“ Each chocolate or strawberry flavoured straw transforms milk into a tasty Nesquik milkshake. „
I first bought these a couple of years ago as a treat for the kids.
What are they?
Nesquik magic straws are straws filled with flavoured balls which are placed in a cup of milk, as the milk is sucked up through the straw it goes through the flavoured balls and turns the milk into milkshake through the straw. They are clean and tidy, no spilling of powder and stiring required. These straws come in two flavours that I've seen chocolate and strawberry, there may be a banana but i'm not sure.
Do they work?
Yes they do, the kids love them and so do I! The only downsize perhaps is for small children who only have a small glass of milk, the milk often runs out before the flavoured balls are all used therefore wasting the straw as they don't keep. Quite a lot of milk is required to use them all up. Also if they're not drunk within a short while then the balls all stick together and it's impossible to get the milk up through.
Cost & value
They cost around £1.80 for 10 straws which I feel is a bit expensive for a home drink, 18p per straw, obviously it's cheaper than a milk shake in a cafe. It does have a fun element so for a treat it's fine but regularly for me I feel the powder is more value for money. However they can be found on offer at times and this is the time I would pick them up for a later date. They are great fun and so for 18p it's not so bad.
I love a trip to Home Bargains and I love a bargain! These Nesquik straws are currently available in my local Home Bargains with 10 straws costing £1.00. I had previously tried an own brand supermarket variety of these which weren't very flavoursome so I figured that I would give these a try instead and see if the branded version was better. Home Bargains had the chocolate variety but you can also get these in strawberry too.
The idea of these straws is very simple. You use this just like you would a normal straw and you should use it with a glass of milk. Fill your glass of milk, dip the straw in and drink your milk. The little chocolate flavoured bits within the straw should then change the flavour of your milk from plain to chocolate as it passes through the straw. This is quite a novel idea and until about a year ago was not something I had ever come across or tried before.
These straws are definitely aimed at children I'm sure, what with being chocolate flavoured, but I'm a big kid at heart and so a chocolate milk straw is right up my street! I really was impressed by the idea of this and figured that as an occasional treat this really couldn't hurt although the main ingredients of this are sugar and sweeteners.
I'm not a big fan of plain milk and so usually just have it with cereal or in tea and this is a nice way to increase my calcium intake while adding some nice flavour to it.
In all I must say that I was quite impressed with this chocolate straw. The supermarket brand that I had tried before had basically no flavour and was quite disappointing. In fact it was a waste of money as I did not use any more straws and they ended up being discarded when I was tidying up the fridge. These chocolate straws were a different story however. I could taste that these were very sugary but that was not something unexpected. The chocolate flavour of these was strong enough to flavour the milk without being overpowering at all. There were no lumps in the milk when it entered my mouth and I would say that there was a reasonable amount of chocolate in the straw for my enjoyment and this started to run out of flavour around the same time as I finished drinking my milk through the straw.
In all I will give these 4/5. They are incredibly sugary and I could taste that but they are yummy and have lots of flavour. They do help to discard milk and I personally would have these instead of a chocolate bar just to ensure that I am not consuming too much sugar or chocolate. They taste sweet and are ideal for when you want something to keep your sweet cravings at bay. The price that I paid seemed quite reasonable with each straw working out at 10p each and I will definitely keep my eyes open for some of these next time I am fortunate enough to visit Home Bargains.
We all love Nestle Magic Straws in our house, the little lad especially, obviously. We buy these on a regular basis and he really seems to enjoy them.
We buy these from our local cheap shop and we buy them in the large packs of 10 (though you can get them in the smaller packs of four). They cost about £1.80, which isn't too bad at all. We buy both the strawberry and the chocolate flavours and we have no real preference, we just buy different ones and choose a different flavour every day.
They are fun to use as they are filled with either little chocolate or little strawberry beads and the idea is that you pop a straw into your glass of milk. The milk comes up the straw as you suck obviously) and this magically transforms the taste of 'ordinary' milk into the taste of a fantastic chocolate or strawberry milkshake. Magic!
The ingredients of these little magic straws are as follows:
Sugar, Edible Starch, Fat-reduced Cocoa Powder (13%), Flavourings, Salt, Sweetener (aspartame-acesulphame), Emulsifier (soya Lecithin, Cinnamon).
Contains a Source Of Phenylalnine
They are a great marketing ploy aimed at kinds and as I say, our little lad fell for it straight away. Having said that though, I do agree it's a great and easy way to get him to drink his daily milk quota as he really detests the taste of milk 'on its own' with no added flavour.
