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      29.03.2011 15:33
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      bed time favourite

      I wouldn't say I use Horlicks because I struggle getting to sleep, I use it because it is something I have had since I was about 12 as my mum thinks its brilliant - especially when you are up early the next day.
      Over the last 6 years it has become a firm favourite in our cupboards and is used every night.

      I tried original Horlicks before but I did not really like it due to its bland taste, so we picked up the Extra Light Malt Chocolate. I have to admit, I have never loved a drink so much! Because it is extra light it is also much more weight friendly.

      You can purchase this product in various sized tubs or packets. Obviously the packets are cheaper as they only have one cup full in each and it means you can try all different types. Despite this, we buy the tub as it runs out quickly enough anyway.
      The tub in the picture is exactly what it looks like on the shelves. There is only 377 calories in the whole tub and it will make around 40 mug fulls - if you do not use more than they recommend.
      The back of the tub gives you all your nutritional information, ingredients and how to make the perfect cup of horlicks.

      I personally love the product and could not fault it. I would recommend it to any chocolate lover who wants a little relaxing hot drink before bed time. It makes me fall straight to sleep and I always wake up in the morning full of beans! It doesn't taste much like the Original version which in my opinion makes it a little better.

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      06.02.2011 12:18
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      I love hot chocolate and had never tried horlicks before as I thought maybe the taste would be too bland and bit well...yuck. I saw the Horlicks Extra Light Malt Chocolate in my local Tesco's and thought that it may taste like malteasers! That night I eagerly spooned a couple of tablespoons in to my mug (I'm not really one to follow the instuctions on the back) and then added hot water. I stirred it until the powder had dissolved and I was left with something that resembled beige milk, the malt smell wafting off it was rather pungent and if I'm honest I found the smell alone to be very sickly.

      I perservered and sipped some of the liquid from my mug and found that despite saying it had chocolate in it I couldn't taste even a hint, it must have been lost in all the malt. The flavour I found to be quite insipid and well...malty? I put a little more of the powder in to my drink, gave it another stir and tried it again. No improvement, the flavour was plain and just tasted of malt and nothing else. It wasn't in the slightest bit chocolatey nor was it creamy, just like skimmed milk and malt in all honesty. I gave up after that and tipped it down the drain.

      However, its one redeeming quality is that even after the little bit that I had drank I started to feel very sleepy, as soon as I went to bed and my head hit the pillow I was out like a light! So if you aren't a very good sleeper I would say to try it, you never no. It's also low in fat and easy to make as well as having calcium. Not a favourite of mine to say the least, but if malt is your thing then it's perfect!

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      06.04.2009 22:32
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      Stick to the original for a relaxing evening drink.

      As a kid, horlicks was a favourite bedtime drink. It was unlike anything else to me. It was milky and delicious, nothing, except hot chocolate, could beat it.
      But then, as I got older, and more health concerned, I wanted to cut back calories, which brought me to hotlicks malt extra light.

      Upon opening the container, I was greeted by a nice smell - malty and sweet.
      Nutrition wise it is very good, 35 calories per cup, and fortified with loads of vitamins and minerals. It has 400mg of calcium, which is great. It contains 0.3g of salt, which is not so great, but nothing I can't deal with.
      I put in the recommended amount into a mug, and made as directed. It was a light colour with a thin layer of froth on top. It smelt a bit fake, but because it containes aspartame, I expected that. After it had cooled, I tasted the eagerly anticipated drink.

      Blech.

      It tasted revolting. Fake and not like the original at all. I put in some sugar, to try and make it better, but that made it worse. I chucked the drink out.

      A couple of months later, I tried it again. This time, it was more palatable. It had a hint of the drink I knew and loved, but this was overtaken by a strong artificial taste.
      It also doesn't have the effect of putting me to sleep. I suppose this is because of the lack of milk, which is what induces sleepiness. Perhaps after a few more cups it will be better, but my advice is, stick to the original, it may be higher in calories, but the taste is worth it.

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        12.02.2009 14:19
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        MORE OF A TREAT QUITE LUXURIOUS

        I can't stand Malt Horlicks (the normal one) but this chocolate one is great!! even though it has a malty type taste it is not overpowering or unpleasant but really does add to the chocolatey flavour of this hot choc drink.
        I think this is more for adults as it just feels very grown up-just looking at the jar quite sophisticated,especially as this is the 'extra light' version which only takes up forty calories of your daily allowance this does not bother me as i think calorie counting should be banned !!!
        My only criticism is that for my personal taste it really does need quite a lot of powder with me personally using four or five heaped teaspoons to making it taste as chocolatey as i like it,it may not take as much if you are less of a chocaholic,but considering that this is not the cheapest type of chocolate drink it can be quite expensive,i normally wait until it is on offer in the leading supermarkets and then stock up.
        As to wether or not it helps you sleep i could not say,for me anything i drink after 8pm has the same effect!!

