Torq release Hot Cocoa Recovery Plus+

Range revisions from the sports nutrition brand

by David Arthur @davearthur   October 29, 2012  

Torq continue to expand their range of energy and recovery products and the latest offering is Hot Cocoa Recovery Plus+, a daily recovery drink, and a re-formulated Recovery with a new mandarin yoghurt flavour.

Torq Recovery Plus+ is a Hot Cocoa drink designed for periods of intense training stress and is intended to be consumed twice daily. It forms part of Torq's new Recovery System which attempts to make the whole business of fuelling, hydrating and recovering from races and rides a no-brainer process.

Recovery Plus+ complements their current Recovery drink, the former is designed for regular and daily use and the latter for immediately post-ride consumption. Torq have stripped Recovery of the HMB (beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate) nutrient and added it to Recover Plus+, because they reckon you get the full benefit when it's consumed daily. This nutrient helps prevent muscle breakdown and improves muscle repair.

Beta-alanine and sodium phosphate, which are the other two potent micronutrients that feature in Torq Recovery Plus+, should also be consumed in divided doses, so these feature with HMB in the product too. Beta-alanine is a branched chain amino acid that helps increase lactic acid buffering, which results in increased anaerobic power as well as aiding recovery between high intensity racing/training bouts. Sodium phosphate complements Beta-Alanine by empowering the aerobic system. There's some really detailed explanations of the exact ingredients and what they do on the Torq website.

Recovery Plus+ costs £22 for a 500g tub and £50 for a 1.5kg tub.

Torq have added the new mandarin yoghurt flavour to tthe re-formulated Recovery range alongside improved strawberries & cream, banana & mango and chocolate mint varieties.  As the new formulation doesn't contain HMB (now in Torq Recovery Plus+ instead), the flavour is claimed to be much improved.

Recovery costs £19 for 500g, £39 for 1.5kg and £72 for 3kg.

Recover Plus+ and Recovery are made with no preservatives, artificial colours or sweeteners. Find out more at

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I'll have to get myself a sample of these, will increase my recipe's for snack bars that I take on my rides. I bake them myself using powders like this mixed with the flour. Wink

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posted by Gkam84 [9291 posts]
29th October 2012 - 14:24


Post-ride recovery hot chocolate. I'm sold!

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice...

posted by notfastenough [3682 posts]
29th October 2012 - 14:58


I can't see how hot cocoa will help you recover personally, nice on a cold day though ... Wink

posted by Karbon Kev [682 posts]
29th October 2012 - 15:25


...and there are plenty of those on the horizon Wink

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1343 posts]
29th October 2012 - 15:43


Karbon Kev wrote:
I can't see how hot cocoa will help you recover personally, nice on a cold day though ... Wink

Funny you say that, but I've read recently that milk is a great recovery drink on its own and that the addition of a banana or cocoa and sugar puts it right in the sweet spot of carbs to protein ratio. My favourite home made one is a pint of milk, a couple of table spoons of cocoa, a couple of table spoons of horlicks and a banana. Stick it in the liquidiser and its a perfect home made drink. Not quite as fuss free as the torq recovery powder, but it seems to work!

posted by step-hent [714 posts]
29th October 2012 - 16:59


its not just a cocoa drink though. Its a recovery drink in the form of cocoa. that in my books makes it a winner!
I'm personally looking forward to trying these when my racing season is at its peak this winter.

posted by mathewshotbolt [101 posts]
29th October 2012 - 20:26


Interesting - beta alanine I've found actually works better as a pre exercise supplement, and is better taken in small doses early morning and then before the exercise belt...
it may also cause tingling in the body etc, which some people find disconcerting.

Most people are dairy intolerant which will lead to causes of inflammation and bloating in the body, so wouldn't recommend large amounts of that either for recovery, I'm actually surprised at the resurgence of people recommending milk.. dairy industry must have put in a bit of sponsorship Wink

Banana with a nut butter , like hazelnut, cashew nut or almond would be better (assuming you don't have nut allergies Wink )

For immediate recovery fluids, are better and quicker however.

posted by Jasonnz1 [23 posts]
29th October 2012 - 22:05


Hot chocolate recovery drinks - SIS REGO Night is already out there, with a 4:1 protein carb ratio, no beta-alinine but that's not necessarily a post-ride recovery product. Nerd

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posted by GMC61_NewburyRC [10 posts]
29th October 2012 - 22:18


I use Torq Energy Drink while out cycling; and for recovery you won't beat a glass of Guinness then a wee drop of single Malt Whisky before bed time, just to kill any germs you may have picked up.

Poached eggs do a brilliant job of recovery from fatigue after exercise.

posted by Mostyn [425 posts]
29th October 2012 - 22:36


Jasonnz1 wrote:
Banana with a nut butter , like hazelnut, cashew nut or almond would be better.

I use that mentholated nut butter from Assos. But I keep it off my banana.

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posted by Sanderville [296 posts]
30th October 2012 - 1:28