I also love these great little straws and I can happily sit and suck on a few in one sitting. They taste great in my opinion - both flavours. They are sweet tasting, but not overly so and make a refreshing change to drinking milk just on its own.
Great stuff and highly recommended
I am a huge fan of everything Nesquik, so I jumped at the chance to finally try these 'Magic Straws'.
When I purchased them I was surprised by their cost, while it is suitable compared to other Nesquik products, I thought that £1.69 for 10 straws was a bit steep. There was also a problem with the sturdiness, they didn't seem like they would be very durable against the target audience of children.
The amount of straws is very suitable until you finish one straw and realise you need another to finish the milk. This was quite disappointing.
At first glance they look clever and yummy, and they were but they had very bad disadvantages. But they also had their advantages;
-Compact and slim making them easy to store.
-Helps show the yumminess of Nesquik.
-Comes with a suitable amount of straws.
-Good price for the amount of straws compared to other Nesquik products.
-Good way to excite kids, due to the straws.
-The flavour doesn't last long, the balls of chocolate powder simply aren't lasting.
-Have to use a lot of milk otherwise flavour can be rather strong and overpowering.
-While the price is fairly good, these straws are still far to expensive for what they are, not good in this day and age.
Ok first let me tell you why I tried these at the age of 26!
I get a lot of excess stomach acid and milk does (short term) help to calm it down. The trouble is I don't like to drink pure milk and it makes me feel sick. If I'm out and about and am suffering I can't always buy a chocolate milkshake and even if I can, I sometimes get some funny looks. I tried these because I wanted to carry them in my bag and then i could just order a glass of milk and pop one in. This is exactley how I used them.
When I first saw them I thought they would be a great idea and they were on offer a pack of 10 for a pound.
I kept a couple in my bag and found myself using them very soon.
I tried them a couple of times. The idea is great but they just don't dissolve properly, which means you get a very strong flavour if you drink through them. The idea is that as the milk passes through the straw it has to pass these small beads of milkshake powder. When the milk comes into contact with these beads they dissolve and flavour the milk.
I found my beads didn't dissolve and drinking through the straw was very unplesant. It was like sticking a wet finger into a tub of milkshake powder and then licking your finger.
In the end I found that if I left the straw in the milk long enough it did flavour it a bit. Sometimes I cut the straw but this isn't always easy when you're out and about.
I didn't re-purchase them because I just didn't much like the flavour. They are a really good idea but they just don't work properly.
If nestle could change the deisgn so that the beads of powder dissolve properly I would definately buy them on a regular basis. As they are I think I'll give them a miss.
I bought some magic straws for quite an unusual reason: I was competing in a mountain marathon in the Lake District, and milk was available at the overnight camp. I absolutely loathe and despise the taste of unadulterated cow juice, but I am partial to the odd milkshake or four.
I was also impressed by the lightness yet robustness of the packaging in the supermarket - something you definitely want to consider when you're carrying a tent, food, and all-weather gear for 50 miles over two days (or maybe if you're out and about with kids who like to play hard!). The straws were also cheap, at 10 for around a pound on special offer.
The straws themselves are made of rigid, see-through plastic, much tougher than your usual drinking straw from McDonalds. Inside are some small rock-like chocolatey pieces, much resembling tiny coco pops. When you stick the straw into a glass of milk and suck, these gradually dissolve, turning the drink chocolatey. You have to admit, that's a pretty ingenious idea.
Anyway, after running miles through pathless wilderness, battling through bracken, scrambling up hillsides and over rocks, it was fair to say that I was ready for a few dozen magic straws. I was so hungry that as soon as I got to camp, I pulled out the couple I had brought with me and stuck them straight into a carton of milk handed to me by a pitying attendant.
The first surprise was that quite a lot of suction was needed to get anything at all through the straw at first. Maybe it was the after-effects of a long day in the hills, but it felt more like a workout for my tongue than a pleasant drinking experience. The second surprise was that the chocolate taste wasn't very much like powdered Nestle at all, but instead had a distinctly chemically taste to it that wasn't entirely pleasant. Whatever process they are using to dry out these crystals still needs some perfecting to get that chocolateyness just right! Finally, to get the full benefit of the taste, you had to drink quite slowly - not something I was in the mood to do at the time!
