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Horlicks is a malted milk drink designed to help you relax before you sleep. Whilst there is no scientific clarification of this, it is certainly a comforting drink. The flavour often splits opinion!

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      15.06.2013 11:27
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      Sleepy Time....

      I am a shift worker so quite often I need to sleep at weird times throughout the day, at times when I am not always tired.

      What is it?
      Horlicks is an instant malted drink which can be made with either milk or hot water depending on your preference. It is said to help you sleep and it certainly does this for me. In addition to the sleep inducing benefits, a single mug of Horlicks is a great source of calcium and major vitamins, much better than popping a vitamin pill.

      Range
      The Horlicks range includes Horlicks Original which is the more traditional product which most people will be familiar with. They also have a Horlicks Light which is a lower fat version, Horlicks Extra Light which is even lower in fat. They also produce various flavoured Horlicks such as chocolate, dreamy vanilla, cosy caramel and heavenly amaretto.

      Cost
      I normally buy my Horlicks from Tesco and a 500 gram tub will cost you £2.49 which I think is fairly reasonable.

      Making The Drink
      To make the drink you simply add two to three scoops of the powder to your mug, and then add hot (not boiling) water and stir. If you're making the original drink, then the instructions state that you should make it with hot milk

      What Does It Taste Like?
      I find that Horlicks is quite velvety and smooth to drink. The taste is instantly malty (reminds me of the inside of malteasers) and it is also quite sweet and creamy. Obviously the Horlicks tastes much creamier when you make it with milk but I still enjoy the varieties that you make with hot water.

      Conclusion
      I really would recommend Horlicks to anyone that has trouble sleeping or for anyone who fancies a change from their normal drink. I believe that Horlicks really does help me sleep, after drinking a mug; I tend to sleep the entire night through without waking up once. I also think that this product offers good value for money.

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      02.02.2013 22:10
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      A nice warming drink for a change

      Some evenings after my daughter goes to bed, I love nothing more than having a warm cup of hot chocolate and sitting watching the telly. Recently, I ran out of my usual hot chocolate and when I went to purchase some more in Tesco, I noticed they were selling Horlicks original malk drink for £1.50 for a 300g box, and given that Horlicks isn't usually cheap to buy, I thought this would be a nice change for a reasonable price. There is a local cafe not far from where I live that sell Horlicks on their menu, and very often I have had a cup of this there on a cold winter day, so although I didn't have much experience of buying it for myself I knew what the taste was like.

      For those that don't know or haven't tasted Horlicks before, it is actually a drink that is made from a mix of wheat, malted barley and milk ingredients, that also contains quite a lot of your daily vitamins as well, in fact, Horlicks claim that within 1 cup of this drink there are 12 essential vitamins and minerals, as well as being a great source of vitamin D. So, it isn't just a comfort drink on a cold winter's night, but instead, it is a drink that is reasonably good for you as well, obviously as part of a controlled diet. 1 cup of this drink contains 189 calories, around 4g of fat, and almost 19g of sugars, so you do need to weight up the benefits in terms of vitamin and mineral content against the high calories and sugar content.

      When I picked up this box of Horlicks in Tesco, it stated on the front 'just add milk' so I never actually read the instructions for making the drink on the back. When I read it, it isn't quite a matter of just adding milk, you actually need to make a paste with some water first and then either add already warmed milk or heat it with milk in the microwave. Compared to my hot chocolate, where you simply pour in water and stir, this is a little more time consuming, and it put me off a little, because it took me a few cups to feel that I had got the consistency of the paste right and even then it still isn't as nice as what I get in the cafe I mentioned earlier.

      What I do like about this drink is that it fills me. I don't feel the need to snack after taking this drink, so it is particularly nice if I have had a lighter evening meal and am a little peckish a few hours later, and stops me nibbling at crisps or chocolate the whole evening to fill me up.

      Whether you like this drink it probably down to individual tastes. Yes, it is a malty kind of drink that I like the taste of, but it isn't as strong as some of the coffee drinks on the market. It is definitely a winter warming drink that is not something I would want to take all the time, but it is nice as a change from my usual hot chocolate.

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      22.12.2012 11:14
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      Highly recommended for those looking for an alternative to hot chocolate or hot coffee drinks.

