“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Homebrand flavoured milk drink „
I absoloutely love Horlicks and have one as part of my routine every night before bed and have done now for years. The reason I do is because I love the taste and do find that it relaxes me alot and if I miss it out now from my usual said routine I can't settle for love nor money!.
However the other day I went to grab my usual Horlicks when I spotted this, Tescos' answer to it costing only £1.49 a tub which was far cheaper than what I was about to pick up and in a larger size.
Well the powder that helps to make the drink up comes in a cardboard round blue coloured tub with white clouds depicted on it and it has a pull on/off blue plastic lid to the top of it and on the front of the tub there is a photo of the made up drink in a cup on there and we are told that it is Tesco Malted Drink 'Can aid a good nights sleep' and to 'Just add milk' and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown. On the back of the tub we are told how to make the drink up, ingredients and allergy advice is listed along with a full nutritional chart, the weight is stated which in this case is 400g and contact details for Tesco are given. Nice, informative large tub this is for your money.
The Drink Itself:
Well to make this drink up is really simple. All you have to do is add 3-4 teaspoons of the dry and thin powdery, sweet smelling powder into a mug and add to it a little cold water to make a smooth paste and then add to that 200ml of semi skimmed milk and stir it well according to the information listed on the tub. Personally I heat up my milk (which is always skimmed and I find you can use any milk you want to!) in the microwave and then add the powder to it and stir like a mad woman and I never measure out the amounts either I just use a mug and fill it to the top and if its a bit weak simply add and stir in more powder!
This makes a creamy coloured and slightly frothy to the top drink and I really like this malty drink. Not too sweet but naturally sweet enough and with a malty taste to it this for me is as nice as Horlicks and as an avid Horlicks drinker this to me tastes the same though I do need a little more powder added to milk to get the richness in taste I do from Horlicks but all in all this is a fabulous little buy that tastes good, is easy to mix up and still relaxes me!
Nutritioanl Information Per Four Teaspoons Made Up With 200ml Milk:
Only available from Tesco stores or from Tesco.com
My hubby drinks a cup of Horlicks most nights and seeing as I had reverted most of our daily essentials to cheaper alternatives to save a bit more money in our weekly shop I thought that I would try this. I have to be honest I was slightly doubtful as to how this would compare because Horlicks has such a distinctive smell and taste I was concerned that this would be dramatically inferior but as with all of the supermarket budget alternatives that I have tried they have to be sampled first before any conclusion can be made and even then it is purely down to personal preferences and individual taste as to whether you permanently revert to them or stick with the original brand name.
The malted drink is available in a 400gram glass jar. The ingredients are pretty simple. whey powder, barley malt extract (31%), wheat flour, sugar, cornflour which is reasonably simular to that of Horlicks standard although Horlicks has more ingredients listed including clacium carbonate, salt, vegtable fat, Ferric Pyrophosphate and Zinc Oxide.
The first thing I noticed was that the granules are very fine almost powder like and the Tesco malted drink looks and smells almost the same as standard Horlicks. A few drops of cold water are added to around three heaped teaspoons of malted drink and blended to a paste and then topped with hot water and thouroughly mixed (personally I don't bother with the cold water I just mix straight with hot water and it works with exactly the same result).
The actual drink has a nice creamy consistency with no gritty granules left unmixed at the bottom of the cup or floating in the drink. I did sometimes find that with Horlicks no matter how much I mixed this would always happen. The flavour is not as dominant compared to Horlicks but the wheat flavours are there and very pleasant. Both myself and the hubby actually prefer the lighter taste of the Tesco version finding its flavour not as raw and harsh.
The other thing I found was that after a couple of cups of Horlicks the granule/powder in the jar would clump together and I would have to use a spoon to try and break it all up. I have never found this with the Tesco version. All the way through the jar the granule/powder remains soft and fluffy with no clumping.
Nutritionally tesco malted drink contains 195 calories per 25gram serving compared to that of standard Horlicks which contains 181 calories (when made with skimmed milk) so it is higher. Infact protein, fats, fibre and saturates are all less in the Tesco version compared to Horlicks.
I think that it is well worth making the switch to this lower priced alternative as it is a really decent product. A 400gram jar of Tesco malted drink is £1.38 (35pence per 100grams) compared to £1.99 (66pence per 100grams) for a 300gram of horlicks so there is a reasonable saving.