Ovomaltine Spread

Imagine…

A jar of Nutella, with a crunch.

That is basically what Ovomaltine is like.

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Ovomaltine (also known as Ovaltine) is a milk brand from Berne, Switzerland. Its name originates from ovum, Latin for “egg,” and malt.

I used to drink their chocolate milk, and still do from time to time. I have to say, they have one of the best chocolate milks I’ve ever had! Now, they’ve created something even better than chocolate milk. Chocolate spread!

I actually heard about this from my sister’s friend. But after searching high and low for it, I still couldn’t find it. Oddly enough, a trip to Indonesia was what it took for me to finally lay my hands on it.

I was speed walking trying to beat time, but something caught my eyes. A little stand to my right, with a sign that says “Snack and Co.” So I took a little detour. Forget time! They were calling my name.

There it was. The Ovomaltine. *cue dramatic music* Sitting on the highest shelf, like it was the king of all the snacks in that stand. Without a second thought, my hand reached for it and bought it. The price? Absolutely ridiculous! Rp 235,000 (± US$ 21). I’m pretty sure I can find it way cheaper on Amazon (with free 2-day shipping), but whatever, I know that I’ll never actually click that “add to cart” button.

Moment of truth…

I spread this crunchy paste on my toast.

I have found…. my bread’s new fiancé~

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To me, it tastes nothing like their chocolate milk. It actually tastes more like Nutella, like a mixture of Nutella with liquified Nestlé Crunch. Honestly, I still prefer Nutella. Sorry Ovomaltine. Nutella has a stronger hazelnut taste to it, which I absolutely love. BUT! I give Ovomaltine extra points for having those tiny crunch balls in them.

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So if you happen to spot an orange jar that says “Ovomaltine,” and you’re thinking “should I… or shouldn’t I?” The answer is…. You definitely should!

Bon appétit!

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