Romanticizer and Geek-in-Residence

by Lauren

About a week ago, I decided to treat myself. I have been worn pretty ragged both emotionally and physically lately, and felt it was time to do a little indulgent splurge.  My splurge of choice?  Going to Wegmans (the best grocery store ever, according to everyone),  wandering the International Food aisles, and letting myself grab whatever looked appealing (within reason).  I didn’t spend a huge amount, but definitely like 30 bucks’ worth of totally indulgent, strange, and wonderful food items that I would never allow myself to get if I was doing an everyday grocery shop.

One of the things I grabbed, was Horlicks:



Horlicks is a “nutritional malt milk drink” from England.  And I’m totally in love with it.


First off, it is so utterly BRITISH.  The name instantly evokes an image of some attentive footman who is anxious to ensure your luggage makes it into Downton Abbey post-haste.


One of these guys could definitely be named Horlicks.

Secondly, it is effing delicious.  If you like malt.  And I do.  A malted milkshake can never have too much malt.  Whoppers are my favorite candy.  You get the idea.  This stuff is pure unadulterated maltiness.


It’s got an interesting history.  Here’s a cool snippet from Wikipedia:


Horlicks came to India with The British Army; the end of World War I saw Indian soldiers of British Indian Army bringing it back with them as a dietary supplement. Punjab, Bengal and Madras Presidencies became early adopters of Horlicks and many well-to-do Indians took to drinking Horlicks as a family drink in early 1940s and 1950s. It became a sort of status symbol in upper middle class Indians and rich classes

Oh and get this:


In the USA, Horlicks Tablets were sold as a candy, offered in a glass bottle resembling an aspirin jar. In World War II the tablets were supplied to US, UK and other troops as an energy boosting treat, and included in lifeboat and liferaft rations and aircrew escape kits. Today they are packaged in foil pouches, manufactured in Malaysia as Horlicks Malties.


I mean what?? This stuff is awesome.

Also, it’s ‘packed’ with nutrients…but I fear not naturally–rather they fortify the stuff with vitamins after making the malty powder…which…ehh?  Okay not really like the equivalent of eating raw kale but whatever Horlicks I still love you.