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Remember Scotts Emulsion Cod Liver Oil?

If I mention Scotts Emulsion Cod Liver Oil, most of you you’d think of the orange flavoured kind you can get at the pharmacy. Something like this:

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Tastes great, like Haliborange.

But back when i was a kid, when my mother said it was time for Scott’s Emulsion, i had to run for cover. Back then it was a bottle of thick white stuff, no nice orange flavour, it had a strong, almost nauseating fishy flavour. My brother and I always had to close our nose drinking it, and the thick fishy taste stayed with you for hours after that. Especially when you burped. Ewwwww.

I couldn’t find a pic of it online but, it looked a bit like this:

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And it came in a glass bottle like this:

ScottsEmulsionold bottle

Apparently, the bottles seem to fetch good prices with antique collectors on eBay.

I dunno which is worse, drinking that stuff or the black bitter Chinese meds my grandma make us drink whenever we were sick.

27 Comments

  • Jeanne

    Simon, you are giving me nightmares now thinking about it. I think the majority of our generation could not escape from it. Errrrkkk, even the smell of it used to made me sick.

  • Boone

    My colleague used to bring this stuff to the office and takes it VOLUNTARILY!!

    She’s stopped after a few weeks and non-stop ribbing from everyone…..

  • giddy tigress

    You know what? I prefer the ORIGINAL Scott’s Emulsion to the orange one. The smell never bothered me and I used to yearn to take more than the recommended dosage.
    The orange one gives me the cough. LOL

  • Ann

    My son is now taking it everyday at the bbsitter’s place – the white one mind you!
    And so far I don’t hear that it is any trouble giving it to him.
    Given the fishy porridges I make for him, reckon perhaps he got used to the fishy taste!

  • anjali*

    Hmmm…that would make me weird too coz I really liked Scotts Emulsion – the original one some more! Really! And like what James said, they taste really nice when it’s kept cool in the fridge. Now i take the caplet format everyday. 🙂

  • mahagurusia

    Scotts Emulsion!!!!!
    I hated those fishy oil taste. I remembered the years I used to have to gulp them down (pinching my nose at times) with a big stainless steel spoon, Yeah, thanks for reminding me…Yuckkss! 🙂

    However recently, I started to take them occasionally and they don’t taste that bad anymore? acquire taste? they have improve their formulation? Weird eh? Anyway, its still a trusted brand, especially among the *cough* older generations 🙂

  • simon

    anjali* – actually the caplets are ok, don’t really have the smell. but you’ve gotta take a lot of em.

    nicktay – what? that’s something i really can’t do!

    mahagurusia – should take more cod liver oil for your COUGH. 🙂

  • christinejalleh

    Oh boy, what memories! I hated the fishy smell too 😛 But do I love Haliborange and Gripe Water. My Mum said I drank a whole bottle of Gripe Water when I was five…hic, hic LOL

  • Roland

    I grew up in Newfoundland in the 40’s -50’s. Scotts Emulsion was “mandatory’ almost for kids grwing up in that time period. I actually have a brown glass bottle I found a a flea market. It has the fisherman and the big fish (cod) on it. Memories………

  • shae

    I also took that white stuff as a kid it was unbearable!! Would feel the need to puke when swallowing,but you know these products are the best to take to eliminate viruses

  • ANG

    OUR MOM MADE US DRINK IT IN THE 70’S,,,,MY BRO LOVED IT, YIKES!!! I DO HAVE TO SAY WE WERE NEVER SICK AND TO THIS DAY IN MY FORTIES AND I CANT TELL YOU WHEN THE LAST COLD I HAD WAS. GUESS IT WAS DOING ITS JOB! WONDER IF THEY STILL SELL IT? HMMM DO I REALLY WANT TO KNOW:) MY SPRING IT ON MY GRANDSON…HEEHEEHEE

  • Shannon

    OMG back in the early 60’s my brother and I would run and hide when it was time for our daily dose of Scotts Emulsion. My mom would have to pay us each a nickel to open our mouths and not upchuck. We laugh about it now, but I would not put my own children through that torture. LOL

  • Mike

    Have an amber bottle with Scotts Emulsion 141/2 oz.with an advertising paper hanging around neck of bottle.
    Ad is for vitamins adex yeast ER Squibb and Sons Canada with the fisherman embossed on back
    Any chance its worth anything
    Thanks Mike

  • mike

    WOW!!!

    WHAT A”TRIP” BACK IN TIME!

    Every household down east(cape breton ) ,ALWAYS had a bottle on hand,chest colds,sore muscles ,drink it,i think i even remember my mom putting it in poultices(home made or the canned brown stuff ?w /hot water ,another trip!

    gotta love” jolts”from the past
    mike

  • ratz

    erm… i’m still taking the ‘original’ (albeit it comes in a plastic bottle now) emulsion cod liver oil. was on cod liver oil capsules for a while (couldn’t get the scott’s brand in the states), but switched back as soon as i returned. kinda like it still 🙂

  • Lily K

    Okay. I remember this well enough to recently advise my stepdaughter to feed it to her daughter together with haliborange!!!!! U can figure out what confusion ensue at the pharmacy………

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