Info Details
Country USA   
Type Flavored   (Malted Milk; Dark-Milk 60%)
Strain Hybrid   
Source Tanzania   (Tenende)
Flavor Earthen   (grains)
Style Old School      
A food bar, Askinosie-style, in heeding Hippocrates’ 'let food by thy medicine & medicine thy food'. With its battery of ingredients -- phenol-rich cocoa mass, the once-magically esteemed sugar, cocoa butter (a wound healer), plus malted milk -- it could even be a whole meal replacement.

The last ingredient was patented by London pharmacist James Horlick in the 1880s as a nutritional baby formula. Some also liken it to a sleep aid. He came to Chicago to commercialize it. From there it went on to fame in soda fountains & malt shops, eventually making its way all around the world. Included among its stops: Antarctica inside Adm. Byrd's rucksack to help fuel his expedition & Jeni's Splendid Ice-Creams in Columbus, OH who provided the malted milk in this confection as part of Askinosie's CollaBARation series.

Incredibly enough, GlaxoSmithKline, the pharmaceutical giant whose prescription drugs run the gamut from digestion to cancer, currently owns the Horlick™ brand. It could do well to step back & re-valuate the mix in its portfolio.

Considering that plants & herbs have been humanity's pharmacy for thousands of years, food is really the conventional medicine while modern medication is actually the alternative medicine. show more »
Appearance   4.3 / 5
Color: creamsicle brown with magenta flash
Surface: Askinsoie's scrabble board monogram
Temper: light feedback
Snap: pouting
Aroma   8.6 / 10
big fat raisin, unseen since the earlier days of Valrhona -> only gradually & secondarily some malted wheat-wafers appear
Mouthfeel   11.4 / 15
Texture: powder dry
Melt: sclerotic & clotted
Flavor   32.7 / 50
as foretold in the Aroma... protruding raisin -> malted mash comes on & completely mortars it... lots of grains (barley, wheat, corn & rice too)... drastically compromising the length by shortening it -> sorghum syrup with slight maple edge -> caustic endpoint: soda... as in baking soda (if good medicine requires some bitterness, then this qualifies)
Quality   12.5 / 20
Malted Milk contains powdered milk along with malted grains. The most popular brands of it -- Horlicks™ or Ovaltine™ -- typically incorporate malted barley &/or wheat. They're germinated by soaking them in water. The process develops enzymes which breakdown the proteins & hasten the conversion of starches into sugars.

Here those malted milk grains taste more starched than sugared, then overshot in the recipe. Cocoa feels lost in the soda jerk of it all (& a great cocoa too: Askinosie's Tenende).

The 3rd in Askinosie's CollaBARation series & nowhere near the craft of the other 2 (Coffee or Licorice).

A malpractice suit & a pity; not even a Whoppers™ malt ball for kids stuff.

No worries because kids nowadays... well:

They left

That spells they're alright.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar cane juice, cocoa butter, malted milk

Reviewed May 1, 2012


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