This post is sponsored by Nuffnang and Jarrah Hot Chocolate.
Have I told you I used to be a nurse? I worked at one of the major teaching hospitals in Sydney and was shunted around for blocks at a time on all the different wards.
On every ward there was a Charge Nurse and these were either ‘friend or foe’. It was always with a feeling of dread that you headed off for your first day on a new ward as you never quite knew what to expect.
When I had been nursing for just four months I was sent to the Cardiac Ward for a 12-week block. I was met with a Charge Nurse who was more ‘foe’ than ‘friend’. One of the things she asked me, the most junior nurse on the ward to do, was give a presentation to all the qualified nursing staff on the anatomy and physiology of the heart. Ridiculous. When the day arrived she had me in a complete state of fear and I sweated and trembled through the entire shift waiting for the moment that I, the uneducated, was to give a presentation to the experts in the field. Proving my thoughts about her, when the big moment arrived, with a wave of her hand she said everyone was too busy to attend my presentation and it was binned.
Moving right along…
One of the jobs of being a Charge Nurse was that you had to prepare the rosters. And this charge nurse wasn’t open to input or discussion or contributions. The roster was slapped up on the wall and what you saw you had to live with for the next four weeks. I’ve never had a worse roster. There were early shifts that went from 7am – 3.30pm then evening shifts that went from 2.15 – 11-pm. If you did an evening shift you didn’t want to be back on the next morning because you wouldn’t have had enough sleep. This is how the charge nurse did the rostering. It went late/early/late/early/late/early/early, two days off, late/early/late/early/late/early/early, two days off, late/early/late/early/late/early/early, two days off, 7 night duty shifts from 11pm – 7am then four days off, repeat.
Everyone was dead on their feet. We all hated night duty but the good thing is that the charge nurse only worked the early shifts so she wasn’t there to bother you.
On all shifts we were given a couple of breaks to have in the tea room but I never went near the tea room because it was so full of cigarette smoke – those were the days! Cheap and nasty tea and coffee were complimentary as was the odd plain biscuit. I don’t actually drink tea and coffee but I did want something hot, warming and comforting.
I used to take sachets of Jarrah Hot Chocolate and carry them around in the zipped-up pocket of my uniform. When I was allowed to go on a break I’d run to the kitchen and tip the sachet into a paper cup, pour in the water from the urn then head somewhere quiet to enjoy my hot chocolate in peace.
On my night duty shifts I wouldn’t just take in a single sachet, I’d take the entire box. It was hard to get a break on night duty but when there was a lull, I’d share my hot chocolate sachets with the other nurses. In the middle of the night it can be quite cold on a hospital ward and so a warming hot chocolate was very much looked forward to.
During my nursing days, Jarrah Hot Chocolate was only available in one flavour, chocolate, which is now called Frothy Classic. Today the Jarrah range has expanded to include Orange and White with two limited edition flavours, Mint and Hazelnut. There’s certainly something for everyone.
I was surprised at how milky and creamy the white chocolate flavour is and it’s amazing that each sachet is just 61 calories.
The orange flavour reminded me of sitting in a theatre while devouring a box of Jaffas.
The Frothy Classic immediately took me back to my days on the Wards. And just because I don’t drink tea of coffee doesn’t mean I don’t crave a hot drink. I love how the Frothy Classic has all the flavour of a hot chocolate without the heaviness.
As soon as I poured the mint hot chocolate I could smell the peppermint. When I tasted the drink it reminded me of being offered an after dinner mint at the end of a dinner party.
The limited edition hazelnut flavoured hot chocolate has a wonderful aroma of hazelnuts however I found the taste of the drink unusual and it is the flavour I least liked.
You don’t just have to be a nurse on the wards to enjoy the Jarrah range. I’ve been known to slip the sachets into my handbag and take to a dinner party so that when tea or coffee is served, I can also enjoy a hot drink.
The Jarrah range caters for everyone and with less than 60 calories per serve, these are a wonderful option for anyone wanting something hot other than tea or coffee.
Jarrah Hot Chocolate is running a giveaway where you can win one of four Jarrah variety packs including a mug valued at $47.40. All you need to do to enter is leave a comment on the blog answering the question below. Competition is open to Australian residents only. The giveaway ends on Friday, July 4 at 5pm.
When do you most feel like a chocolate fix?