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Ovaltine Candy bar?

Growing up about 25 years ago in Villa Park, Illinois we were able to eat a candy bar called Ovaltine. It was chocolate with very tiny crunchies in it, possibly ovaltine powder. Does anybody remember it but my sister and me? We lived near the ovaltine factory, could that be why we had it in our area?

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  1. I don't remember anything from 25 years ago, but the good news is that you can get essentially the same product today! The bad news is that it is made in Switzerland and is very difficult to find outside of Switzerland itself (I could not find it in Germany at any of 10 stores with good candy selections).

    The product is trademarked "Ovomaltine" in Switzerland, and the milk chocolate bar with ovaltine crunchies throughout is definitely available. Here is the product page (not in English):


    When we were in Switzerland a few years ago we brought back something like 5-10 bars and enjoyed slowly for more than a year.

    Maybe you can find it in the US via an importer.


    1. Wow, I forgot all about those. When I lived in Paris like 25 years ago I used to buy them all over, I think in England also. They were awesome!

      1. I lived in England for two years ust a couple of years ago. I got those bars over there.

        I would suggest trying a British shop. We have quie a few of these in my area in Toronto. They usually seel all things British including Walkers, chocolate bars, and sometimes the most divine British food ever....Cornish Pastis!


        1. Hi Jenna, I'm not familiar with the Ovaltine Candy Bar, but I loved Ovaltine itself. Sounds really good.

          On another note, my boyfriend is from Villa Park, and his parents still live there.

          Have a great day!

          1. I grew up in Addison and remember the candy bars, I also liked their cocoa mix in canisters, great flavor and you could make a big mug without opening 3 packets.

            Remember Tae Fu chinese restaurant in the old Arbys?

            1. I've never seen it in the UK but I saw it down the road on sale in a drugstore-type place and I live in Germany.

              1. I sorta remember that one. And I live outside of Chicago.

                1. We grew up 25-30 yrs ago in Rhode Island. Me and my sibbies deffinately got the Ovaltine choc bars. I distinctly recall the little crunchies you speak of. Good times!!

                  1. I worked for Ovaltine, in Villa Park, 50 years ago. Yes, they started producing and marketing the Ovaltine chocolate bar in 1960. As far as I know, it was available throughout the US. As you said, it was chocolate with the crunchy Ovaltine crystals inside.

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                    1. re: Curious George

                      Don't happen to have the recipe for their hot cocoa mix do you?

                    2. I remember, and I need one of these! Badly! So here's what I'm gonna do. I'm gonna find an importer and order a case of these... Anyone interested should let me know. Just post a way to contact you in the thread here and we can figure out the logistics. I live in the west burbs of Chicago.

                      Oh and by the way... TAE FU rocked! Best sizzling rice soup and garlic chicken! Im 39 - went there as a kid all the time and also had ovaltine bars whenever I went to a little drug store in villa park!

                        1. re: HillJ

                          Yikes! $5 + per bar! I think I'll stick to drinking my Ovaltine, thanks.

                          Hot tip: if you live in the US where there's a large enough Asian population to have Asian grocery stores, they often carry the European formula Ovaltine, which is like the stuff of my childhood (an awfully long time ago!). Much less sweet than the current US variety.