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When I first discovered Ovaltine, the first thing I thought was: "Oh, this tastes like Maltesers!". Since then I have been buying this drink on occasion for a comforting night time drink which does especially well for the winter months.
A 300g pot of Ovaltine powder (the Add Milk version) will cost you £2.49 from Tesco, which is quite expensive compared to many hot chocolate drinks available, but for something more nutritional I think that this price is acceptable. Anyway, I only buy and drink this on occasion so the cost doesn't really add up to much.
Ovaltine comes in a plastic tub which has orange and brown packaging which looks quite simplistic, to match with the drink itself. The orange lid is easy to screw on and off so that you can access the Ovaltine powder inside. This packaging is simple and efficient for keeping out moisture and germs, provided you close the cap properly. I think I actually prefer this compared to some of the glass jars you can get hot drink powders in as it is much lighter and easier to handle.
If you leave the powder in the pot for too long lumps do tend to form, but as long as they are quite small it is OK since it will be dissolved into the milk anyway.
The version I always get is the one where you have to add milk. There is a lighter version where you add water instead which has less calories but I do prefer the milk one as it tastes more creamy and comforting in my opinion. But it is nice to know I have other options. I warm my milk up in the microwave to heat it up, but for those who want to, there is always the option of pouring some milk into a saucepan and heating it using the hob, before transferring to a mug. They advise you to add 4 teaspoons of powder per mug, but you can always tweak the concentration to your personal taste. I find that 3 heaped teaspoons is plenty for me, and even then there is often some residue left at the bottom of the cup. Anyway, all you have to do is add the powder to your hot milk, give it a good stir, and it is ready to drink!
This drink tastes nice and calming. This has a nice malty flavour which has a slight degree of sweetness to it and it is brilliant especially in the winter, and I would like to think that it is a healthier alternative to having something like hot chocolate instead. It is a mild drink so not something that you would perhaps want to drink if you are looking for something more flavoursome, but I think that this has a nice taste to it and the malt in it tastes good. It is a good way of weaning yourself off hot chocolate.
In conclusion, this is a nice and mild malty drink that can be obtained for a reasonable price and I would recommend it with 4 out of 5 dooyoo stars.
Feeling rough? Get up and go got up and went? Need a burst of energy? Me too.....So what's the answer? I haven't got a scooby, so in the meantime I'll write this little opinion on the joys of OVALTINE
Ovaltine was invented in Berne in 1865 as a drink for undernourished children and was first manufactured on a large scale by a Swiss food company in 1904. It was a forerunner of the isotonic drinks which are now so fashionable and, contrary to the image we have of it as a bedtime drink, it was the official drink at both the 1948 Olympics and on Hillary's Everest expedition. There was absolutely no suggestion that a sprinter might fall asleep on the starting blocks or a climber would have a snooze while dangling from a rope.
It came to prominence in Britain in 1935 with the OVALTINEYS radio show, broadcast to the nation from Radio Luxembourg, this gave the brand a distinctive British flavour.
Every Sunday evening a chorus of: "We are the Ovaltineys, little girls and boys" would herald yet another adventure for the intrepid band of youngsters. In four years, five million children had joined the League of Ovaltineys, a secret gang with its own rules and codes. Ah, those were the days!
They tell us that because this is a HI-MALT drink, it will supply us with energy at any time of the day. They're obviously trying to get away from the sleep-inducing, bedtime drink image.
Barley and maltextract (71%), dried dairy whey, fat reduced cocoa, sugar, vegetable fat, magnesium carbonate, ascorbic acid, egg powder, vitamins and minerals.
The nutritional information would take all day to list and I would have to drink half this jar to be bothered typing all of it. Suffice to say, vitamins and minerals abound. One thing, there are 185 calories in a 220ml serving so if you are on a diet, this probably isn't for you.
Preparing this couldn't be simpler, stick a mug of milk in the microwave and nuke it on full power for a couple of minutes, but don't let the milk boil. Throw in 3-4 heaped teaspoonfuls of Ovaltine and stir. Luddites can heat the milk in a saucepan.
So what's it like? In a word, malty. It looks very much like drinking chocolate, it smells quite like it too but with a grainy, malty aroma as well. The taste is again similar to drinking chocolate but without being chocolatey?!?! If you see what I mean. It has the same texture, it's soft and creamy but just lacks that oomph of chocolate, as though there's not enough cocoa powder in it.
