I’ve been learning about different soda flavors and came across Malta Hatuey.
I was curious what it was, and how it tastes, so I did some research, and here’s what I found.
Malta is popular in the Caribbean Islands and has an interesting history.
Below, I’ll describe the unique characteristics of Malta, as well as, other interesting facts about this lesser-known soda.
Is malt a soda drink?
The barley plant is a type of grass and looks like wheat.
It grows with a long thin stem, and seed pods at the tip.
Malt beer is a beer made from malt, and malta is a non alcoholic beer made with malt.
Malt is also used to make malt vinegar, in chocolate candy like Maltesers, as well as, in chocolate powder used to make milk shakes and hot chocolate like Milo, and Ovaltine.
Does Malta taste like beer?
There are many different companies and brands of Malta and each has a slightly different flavor.
Beer is made by leaving the mixture to ferment, which turns the sugars in the malt into alcohol.
Malta is made in the exact same way as beer but is refrigerated before it ferments so that the sugar doesn’t convert into alcohol.
Malta is thought to have originated in Germany, as stated on Wikipedia, and was called Malzbier which translated into English means malt beer.
Another nickname for Malzbier is Kinderbier which means kids beer.
Because, kids can drink it because it doesn’t contain any alcohol.
In Germany, these kinds of drinks are called malztrunk – which means malt beverages – to differentiate them from alcoholic beverages.
In English alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks are called hard and soft.
A hard soda for example is one that contains alcohol, whereas a soft soda or soft drink doesn’t contain any alcohol.
Malt vs soda
A food or drink that’s an acquired taste, is not appealing initially.
After you drink it a few times, you become accustomed to the taste, and can begin to like it.
There are many people who absolutely love malt beer, and brew their own unique beers, called craft beers.
So, initially soda is better because it tastes really sweet much like fruit and is easy to enjoy.
Malta by comparison has a flavor more like savoury food, and most people find it ‘yuck’ when they first try it.
I know when I first tried beer, and non-alcoholic beer for the first time I wasn’t impressed, and wondered why people liked it so much.
But, now I don’t mind the taste of beer and will have one on occasion.
Although they taste different they have one similarity, which is they’re both made fizzy in the same way, according to BYO.com.
Malta and sodas are carbonated the same way
Both malta and soda are carbonated – made fizzy – by pumping CO2 gas into the drink under pressure.
The gas combines with the liquid.
But, over time it slowly separates from the liquid and makes its way to the surface where it escapes into the air.
And over time the soda or beer loses its bubbles.
Sodas and beer need to be kept sealed using a bottle cap, can, or keg to keep the liquid under pressure.
In some sodas’s the water is carbonated first, and then syrup is added to the water to get the final soda.
This is also one way you can make your own sodas.
Home-made unique sodas are also called craft sodas.
I recently wrote an article which covers exactly what a craft soda is, how they’re made, and how you can make your own in [this, link: what’s craft soda?] article.
What is in Malta Hatuey?
Here’s a side by side comparison of the ingredients so you can see how they differ:
|Coca Cola||Pepsi||Malta Hatuey|
|Carbonated water||Carbonated water||Water|
|High fructose corn syrup||Sugar||Barley|
|Caramel color||Colour (Caramel E150d)||Malt|
|Phosphoric acid||Phosphoric Acid||Fructose|
|Natural flavors||Flavors||Corn syrup|
What is Malta drink good for?
Malta Hatuey contains fructose and corn syrup which are sweeteners, however, a Malta typically doesn’t taste sweet.
Are malt drinks alcoholic?
Although Milo and Ovaltine are some of the most popular chocolate malt beverages, they are very different to malt sodas and malt beers.
As you may be aware, they’re usually made by mixing Milo or Ovaltine powder with hot or cold milk.
Or, they’re made like instant coffee.
Milo is made by the well known brand Nestle, and Ovaltine is made by Twinings, who are most well known for making tea.
Is malt drink good for the body?
Therefore, you should drink them in moderation.
Alcohol has a range of harmful effects such as causing your brain to shrink, and liver damage, as shown by the doctors at Healthline.
And NHS.co.uk has said that the recommended daily sugar intake should NOT go over 25g to 30g for adults.
So, it’s a good idea to take a look at the label of the malt drink you’re drinking to see how much of it you can drink to stay healthy.
Here’s a summary of the key points covered in this article:
Malta Hatuey is a brand of Malta. Malta is a soda made with malt, and malt is dried or roasted seeds from grasses such as barley, and wheat.
Malta can also be the name used for an extract that is made using barley and wheat seeds.
And the extract is also used to make malta, and other malt drinks.
Malta doesn’t contain alcohol but tastes and smells like beer. It also has the same color as a stout beer.