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My Grandma and Ovaltine

Good morning to everyone.  I hope that you week is coming along well.  Hump day is here.  There is only 2 more days after this till the weekend.  I am looking forward to this weekend.  My Red Hat group will be attending a rodeo.  This will be a first for many of them!  It is exciting to be able to introduce something new once again to the ladies. 
Well, as for today's blog, I was thinking a lot about some of the things that my Grandma used to believe in and Ovaltine came to mind. 
For those of you that are new to this blog, I was predominantly raised by my grandmother and so if I go back in time...it is usually sparked by some memory of her.  We were recently in the store and my husband noticed the Ovaltine on the shelf.  It was like he found an old toy.  He was so excited to see that jar and immediately pointed it out to me.  I looked at him with that "Really" sort of look!  I told him it has always been on the shelves.  I suppose this must have been a new aisle to walk down.  Well, anyway, it brought back memories of long ago. 
When I was young, my grandmother used to make us a cup of warm Ovaltine as a nighttime drink.  Having that wonderful chocolate drink was such a special treat.  It was just like having a malted milk....which by the way, was similar to what a malt was back in the older days until someone decided to try adding ice cream to it. 
Grandma believed that it put a bit of meat on your bones.  She didn't believe that it was healthy is you were too skinny as a child. I can remember when my cousin lived on the second floor and had 2 children and one of them was too thin...at least that is what Grandma thought.  So in the nightly routine, Grandma would add a raw egg to his Ovaltine.  She believed this would bulk him up.  Now that I look back on this, it is almost a little comical that later in life...he chose to be a raw food cook. She must not have been that far off, because  Mariusz Pudzianowski cited malted milk as being the key supplement in his successful strongman career.
Well, anyway, back to Ovaltine.  As I researched it...I discovered that it originally was advertised consisting solely of "malt, milk, eggs, flavored with cocoa," the formulation has changed over the decades, and today several formulations are sold in different parts of the world.
I also discovered that Ovaltine was manufactured right here in Villa Park, Illinois.  The factory has since closed, but the Villa Park  Historical Society maintains a permanent exhibit of Ovaltine advertising and memorabilia. The old factory was converted to loft apartments keeping the original floors and wall exposed.   this is going to have to go on my "Must See" list. 
If you are old enough, you might recall the old radio show "Little Orphan Annie" or perhaps "Captain Midnight" who were sponsored by Ovaltine.  If you saw the movie The Christmas Story" you would have seen "Ralphie"  collecting proofs of purchase and sending off for the "secret decoding ring".  This was how is was back then.  We collected labels back then for many products. 
Ovaltine continued it's use in my home which continued the tradition.  From the time I was married, I carried Ovaltine to make when I had my cousins spend an overnighter and then for my daughters and subsequently for my granddaughter.  It has been years since I have had an Ovaltine drink at night.  Perhaps the time has rolled around again and a visit to the store for some Ovaltine may be in my future. 

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