“ Brand: Horlicks / Manufacturer: GlaxoSmithkline / Malted Drinks „
As anyone who knows me or regularly reads my reviews online will know I have an eating disorder. At the moment I'm trying really hard to recover and go to weekly therapy sessions which is group therapy to try to get myself back on the write track. One of the things we have to do is have a meal plan and that consists of three meals and two snacks a day at certain times.
However the past couple of weeks have been very tough for me. I've had a horrible bug that left me unable to eat and has still, even now as I'm getting better has left me with little appetite.
So the meal plan went out of the window however the one thing I did stick to was my last snack of the day which is down as a mug of Horlicks (yes my clinic classes this as food for some odd reason!).
Please note that I am writing about the 'Light' version of this as I think others are that have also written reviews on here that I have read and I cannot see anywhere you can just get a full fat option of this anymore!
This is available to buy in many sizes including small individual sachets. My tub is plastic with a screw on/off brown plastic lid and around the tub the labeling is also brown in colour. On the front of it we are told that it is Horlicks 'The Original Malted Milk Drink', Light Chocolate 'Just Add Water' and that it is rich in calcium and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown along with a couple of curls of milk chocolate and some barley being shown. On the back of the tub we are told a bit about the product and how to make it up, the ingredients and allergy advice are given as well as a full nutritional chart, the size is stated (mine is a 200g tub) and contact details for the manufacturer are also listed. Nice, informative and easy to open and close tub this is.
To make this up couldn't be simpler to be honest. All you need to do is pop 5-6 teaspoons of the weird smelling (I think it smells of barley!) fine powder into a mug, add hot water and give it a really good stir.
I found this easy to make with no lumps in it and I definitely like to use a lot of powder per drink as I like it really rich and the liquid is quite a dark brown colour. Taste wise I really do like this one! It does taste really creamy and of milk chocolate, you can taste a bit of barley going on and it really is malty and very tangy indeed. Its sweet but in a rather natural way and not overly so and the maltiness that this to it doesn't attract away from the chocolate flavour.
The drink is rich in vitamin D which is a bonus of it tasting so good but also this is meant to help to aid a restful sleep but does it?
Well it doesn't knock you out but I do think that supping this does relax me personally but then there's something about hot chocolate that always does that to me! I just find the ritual of drinking it to be relaxing and soothing and so yes I think it does aid me in making me chilled out and ready to sleep.
The only issue with this is that because it is so malty and rich in its flavour it does make me rather thirsty as once I have drank it I do get a weird sort of tinny taste in my mouth but after consuming it I now combat that with drinking plenty of water!
I really like this and think its superb quality and its nice to have something with only 120 calories and just 1.3g of saturated fat that tastes so chocolaty and rich without ruining our figures!
I bought this from a local convenience store for just £1.39 which I think is great value though I have seen it cheaper in Pound shops and the likes recently so keep your eyes peeled and of course it is sold in all good supermarkets and the likes.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I don't drink tea or coffee but I do like to have a hot drink from time to time on a cold evening or when I am at work and so I often look towards the chocolate based drinks to fulfil this need. I was shopping at the cooperative in town where I saw sachets of Horlicks malt chocolate drink and as I quite like Horlicks I thought that I would give it a go as a pre bedtime drink.
The sachet is small and would fit easily in to your bag or pocket should you wish to take one to work which I think is a good idea-especially at my place of work where if I take a large drink everyone else seems to pinch it anyway! The packaging has the usual light blue and cream colours which I associate with Horlicks but with this sachet half of it is brown with a picture of some chocolate curls which makes it clear which variety it is.
To use the sachet I tore off the top of the packet and poured the contents in to my cup. I was pleasantly surprised that there was a good amount of powder in there as I can't stand watery hot chocolate drinks. The powder has a nice malty smell to it and I would say that this stood out more than the actual chocolate to be honest. I made the drink by pouring freshly boiled water from the kettle. As I poured the water on to the powder I made sure that I stirred as I find this tends to make the mixture blend better together than if you just stir at the end. The powder mixed well with the water and a nice looking froth developed thinly on the top.
Taste wise I found Horlicks malt chocolate to be ok. I do love a hot chocolate made with milk and the difference between using milk and water is quite apparent. Despite this I did quite enjoy the maltiness of this drink combined with the chocolate flavour. I can't say that it is my favourite drink by a long shot but as an occasional drink it was enjoyable. The drink didn't help me to get a more rested nights sleep but it made a nice change all the same.
Per 32g serving made with 200ml of boiling water you have:
801mg of calcium which is 100% of the recommended daily allowance.
This sachet cost me around sixty pence however you can buy larger tubs in supermarkets should this be a drink you wish to drink regularly. I do like to have a milky drink personally but for work these drinks are ideal as they are easily transportable and pleasant enough.
Thank you for reading my review!
