This article is about the brand. For Nesquik products, see Nesquik (disambiguation).
Food and Drink
Industry Food and Beverage
Founded 1948
Headquarters Vevey, Switzerland
Area served
Europe, North America, Asia, Oceania, South America, Africa, Middle East
Products Nesquik Mix, Nesquik Ready-To-Drink, Nesquik Cereal, Nesquik Syrup, Nesquik (chocolate), Nesquik Hot Chocolate, Nesquik Chocolate Pots, Nesquik Fondue Fountain (licensed product)
Production output
US, France, Italy, Canada, UK, China, other markets
Services Food
Owner Nestlé
Parent Nestlé

Nesquik is a brand of products made by Nestlé. In 1948, Nestlé launched a mix for chocolate-flavored milk called Nestle Quik. This was released in Europe during the 1950s as Nesquik.[1]

Since 1999, the brand has been known as Nesquik worldwide.[1] Today, the Nesquik name appears on a wide range of products, including breakfast cereals,[2] powdered mixes for flavored milk,[3] syrups,[3] ready to drink products,[3] candy bars, chocolate fondue fountains, hot cocoa mix and more.


It began as a chocolate powdered flavoring mix in the United States in 1948, as Nestlé Quik. In the 1950s, it was launched in Europe as Nesquik. In countries with the Quik term (including the USA, Canada, Mexico, and Australia, where it was originally marketed under the name Nestlé's Quik), the name was changed to the worldwide brand Nesquik in 1999. The same year, Cereal Partners introduced Nesquik Cereal, a breakfast cereal that "turns milk into chocolate milk," which is similar to Coco Pops. Nesquik syrup products were introduced in 1981. Ready-to-do products were introduced in 1984.



Jars of Nesquik Chocolate Powder at Costco, USA
Nesquik Chocolate Powder from Mexico


The ingredients of the "classic" chocolate powder are:[5]


Nesquik chocolate syrup was introduced in 1981. Strawberry was added in 1989. Mixed flavours such as Strawberry Banana, and Chocolate Caramel have also been produced.

Chocolate flavour Nesquik Ready-To-Drink


Not including refrigerated Nesquik which is made by Saputo Dairy.

The ready-to-drink versions of Nesquik ended production in 2009 in the UK.


The ingredients of the ready-to-drink chocolate milk are:[6]


Main article: Nesquik (cereal)

Nesquik Cereal was first manufactured by Cereal Partners in 1999.[7] The cereal consists of small, about 1 centimetre in diameter spheres of chocolate cereal. Nesquik Cereal is most similar to General Mills' Cocoa Puffs; it is also their most direct competitor. Nesquik Cereal is also made with whole-grains, and is thus a whole-grain cereal.

Nesquik Cereal is sold in dozens of countries worldwide such as the UK, Sweden, Canada, Mexico, France, and Hong Kong. It is sold throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Middle East, South America, and parts of North America. It is currently available in 43 countries.[8] It is available in 30 grams, 375 grams, 500 grams, 700 grams package sizes. Most Nesquik Cereal is manufactured in France by Cereal Partners.

It is also available in two other varieties, CioccoMilk (a filled square-shaped chocolate puffed rice-and-corn cereal), and Duo (the original variety, but with white chocolate flavoured rice-and-corn puffs.)


Advertising campaigns

Nesquik has had hundreds of various advertising campaigns over its long history. It has had ads from print ads, to ads at the Tour de France, and Olympics in recent years. It has been advertised with close to one dozen mascots.