      Horlicks is a type of malted milk drink that is meant to be drunk hot. Made of malted barley, wheat flour, and milk, it comes in nice neat screw cap bottles in the powdered form. Horlicks is touted to be able to help people sleep better, but I've never tried it for that purpose so I can't comment. I find Horlicks to be a nice drink to have especially during Winter, when I don't feel like having something as decadent as hot chocolate or one of those Starbucks Christmas specials. It is sweet with a malty flavour that makes it quite full-bodied without having all the unhealthy 'goodness' of some other hot drink alternatives.

      ~~ Types of Horlicks available ~~
      Three main types of Horlicks can be typically found in the supermarkets - Horlicks, Horlicks light and Horlicks chocolate light. Personally, my faovurite has got to be Horlicks. Horlicks light, despite its perpetuated less-fat content, tastes a little too thin without the sufficient fat base and thus a little sickly. The rest of my review will largely focus on the normal Horlicks.

      ~~ Method of preparation ~~
      Instructions suggest that you take 3-4 teaspoons of Horlicks, mix it up with a little water to form a paste, and then add in 200 ml of hot milk. Personally, I've never tried that because the way my family has done it all along has been sufficiently yummy for me! What we do is to take about 2 heaped teaspoons of Horlicks, and just add in sufficient hot water to form a cup of Horlicks (I reckon that the cup is about 250 ml). It may seem like it's not going to be milky enough - but I guess it's all about personal taste! I suspect that people who actually find Horlicks quite gross is because they have added milk - so I highly recommend that you try it with just hot water just to see which suits better for you.

      ~~ Nutrition ~~
      A cup of 25 g of Horlicks powder with 200 ml of skimmed milk contains 189 calories, 4.3 g of fat, 27 g of carbs, and 9.6 g of proteins. As it has a relatively high carb content, apparently it is said that Horlicks can help you gain weight (if you need to).. Otherwise, having a cup or so every now and then in moderation is perhaps best for your health!

      ~~ Where can you buy it ~~
      Horlicks can be found in most supermarkets. 500g of the bottle packaging at Tesco costs about £2.69 pounds and I find that a bottle like that typically lasts me about 3 months (I don't drink it everyday!). You can also get the refill pack which is slightly cheaper at £2.29.

      ~~ Verdict ~~
      Try Horlicks traditional with hot water, and you might find it to be the perfect hot drink for this cold winter.. Highly recommended!

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      29.12.2011 16:07
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      Great tasty homely drink

      We all like a drink of Horlicks in our house, me, my other half and our little lad. We don't drink it regulalrly but every now and again we all have a cup together, especially when it's cold outside. I like the original flavour but the other two prefer the chocolate malt variety.

      We usually pay about £2.49 for an 800g jar. The jar is plastic and has a blue screw top lid and when you take off the lid it's got one of those gold foil things inside which I let the little lad stab so I can get the Horlicks out. This drink can also be made with water if that's what you prefer or half milk and half water - whatever is to your taste. We all like it with whole milk in our house and we think it tastes much creamier and richer and has a better flavour.

      It's important you make it into a little paste at the bottom of the mug before your pour in the hot water or hot milk so you have to be careful there are no lumps or that can taste just plain nasty.

      This is a rich and comforting drink and reminds me of when I was a little lad and my mother used to give me those Horlicks tablets / sweets as a treat to make sure I got all my calcium.

      This is loaded with calories though so if you are watching your weight, ladies, be careful not to overdo the Horlicks or you may regret it.

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      12.12.2011 21:38
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      Yummy Malt Drink

      I became a fan of Horlicks when I was pregnant. I started drinking it as I didn't really like milk but this helped me get my calcium quota in.

      I buy my Horlicks on offer in Tesco but it's normally sold at £3.99 for 800g which is a little pricey but keep an eye out for the offers.

      Horlicks offer two types the original malt flavour and the chocolate malt. Both of which are very pleasant.

      Horlicks come in a cylindrical plastic tub, with a screw top. The tub is a dark blue with a cloud across the middle and a crescent moon poking out of the cloud. Lying on the bottom of the tub is a sheaf of malt.

      **The picture on dooyoo is an old product picture**

      On opening the tub there is foil seal which is easy to break, on breaking the seal the malty smell gets you, probably is an acquired smell.

