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Remember Scotts Emulsion Cod Liver Oil?

Published by on February 18, 2009

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:

v-scott

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:

scottsemulsion

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.

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  1. David Said,

    just dropping by… nice BLOG, hahas

  2. mott Said,

    oh…definitely this scott’s emulsion. BWEK! I really hated this stuff.

  3. simon Said,

    david – thx for coming by.

    mott – haha looks you also kenna eat it when you were small!!

  4. Jeanne Said,

    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.

  5. simon Said,

    hehe glad to be of service :)

  6. Boone Said,

    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…..

  7. simon Said,

    has she not heard of the new orange flavor?!

  8. thatjames Said,

    I love the stuff. Heavenly when refrigerated.

  9. giddy tigress Said,

    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

  10. simon Said,

    hmmm… you probably like fish, don’t you… i’m really not a fan of fish… or their liver oil. :)

  11. Ann Said,

    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!

  12. simon Said,

    thatjames – you’re weird :)

    ann – you know what? you’re son’s culinary tastes sound pretty fishy to me…

  13. anjali* Said,

    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. :-)

  14. nicktay Said,

    I use to take it daily and not the orange flavor one, the original!

  15. mahagurusia Said,

    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 :)

  16. simon Said,

    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. :)

  17. christinejalleh Said,

    Oh boy, what memories! I hated the fishy smell too :P 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

  18. Roland Said,

    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………

  19. shae Said,

    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

  20. ANG Said,

    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

  21. Shannon Said,

    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

  22. Mike Said,

    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

  23. mike Said,

    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

  24. Alvin Said,

    i want to vomit when i smell that thick whitey fluid of that thing. lol a combination of toothpaste and fish taste.

  25. ratz Said,

    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 :-)

  26. marc leroux Said,

    quel annee cet bouteille clair avec homme et poisson

  27. Lily K Said,

    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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