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How to Use Horlicks

Updated April 17, 2017

Horlicks is a malt powder used in drinks, and is popular in Britain, Jamaica and Asia.

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  1. Horlicks is a malted grain powder, similar to other powders used to make malted milk. It can be used in a variety of ways. In Britain it is commonly used as a pre-bed drink with milk, to promote sleep. In India, it is seen as a nutritious milk supplement, providing caloric and nutritional supplements to a primary food source. In Asia it is often seen as an ingredient to add to teas and coffees for a rich result similar to latte and chai.

  2. Obtain a jar of Horlicks Powder. In Britain, India, Jamaica, and Asia this may be as easy as a trip to the grocery store. In other countries it may be necessary to visit a food importer or a specialist in British food products. Next, read the instructions on the Horlicks jar. This will provide a useful overview of some of the measurements and liquid bases you can use.

  3. Heat the liquid of your choice. Milk is the most common base liquid, but Horlicks can also be used in skim milk, with water or with coffee and teas. Horlicks dissolves best in a warm liquid, though it can be used in a range of cold preparations.

  4. Add Horlicks to warm liquid and stir. Use between 2-3 tbsp of Horlicks powder to a cup and a half of liquid. You may adjust amounts to personal taste.

  5. To use Horlicks in cold drinks, use a similar ratio of liquid to Horlicks powder. A blender can be useful for these preparations, as the Horlicks dissolves a bit less easily into cold liquids than into hot. Common uses are in milk shakes, where two scoops of ice cream, two cups of milk and four tbsp of Horlicks blended just until smooth will make a very nice shake. Smoothies made with Horlicks and a sweet fruit juice, milk, banana, and either ice or ice cream are also popular.

  6. Tip

    Horlicks can be used in any preparation where another malt powder might be used. It can be used as a flavouring in baking, a seasoning in sweets and a hot drink. Horlicks is seen as an aid to sleep in Britian. A cup of hot Horlicks before bed is considered a good, relaxing way of easing insomnia. Horlicks is used as a nutritional aid in India, where it is used to supplement milk for greater family nutrition. Horlicks is considered a great addition to coffees in Asia, where the powder is used as an element of latte and chai type drinks.

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Things You'll Need

  • Horlicks Malt Drink powder
  • Milk, skim milk, coffee, other liquid in which to add the Horlicks powder


About the Author

Peg Robinson's first sale was in Pocket Books' 1999 "Strange New Worlds." Her credits include award-winning "Helixsf," and "Cicada Magazine." Her novela, "Tonino and the Incubus," qualified for the 2007 Nebulas. She graduated with honors in religious studies from UCSB. She's currently in an M.A./Ph.D. program in mythological studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute.

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