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Jul 27, 2006 07:48 PM

Ovaltine and older folks?

My friend told me that her Mum is really into Ovaltine...this surprised me because i always thought of Ovaltine as something for the kids and not the 50+ crowd. I was in the store yesterday and chatted up a stock clerk who said that lots of Ovaltine is going into the shopping baskets of mature folk...So what am I missing? Any insights on why the 50+ crowd is buying so much Ovaltine in Ontario these days?


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  1. Hmmm...can't answer that but we always have a bottle in the pantry cupboard. And in the thirtysomething crowd.

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    1. re: kerwintoronto

      Me too! I actually have it for breakfast every morning on my drive to work instead of the typical coffee. I'm not good about getting all of my vitamins through my whacky diet, so if I start out with Ovaltine, I don't stress through out the day trying to eat balanced. It provides vitamins & the milk is good calcium. Helps me start the day off on the right foot - and I found it contains less calories than the Carnation Instant breakfast I was drinking. I do make it with 2% hormone free milk instead of the recommended skim (yuck!) so it tastes much better that way. Try it! :)

    2. Ovaltine has been around for many years. Don't you still enjoy some of the foods that you liked when you were a kid? So do some of these senior folks, I guess. Personally, I never had a liking for it. It's one way to get calcium (from the milk) too.

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      1. re: Yongeman

        Yongeman - yes, your right, there are things I fondly associate with my childhood that I still eat every now and then, tho I admit they are more indulgent than ovaltine!

        And like you, I didn't find the taste all that appealing. You could be spot on about the calcium, tho it seems most everyone gets their extra these days with pills. Thanks for the reply


      2. when my mom had a heart attack it was suggested by the hospital she drink ovaltine instead of coffee during the recovery

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        1. re: florence

          Fascinating, Florence. Do you remember if she drank it in hot milk? I would never have thought of that....


        2. There's also Milo (green tin can) that I LOVE! BTW, I'm under 30 years old! =)

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          1. re: josamania

  ! Are you drinking it with milk...and is it like Yongeman said, something you associate with childhood, or are you a malt lover? I'm clearly missing something by not drinking this stuff myself!


            1. re: josamania

              I love Milo, Horlick's and Ovaltine. They are great hot or cold with milk or water. You can make smoothies with them, bake with them. Have them for breakfast or before bed.

              Milo kicks Nesquick's butt, anyday.

              1. re: josamania

                I see milo at asian stores but not my local nat'l chain grocer... was it popular in America at one time? I grew up a young child in the 80s in CA.

                1. re: Veggietales

                  I don't believe Milo was ever marketed in America. It's popular in Australia, Asia and South America. Maybe also Africa. Places where Nestle had more of a hold on the market. That's why it's found more often in ethnic supermarkets. Although, I have seen it at Loblaw's.

              2. A little bit of nostalgia and a little because it's a good coffee substitute.