* THE VERDICT *
I like it. It's quite a satisfying drink and doesn't leave a sticky mouthfeel. I imagine it would make a great drink on a cold winter morning. As for giving me an energy rush....I don't think so. But that's no reflection on this product's lack of energy boosting qualities. I can drink a bucket of caffiene loaded coffee, and a gallon of high energy drinks, and I still can't be arsed.
Something puzzles me though. This is, and always has been classed as an energy drink. But not in Britain, where from the thirties until fairly recently, and certainly in the sixties when I was a youngster, this was always considered a bedtime drink which would aid a good night's sleep. So how come in my generation, and the previous ones, who were fed stuff like this last thing at night, kids weren't hyperactive?
Last winter I developed a craving for old fashioned hot drinks, such as Horlicks, Ovaltine and good old hot chocolate. I blame the cold weather as I'm normally an ice cold soft drink girl.
I admit I bought this because the Horlicks I normally buy was not available at our local (not very good) Co-op and was hoping for a similar smooth malty taste to Horlicks. I do remember Ovaltine from my childhood, but it wasn't seen as a drink for kids in our family more for the grannies and grandpas, so I don't have any particularly strong memories of it.
The tub is exactly the same as the one shown in the Dooyoo picture. On breaking through the seal at the mouth of the jar I was surprised that there was not a stronger malty smell. What smell there is is more like chocolate powder than a malt drink. The colour too is darker than Horlicks and fairly chocolatey in appearance. This surprised me as although Ovaltine does contain chocolate powder it's a very small proportion of the ingredients (8% to 75% malted barley powder).
I like my Ovaltine made with warm semi skimmed milk, but it can be made with other milk or cold milk. I don't take much notice of the recommended instructions for making up; I just add as much powder as tastes nice for me. Which is about two rounded dessert spoons in a large mug, which I whisk up a bit using a manual hand whisk. It doesn't make it frothy but it does give it a little head, and mixes the powder in thoroughly.
The instructions for making up are on the tub, but since the advent of energy saving bulbs which have plunged us back into an era when we read by flickering candle light I cannot read the details for the life of me. However they are on the Tesco web site as "Just put 4 tsps of Ovaltine Original in a mug and add hot milk (200ml)" which is just a little less powder than I use. For the recommended serving the calorie content is 198 calories, so not a product you'd want to drink a few times a day.
Ovaltine can be made in the microwave, but I don't bother and do it old school in a saucepan on the cooker.
When I tasted Ovaltine for the first time in many years I was disappointed. For me it lacked the sweet distinctive malty taste I expected, or any discernable chocolate taste and I felt it tasted more watery than I remembered. This could of course be the fact that it was made with semi skimmed mild rather than the creamy gold top my mother used to make it with.
This drink nor any other milky drink has any associations with sleep for me, the link between milk and sleep is mainly psychological and as I didn't like milk or milky drinks as a child there was no psychological trigger embedded in my psyche. There is some tryptophan in milk, this chemical is known to help relaxation (via conversion to seartonin and melatonin in the body), but it is contained in milk in too small a quantity to make any impact. That said my cousin who loved a milky drink before bedtime a as a child swears this helps her sleep, so it may well help those who love the comfort a warm milk drink provides.
This drink is rich in vitamins C, E, Niacin, A, Pantothenic Acid, B12, B6, B2, B1, Folic Acid, Biotin, Iron, Zinc Sulphate and folic acid. These vitamins are vital to us all but particularly useful to pregnant women the elderly, convalescents and children. So unlike high calorie soft drinks such as coke, the calories in this are not 'empty' and there is a good nutritional pay off.
At the time of writing Ovaltine original costs £2.29 for 300gms and £3.29 for 500gms at Tesco.
Would I recommend this drink, yes it's pleasant and good for you and reasonably priced. However it's not for me and I'll stick to Horlicks or hot chocolate for my warm milky drinks in future.
Ovaltine has always been an odd drink to me. It is a cross between Horlicks and Hot chocolate. Really you could probably mix the two together and get the same result!!!
So what does this tatste like. To be honest I would rather have a cup of Horlicks or Hot chocolate, not a mixture of the both!
This is a very creamy drink and has a very malty flavour. The chocolately flavour is not as rich as something like Cadburys hot chocolate, it is kind of cooking chocolate flavour! Which is not so good reallly!
It is a nice thick mixture, the powder needs a bit of mixing in the mug with the hot milk or hot water or there will be a bits of raw powder at the bottom!
