problems this entire year with consistency, incorporation of powder, powderiness of the drink, or lumps of any kind. 4dl was the perfect amount for me, every three hours, or even every other hour as I’m starting my bulk season. It was, for me, the perfect ratio and nothing more than a big glass of liquid. I drank it quickly. Very quickly. It went down smooth and was juuust a hint over actually just drinking water. I’m amazed there were even calories in there.
Right now I’d have to go for 5 or 6 deciliters for 100 grams of mix. At 4 deciliters it becomes edible with a spoon. It barely runs past the plastic netting and as someone who can not drink smoothies or any kind of thick liquid, it’s a horrible experience. It trickles, it gloops, there are chunks, lumps and a sense of complete artificial thickness that repulses me. It takes me twice as long to drink and is bad, where before it just went down.
Huel is now a chore.
Another poster cited this response from Huel:
“Batch #2439 incorporates a new gum which is now in-line with the vanilla flavour. The gum is an emulsifier which keeps components well-mixed throughout the shaking and afterwards. The change was required as the old gum used was not allowing particles to stay together (it was considerably more watery).”
Let me cut something out: “…The change was required…”
Required? By whom?
Well mixed? It’s become less mixed.
The old gum used was not allowing particles to stay together? I didn’t want them to stay together, and I never felt any particles in the drink to begin with. It was watery, that was a good thing. What particles do you mean? I barely knew I was drinking powder to begin with, and now I reeeally do. I’m drinking paste.
As it stands, Huel will be losing my business if I can’t find a way to deal with it. The only way for me to deal with it so far has been to add more water… much more water.
I’m sorry for the wall of text. I’m a bit upset. I’ve practically lived on this for half a year and completely fell in love with it, but drinking this gloop makes me nauseous.
Anyway, has anyone else noticed this? Was it really required?
Does it need to be this thick? How thick would you want it, how thin could you stomach and so on?