Product Type: Ovaltine Soft Drink
Newest Review: ... 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 simpl... more
Egg Shaped Youth
Member Name: proxam
Date: 04/03/12, updated on 04/11/13 (214 review reads)
Advantages: Easy to make, quite tasty
Disadvantages: Not tasty enough
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?
Summary: Energy boosting Ovaltine