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        07.11.2008 18:31
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        a nice change from other hot drinks

        I've started having a hot drink in the evenings now when I settle down to relax & watch my favourite soaps on TV as it seems to stop the 'munchies'.

        I drink tea & coffee all day so have been trying to find the perfect drink for these long winter nights which is not too sweet but fairly satisfying. I've tried the top brands of hot chocolate but found them all too sugary for my taste.

        On Wednesday I saw Horlicks extra light malt chocolate for sale in Superdrug & thought I'd give it a try as I've always liked their original drink.

        This one is extra light & you just put 3-4 teaspoons of the powder into a mug, add boiling water & stir well. Please note, stir VERY, VERY well otherwise you get loads of lumps!!

        There are approximately 20 servings in this smart plastic screw-top jar so I think it's good value. I notice on the jar it says use within 4 weeks of opening so I'd better make this my nightly mug as no one else in our family likes the taste.

        There is plenty of information on the jar which tells you all about ingredients & nutritional values etc - at only 40 calories per drink it's a good option if you are watching your weight as I am!

        It's a good texture & nice colour. The smell is literally a blend of Horlicks & chocolate & it tastes that way too - a perfect mix in my opinion.

        I don't find it too sweet although it does state than sugar & sweeteners are in the product.

        The colour is nice - a little lighter than some chocolate drinks & presuambly because of the malt?
        I found it to be a satisfying & flavoursome drink & a nice change from bog standard choc ones.

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        - I think it's good value for 20 servings.
        - nice blend of Horlicks malty flavour with chocolate.
        - easy & very quick to make.
        - don't know whether it made me more relaxed as I usually 'wind down' from 7pm onwards, but some of the reviews I've read seem to suggest this can be an aid to a good night's sleep.
        - WARNING - mix really well as the first 2 drinks I made were very lumpy. I've found if you stir continually like a mad person from the moment you add the boiling water then it's fine.
        - worth a try especially if you see it this cheap - Tesco are selling it at the moment (7/11) for £2.36 & other places £3.
        - good product from Horlicks.

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          01.09.2008 05:23
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          Helped me to sleep but an occasional expense as a opposed to a necessity.

          I was never allowed Horlicks as a child as my mum hated anything malty. But since moving out of home, fending for myself, buying my own groceries it's allowed me to experiment with so-called "malty" things.


          I was having trouble sleeping and so I thought I'd give it a go.

          Packaging

          Awww there's a sleeping moon on it. The box itself is quite ingenious, lightweight, pretty much self-contained and looks like it will be easy to recycle within the house. The only problem I had was i picked up the box and it then proceeded to spill on my kitchen floor. If I have any mice in my house they will have a good night's sleep.

          The box I bought cost me £2.19 for 500g at my local Cost Cutter and for once they hadn't ripped me off. Tesco sells it for £2.36

          "32g serving made with 200ml water contains:
          Calories 121 6%, Sugars 17.4g 19%, Fat 1.9g 3%, Saturates 1.4g 7%, Salt 0.4g 7% of an adult's guideline daily amount."


          The making

          Easy as pie, get a spoon, get a kettle full of hot water, get a mug. Place 5-6 spoons in mug, add water stir. The only thing I'd say is that it takes many spoons and thus you get through the pot quite quickly. I like mine extra malty so my box doesn't go too far. Booo!

          The drinking

          Well it took a while for it to cool down but once I did I was pleasantly surprised. A nice malty flavour, but very light and despite being made with water it had a very creamy consistency. The first few sips were wonderful and made me snuggle closer down into my duvet than usual. By half way I was starting to drop off. By the end I had got a bit bored and the malty taste was overpowering me. :(

          It did help me sleep though and since then I've been trying to incorporate it into my nightly routine after a nice long bath. I used to drink tea before bed but this was full of caffeine so I think the switch has probably helped the drifting off.


          Overall

          I was all in all pleased with the product. It does what it says on the tin. Is pleasant to drink and my friends always enjoy a cup if they are staying over.

          However after a while the malty taste because a bit too much and maybe even a bit too chemical. It doesn't always help you go to sleep and for how much you put in the cup I won't expect to get much out use out of a 500g pot (about 10ish cups).

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            31.08.2008 23:52
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            This was recommended to me by a friend - and one who i would never think would drink this type of drink as it does have an 'old fogey' image!, however as he was staying with me for the week i thought i would buy him some in.

