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Horlicks Original Malt Drink - a nice change from hot chocolate but more hassle to make!
Horlicks Malted Milk Drink
Member Name: karlsm93
Horlicks Malted Milk Drink
Advantages: Vitamin drink, warm,comforting and filling
Disadvantages: A little bit more hassle to make
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.
Summary: A nice warming drink for a change