      To make a yummy original Horlicks drink it's suggested you make it with 200ml of hot water or milk. Make 25g of the Horlicks powder in to a paste with a little of the warm water/milk. Once the smooth paste is made, add the reason of the liquid to make your yummy drink. This drink for me does not need any sugar added. If made like this their are no lumpy bit in the drink and is a nice creamy, comforting drink.

      Each drink is187 calories so must be drank with caution as can easily take you over your daily calorie allow!! The drink for me really does help you unwind and get ready for a restful night's sleep. It's a really comforting drink.

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        08.12.2011 18:25
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        A nice comforting drink whether used as a night cap or otherwise.

        Horlicks seems to be one of those drinks you either love or hate. I hadn't tasted this for several years when I got the urge to chuck one in the shopping recently.

        Horlicks has the reputation for being a bed time beverage that helps you to sleep, and although there is some witchery pokery information that seems to back this up there is no real evidence that neither warm milk nor the malted milk which Horlicks is aids sleep. There is some case to be made for the psychological relaxation that this drink (and warm milk in general) induces, via a subconscious psychological infantile response (warm bottle or booby before sleepy time as a baby). Or because it simply fills you up a little with something that is light enough not to create indigestion when consumed just before bed, but nutritious enough to stop any nocturnal hunger pangs.

        The container which Horlicks comes in (not like the Dooyoo picture) is an oval plastic tub like the Dooyoo picture for Horlicks malted food drink, which is what it now seems to be called. The tub is quite easy to open and use with an opaque plastic membrane inside to keep the contents fresh before you open it. Never has that membrane been more needed, as I found that the contents are very prone to sucking up moisture getting sticky and fairly quickly hardening into an unusable lump. This happened to our last pack of Horlicks, we don't drink it every day and the tub had been in the cupboard for a few weeks (ok a month or two), when the missus went to use it (there was about a third of a tub left) it was as hard as a rock, the container was properly closed for the time of storage.. I would like to see Horlicks make their container more airtight as I don't think this should happen so quickly after opening (I think it is quick, others may differ)

        I enjoy a mug of Horlicks at anytime that I feel the urge for it, and don't use it as an aid to relaxation before sleep. You are instructed to add about a third of a pint of milk (of whatever fat content you prefer) or water. You are supposed to stir the few teaspoons of Horlicks with a little cold water to form a paste before adding the other ingredients. This is supposed to stop the tendency this product has to form little sticky toffee like lumps that no amount of bashing against the side of your mug with a spoon will blend in. I know its wrong as Horlicks is a sweet drink anyway but I sometimes add a tiny bit of sugar just to soup it up a bit, and have been known to add a spoon of cocoa powder or half an 'options' sachet. If I'm drinking a drink with the calories of a snack or small meal I want to really taste and make the most of those calories. These additions as long as they are thoroughly mixed in I find work quite well with Horlicks.

        The drink has a distinct malt aroma, which is stronger than Ovaltine but still subtle. The drink has a lovely creamy consistency and is quite sweet on its own.

        Despite being relatively high in calorie in its original formula made with milk this (approximately 180 calories when made with milk and nothing added) is a very healthy drink - unless you are lactose intolerant, in which case you could try it with water as Horlicks themselves suggest, I wouldn't recommend this personally as in my opinion it tastes like pish made this way. The drink contains 12 different vitamins and minerals and is high in vitamin D, something which the sun starved UK could always do with a shot of.

        This nutritional element of Horlicks can be very useful for people recuperating from illness who for one reason or another can't take in enough nutrition or calories through conventional means. A friend of mine who had a very fast metabolism would drink this throughout the day (along with any other high calorie food he could get his hands on) to help stave off becoming a skeleton. Elderly people with compromised organ function, or loss of appetite could find this drink particularly useful, my mother before she passed away was partially paralysed by a stroke so found it very difficult to eat; but she enjoyed a nice warm cup of Horlicks (and other beverages) from a tippee type cup.

        Horlicks original at time of writing costs £2 at Tesco for 500g (reduced until 11.01.12 from £2.60)

        Horlicks comes in a few varieties, including low calorie and chocolate, but my favourite will always be the rich smooth malty taste of the original made with milk, full fat or semi skimmed are just as nice.

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        18.07.2011 23:03
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        Nice winter warmer

        Adverts are great arent they! And the old ones are always better than these new ones on telly now!

        Horlicks was advertised as a stress relief remedy and if you had a bad day. Is it really any good at that. Well no more than a glass of hot milk or a lovely cosy evening in in front of the telly with your feet being rubbed by your partner!