However, I have to admit that the milk was indeed turned brown by the straws, much to the entertainment of my fellow competitors. I imagine that if you were out and about with kids, these would be very useful as a backstop. However, I have to admit I don't really see the point for home use. It's not exactly difficult to get a few spoonfuls of milkshake powder out of a pot and stir in some milk - and the result tastes so much better! That said, kids would probably love the novelty idea of a having 'magic straw' the first time round, though.
On a recent shopping trip to Asda my daughter spotted these and had one of those toddler tantrums that has you agreeing to buy anything as long as they stop showing you up!
That was how we were introduced to Nesquick Nestle Magic Straws.
I guess it could have been worse, at least these were on offer for £1 at the time. £1 for 10 magic strawberry straws!
The packaging is a little different to that pictured now and they claim to have 'New Extra Magical Taste'!
When we got home I asked my daughter if she wanted to try one and we opened the packet straight away. Inside were ten individually wrapped straws in one long perforated strip. Simply open one up and pop it in your glass of milk and drink as you would through an ordinary straw. THe straw appears to be filled with small beads and once the milk starts to travel up the straw the beads turn a dark pink shade. This is the 'magic' and the milk is flavoured strawberry by the time it reaches your taste buds!
Now, Ive never had a problem with my daughter drinking her milk , until we tried these that is! She hated it immediately ! I had a little taste to see what had caused her face to crumple so and I have to say that I had to agree with her. To me the milk just tasted sweet and chalky for want of a better word.
On reading the packaging I learnt that each straw contains a strawberry flavour milk drink mix with sugar and sweetener. They contain no artificial colours or preservatives but are high in sugars so although they claim to get your children to drink their milk I wonder just at what cost?
Nice idea for the fun factor I guess but I shant be purchasing again. In fact I still have 9 in the cupboard for those that want to try ...
This is such an easy way to get children to drink milk. These straws make the milk taste like milkshake!
These are transparent straws with either chocolate or strawberry little balls inside that slowly disolve as you drink the milk through the straw. The taste is delicious, even I enjoy having one of these! I find that the harder you suck the more intense the flavour is!
There are 10 in a pack and they currently cost £1.22 at Tesco. You can also get a 4 pack too.
These are great for Mums as they are mess free and easy to grab on the go.
They come in a plastic bag pack then you can get the straws out which are pre packed in a row for you to tear one off at a time, this ensures they stay fresh.
**Copied from Nestle website**
One straw should be drunk with approximately 250ml of milk. Milk is a great source of calcium, with one 250ml glass of milk providing 39per cent of the RDA for calcium.
On the packet it has the nutrition information -
energy 546kj/131 kcal
of which sugars 14.5g
of which saturates 2.6g
Which is quite surprising as there really isn't that much in the straws. It also says that each straw contains a chocolate/strawberry flavour milk drink mix with sugar and sweetener. So maybe the're not that great after all, a lot of sugar in such a small product. Maybe they are not a healthy option after all, which is why I bought them.
I love milkshakes, and as a child i always bought the nesquick drinks, that you added to milk. I was browsing my local coop and i saw these on offer for 50pence. They had strawberry or chocolate flavour, so i opted for both! At 50p i had no choice.
Anyway, i got them home and read the instructions, it said to fill a glass with milk, and take out straw and suck, oh my god, oh delcicious was this. It taste gorgeous, and i have to say i was mightly impressed. What a great invention.
The strawberry was my favourite flavour, but both were very agreeable.
Personally i think these are very appealing for kids, the packaging is colour and the fact that they are called magic straws would make as a child want them even more.
I got a good price at 50pence, but to buy normally i think they are about £2, and when you think you can buy a whole bottle of the liquid for this, it does seem expensive.
However, there is some thing abit special about these straws, and i find them alot more appealing.
Ive seen these straws everywhere, though only in the 2 flavours. Not banana yet! But maybe they will have more flavours if they take off.
Id definetely recommend these, they are fun for kids and adults, and taste lovely.
This is another small product I have got in my cupboard for school time. It is a magic invention in my opinion, and my son loves them.
The straws are in a plastic bag, complete with the nesquik rabbit on the front. There are approx ten in the bag I have, and I paid £1.22 from tesco online page for them.
One obvious disadvantage is the price. As i said these are £1.22 for a pack of ten whereas you can buy a 300g of powder for 99p. But if I have a few spare pounds, I think they are well worth the extra money.
At the moment they come in strawberry and chocolate flavours, although I am hoping there will be many more flavours to come.