For a warming drink to have whilst curled up on the sofa with the rain pelting on the windows, this is pretty good. Not my favourite but still something that is comforting.
It does sometimes have a bit of a gritty texture, I'm not sure if this is the mug not being mixed properly or just a bad batch!! For this reason I was put off it slightly.
It is a little cheaper than Horlicks at about £1.50 a tub which makes probably about 10 mugs I would say so not badly priced.
This would not be the first thing I would reach for on the supermarket shelf but it is was on offer or the only thing left, It will do fine!
Up to last week, I have to admit that I had neither purchased nor tried Ovaltine before. My husband was already familiar with it, and would say that he often took it if he had trouble sleeping when he was younger as the warm drink made him feel heavy. I have probably seen it on the supermarket shelf before, but never looked at it.
However, when I first found out I was pregnant and you are given lots of pregnancy sample packages, I ended up with 2 packets of ovaltine, each having one serving in them, as well as a money off coupon to buy the jar. At the time, with the joys of first trimester nausea, I put them away in the cupboard, forgetting all about them, until one night last week, when the wind was howling and rain pouring, I fancied something comforting and warming, and remembered these two packets in the cupboard.
My two sample packets were Ovaltine original, and are in the same colour and design as the picture shown above. On the front, it claims that this drink is 'nutritiously delicious', as well as being a source of folic acid, which would obviously explain the inclusion of it in the pregnancy packs. A 500g jar of ovaltine will cost a rather steeply £3.29 in Tesco, and so I was glad that my first time trying this was with a free sample.
According to the instructions on the packet, it is only a matter of heating milk and then adding the ovaltine powder. I heated two mugs of milk for my husband and I in the microwave before adding the contents of each sachet. On the front of the sachet, it states that each 25g serving (which was what this sample contained) including 200ml of semi skimmed milk provided 192 calories, 22.4g of sugar, 3.8g of fat, 2.2g of which are saturates and 0.3g of salt. This actually surprised me, especially the very high sugar content, but I suppose it is so creamy that is almost acts as a meal, and fills you up.
This ovaltine drinks is made of 'wholesome goodness' such as barley malt and cocoa, as well as providing plenty of vitamins and minerals, so I suppose you could argue, that for all the bad in the product, namely the sugar content and high calorie content, there are added nutritional benefits as well to counteract this. Such vitamins include calcium, B vitamins (B1, B2, B6 and B12) and Folic acid, as already mentioned.
When I first emptied the contents into the hot milk, and wondered whether the powder would all dissolve into the milk, but even before I got a chance to stir it, a lot of it had already sunk into the milk, and thus didn't even require much stirring on my part.
I can't quite put my finger on the taste of this product when I drank it. IT reminded me a little of a horlicks, which I used to love when I was younger, although there was a more graininess to this product, I suppose as a result of the barley malt. There is no doubt that this a very warming drink, and I could see why someone would drink it in order to relax or getting into a sleepy state before bed. I felt quite full after having drunk it, and actually didn't even want any other supper before bed and it did seem to act almost like a food in filling my stomach, and so it that regard, I didn't mind all the extra calories and sugar.
All in all however, as much as I enjoyed the drink, I don't think I would go out and spend £3.29 on a jar of the stuff. Warm milk and honey seems just as satisfying to me and offers the same benefits, probably without the same calories, and it isn't half as dear as a jar of this stuff. IN saying that, if you having trouble sleeping, it probably is worth a go trying this to see, as I did feel heavy after drinking a mug of it. For all its nutritional value I still don't think I would buy a jar at that price, unless it was on offer, but I am glad I got to try it for free before purchasing a jar of the stuff.
I've been having some major issues with sleep recently, I have to admit, I am a bit of an insomniac. And on my most recent trip to my doctor, in the hope of him prescribing me some heady sleeping tablets again, he suggested I tried this first. My first reaction was 'What are you mad?!', I had absolutely no believe that this would work... what so ever.
I managed to find a 300g tub of 'Ovaltine, night time, white malt.' just under the £2 mark. A quick look over the packaging told me there are 12 servings in a pack and it is made of 64% Barley malt extract (presumably this is what makes you sleepy?) , various other long chemical looking words and some added B vitamins and minerals. Shockingly each serving contains 25% of your sugar GDA and 10% of saturated fat GDA!!! I was quite appalled, and that put me off straight away.