        I must say I dont think Horlicks goes with the summer months. Thise evenings are better spent outdoors enjoying the fabulous evening and up early to ejoy the fabulous mornings! But when the horrible winter months start drawing in and dog walks are cut down by the dark then there is nothing better than a cup of Harlicks, I must say the best way to enjoy it is in front of a roaring fire listening to the rain beating int he windows. However my two bed house on the outskirts of a city do not lend to an open fire as a cup whilst curled up on the sofa next to the radiator will have to do!!

        Making it is a little bit of a chore, instead of pouring water form the kettle over a tea bag or coffee granules you have to put milk in a pan, warm it up making sure it does not boil over and make more work for you. Then you need to make sure the powder is mixed well into the milk or there is that horibble clumpy effect.

        This is quite a fatty drink to not something you want to be drinking all day. But at the end of a hard long day it is great!
        A tub of this powder is about £1.99 so not the cheapest and there is not many supermarket own brands to help with the cost! But then this drink is so good why would you want to have a cheaper, not so nice alternative!

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        25.06.2011 13:20
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        Nice alternative to tea and coffee

        I drink a lot of tea because I really like having a hot beverage, it is great while at work or after a hard day's work especially during the colder winter months. I have concerns about too much tea though firstly due to the caffeine content but also because it can discolour your teeth and no amount of whitening toothpaste will fight that in my experience. I always want to cut down and may be save my drinking of tea for special occasions like when I am out for the day somewhere special like Wimbledon or the Chelsea Flower Show. Like I said though if I do not take tea I really miss not having a hot drink, I have tried fruit teas some of which are ok and I like hot chocolate of all kinds but I think it is a bit rich and heavy to drink throughout the day. So as it happens I am still drinking a lot of tea but another drink I do like and will use again when I try and fight my addiction in the near future is Horlicks.

        Unlike the jar in the picture on this page I now find 500g of the drink in a plastic container which is currently £2.60 on the Tesco website. From this pot you take a few heaped tea spoons of the granules or powder and put them in to a mug, you then add hot milk and stir until the milk and the granules are mixed. To get the right amount of milk for the mug I am using I normally pour milk in to the receptacle and then after put this in to the saucepan to heat it. When you add the milk to the Horlicks in the mug you can smell a tremendous malty aroma and the liquid is a creamy white and frothy to boot. The drink does make you feel a little drowsy and helps you to relax as it is quite heavy but in my case I drink it because I think the flavour is lovely and it makes a good change from the tea that I consume.

        Nutritionally this is more than likely worse for you than tea or coffee as each serving contains 187 calories but of course a real plus is that it has no caffeine. A great hot beverage to sit down with and drink while watching a good film before you sleep.

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          23.06.2011 19:17
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          Disgusting!

          Seriously, what is with the positive reviews of Horlicks Original! I have tried it a number of times because I've been advised by a number of people that it really helps to send you off to sleep - and so I have persevered in order to have these positive effects (a bit like the health benefits of drinking disgusting green tea), but I have to say that this drink really is absolutely revolting!

          I have the Horlicks that comes in a 330g glass jar which I bought from the every trusty Tesco's for just £1.99. When I first bought this I thought the price was reasonable, but having said that, at the time I actually didn't realise that the jar would sit in my cupboard half full for months waiting to see if any crazy visitor would like some! If you use it as directed, each 330g jar contains about 13 mugs of Horlicks - and so that equates to just over 15p per mug-full.

          The recommendation is that you use 4 heaped teaspoons of the powder (which doesn't look or smell very appetising in itself!) and then pour hot milk into the powder and mix together. As you pour the milk onto the powder, the smell of malt becomes stronger and, well, malt just isn't a very nice smell. I can't help thinking that it smells like a mix between a brewery and bread - and who want's that combination in a drink?! In fairness, the end result is thick and creamy and looks fairly palatable - a little bit like very weak coffee - but that's where the favourable comments end. Trying to get past the smell, I have tried to drink it and the taste really is every bit as bad as the smell! It smells how I would imagine old non-alchoholic beer and over-yeasty bread mixed together in a blender would taste.....which is really not a great combination!

