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I can't drink tea or coffee before bed as the caffeine tends to affect my sleep either keeping me awake or I end up having a poor nights sleep, I did try herbal tea for a while but I fancied a change so I bought some Horlicks light to try. I bought the individual sachets which contain 32g and cost a £1 for three sachets.
Horlicks light is different to original Horlicks in that it is made with hot water rather than milk. I prefer this because just before bed the last thing I want to be doing is heating milk.
Horlicks is a drink designed to help you unwind and relax before bed. It is made from malt extract and fortified with vitamins.
The ingredients are listed as; Wheat Flour, Malted Barley (23%), Dried Skimmed Milk, Sugar, Dried Whey, Milk Proteins, Calcium Carbonate, Vegetable Fat, Salt, Vitamins (C, Niacin, E, Pantothenic Acid, B6, B2, B1, A, Folic Acid, Biotin, D, B12).
To make the drink you simply empthy the sachet into a mug and pour hot water in. You need to stir this really well before you drink it. Otherwise what you get is a powdery residue at the bottom of the mug. When Horlicks is made it smells like digestive biscuits in my opinion, I also think it tastes like a less sweeter version of digestives. I love the smell of Horlicks so much so I buy a bubble bayth by Palmolive called 'Snug as a Bug' as it smells just like it. Horlicks also tastes like digestives but without the sweetness. Compared to normal Horlicks the light version doesn't taste that much different, it isn't as rich but the malty goodness is still there.
I am not sure if Horlicks has helped me to sleep, I do suffer from periods where I seem to get overtired and I can't switch off and lie awake for hours, since drinking this I do feel more relaxed in the evenings but I have changed other things in my routine to help aid a restful nights sleep too.
Even if Horlicks doesn't work for you it is still a great tasting caffeine free drink that will warm you up on a cold evening!
I find that there is no better time to review a product when you are actually consuming it in front of a blank dooyoo review sheet! So here I am in my pjs on a rainy night reviewing horlicks!
I bought my Horlicks today in B&M in a handy 32g sachet for 28p. In my opinion although this may work out to be more expensive, it is very handy and as I am counting my calories, this way I can be 99% sure how many calories are in the drink (the packet says 114).
Normally I buy the full fat Horlicks and make it up with milk, however tonight I made it up with water, and with the packet being Horlicks light I was expecting it to taste differently but it does not at all, I am not sure if I would be able to tell the difference!
In my opinion when a packet says make up with milk or water, I always go for milk as it gives the drink a creamier consistency - but with Horlicks made up with water it still tastes creamy.
The packet says to use hot water, so I tend to just flick the kettle off before it boils or else you could end up burning your tongue (nasty).
According to the packet, Horlicks is rich in calcium and helps you to unwind for a good nights sleep. I personally do find Horlicks a really comforting drink because its hot, smooth and creamy.
In my opinion, the concept of Horlicks is similar to Marmite and Bovril, you either like it or you dont! The taste itself is quite hard to describe, apart from sweet and milky, a little along the lines of ready brek, only in a drink form if that makes sense!
What is in Horlicks?
To name but a few ingredients: wheat flour, malted barley, dried skimmed milk, vitamins C,E,B6,B2,B1 and A.
In my opinion it is the dried skimmed milk that adds to the creaminess of the Horlicks. Beware though it is 114 calories per cup (with water) - don't forget to add on the calories for the milk if you use it instead of water. The Horlicks light is 80% less fat than Horlicks original and is not suitable for babies under 1 year.
According to the packet it is recommended that you enjoy once a day as part of a healthy lifestyle. I can understand this as drinks such as options only contain 40 calories, but drinking four or five cups of even Horlicks light will add up! In my opinion it is definately worth 114 calories and is a real creamy treat.
If you have never tasted Horlicks before I recommend that you look out for the individual sachets and try one of those first, for 28p it is worth a go.
Horlicks definitely gets a 5/5 from me, it is my favourite bedtime drink and always has a spot in my cupboard!
Horlicks Light Malt Drink
Description: Instant hot malted drink, just add water.
If anyone has read any of my earlier reviews (thanks so much, I really appreciate all reads, rates and comments!) then they will probably know that recently, I have been trying to lose a few pounds which I gained over the festive season.
I have been doing this by eating healthy foods, exercise and avoiding snacking. I have also replaced certain foods and drinks with healthier alternatives. I really enjoy Horlicks, there is something deliciously comforting about it and it does feel like it helps me to relax and fall asleep when I drink it before bed. Previously, I used the original Horlicks but I have recently switched to the light option instead.
