The History of Ovaltine

I think some of us remember the decoder rings from Ovaltine. My mother would not buy it very often because other chocolate drinks were less expensive but I loved the malt. I didn’t know it was made from eggs. Enjoy

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oveltine_10Ovaltine (Ovomaltine) is a brand of milk flavoring product made with malt extract (except in the blue packaging in the United States), sugar (except in Switzerland), and whey. Some flavors also have cocoa. Ovaltine, a registered trademark of Associated British Foods, is made by Wander AG, a subsidiary of Twinings which acquired the brand from Novartis in 2003, except in the United States and Australia, where Nestlé acquired the rights separately from Novartis later on.

History

Ovaltine was developed in Bern, Switzerland, where it is known by its original name, Ovomaltine (from ovum, Latin for “egg,” and malt, which were originally its main ingredients). Soon after its invention, the factory moved out to the village of Neuenegg, a few kilometres west of Berne, where it is still produced.

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Ovomaltine was exported to Britain in 1909; a misspelling of the name on the trademark registration application led to the…

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One thought on “The History of Ovaltine

  1. cmaukonen

    I used to usit to make chocolate malts.

    “Some warm milk, perhaps ?”
    “No…thank you, no.”
    “Ovaltine ?”
    “Nothing. Thank you. I’m a little tired.”
    “Then I’ll say good night.”

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