But true to my word with the doc I made my self a cup, and got into bed and leisurely sipped at my supposed miracle insomniac cure, thinking relaxing thoughts.
The Ovaltine could be made in 2 ways, either heating up a mug of milk in the microwave or heating on the hop, then adding 4 heaped teaspoons of the powder and serving. I don't think either way would make any difference to taste. I chose to make with full fat milk which apparently has more tryptophan in it (which was the chemical in milk which my doc told me would help me drift off to nod), which adds even more fat to the info I stated before. *sobs*
So as I was thinking all my relaxing thoughts it dawned on me how nice and creamy the Ovaltine was, bizarrely I felt rather pampered sat in bed with it. It was also a little thicker than plain milk, so there must be a thickening agent in it somewhere. It was a very satisfying drink and took me about 20mins to finish it. As a drink it was very pleasurable to drink with a nice taste to it, almost rivalling my preferred green and blacks hot chocolate, but what about it's supposed sleep aiding ability?
Honestly it didn't make that much difference, yes it made me feel comfortable like a cat in front of a fire, but it didn't actually help me sleep. Despite this I continue taking this, and have been for about a month now, hesitant to trail back to the doctor again with another failure story. And more recently it has been making a difference which I think is largely due to creating 'a routine'. So would recommend it to any one who has issues with sleep themselves as it is easy (and yummy) to stick to. I am also very pleased I am off the tablets for the first time in nearly 3 years yay! Equally this would be a nice drink for any one without sleep problems but I am hesitant to recomend because of its high sugar and fat content. I certainly wouldn't drink this more than once a day.
The result of this little story is that Ovaltine can be sure they will get my money every month as I am now hopelessly dependant on it, but it is a way better alternative to staring at the ceiling all night.
When you walk down the drinks aisle in a supermarket and toy with coffees, teas or chocolates, why not take a step towards the Ovaltine. If you haven't come across it before, it might sound like an old person's drink. I had visions of snuggling up in a rug in front of an open log fire while slurping it! There might be some truth in that actually, because this is a fireside drink. It warms your body throughout and is surprisingly nourishing too.
You can buy it in several flavours, a light version, an 'add milk' version or an 'add water' edition. The original version where you add milk gives you the full rich creamy taste though, even though the others come close.
Easy to spot thanks to the bright orange container. It stays fresh for months on end as it is in powder form. To make a drink, you need to heat some milk in the microwave or on the hob, to just before boiling point, then add three heaped teaspoons of the Ovaltine powder. Stir in well to avoid lumpy bits and leave for a minute to settle.
You will be greeted by a delicious malty taste, which throws up a curious concoction of flavours. There is a hint of chocolate, which sits subtlety in the background, a glorious maltiness, which tastes like melted Malteasers and also a smattering of barley which floats through the mixture like it has just been hand picked.
It is ideal for bedtime, as the drink will aid sleep, or also to have in the middle of the day as an energy boost. Rich in vitamins and minerals, it is also good for you and a healthier alternative to the predictable hot chocolate. I know it looks like a drink for Grannies, but give it a shot, you might be impressed.
Whenever I think of winter it conjures up thoughts of being curled up on the sofa with a mug of steaming ovaltine. I've been having this for as long as I can remember- my mum used to make it for us almost everyday as a bed-time drink, as did my grandmother for her. Ovaltine's certainly stood the test of time!
For those who haven't come across Ovaltine before it is a malty chocolaty drink, almost like a hot chocolate but significantly better for you. It is made with wholesome goodness of barley malt and cocoa and contains essential vitamins and minerals in the recipe. Ovaltine comes in a bright orange 300g jar, which you can't miss, and is found in the same aisle as the tea and coffee. It is priced around £1.67 in Tesco. Ovaltine itself is a powder, not too different in appearance to hot chocolate. When you first open the bottle you can instantly smell the maltiness, with some of the sweetness of the chocolate mixed in. Ovaltine can be made on the hob by mixing 4 teaspoons of the powder with milk and then heat. Alternatively it can be added to milk that has already been heated in the microwave.
Taste wise it's great. I love the creamy maltiness and it's really not very sweet. I can't really taste the chocolate and the malty flavour dominates, but am sure I'd miss it if they took it out! I don't add the recommended 4 teaspoonfuls as I find it too strong, so I add roughly half that amount. Occasionaly to sweeten it up a bit I will add a drizzle of honey which complements the barley really well. It doesn't just taste good in milk. Sometimes when I get a sweet craving I will have a teaspoon of ovaltine just like that and it tastes lovely!