Jimmy Nelson, Danny O'Day and Farfel

In 1955, Nesquik hired ventriloquist Jimmy Nelson to do its advertising on children's television programming. Nelson's dummy Danny O'Day would say that Quik "makes milk a mill-ion" (dollars). Danny and a dog named Farfel would finish the commercials by singing Nestlé's brand-new signature jingle:

Danny: N-E-S-T-L-E-S,
Nestlé's makes the very best...
Farfel: Choc-'late

Farfel would finish with the sound of his jaw snapping shut. This effect was accidentally invented when Nelson's sweaty finger (a result of nervousness) slipped off the mouth control during his first audition in front of the Nestlé executives. This would normally be a serious technical mistake for a ventriloquist, but they actually liked it so much they insisted Nelson keep it in. Nelson performed the jingle that way for ten years.[11]

Nesquik Bunny (a.k.a. Quicky)

Nesquik Bunny in an advertisement for Nesquik on a tram in Lisbon, Portugal in 1997
Early bunny mascot appeared on Strawberry Quik cans.
The Nesquik Bunny at the Boston Run to Remember Expo in 2016.

A cartoon Quik Bunny first appeared on the cans of the strawberry flavor when it was introduced. Later, an anthropomorphic animated bunny wearing a large red "Q" on a collar-like necklace, was introduced in television commercials as the new chocolate Quik mascot. He debuted in 1973. The character is voiced by Barry Gordon.

He sings a new jingle in a rock-and-roll rhythm:

"It's so rich and thick and choco-lik,
That you can't...drink it slow...
if it's Quik!"

Then he vocalizes only four notes "oh-bo-de-oh" and instead of vocalizing the fifth note which is "doh", he immediately sucks all of his drink down through a straw, then finishes the rhyme by forlornly intoning, "That's the saddest sound I know."

In the USA by 2003, the Quik Bunny was renamed the Nesquik Bunny and his "Q" changed to an "N" when the brand name was changed. He appears on the packaging and marketing and has appeared in the product's television commercials. The artist who made the redesign of the Bunny for its global implantation in the nineties, was the cartoonist Ramon Maria Casanyes.[12] In France, Italy and Canada, he is known as Quicky the Nesquik Bunny. In Spain there was no mascot prior to the introduction of Quicky in 1990/1991.

The Nesquik Bunny is also featured on the packaging, and advertisements for other Nesquik products.

Appearances in other media

Groquik (Quikáras)

France and Greece first had another mascot for Nesquik, which was a giant fat yellow dog cartoon monster with a deep voice, wearing a hat with red and white stripes, called Groquik—a variation of Gros Quik ("Fat Quik"), created by Gilbert Mast and puppeteered by Yves Brunier. In Greece the mascot was called Κουικάρας (or Quikáras—English: "Big Quik") He was later replaced by Quiky, much to the discontent of fans who protested against the lack of a sympathetic character and the Americanism.

The character was created in 1978. His first appearance was in the French magazine, Téléjunior in April 1979. The designer of the character was Gilbert Mas. In the French advertisements where Groquik was depicted; he was a puppet character portrayed by renowned French puppeteer Yves Brunier, who manufactured and portrayed puppets as a ventriloquist. He has also created famou characters such as Casimir, I'ile aux enfants, and worked on The Muppet Show.[13]

The Greek character's catchphrase was: "I have a craving for Neskouik!" (At the time, this translated into Quik, as the name had not yet been changed) The French characters catchphrase was the same, but in French. These catchphrases were passed on to their successor, the Nesquik Bunny. In the Greek television ads, Kouikaras would chase after thieves who kidnapped children, after trying to steal their Quik; the children refused to give their Quik to the thieves so the thieves stole the children along with the Quik. Kouikaras would catch the thieves, saved the children, and returned the Quik to the children. Over the years, this basic advertising format spawned various variations such as ads where pirates stole Quik, and kidnapped children, and they were saved by Kouikaras; another version followed the basic format but was instead set in space. Many other versions followed this format, and some still follow this format today with the Nesquik Bunny.

The last ad with Kouikaras (which was played in Greece) showed a train at a train station soon to be leaving the station. Kouikaras was at the station, and dozens of children at the station said goodbye to Kouikaras, soon after he boarded the train, and it began to leave the station. As it left the station, and the children waved goodbye, thieves once again stole the Quik, and Quiky the bunny (who had been at the station the entire time) caught the thieves, and returned the Quik back to the children.