A 220g tub of this hot drink mix will cost you around £2 but I found it for sale in my local Poundland recently so it is worth looking for it if you live near a branch. It comes in a light blue plastic tub with a screw on lid.
One of the benefits of this drink is how easy it is to prepare. It is made with boiled water so you don't have to heat up milk which is really handy if you want to make this without having a cooker or kettle. I keep a tub of this in my locker at work for cold days as well as some at home.
The malty smell of this drink is delicious and remind me of the bit in the middle of Maltesers. Despite being made with water, the drink looks quite creamy and frothy and not thin or insipid like some instant hot drinks can be.
The taste is surprisingly good, it isn't quite as good as original Horlicks of course but for a lighter alternative, it has a warming and comforting creamy malt flavour and enough froth to make it feel like it has been made with milk rather than just hot water.
I cannot say that this hot drink actually induces sleep but it does leave me feeling relaxed and warm which always me feel sleepy so I do find it beneficial before bedtime. If you are looking for a delicious hot drink with less calories than traditional drinks then then this one is definitely worth trying. The malty taste is great and it is simple and convenient to prepare, what more could you ask for!
Nutritional Information (per 100g) is as follows;
Energy 1515kj (357Kcal)
Carbohydrate 69.5g (49.9g are from Sugar)
Fat 2.6g (of which 1.5g are saturates)
After having terrible sleep recently I'd been told to try Horlicks, the malt drink that seems to be in every grandmas cupboard. After seeing a variation of the drink, Horlicks Light, that everyone was so happy to tell me about I decided to try it. The Sachet holds a single serving of 32g which is to be mixed with hot water (like coffee or tea) and dissolved. The sachet is light blue and dark blue split in the middle by a moon sleeping in a cloud and is made from thin plastic.
So to make the drink:
Pour the contents of sachet in to a cup
Pour 200ml (approx) of boiling water in to the cup
Stir until contents of sachet has dissolved
The drink when it's mixed has a really pleasant and visually resembles a very milky cup of tea. If you ever wondered what the middle bit out of a Malteser would look like in a drink then this is it, literally, they are both just malt. Although unlike a Malteser it can't had straight away, for a starter it's rather hot, so you need to let it cool. For those having it as a bed time drink it's advisable you make the drink, then go to the toilet then take the drink to bed and drink it in bed when it's cool enough.
It has a somewhat milky taste, perhaps it's obvious by this that they are trying to keep the taste of the normal Horlicks in this "light" version. The taste mixes milk and malt perfectly giving a light taste that you could imagine would taste very similar to a fluffy white cloud, which is possibly what makes the drink so relaxing. Rather funnily after drinking a mouthful or two you feel your shoulders drop and your eyes get heavier, but not close. Sadly the closing is never done, it makes you feel relaxed but no more sleepy than you were earlier.
Overall the drink is a good one for relaxing with out the need for alcohol, sadly it doesn't ever get to the point of sending you to sleep like too much alcohol can do. What it would help is if your tied and lying in bed reading it could well by the final straw that sends you into the land of nod, much like counting sheep will. Impressively this version of the drink is incredibly low in fat which means it's great for Horlick's drinkers on a diet, otherwise there is little to pick between the two.
Nutritional Information (per 100g)
Energy 1515kj (357Kcal)
Carbohydrate 69.5g (49.9g are from Sugar)
Fat 2.6g (of which 1.5g are saturates) (81% LESS than the original Horlicks)
Calcium 1868mg (234% of the Recommended Daily Allowance)
The drink contains Barley, Milk, Wheat flour, Whey and Salt. It may also contain traces of Soya but is suitable for vegetarians.
I'm sitting here sipping the product as I type so excuse the blow by blow account of it!
First of all, having just reviewed the skinny cow drink and having hated it! I'm now sipping this drink and really enjoying it!!
The packaging - it is attractive, an individual sachet (32g) again which I really like (especially for those on weight watchers like myself, helps you keep in control of the portion sixes - the only snag is that it is 2 points so a bit more than what you might like to blow on just a drink but I do think it's worth it! Go for a walk around the block before sipping it!) The blue smiley dreamy moon is of course enticing!!
Just tip the contents into a mug and add water - now I like my drinks very sweet so I didn't use the usual docker mugs I use for tea, but a smallish cup - like a medium coffee cup you get in Costa coffee. It dissolves well and it doesn't leave a thick layer of liquid horlics at the bottom of the mug, which I always find annoying! So stir well and you don't get that.