          Nutritionally its pretty healthy as long as its made with semi-skinned milk as its low fat - but its healthier not to drink it at all because that's zero fat! As for it helping me to relax in order to send me off to sleep....well, that doesn't happen because its just such a struggle to drink in the first place. Maybe my taste buds are just weird as everyone else seems to enjoy it - but this drink is most definitely not for me.

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            12.04.2011 02:36
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            A relaxing bedtime drink (but don't forget the honey)

            I was back in the UK recent and bought a refill pack (lighter in the suitcase) of this for my Australian friend, half as a joke because in a pub discussion he'd told me that he'd never heard of the stuff. At the same time, I thought I'd pick up a pack for myself as it had been about twenty years since I'd tried it and I couldn't actually remember whether it was any good or not.

            So it survived the trip back to Japan and on my first evening back I decided to brew up a cup. I'm getting older these days (I'm 32!) so rather than beer before bed I prefer tea, coffee(!) or hot chocolate. I figured horlicks would fit in.

            Horlicks is unlike anything else you'll have ever tasted. It's ingredients include dried milk and sugar but its predominantly the ground malt barley that gives it such a distinct flavour. On first opening the packet the smell reminded me of the inside of my childhood rabbit hutch after fresh hay had been laid. Horlicks has a kind of farmy grain smell, and the light brown contents look like fine sand or ground cornflakes, which is probably not far off what they are.

            You make a cup by mixing two to three spoonfuls of Horlicks with a little water and then adding 2/3s of a cup of milk. Heat in the microwave for one minute, stir, heat for another 30 secs and drink. Alternatively, you could just add warm milk from a pan.

            First impressions were that it had a grainy texture and a bitter taste (despite the sugar the packet claimed it contained) and wasn't nearly as good as I remembered from my childhood. I began to wonder what I was going to do with the other 19 servings my refill pack was supposed to hold. Then I spotted a plastic tube of honey nearby.

            Wow, what a transformation. A dollop of honey stirred into the Horlicks and I'd happened on the perfect bedtime drink. I immediately felt calm and peaceful and got a great night's sleep that night. I'd been suffering from heartburn brought on by overeating and stress but I suddenly felt better than I had in a long time. Although it is in no way a cure (actually honey is pretty effective against heartburn as it coats your stomach to create a protective layer) it certainly has relaxing qualities.

            I've drank a cup of Horlicks and honey every night since then, and my packet is almost empty. It's impossible to buy in Japan and I'm starting to wish I had brought a couple more packs with me. One thing's for sure, my friend isn't getting his present now ...

            In Tescos a refill pack with 20 servings was about 1.20.

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            05.02.2011 22:35
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            I don't take after my Dad in liking this

            Towards the end of last year, before all the bad weather, my Dad and Step Mum came to stay with us for a few days. Whilst they were with us, we wanted to keep them to their normal routine, which at night-time involves a glass of brandy and ginger at about 8.30, closely followed by a mug of Horlicks. Then they toddled off to bed at about 10 o'clock.

            I remember our always having Horlicks (and Ovaltine) in the house when I was a kid, but I never had any then and I really don't want to drink it now.

            To be sociable, both myself and my wife joined them both with their Horlicks, but neither of us could come to terms with or even pretend to enjoy the taste of the stuff. It was just too malty for me and I couldn't find anything appealing about it at all. Too milky and bland - looked as if a baby person had regurgitated it. Yuk!

            My Dad likes drinking it because it is caffeine free (he drinks green tea the rest of the day) and he has it in his mind that it helps him to sleep. Horlicks make a great thing of this last point but I am not aware of the extent to which this is scientifically proven. I suspect it's not. Well, there's no accounting for taste. I lasted two evenings with the Horlicks and then had to admit defeat. I stayed with the routine, though, as far as the brandy and ginger was concerned!

            The drink contains both wheat and barley, so this is no good for those who need to avoid gluten in their diet.

            You can currently get a 500g jar of Horlicks in Tesco for only £2.00, but I really don't see why you would want to. We have the remainder of the small jar we bought with them to take back to their own house

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              A healthy drink for children and adults

              When I switched formula milk to cow's milk for my kid, I had been looking for nutritional powders that would add some nutrition to my kid's milk. I came across Horlicks in Tesco and on reading the nutritional information I readily bought it. Horlicks is my child hood drink and my sister and I would snoop in the bottle as we enjoyed eating the tasty Horlicks powder itself.