In 2001, Nesquik launched a website, which was dedicated to Groquik. The website contained old Nesquik commercials and advertisements, contests, e-cards, logos, and more. Unfortunately, the site no longer works.


In Portugal, the mascot was a kangaroo, Cangurik, which was replaced by Quiky in 1989/1990. The song "Cangurik" was recorded by Suzy Paula in 1982. Joel Branco recorded "Uma Árvore, Um Amigo", with Cangurix on the cover, in 1984. "Amigos do cangurik" (1986) was a collection of trading cards. There was a club named "Clube do Cangurik".

Mr. Nesquick

In Italy, before the arrival of Quicky, the mascot was an anthropomorphized box of Nesquik called Mr. Quickness. In Spain there was no mascot prior to the introduction of Quicky in 1990/1991.

Nesquik Cereal

Nesquik Cereal is aggressively advertised in the 43 counties in which it is sold. It is mainly advertised on children's television, and heavily marketed towards children. It is mainly marketed via television, though there have been several online and print ads for the product. All ads for the cereal tend to include the Nesquik Bunny.

2012–2013 attempted TV ad ban in England

The attempted ban revolved around a Nesquik chocolate powder TV ad, created by Momentum London, which attracted five complaints to the Advertising Standards Authority.

The ad for Nesquik chocolate milkshake stated: "You know, kids only grow up once, which is why they pack their days full of the good stuff. So start theirs with a tasty glass of Nesquik at breakfast. It has essential vitamins and minerals to help them grow and develop, because all this laughing and playing can be hard work." An animation showed the ingredients "Vitamins D, B & C", "Iron" and "Magnesium" adjacent to a glass of the product, mixed with milk. On-screen text during the ad read, "Enjoy Nesquik as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle".

Some angry consumers complained the ad encouraged poor nutritional habits, as the advertisement had suggested that the product was suitable to give for breakfast to children on a daily basis. Five of them reported the advertisement to OFCOM.

Clearcast, the agency that regulates television advertisements, said that it understood that the amount of sugar that is in a single glass of prepared chocolate Nesquik is "well within" the World Health Organisation’s guidelines for daily sugar consumption.

To support its case and defense, Nesquik commented on the ad's reference to iron, magnesium Vitamin B, Vitamin C, and Vitamin D. It said that health claims for these micronutrients, in relation to growth and development and maintenance of bones and teeth, had been positively tested by the authorities. Nestlé also said the benefits of drinking milk were well known and that Nesquik was suitable to be consumed once a day, as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.

The ASA has ruled in favour of Nestlé, saying that it noted Nestlé provided nutritional information on its packaging and website. Furthermore, it said it did not consider that the level of sugar in the product was so high as to preclude sensible daily consumption. The ASA has ruled that further action was not necessary.[14]

2012 Recall

On November 8, 2012, Nestlé USA issued a voluntary recall of limited quantities of Nesquik Chocolate Powder made and sold in the United States. These that were recalled were of the 10.9, 21.8, and 40.7 ounce tins. This recall only affected the chocolate variety; it did not affect the other varieties of the mix or any other products by Nesquik. This was the first known recall of a Nesquik product.

These tins were taken off the market after Nestlé was informed via a supplier, Omya Inc. that it had issued a recall of certain lots of one of its own products, calcium carbonate for Salmonella contamination.

The affected Nesquik chocolate mix was produced during early October, 2012. All affected products have an expiration date of Best Before Oct 2014.[15][16][17][18][19]

Nestlé issued a statement on the recall stating: We apologize to our consumer and sincerely regret this incident.[20]

2013 April Fools prank

On April 1, 2013, the official Facebook page of Nesquik USA posted a photo on their page depicting a broccoli-flavored ready-to-drink flavour of Nesquik. Many believed it to be true, and were shocked. However, if one looked closer at the photo, there was a notice in the lower-left corner that it was not an actual Nestlé product. Nesquik USA announced later in the same day that it was an April Fool's joke.[24][25]

See also


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