My husband is working particularly hard at work at the moment, he's working long hours and has a whole load of pressure on his shoulders. He often brings work home with him in the evening and sits at his laptop until far too late in the evening. As much as I try to talk him out of this and telling him that he needs time to unwind and relax, my reasoning is fallling on deaf ears. The consequence is that when he finally does put the work down and head to bed, he is often really wound up and struggles to sleep as his mind is racing.
When I was doing my weekly shop last week, I stumbled across a potential aide to this problem. While buying my coffee, I also spotted Horlicks. Now I know I don'y like the plain variety, I think it taste pretty awful so to be honest I had never given it much more thought. This day however I spotted the Malt Chocolate variety. Now Horlicks is marketed as being able to help you 'unwind for a good night's sleep' and the fact that you could get a chocolate variety really appealed. My husband is a big hot chocolate fan but I rarely make it with milk which perhaps could help him get to sleep. It is just a bit of an effort late at night and to be honest with my two milk guzzling girls, there is rarely any spare milk left in the fridge. This seemed like a fantastic alternative and I was hoping the chocolate variety would taste better than the original stuff and the bonus was that you just had to add hot water.
I picked up a 500g tub of the Horlicks Light Malt Chocolate for about £2.70 from Tesco's. That evening when my husband finally turned the laptop off, I offered to make him a drink and headed to the kitchen. I followed the instructions and added a whopping 6 teaspoons of the horlicks powder to a large mug. I then added boiling water and strirred well. I didn't take too much and is all mixed together really well without any lumps floating on top. All looked good so far, my only reservation was that you would very quickly finish off a tub, it you use that much powder for each mug.
My husband really enjoyed it, it said it tasted really chocolatey and much better than the original stuff. Following these positive words, I quickly made myself some too.... and you know what I really enjoyed it. Sure thaere was a malty taste but it was fabulously blended with a rich chocolate flavour. It felt like a warm hug in a mug and and I really enjoyed it. Now I never have any trouble nodding off so I can't really comment from that angle but my husband said that it did really help him relax and nodded off easily that night. Since then he has drank a mug of horlicks evening and I'm pretty sure this will continue...big thumbs up from us!
In my search for the best bedtime drink after a night shift I bought a few sachets of this Horlicks drink to try the other week.
Empty sachet into cup, pour on boiling water, stir and drink after letting cool of course or you will burn your tongue! Now you do need to stir as you add the water or this drink goes very lumpy and you get globules of powder which is unpleasant
The sachet is brown colored with a half moon sleeping on the front with the words it helps restful sleep, Is rich in calcium, Low in fat And to just add water.
nutrient per 32g (to be made up in 200 ml water)
Energy kCal 129 kCal
Energy kJ 544 kJ
Protein 2.6 g
Carbohydrate 23.7 g
of which sugars 19.3 g
Fat 2.7 g
of which saturates 1.8 g
Fibre 0.9 g
Sodium 0.2 g
Per 32g Serving %RDA
Vitamin A, µg 160 20
Vitamin D. µg 1.0 20
Vitamin E, mg 2.0 20
Vitamin C , mg 12 20
Thiamin (Vit B1), mg 0.28 20
Riboflavin (Vit B2), mg 0.32 20
Niacin, mg 3.6 20
Vitamin B6, mg 0.4 20
Folic Acid, µg 40 20
Vitamin B12, µg 0.2 20
Calcium, mg 210 29
Worth noting here is that this is not really a low calorie drink Horlicks Light Malt Chocolate Drink - with 125calories per serving, it's more calorific than Maltesers Instant Hot Chocolate Drink, at 99 calories per serving.!
Sugar, Dried Whey, Glucose, Fat- Reduced Cocoa (7%), Hydrogenated Vegetable Fat, Dried Skimmed Milk, Milk Proteins, Chocolate Powder (2%), Calcium Carbonate, Stabilisers (Xanthan Gum, Dicalcium Phosphate), Salt, Acidity Regulators (Dipotassium Phosphate, Sodium Polyphosphate.), Sodium Caseinate, Emulsifiers (Glyceryl Monostearate, Lactostearate.), Lactose, Anti- Caking Agents (Tricalcium Phosphate, Aluminium Silicate.), Vitamin (C, Niacin, E, B6, B2, B1, A, Folic Acid, D, B12.).
Taste and smell
Have to say it still had the distinctive Horlicks smell, which is a malty milky smell but not as strong as the Ovaltine smell so I gave it a taste, it was nice and thick but you can taste the grains of sugar in it a little bit which I didn't like I also felt it was more watery than I would like for a malty bedtime drink so I add some Milk which did make it taste better. However I have to say I was disappointed in the taste of this drink and though it was thick it didn't have the creaminess that I normally get from Ovaltine or other hot chocolate drink.
Tesco's and Asda both sell this for £2.48
Instant Chocolate Malt Drink