Nutritionally the drink isn't really that bad for you. Ovaltine contains many vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, E, C, B1, B2, Niacin, folic acid and B12. It gives roughly 30% of the RDA of each of these except B12 which is actually 110%. It also contains significant amounts of calcium, iron, magnesium and zinc. In fact a 25g serving of this in milk will give you a whopping 56% of your RDA of calcium! Each 25g serving in 200ml of milk will set you back 191 calories of which 22.5g are sugars, 3.8g fat and 0.3g salt.
Ingredients: Barley malt extract (73%), whey concentrate (milk), fat reduced cocoa powder (8%), sugar, calcium carbonate, vegetable oil, magnesium carbonate, egg, vitamins (C, E, B6, B2, B1, B12, folic acid, biotin), zinc sulphate iron and salt.
The product has in the last couple of years changed the recipe to remove hydrogenated fat. As a family this was something we were trying to avoid, so we had to stop buying this for a while. I'm pleased that this is now back on my shopping list. Each box contains 12 servings if made to the recipe on the back. I tend to halve the amounts so get around 25 servings if not slightly more. I think I'll be enjoying this for many years to come!
As far as hot drinks go, Ovaltine falls kind of on the outskirts of the hot chocolate range. Although it has cocoa in it, this is minimal, and the main appeal of the drink is the malty goodness it contains. The cocoa is mainly there for the taste and smell, as if the malt is not enough.
However, what it does is provide an extra flavour to the drink. Ovaltine's appeal is in its nutritional, tasty and malty goodness, and the cocoa flavour satisfies the chocoholics among us who crave the notion of having choc every five seconds. I must confess: this often includes me.
The jar of Ovaltine is full of the fine, powdery product, and the best way of making ot is to add hot milk to it. You can add hot water and then a splash of milk if you want. It doesn't taste quite as nice and gloopy, but it still retains the malty and chocolatey flavour.
In fact, the taste almost verges on being confusing, with the two conflicting flavours calmed by the smoothness of the drink. I like how smooth it is as you take a sip, whether you have used milk or water to mix in with the powder. The aroma is enough to relax me, and once you have had a few sips, the flavours separate, with the malt giving the initial hit, and the cocoa coming in the aftertaste.
I suppose what this does is give you a cocoa product without such high calorific values as other hot chocolate does. Adding milk, and using a 25g serving of the powder with 200ml of milk, you get quite a sugary drink, under 200 calories and 22g of sugar or so. There are also vits and minerals and nutrients in the drink, and accompanied with the goodness of the malt and reduced fat cocoa, it's a lovely drink that almost seems healthy. Not bad for what is essentially considered a hot chocolate!
Overall, I think this is a drink well worth having. There are various forms that Ovaltine can take, and there is a 'light' version as well, with is even better for you in terms of calories. However, this is good enough for me. It tastes great, if good for you, and is really easy to make. It only takes a few minutes to make if you use hot milk, or if you use water, then as long as the kettle takes to boil.
A 200g tub can cost just over £1.20, unlikely to be more expensive than £1.50. Naturally, this depends on where you get it from. I recommend having this, as it's a nice change from the overbearing choc flavour most hot chocs have. Recommended.
I was practically weaned on Nesquick, so the first time I ever tried Ovaltine I wasn't impressed.
When I found out it contained egg, I was very much put off: "Egg in my chocolate milk? Eeewwwwwww!!!!!..."
Several years later, and I gave it another go, this time being more open minded, and found myself enjoying it increasingly with every drink... to the point it became one my favourite drinks!
So it was definitely an acquired taste, but undoubtedly one worth acquiring.
Ingredients and Nutritional Info:
Ovaltine is made of 73% barley malt extract and 8% fat reduced cocoa.
It also contains sugar, egg, vegetable oil and various vitamins and minerals.
A 25 g serving in 200 ml semi-skimmed milk contains 191 Kcal and 22.5 g of sugar.
Even though the amount of barley malt extract greatly surpasses the amount of cocoa, I find the flavour is a delicate balance of the two main ingredients.
I love ovaltine made with hot milk - and in fact, the instructions on the packaging recommend making the drink with hot milk - but my absolutely favourite way to drink Ovaltine is on summer days like today (scorching hot), made with cold milk straight out of the fridge - SO AMAZINGLY REFRESHING!