You tear open the top of the plastic wrapper the straw is in, and when you take it out it is a clear straw with small balls at the bottom / brown for the chocolate, pink for the strawberry. Put into a glass of milk, and suck the milk through. This is when the milk and small balls of flavour mix to make the milkshake flavour!! Cool eh?
The benefits are, it saves a small bit of time, ie you do not have to mix up milkshake powder with the milk. The gimic of the small balls at the bottom of the straw catches the child's imagination, and this to me is the main benefit.
This is ideal for when they are just in from school, and you want to give them a treat, but nothing tooo bad.
Hope your kiddi winks like them
As a child I went through all the major cereals available and many times I remember having Nesquik for breakfast.
Founded in the late 1940s in the US Nesquik was originally a milk flavouring mix that has spawned lots of tie in products since then, the latest being it's 'Magic Straws' range.
The straws come in packs of either 4 or 10 and are not bad for the price. A pack of 10 for instant will usually cost about a couple of quid and it's a fun way to get your children drinking milk.
The straws come in a simple packaging not dissimilar to a packet of sweets with the individual straws in separate wrappers attached to one another inside.
The straws come in two flavours - chocolate and strawberry and the tagline of the product is that 'each straw magically transforms milk into a tasty Nesquik milkshake'. Whilst I think the tagline is a bit of an over statement my friend's daughter loves the product and its been a lot easier to make her drink milk if she can watch the beads whizzing up the straw. Each straw is basically full of flavoured beads which is placed into plain milk and releases the flavour when slurped. I found it quite difficult to get any of the milk up at first and whilst the taste of chocolate was nice, it wasn't particulary strong and tasted a little sickly. The strawberry one was even worse.
But whatever my opinion most of the kids I know love the 'magic' involved in the product and it's a really good, harmless marketing tool for the kids and at not a too shabby price it's worth giving them a try as they're easy to use and don't create any extra mess.
Sugar, Edible Starch, Fat-reduced Cocoa Powder (13%), Flavourings, Salt, Sweetener (aspartame-acesulphame), Emulsifier (soya Lecithin, Cinnamon).
Contains a Source Of Phenylalnine.
\\\ When were they introduced ? ///
Nesquik Magic Straws were introduced to the public in 2006. It is a great way to get your children in to drinking milk, as the flavor is in the straw each flavored straw "magically" transforms milk into a yummy flavored milkshake.
\\\ How do I drink them ? ///
On the back of the packet nestle tell you that one straw should be drunk with about 250ml of milk, but if you drink it with less, you will die ... no I am totally joking, it doesn't change the taste, or the colour, it just means you are drinking less milk.
Nesquik say that you should not use the same magic straws more than once,
and that you should never drink though the straw with hot milk, because the plastic straw might melt due to the heat.
\\\ How dose it work ? ///
You may have seen the "Magic Straws" advertised on the tele, (a girl and her brother), they are a fun and easy way for children to drink milk. When you suck on the straw the milk is dragged through the straw, it is very clever how the milk is made in to milkshake, as I said the milk is dragged through the straw and in the straw are chocolate beads as the milk passes the beads the taste is brought with it, therefore making the milk in to chocolate.
\\\ Cost ? ///
Nesquik Magic Straws 10 pack cost around £1.85
Nesquik Magic Straws 4 pack cost around 89p.
These are quite expensive milkshakes, you are paying for the novelty of the Magic Straws. The fact that they look magic and the advert really exploits it, if your children see the advert they probably automatically want the straws. However supermarkets sometimes have offers and deals on Magic Straws and things alike.
\\\ What do I think ? ///
personally I think they are a waste of money, but my kids love them. So I buy them as a treat every now and then.
My Mum bought these for my niece late last year, and I snatched one and decided to review it, even though my opinion may be dated and the product may have changed.
Probably one of the main advantages of Magic Straws is that you can make milk 'fun', which may help your child or children drink milk and get a calcium intake.
Magic Straws are made by Nestle and they come in 2 flavours - strawberry and chocolate. I've only tried the chocolate flavour so that's which flavour I'm going to be reviewing.
Magic Straws come in a small, tall plastic bag with a cut out showing the straws themselves, with the flavour inside and stated on the packaging. The packaging is quite typically Nesquik, with the bunny and the use of brown, white and yellow colours. When opened, each Magic Straw is individually wrapped.
Each Magic Straw is approx. the same size as a standard drinking straw. Each straw is invididually wrapped.