            I made myself a mug of it even though i was never overly keen on these malted drinks and settled down to drink it and have a chat at about 11pm. I was very surprised at how easy it was to mix - you simply add hot water (I always assosciated these drinks with milk) and stir. It has a nice frothy look. It also is pleasantly think, but without being too heavy or too malty. The chocolate flavour is spot on too. I have to say i thought it was delicious. It also really did wind me down before bed.... I am one for lying in bed with everything turning round in my head and it can take me over an hour to get to sleep most nights and i wake several times a night. I was ready for sleep within half an hour of drinking it and nodded off so easily that i have drunk it every night since. I do still wake up in the night but at least now i can actually get to sleep, which has also reduced any anxiety like 'i wonder how long it will take me to get to sleep tonight'. I dont know what they have put in it but to me it is phenomenal. I have been telling everybody about this! they do look at me like 'THAT can't get you to sleep' but it does!!!! I don't know how but it does! My friend will have 2 cups of it before going to sleep but for me one cup does the trick - I cant recommend it enough!!!

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              15.04.2008 12:34
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              Free stuff still rules!

              I decided to sit down and watch a film with a cup of hot chocolate.

              What could possibly go wrong? Firstly the film I decided to watch (The Shape of Things - free DVD from... well, I'll tell you at the end after you've read my review. It shall be your treat!) was possibly the most boring film ever made. Secondly the hot chocolate sachet (also free) contained, pretty much, brown food colouring with gritty bits. The sitting down bit went swimmingly though. One could be led to believe, from the above, that free things are generally rubbish - but this isn't true. The only other conclusion to be drawn is that Neil LaBute does not make good films, and that Horlicks does not make good hot chocolate.

              Having hunted around my cupboards for some hot chocolate I stumbled upon a sachet of Horlicks Extra Light hot chocolate which I'd received free a while ago. So, I boiled the kettle, got out my cup, and read the packaging. The design of the packaging is pretty much the same as that for the tub which you can see above, except mine came in a sachet not a tub. There's a picture of a cloud with a moon peeping out on the front of the packet, which suggests that drinking this hot chocolate will get you ready for bed and help you sleep. 54 mins after drinking the hot chocolate I was still wide awake... 1:16 mins still wide awake...! 'Pretty precise timings', I hear you say. Well, that's because the film was so dull I was checking the DVD player to see how long was left! Yes, turning of f the film would have been the sensible option, but I hear it has a good ending. I didn't get that far!


              ~ Low Calorie ~

              Anyway... back to the drink! The packaging also states that there is only 40 calories per drink. Compared to the 212 (12% RDA!!!) stated on my Lucozade can, I'd say this was pretty good going. Though with all things 'Light', 'Extra Light', 'Diet', 'Low Fat', 'Low Calorie', 'Low Sugar' options, there is a tendency for the taste to be reduced, though not always. In this case that was true. Well, I can't comment on whether the taste was 'reduced' as I've never had full fat Horlicks, but I can quite truthfully say the taste of chocolate was minimal, if there at all! Ignoring the lumpy bits for the moment, the drink tasted of nothing really. I usually drink Cadbury's hot chocolate as there's a strong taste of chocolate, and the drink normally has a thicker consistency than water. My Horlicks hot chocolate had the consistency of water and a very faint taste of questionable chocolate.


              ~ The Smell ~

              The sachet contained 11g of hot chocolate powder (the average serving apparently), which did fill a good fifth of my cup when I tipped it in. I was debating whether to take some out as it seemed like a lot of chocolate powder, but I decided to leave it. The powder is like any other powder really - there's a fine dust as you 'play' with the powder, but you get that with any powder. The powder didn't really smell of chocolate, but then I didn't put my nose too close to the powder! (My friend decided it would be funny to sniff chocolate powder (don't ask!) and found it most unpleasant with a burning sensation in his nose and throat! Top tip for the day - don't sniff chocolate powder!).

              I poured in the hot water as directed and stirred. The powder seemed to dissolve slower than other hot chocolate powders do. I gave up with plain old stirring, and opted for trying to fold the powder into the water. After a few minutes stirring I managed to get rid of most of the lumps, but there were still some floating in my cup - nice! Once the drink's been made there's still no real smell of chocolate. You know those naff 'chocolate' balls you can buy at Christmas that don't taste of real chocolate but just some fake, slightly crumbly, artificial chocolate? Well it smelt like that.