Ovaltine comes in oval shaped white plastic containers, with a wrap around plastic label and a plastic screw lid.
The label is mostly orange and yellow, and the lid is orange too.
There are also individual servings of Ovaltine, which come in sachets.
It is an excellent drink.
The only downside is that it contains a great amount of sugar, which is the same problem as most drinks of its kind.
Apart from the high sugar content, it is a nutritious, healthy drink, which is also delicious.
Right now it is my malt/chocolate drink of choice. I still love Nesquick, but Ovaltine is more nutritially substantial, and so I tend to prefer it.
I highly recommend it to everyone - and if you don't like it at first, just persevere a little and you'll probably grow to love it!
Being a Horlicks fan and my local shop having none I had to re-evaluate the situation! Did I walk away with no night time drink or do I look for an alternative? This is how I ended up with a tub of this! I couldn't bare the thought of going to bed and listening to my beloved 'The Archers' which I catch up with last thing at night on my laptop in bed with my milky, relaxing drink!
Well I purchased a 200g tub of the original ovaltine and it set me back £1.29 in Nisa. It is available of course in all decent supermarkets and corner shops etc in single sachet sizes, 200g and 300g sizes in original, light and chocolate flavours, some of which you add water to and some you add milk to and it tells you that on the tub. My tub is orange, brown and a creamy yellow colour and made of plastic with a bright orange lid to the top of it which simply twists on and off. On the front in orange and navy writing I'm told it's Ovaltine Original and to 'just add milk'. There is a drawn on picture of orange people and some barley and I'm told that my tub contains 8 servings and there's an at a glance nutritional chart displayed to the bottom right hand corner of it. On the back of the tub all in small navy writing I'm told a bit about the product, how to prepare it, ingredients and full nutritional rundown is given along with allergy advice, there is a quality guarantee on there along with contact details for Ovaltine UK, again the weight is stated, I'm told where to find the best before date stamped on it, I'm told the product is produced in Switzerland and finally there is a bar-code on there. Distinctive packaging from Ovaltine this is!
A Bit About The Product According To The Back Of The Tub....
Ovaltine is perfect for relaxing... simply add hot milk and enjoy a deliciously soothing drink as you unwind at the end of a day! Made with wholesome goodness of barley malt and cocoa. Ovaltine is a deliciously satisfying drink. Ovaltine's unique recipe containing essential vitamins and minerals is also a good source of nutrients, ideal to compliment a healthy balanced diet.
Contains Vitamins and Minerals.
Source of Folic Acid.
How To Make The Drink....
If you have a microwave oven Ovaltine can be made instantly. Simply heat the mug on maximum power (approx 2 1/2 minutes, 650w). Do not allow to boil. Add 4 heaped teaspoons of Ovaltine and stir.
In A Saucepan....
Put 4 heaped teaspoons of Ovaltine into a mug. Heat, but do not boil 200ml (approx 1/3 pint) of milk in a saucepan. Pour into a mug and serve.
Well making this drink is easy and me, well I always make mine in the microwave so I don't create washing up but my Mum always heats milk (the old fashioned way) on the cooker and in a saucepan. Either way it really makes no difference to the taste at all! So like I say it's optional!
I of course heat my milk and personally I always use skimmed milk (as that's all I drink), but again it's entirely up to you what you use) and then as directed I add 4 teaspoons of the slightly damp, malty smelling light brown powder and stir it in well whilst my milk is hot.
It doesn't clump or go bitty, it simply makes a light brown milky looking drink that isn't dark or glossy as I'm used to hot chocolates looking.
Of course though lets not get mixed up with this product. It is a barley malt drink after all and not hot chocolate. In fact there is a barely a taste on the cocoa side of things at all. For me it's pretty tasteless anyway as a drink. I've tried using more powder and full fat milk with this and I simply don't like it one bit.
It's watery and lacks taste. Sure I can taste a hint of the malt flavouring and a small hint of what tastes like cheap chocolate, it's weirdly sweet but not it overly so and it all leaves a rather strong and horrid after-taste.
Does it relax me? Not at all I prefer this type of drink to be more flavoursome and for me it lacks any body and/or depth to it. It's like drinking dishwater!
Not at all keen and wouldn't recommend it and I'm glad to report I'll be staying a Horlicks gal and not an Ovaltiny!
Contains Barley gluten, milk and egg.
Nutritional Information.... Per 25g serving with semi-skimmed milk....