It is still creamy - especially once you've just stirred it, it has that sort of frothy top to it which is very enticing! I think as a low fat drink, it tasted great. True horlics fans will probably find that it isn't as creamy and as thick as a regular mug of horlics but as its light, I guess that's the compromise. I think it's still very sweet and does taste malty, although this isn't as over powering and prominent as you get in regular horlics. I really don't think there is a huge difference between this and regular full fat horlics. It didn't leave an aftertaste in my mouth like some low calorie drinks can, the only think I have noticed is that I do feel thirsty after drinking a mug.
The sleeping side of it - I can't really comment on, but I do feel relaxed for drinking a mug of this and in a better frame of mind to fall asleep rather than it being sleep inducing. In short, it's a great drink, very warming, sweet, surprisingly thick in consistency despite being made of water and it is satisfying!!!
I love Horlicks. It's lovely warm malty goodness just reminds me of melted down Malteasers. It always reminds me of being young and not being able to sleep and getting a lovely steamy cup of Horlicks to knock me out for the night!
As I am watching what I eat and drink (and Horlicks being high in sugar and making it with milk) I thought I would try the Light version. You can buy single sachets for around 25p or a tub which will cost you around £2.00. The light versions (for both the chocolate and original versions) are packaged in blue and lilac. Very relaxing picture on the front. Overall very well packaged and eye catching.
When you unscrew the lid and pierce the foil on the top you do get a whiff of malt but I would hardly say its enticing or anywhere near as strong as normal Horlicks. I was still giving it the benefit of the doubt though.
You can add as many spoonfuls as you want dependant on how strong you want the flavour. I used three teaspoons hoping to get a lovely creamy consistency. I added the boiled water and started to stir. I knew I was going to have to prepare myself for some sub-par malty goodness when I could see the spoon through the liquid, it was that transparent and weak.
The taste is very hard to put my finger on. Yes the malt is there but its not the first thing that comes to mind when you are drinking this, it is just very watery. Also it leaves a horrible coating on my teeth and tongue. There is also a tangy after taste which isn't pleasant at all. I had to pour this down the sink as I just couldn't enjoy it at all. I still have a full tub in the cupboard minus one mugful!
In future, I will be sticking to good old, full fat Horlicks, I will just have to have it as a treat!
Not being able to sleep is no joke. My usual remedy is to have a couple of glasses of red wine which relaxes me enough to get to sleep but recently I decided to try a healthier option. As some of you know I have some hypermobile joints which leads to tight muscles that never relax and joint pain which makes getting comfortable a problem but I also have an overactive brain that chatters on non-stop as soon as my head hits the pillow, not a great combination when it comes to sleeping! So when I saw Horlicks had brought out a light version that's low in fat and calories I thought it must be worth a try.
The tub I bought was about £2.30 for 220g which is apparently 20 servings. Each serving contains 35 calories, 0.7g fat, 6.3g carbohydrates, 3.6g sugars, 1.2g fibre and 0.1g sodium. So it's low in calories and fat unlike the original version. The instructions are to put 3-4 heaped teaspoons in a mug and add boiling water and stir well.
The tub is made to look relaxing with a picture of the moon and some stars on it, some serene purples and a picture of what I assume to be malt. Under the light purple screw on lid is a foil seal you pop using a spoon, much the same as jars of coffee. The product is a beige coloured powder that does indeed smell of malt.
I found when I added the boiling water the aroma of malt was just as strong as with original Horlicks but I had to stir it for quite a long time to get most of the powder to dissolve and even then there were a few little lumps that wouldn't go. Undeterred I decided to drink to almost the bottom of the mug so I wouldn't end up with a clump of powder in my mouth.
It tastes lovely, very soothing and malty until you get to the after taste. I'm used to diet versions of drinks and food and barely notice the after taste of artificial sweeteners but in this drink they are very noticeable. Once you've swallowed the actual drink you can really taste the slightly bitter artificial sweetener so it must be very strong for me to notice it. It is of course Aspartame which is supposed to be quite bad for you.
So I drank down to about half an inch from the bottom of the mug and tipped away the remaining liquid with lumps still in it. That done I went to bed expecting great things.
At 3 am I was still wide awake and peeved! This drink didn't help me to sleep at all and I had the usual problems in nodding off. Yes it was a warming drink, quite tasty if you don't mind the taste of artificial sweeteners, low in calories and fat so you're not going to bed to store excessive amounts but not effective as a sleep aid.
I'm giving the product 3 stars as it tasted ok but obviously didn't do what I wanted it to. I think I'll stick to a glass of red wine in the future so at least I'll get a bit of sleep! Not recommended as a sleep aid but fine for a warm drink.