              Horlicks is the name of a company of a malted milk hot drink, which is claimed to promote sleep when consumed at bedtime. Horlicks is a nutritional drink made from wheat, milk and malted barley and is sold in powdered form. Horlicks is available in Original, Light, Extra Light, Malt Chocolate, Vanilla flavours. Horlicks can be enjoyed by children and adults.

              I bought a Horlicks refill bag of 500gm and it currently costs £2.09 in Tesco. Horlicks original comes in a plastic tub with flip top. The tub is blue in colour with a picture of a fluffy cloud and crescent moon face sleeping. It seems they want to signify that the powder helps to promote sleep though my kid never felt sleepy after drinking it. It would have been nice if the claim was true because kid's bed time would not have been trouble for parents at all.

              Preparation method is provided on the packet. Initially the Horlicks powder should be made into a smooth paste with a little water and then milk should be poured. If we directly mix powder and milk soft thick lumps will be formed in the base of the cup and the powder will not mix well with milk no matter how well we stir it later.

              The drink when mixed with milk becomes light creamy colour and due to stirring foam is formed on the top which makes it look creamy and delicious. I don't add sugar as the powder itself is sweet and the sweetness in the drink is just right for my kid. While preparing this drink I often put a spoon of the powder in my mouth (my child hood habit!! hard to go!). I prepare this drink using whole milk and the drink becomes more creamy and nutritious for my child. We can add hot water instead of milk if you don't like milk or are conscious of the calories.

              Ingredients used are: wheat flour, Malted Barley(15%), Dried whey, sugar, caclcium carbonate, Vegetable fat, Dried skimmed milk, salt, Vitamins(C, Niacin, E, Pantothenic Acid, B6, B2, B1,Folic acid, A, Biotin, D,B12), Ferric Pyrophosphate, Zinc Oxide.

              The Horlicks powder is caffeine free. There are no artificial colours, flavours or sweeteners used. This is suitable for vegetarians.

              THIS PRODUCT IS NOT FOR BABIES UNDER ONE YEAR.

              This is a healthy drink and gives some nutrition to your diet.
              Recommended.

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                23.08.2010 01:12

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                You either love it or hate it. Try it or you will never know.

                I'm getting sleepy just writing this review with a mug of Horlicks sitting on the table. Horlicks is white powder that once added to hot water (or milk as you so wish) makes a formula that looks like watered down ready brek.

                Horlicks is made up of malted barley, wheat flour and evaporated milk, so unless you buy the chocolate version, it should be ok to have a mug or two, if you are worried about putting on weight from drinking it.

                Smelling the stuff makes me wheezy, as it does smell. Once you've had a sip it tastes like oats. That's the only way I could describe it, oaty.

                It can lay on your stomach if you put spoonfuls in the mug, so limit yourself to no more than five or six, but make sure you put more than two otherwise it tastes too watery and is rank.

                If you can't get to sleep, then drink Horlicks. It makes me sleepy as after I've had two or three mugs. It takes away all the stresses and strains of the day and just makes you want to lay your head on the pillow and snooze away with the fairies.

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                29.01.2010 21:10
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                A happy drink, subtle creamy and of course malty.

                I've had quite a stressful time of it lately, what with my other half breaking his hip over Christmas - he really should give up the badger wrestling - and numerous other issues too many and annoying to bore you with. I was in need of something comforting. Unfortunately comfort for me usually means something to ingest, and I found myself muttering almost subconsciously from time to time, Horlicks. I'm not sure whether this is because Horlicks is running a t.v. advertising campaign at the moment, or just my mind drifting back to more secure times, where there was always a jar of Horlicks (mouldering for some reason) at the back of the cupboard

                I found myself in the supermarket gazing at the rows of malty drinks drooling slightly. Horlicks now also make Horlicks light and extra light which is made with water (I tried it, sorry Horlicks but I thought it tasted how I imagine diluted mouse pee with a little rolled oat steeped in it might), they also provide the choice of Horlicks chocolate (also in light versions). Horlicks original now comes in an elliptical plastic tub, with a flip top, the tub is a sort of mid blue (the Horlicks light is a paler blue) with a nice malty coloured fluffy cloud across the middle, and a crescent man in the moon having a kip on said cloud, there is also a sweeping sheaf of malt - I presume - gracing the lower right corner. I quite like the new tub, partly because I am a world class butter fingers and have lost many a jar of product to my kitchen tiles, and a tub is less easily breakable than the old glass jar (which dooyoo currently still have as its product picture).