Energy 191 Calories
My wife came home from a trip to Tesco`s the other day and in one of her many bags she had a tin of Ovaltine, well I say tin but that is showing my age as it now comes in plastic tubs, but whatever it comes in it is still as great as it used to be.
Probably most of the youngsters reading this will never have tried it and there is a good chance some may never even have heard of it but Ovaltine should be tried by all as it is a great alternative to tea and coffee in my opinion.
Ovaltine is a malt based drink which has a good malty taste and is delicious with a couple of spoonfuls of sugar, it is said that a mug of Ovaltine before bed will aid a good night's sleep and you know what I actually believe it does.
To make the perfect mug of Ovaltine you need to use 3-4 heaped teaspoonfuls of Ovaltine which you will stick in a mug with sugar should you require, I always have two spoonfuls; you would then bring some milk to the boil and pour it into the mug stirring as you go and there you have a delicious malty drink.
My good lady wife tells me that the Ovaltine she brought home cost her £1.65 and it was a 300g jar, you get plenty hot drinks from this as you will typically use only 25g per mug. Each 25g will contain 188 calories, 3.8g of fat and 29.5g of carbohydrate so a diet drink it is not but a great one it certainly is!
Ovaltine is a barley and malt extract powder that is used to add to hot milk (or occasionally cold milk) to flavour it. It tastes very malty as you would expect and is a very pleasant sweet flavour. It has a multitude of added vitamins so drinking it is similar to taking a vitamin pill. Obviously, look at the side of the jar first for guidance on this.
Many people favour it as a pre bedtime drink in the belief that it will help them sleep, particularly older folk born before 1950 who view Ovaltine with a certain amount of nostalgia.
In fact these pre bed Ovaltine drinkers are right, but for the wrong reasons. Drinking Ovaltine before bed does help you sleep but it's not the Ovaltine that's doing it, it is the milk.
Milk contains a certain amount of the chemical Tryptophan which is an amino acid that aids sleep. Having said that, it may help the older person get to sleep but then the extra pre bed liquid taken on board could cause them to wake up afterwards needing the bathroom so it may just end up being a "zero sum game" for them.
Ovaltine first appeared in England in 1903 but originates from Switzerland. The brand is currently owned and made by Associated British Foods (ABF) who also manufacture bread and sugar products.
In 1978 there was a classic British televison advert portraying nostalgic 1940s/1950s imagery and linking it to Ovaltine. There have also been other ad campaigns with the theme tune "We Are The Ovalteenies" played over them.
In summary: This is a superb product and it is definitely worth having in your food cupboard, especially as a nutritious hot drink option.
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Most of you will not remember the adverts for this drink, and sadly a lot of you also will not have tried it, or perhaps never even heard of it. So I guess it is pointless to most that I delve into the archives and tell you about the advert, suffice to say if you drank Ovaltine you were an Ovaltiny. Originally of course The Ovaltinys was a radio show which started in 1935 on radio Luxemburg.
From it's beginnings in a Swiss laboratory over 100 years ago Ovaltine has grown to become one of our favourite night time drinks. Dr. George Wander is credited with the invention of Ovaltine in 1904 whilst experimenting on the nutritional values of Barley Malt. It was actually called ovamaltine. It was not however until 1906 that the new name of Ovaltine was launched in the UK, at some times it was even prescribed by doctors as a nutritional aid to breastfeeding mothers and under nourished children, so the benefits were known to be there even then. Sir Edmund hillary is said to have used Ovaltine whilst climbing Everest. In 1932 Ovaltine was served to participants in the Olympic Games
Ovaltine is a malt based drink which was designed to be a fortifier for milk, it has a good strong malty taste and makes a good night time drink, although as to whether it actually aids a good nights sleep I'll leave up to you, but I guess if you having problems sleeping it can do any harm. I have never really thought that any of thes so called help you sleep drinks work. As I mentioned before it is a high nutritional drink which provides 25% of the daily RDA of 11 vitamins and contains also iron zinc and calcium.
To make a good cup of Ovaltine you will need enough milk to fill a cup. Keep a little in the cup and mix it well with 3-4 heaped teaspoons of Ovaltine add a little sugar if you wish but there is not real need ( and I have a very sweet tooth). Heat the remaining milk up until it is just about boiling and mix it with the paste you now have in the cup. You will notice the lovely milky malty smell and if that ain't enough to make you want to curl up then sit comfortably and gently sip and enjoy the delicious taste. It might not actually help you get to sleep as I said I'll let the individual decide on this aspect, but it will certainly help relax you and give you a general feel good feeling.