Still on the look out for a perfect nights sleep I'm going through the flavours of Horlicks and drinks of that ilk. I'm a big fan of natural remedies though I'm yet to find anything that knocks my insomnia on the head. I'm sleeping on average 2 hours a night (if I'm lucky) and I'm on auto pilot and look spaced out most of time. I'm struggling to sleep through neighbour from hell who doesn't sleep... ever and I have a really bad spine I'm waiting to get fixed and I get migraines due to the thudding noise my neighbour makes and in general there's only so much you do to relax when there is a problem going on . You can get relaxed then bang bang bang thud till 5am it really doesn't matter what you do to chill out noise levels are far to high to stay relaxed and sleepy lol.
I'm aware I cant knock myself out. I've tried everything from wearing ear muffs in bed with a pillow attached to my head, to sleeping pills and lavender oils. Unfortunetely even drinking alcohol in copius amounts doesnt help neither. The noise is still there grrr and if it isnt there for any reason I'm paranoid it's going to arrive any minute!
So I've come to the conclusion that I have to put up with it. All I can do is try to relax and chill out and my new system starting yesterday is to go to bed at 4pm before he gets home at 5pm and go to sleep! ok I then wake up at 10pm but I can be awake all night and watch tv loud over the noise via my headphones, stay up till 4pm and repeat the process. Even doing this is stressful in itself knowing I have an hour or so to get off to sleep before he arrives home however I am lucky that I can sleep through anything once I'm asleep lol So there's my background and how desperate I am to find a solution!
So in preparation for my new sleeping lifestyle I'd been out to Sainsbury's the other day and picked up some Horlicks sachets in different varieties.
So yesterday before my new bedtime, I had a bath, smoothered myself in Dove nightime body lotion, sprayed my pillow in lavender oil and put on my pingu pjs and was feeling decidedly edgy thinking was I going to get off to sleep in time and feeling exhausted! I grabbed my Horlicks 'light' malt drink and made it up.
I bought a 32g plastic recyable sachet, enough to make one cup. Light blue and dark blue on the front and I'm clearly told who it is by and what it is. Tells me on the front that it is malt and tells me 'To sleep better, feel better and just add water'. Also tells me on the front that it contains 115 calories. On the back gives me contact numbers for Horlicks, instructions on making up the drink,ingredients and nutritional information.
For a delicious bedtime drink just empty contents into a mug, add hot water and stir well, then relax and enjoy. This process is easy of course. Dont go sprinkling your powder into the water, make it as you would a cup of tea with a tea bag! Otherwise it goes all clumpy and gloopy and some is thick in your mug and around the edges it looks like dishwater and has little flavour so do put in the powder first and keep stirring. Also be careful the amount of water you add. I find this doesn't make me a full mug unless I'm willing to compromise on the flavour. I like mine quite thick so I use a small mug and adjust the water content to suit my taste.
Wheat Flour, Malted Barley (23%), Dried Skimmed Milk, Sugar, Dried Whey, Milk Proteins, Calcium Carbonate, Vegetable Fat, Salt, Vitamins (C, Niatin, E, Panthothenic Acid, B6, B2, B1, A, Folic Acid, Biotin, D, B12).
Not suitable for babies under 1 years old.
Suitable for vegetarians.
Enjoy once a day as a part of a healthy, balanced diet.
Store in a cool, dry place away from sunlight.
Fabulous. I really doubted I would get some sleep and of course I wouldn't just put it down to the drink. My sleep was probably down to many factors. However I did feel relaxed and felt I was taking charge of settling myself down properly. The drink its self is much nicer that the really light one that is only 40 calories. I find that one is to weak and has little flavour. Yes this one is a lot higher at 115 calories but there is no compromise on the flavour at all and reminds me of the full fat version of Horlicks (to my taste buds there is no difference).
It's sweet, thick and malty. It isn't too sweet but very rich and in the cup looks quite thick. You can really taste the malty flavour and over all it is really pleasant with no nasty after taste.
Straight after drinking this I was out the count for 6 hours, which is the longest I've slept in months lol. A big fan of Horlicks anyway, I shall be buying this one again and again and trying others in the range. It's worth the extra calories sometimes for the extra flavour of a product and I heartly recomend this one!
Nutritional Values....Per Hundred Grams
Energy 358 kcal
of which is sugars 49.3g
of which is saturates 1.4g
25p per sachet in Sainsburys and other good supermarkets. Also available in tubs and other flavours.