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Anyone used to get a spoonful of malt extract as a kid?

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HighlandWorrier Wed 17-Jul-19 16:35:59

Spotted a jar in Holland and Barratt today and it reminded me my dad used to give us kids a spoonful a day. Not sure why? 🤔 Anyone else get given this and know what it was supposed to be used for? I almost bought a jar but decided it probably wouldn't taste how I remembered it smile

spiderlight Wed 17-Jul-19 16:36:47

I did! Blooming loved it!

SillyMoomin Wed 17-Jul-19 16:37:17


And I bought some a year or so ago and it tastes just as delicious and yum yum yum as it did as a child

Just make sure you don’t buy the one with added cod liver oil shock

LumpySpacedPrincess Wed 17-Jul-19 16:39:04

Yes, no idea why though...

ContactLight Wed 17-Jul-19 16:40:12

I got the cod liver oil sad

Soola Wed 17-Jul-19 16:41:39

It’s high in vitamin A and good for malnourished children.

My mother used to take brewers yeast for vitamin B.

I used to have the Horlicks tablets as a child.

LittleAndOften Wed 17-Jul-19 16:42:15

We had cod liver oil. So grim. Then DM started buying the capsules and I'd hide them in my pockets. I'll never forget when one burst in my school trousers during a history lesson. Ye gods the smell! blush

RobertSmithdoesmyhair Wed 17-Jul-19 16:43:41

I did! Loved the stuff! I'm off to H and B now to get some to show my kids what a treat it is! gringrin

Notverygrownup Wed 17-Jul-19 16:45:42

I did too. I thought the malt was to disguise the cod liver oil taste, but it seems that it too is healthy from a quick google

"malt extract has a significantly lower glycemic index than table sugar. * Supports Digestive Health: Malt extract can be good for your gut. ... It is an abundant source of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, dietary silicon (supports bone health), B complex vitamins and micro minerals"

I used to love it and everyone I know who had it as a child still loves it. Equally everyone who hasn't had it that I know has ever tried it, hates it. Seems to be a memory thing. It tasted good then so still does!

orangeshoebox Wed 17-Jul-19 16:45:57

we had cod liver oil as well.
bleurgh envy <- not envy

we had malt throat sweets though. they were nice.

Nottobesoldseparately Wed 17-Jul-19 16:56:34

Yes. Had a huge brown jar of the stuff.

Loved it.

Every few weeks I think we got it. The dog also got a spoonful to lick too and he loved it, as he used to line up behind us for his turn!

I presume it was just an additional supplement mum gave us.

bellinisurge Wed 17-Jul-19 17:04:42

We had Brewer's Yeast and Horlicks tablets .

BeBesideTheSea Wed 17-Jul-19 17:07:37

Roo has his daily spoonful from Kanga. Tigger decides that Malt Extract is what Tiggers eat. With a spoonful of when he needed strengthening.

DontCallMeShitley Wed 17-Jul-19 17:11:52


Then as I got older there was Bemax and Bengers, Bemax was dry flaky stuff to sprinkle on your food and Bengers was a milky drink which I really liked. School teacher told us about them and I miss Bengers to this day.

I often wonder what happened to the teacher too.

StillMedusa Wed 17-Jul-19 17:12:25

Horlicks powder... give me a spoon !!!
We also used to have Brewers Yeast tablets.. gave the to the cat (on vets advice) and also ate them for our own hair smile

notatwork Wed 17-Jul-19 17:16:12

I would climb up on the benchtop to help myself to a spoonful from the cupboard.
Weird child.

AndNoneForGretchenWieners Wed 17-Jul-19 17:17:13

I don't think I had malt extract but I was given syrup of figs, which I loathed.

beanaseireann Wed 17-Jul-19 17:49:31

We got some kind of fluorescent green/yellow stuff. I've no idea what it was. Some kind of emulsion ( not paintsmile ).
Would anyone know what it was ?

dragonegg Wed 17-Jul-19 17:56:14

Gretchen I don't think I had malt extract but I was given syrup of figs, which I loathed

Oh god, syrup of figs! I got given that too - bloody awful stuff envy

Dowser Wed 17-Jul-19 18:07:56

Yes I did
Probably can’t have it now as I’m strictly glutenfree

CantspellWontspell Wed 17-Jul-19 18:15:30

We used to get a packet of malt tablets from the chemist every now and then. Yum.

BillywigSting Wed 17-Jul-19 18:19:24

I got given a spoonful of it every day as a child.

Bought some from Holland and Barratt to give to ds and show him the delicious stuff that it is.

He spat it out, he didn't like it!

Heathen child hmm

HirplesWithHaggis Wed 17-Jul-19 18:22:12

I bought some just Saturday past, it absolutely does taste like it used to! (Going back 50+ years here). But yeah, bluergh to the cod liver oil version.

Thymeout Wed 17-Jul-19 18:28:34

bean Was it Minadex? My mother used to buy it as a tonic in the spring if she thought I looked a bit peaky. I didn't like it. There was also Parish's Food - a tonic you had to drink through a straw or it would stain your teeth.

ewenice Wed 17-Jul-19 18:28:39

oh god it was sooooooooo gross - would stick to the roof of your mouth - disgusting stuff.

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