Ovaltine do now do a Hot Chocolate version of this drink, but I much prefer the original, which reatails at about £1.79 for a 300g jar. The jar in itself is quite nice being a lovely orangy shade with a picture of the ovaltine lady on the label, she was introduced in 1974 and most of us who remember the Ovaltinys will no doubt associate her with this delicious product.
Contrary to my usual omittence of nutritional info I feel in this instance a little info might help.
PER 25g in an average decent sized cup
Energy = 187 kcal (calories)
Protein = 8.6g
Carbohydrate = 29.5g
Fat = 3.8g
Fibre = 0.6g
Sodium = 0.15g
Overall I really like this drink and whether or not it aids in sleep is neither here nor there, it's a tasty comforting drink which is probably best at the end of a hectic and busy day. Its nice to sit with a hot mug and watch a good movie cuddled up to the one you love.
HAVE A GREAT DAY AND SLEEP WELL
Well, Well, you learn something every day, I have just read that Ovaltine used to be sold here in the UK as biscuits, rusks and Lozenges as well as being marketed as a night time drink. Ovaltine began it`s epic journey in a Swiss laboratory over 100 years ago.
Although we all know it as a bedtime drink it was first introduced as a food beverage for children.
When Ovaltine was first put on the market here in the UK it was advertised as a drink rich in nutrients that built up brain, body and nerves to peak condition.
During WW2 the soldiers had Ovaltine in their ration packs and it was recommended that Pilots in particular should partake of a regular cup of malty Ovaltine. The RAF also purchased massive supplies of Ovaltine tablets to hand out to their men.
Today we have five varieties of Ovaltine to choose from, Original, Chocolate, Chocolate light and the latest addition to the range White Malt. The range also features three different types of milk shake, strawberry, banana and chocolate.
One cup of Ovaltine contains 13 vitamins and is rich in Folic acid, calcium, zinc and Iron, this makes it an ideal drink for any Mum To Be. We all seem to put Ovaltine and bedtime in the same breath, but the drink is good at any time of day, if you are feeling hungry but haven't time to eat then have a mug of Ovaltine to stave off the hunger pangs.
Mum used to have great faith in the nightly cup of Ovaltine, it was a ritual. Half an hour before our bedtime the saucepan would go on the gas ring to heat the milk, children now might look at Ovaltine and pull a face but we loved it, it was our nightly treat.
I still make my Ovaltine in much the same way, the only difference is that I heat my mug of milk in the microwave oven, first of all its convenient and secondly there's no pan left to wash up afterwards.
Stop the microwave before the milk comes to the boil, then add four teaspoonfuls of Ovaltine to a mug full of hot milk and stir. The amount of sugar needed all depends on the individual, its a fairly sweet drink already so I only take a half a spoonful.
A mugful of Ovaltine contains 191 calories, 22.5g sugar, 3.8 fat, 2.2 Saturated fat and 0.3 g of salt.
When you first stir the mug of hot steaming milky Ovaltine it looks delightful, the milky drink makes `swirls` on the top as you stir it. The malted milk aroma wafts past your nostrils and the heavenly smell is all consuming. I love to sip rapidly from the rim of the mug, tiny short, sharp sips that pump the hot milky drink around my mouth. As you start to make inroads on the contents of the mug you will more than likely notice that the milk starts to form a skin. The skin is more than some people can bear! but I enjoy it, the `gluey` texture of the skin is very palatable.
Try as I might to linger over the mug of Ovaltine I cant, It begs to be drunk whilst hot.
We all know the benefits of a milky drink before bedtime, the serotonin contained in milk promotes good sleep. So if you constantly seem to be having restless nights then Ovaltine may well be a good nightcap for you too.
A 300g plastic jar costs about £1.67 and Ovaltine is available at most of the major supermarkets.
I have tried Horlick`s but it distinctly lacks the flavour that Ovaltine has.
I have been drinking Ovaltine for many years and have never stopped enjoying it. If you have restless nights then why not give Ovaltine a try?
Made with the wholesome goodness of barley, malt and cocoa, Ovaltine is a deliciously satisfying drink that can be enjoyed at any time of the day. Ovaltine's unique recipe is rich in essential vitamins and minerals that provide a good source of nutrients to complement a healthy balanced diet