              ~ The Texture and Taste ~

              The texture of the hot chocolate was slightly grainy and water like. The taste wasn't impressive at all. It really was like hot water with a hint of fake chocolate. I still drink the whole cup mind you. It wasn't offensive tasting, it just didn't taste like proper hot chocolate. I suppose if you find normal hot chocolate quite sweet then maybe this is an option to try as it wasn't overly sweet.

              Normally I find that there's a lump of powder left at the bottom of my drink, but this wasn't the case with Horlicks. The lumps seemed to float to the surface, so that the whole time you were drinking you'd get these little lumps floating in the cup, but when you get to the end of your drink there's no nasty lumps lurking at the bottom. This is one good thing going for Horlicks, as you don't really notice the little lumps too much as you're drinking.


              ~ Conclusion ~

              This hot chocolate isn't offensive, it just isn't a very good hot chocolate compared to other brands such as Cadbury's. The extra light version has only 40 calories per drink, which isn't bad going, but the taste isn't great and the texture has a lot to be desired. Also, despite the pretty moon on the packet implying you'll be fast asleep after drinking this, Horlicks hot chocolate did nothing to make me feel even slightly sleepy!

              You can buy a 220g tub of Horlicks Extra Light Malt Chocolate for £2.30, or a 11g sachet for 25p both from Tescos.


              ~ Free stuff ~

              You can get a free sachet of Horlicks Extra Light Malt Chocolate from:
              https://www.horlicks.co.uk/secure/sample.aspx should you so desire.

              You can get a free DVD from:
              http://tinyurl.com/4n7jrg
              They have quite a few DVDs to choose from, some known some unknown. All they ask is that you fill in a questionnaire, skipping questions you don't want to answer. Then they send out your DVD within a week, which comes packaged as you'd expect a shop bought to DVD to be.

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                30.03.2008 19:13

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                Check label regarding hydrogenated fat content. Unfortunately I bought a large tin of the stuff. The manufacturer says so what!

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                14.01.2008 21:29
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                Its ok if you need a sweet fix and are on a diet!

                As someone that has trouble sleeping due to neighbours from hell and alot of pain in my spine I've tried everything to get some sleep however I'm still up all hours. I've tried kalms, Nytol, Lavender oil, sprays, bathfoams the whole damn kit and cabudle. At the end of the day nothing works. Forget the advertising, save your pennies and take my hint. Eventually you exhaust yourself out and you do nod off but just not to order if your an insomniac lol

                I do think that stuff can relax you a little. With me I do get relaxed then a thud from next door at 3am and me trying to move position in my pit and I'm soon less relaxed lol

                The one thing that mentally makes me feel more relaxed Horlicks. Horlicks Extra Light Malt Chocolate. As a chocolate fan and believing that chocolate is a 'comforter' in times of trouble anyway this is a cheaper option than throwing pounds down the drain and it tastes good lol

                The Packaging....

                It comes in tubs and sachets. I buy the sachets as there are many different flavours and I love them all. Also all the favours come in full fat, light and extra light.I do try watching my weight and dont see the point in drinking the full fat varietys as they are also a bit sweet and thick fo my tastebuds.

                So I have the sachet. Its an 11g sachet made of plastic. It's the same in looks as the picture at the top of the page only smaller of course lol On the front it tells me the make, what it is and to just add water. Tells me its less that 40 calories and at the bottom tells me it is 33 calores per serving. On the back of the sachet it gives me contact adresses for Horlicks, the ingredients, nutritional values and how to make it....Drink at bedtime, pop powder in a mug, add water and stir. Simple as that lol

                My Verdict....

                Taste wise its not as chocolaty as I would like. I can taste the malt but it is all a bit weak really. A way to get over this is to add less water stir and add as you go long. Also if you add the powder to the water it tends to go clumpy and as you drink the power pops in your mouth ad breaks up all dry and bits go over your tongue so another bit of advice is put the powder in first like a tea bag and add the water and keep on stirring. This version overall is ok if your watching weight but if your not this flavour is way better in the light or full fat variety. After all its chocolate and chocolate should be an indulgence!

                Ingredients....

                Wheat Flour, Fat-Reduced Cocoa Powder (13%), Malted Barley (12%), Glucose, Calcium Carbonate, Dietry Fibre, Dried Skimmed Milk, Stabalisers, (Guar Gum, Dipotassium Phosphate), Dried Whey, Vegetable Fat, Flavourings, Chocolate Powder (3%) (Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Fat-Reduced Cocoa Powder, Vanillin), Salt, Sugar, Sweetener (Aspartame), Vitamins (C, Niacin, Patothenic Acid, B6, B2, B1, A, Folic Acid, Biotin, D, B12).

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