                I bought my Horlicks costing £2.35 for 500 grams in the Co-operative, together with a couple of litres of semi-skimmed and full fat milk (plus several hundred weight of cat and dog food) and trudged up the long hill home.

                That evening after tucking my husband up in bed, the girls already having disappeared into their caves hours before, I popped my tub of Horlicks open, it has a plasticised foil seal which is easy to open, and the malty smell of yumminess hit me immediately. The instructions recommend that you add a little water or milk to 25g of Horlicks (3-4 teaspoons) to form a smooth paste then add 200ml (one third of a pint) of hot milk. I found these measurements did not fill my large but not oversized mug, mine holds just about 300mls of milk (half a pint) so I adjusted the Horlicks measurement accordingly, you could of course add as little or as much as you like. As I stirred in the milk - you have to stir well, the soft familiar aroma enveloped me, and I swear I started to relax immediately. The resultant drink is a very light creamy colour, lighter than I remember.. I expected a kind of deep beige for some reason, and the Horlicks had blended in very well leaving (in this instance) no lumpy bits floating on the surface. It even seemed to have a little mini cappuccino style froth on the top. I had added half a teaspoon of sugar as I like my drinks sweet, however it really didn't need it as the drink was quite sweet on its own, and I left it out of subsequent drinks. My first sip was like taking a step back in time and getting a hug from my granny... although I must admit my granny was more likely to give you a clip around the ear than a hug (I was very naughty). The drink was smooth, with a mild and not overpowering malty taste, personally I think I would have liked the malty taste to have been a little stronger, but it was very enjoyable none the less. I make mine with semi-skimmed milk as I don't think you get the lovely 'hug in a mug' effect if you use water or skimmed milk. As a treat I use the full metal jacket... I mean full fat milk.

                I don't know if it was a placebo effect, or the ritual of winding down whilst I prepared the drink, but I drifted off into the arms of Morpheus in no short order that night, and slept like a .... I was going to say baby but mine were crotchety little so and sos.... So I slept more like a cat who'd had the cream.

                All in all Horlicks malted milk drink is an enjoyable drink but at 187 calories for the 200ml version of the drink (made with semi-skimmed milk) it is a nice treat, but probably shouldn't be drunk too often. I'll be having it 'for supper' regularly from now on!

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                  25.01.2010 22:39
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                  Horlicks Malted Milk Drink:

                  I had my first mug of this last night and I was surprised because I really liked it. When my boyfriend told me this was a malted drink, I got a little anxious and I didn't know whether to try it or not. His nan bought quite a large tub of this, so when I opened it to have a sniff, I was not impressed. It smelt peculiar, of something I had never smelt before, so anyway I gave it a go!

                  This no longer comes in the glass jar, this comes in a plastic tub with a flip up lid which is 300g. The style of the label has also changed and is a lot more modern compared to the version in the above DooYoo image. It still follows the same theme and there is quite a lot of text all over the tub which is very useful to the likes of myself who are new to trying this!

                  As I do not like really hot drinks, I stopped the kettle when it was close to boiling point as I enjoy the drink better that way. The instructions on the pack told me to use 5-6 teaspoons of Horlicks and I then added my water and stirred well until it was all dissolved. The first thing I though about this was that it was strangely pleasant and I felt a little addicted. I would take one sip and then take another straight after. The bad thing I noticed was that the colour is slightly off putting, it looks like a strange white drink!

                  Malt is actually very good for you as it is combined with barley, wheat and other dairy products. I was told this makes you sleep well and get up refreshed. Can I add that I went to bed feeling shattered and I did not wake up until 11 in the morning and I felt drained- maybe this did not work for me. I did think you may have to drink this every night for it to have a positive effect.

                  You can either put water in this or milk. If you put 200ml of milk in, this is 181 calories which is not too bad but I really did not want to sleep on that, so I just put some water in it! The advantages of this are that it does taste nice, it is hard to describe but I would recommend and it settles your stomach. The bad things are that it looks funny and it has quite a lot of calories. We got our 300g tub for £1.99 from Tesco- bargain.

                  Holly.

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                  Malted Food Drink. Horlicks is a nourishing malted food drink which combines the wholesome goodness of malted barley, wheat and dairy ingredients.