Sunday, 11 September 2011

Horlicks Light Instant Hot Drinks

Horlicks has been enjoyed as a bedtime drink by people around the world for years. Made traditionally, Horlicks malt powder is mixed to a smooth paste then topped up with hot milk. While this is the most luxurious way to enjoy your Horlicks, it’s not the quickest drink to make or particularly low in calories.

As an alternative, you can buy Horlicks Light which is available as individual sachets or in pack sizes 800g, 500g or 300g. Flavours include Malt and Malt Chocolate.

To prepare Horlicks light, you just need to empty the contents of the sachet into a mug and add hot water.

If you are counting calories, beware. Although the product is labelled ‘Light’, this doesn’t mean it’s low in calories. Each Malt sachet has 114 calories and the Chocolate Malt is 120 calories.

Although this is lower in calories than a mug of original Horlicks, which when made with semi skimmed milk, has over 180 calories, it shouldn’t be mistaken as one of the low calorie instant hot drinks on sale. But, if you want to save calories, just use half the sachet and a smaller cup. This works well because there is a fair amount of powder in each pack.

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Horlicks did at one time produce a low calorie Horlicks, called 'Horlicks Extra Light' which had around 40 calories per sachet. However, they seem to have stopped producing these now. Maybe they were too light for some people’s tastes!

Comparing calories, fat and sugar per 100g of dry powder, Horlicks Original has 369 calories, 3g of fat and 37.7g of sugar. Horlicks Light has 357 calories, 2.6g of fat and 49.9g of sugar. As you can see, Horlicks Light has slightly less fat and calories, but more sugar.

Nutritional Information: Per single pack made with water (malt): 114 calories, 4.5g protein, 22.2g carbohydrates, 16g sugar, 0.8g fat, 0.5g saturates, 1g fibre, 0.2g sodium.

Ingredients: Wheat Flour, Malted Barley (32%), Dried Skimmed Milk, Dried Whey, Sugar, Calcium Carbonate, Vegetable Fat, Salt, Vitamins (C, Niacin, E, Pantothenic Acid, B6, B2, B1, A, Folic Acid, Biotin, D, B12), Ferric Pyrophosphate, Zinc Oxide.

Horlicks Light Malt

Horlicks Light Malt Chocolate

You can find more information on the Horlicks website.


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