How to use
The instructions on the back reccomend you use the Magic Straws with a 250ML glass of milk, but I guess it really doesn't matter unless you use very little milk.
When you begin to suck through the straw the milk literally turns into the flavour of the straw -- chocolate in my case. I found the chocolate flavour quite dull, but maybe thats just my opinion. It tasted like cheap chocolate. The straws are mainly designed for children, who wouldn't notice a difference anyway!
If the straws are used with semi skimmed milk then each serving contains:
4.1g of fat which is 6% of a child's recommended intake.
15.1g of sugar which is 18% of a child's recommended intake.
133 calories (a child's GDA is 1800 calories)
(thanks to senga53 for these values)
If I had children, I wouldn't constantly give these to them as they do contain quite alot of calories (yet they'll probably burn them off anyway)
I have no idea how much these retail for, but you could probably find the price on ASDA.co.uk or another shopping store website. I
Overall, they're pretty good for children as they help parents or whatever get the child to drink milk, and get a calcium intake which is good.
One of the main problems my daughters have with their kids' diets and eating habits is getting them to drink milk. They are more than happy to have milk in their breakfast cereals and porrage, but ask them to drink a glass of milk and it is a definite no no. I am forever telling my daughters that I experienced the very same problem with them. I am sure most of you will be able to relate to this.
While out shopping about a month ago I came across Nesquick Magic Straws. The name on it's own gave me an incentive to buy them as I thought they might just appeal to my grandchildren.
The magic straws are made by Nestle. This company was founded in 1901 by a man called Henri Nestle. In 1948 they started manufacturing the Nesquick range. In 2006 Magic Straws were introduced. The Nestle Company are now one of the world leaders in food and nutrition.
Nestle straws come in two flavours - chocolate flavour and strawberry flavour. My grandchildren's favourite is the strawberry flavour so that it what I am going to write about today.
They come in a plastic outer bag with a picture of a glass of milk and a straw with small strawberry balls inside. When you open the outer packaging you get a slight smell of the strawberry flavour. The straws inside are individually wrapped. It clearly tells you where to tear the wrapping to open it up.
The straws are approminately 18cm long (about the size of an average drinking straw). They are slightly thicker than a drinking straw and are full of tiny balls. The top and bottom of the straws have a plastic insert at each end with little grid to stop the balls from falling out. When opened the straws have a very distinct strawberry aroma.
You use the straws with a 250ml glass of semi skimmed milk. When you start to suck through the straw you get a lovely strawberry flavoured milk. The kids think this is great fun and because they love the strawberry flavour the milk is gone before you know it. My grandchildren really believe it is magic and now ask for magic milk. I have tried these myself and find them to be a bit on the sweet side although they do have a great strawberry taste.
After one use there may still be some little strawberry balls left in the straw. The straws cannot be reused and must be discarded.
Obviously smaller children would need to be supervised when using these straws.
If the straws are used with semi skimmed milk then each serving contains:-
4.1g of fat which is 6% of a child's recommended intake.
15.1g of sugar which is 18% of a child's recommended intake.
I think if the magic straws are used as a treat it is a great way to get kids to drink milk. The fat and sugar content is quite high but if you consider what is in a bar of chocolate and the fact that they are drinking milk it is not too bad.
Nestle are also well known for:-
Shreddies, wheat shreddies and cheerios
kitkats, milky bars and aeros
Munch bunch and ski yoghurts
Buxton, vittel and perrier water
The famous nescafe coffee
I paid £1.19 for a packet of ten straws but have recently spotted them on sale in Tesco for 88p for ten. This works out at around 8p per straw which I think is good value.
I think Nesquik Magic Straws are a great invention as they are a great way to get kids to drink milk and also are a treat.
I buy Nesquik Magic Straws regularly as a treat for my children. I find them a great way to get them to drink milk.
My children love the taste and the novelty of the straw turning the milk to milkshake.
I find them quite good value for money, they are a bit pricey but well worth the money when you see the kids gulping up their milk and having fun (apprx £1.69 per pack, contains 6 straws).
The straws are also great for parties, in my experience instead of the kids running around with fizzy juice I can get them to sit down together with their straws and drink their milk.
They are well packaged, easy to open and very easy to use. Simply place the straw into aglass of milk and suck as normal
The only drawbacks I have found is that my kids cant choose wich flavour to have (one loves chcolate and the other strawberry or they want to drink them continuously .