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Milo is a malted chocolate drink by Nestle, and was first developed in Australia in 1934. It is an extremely popular drink in Southeast Asian countries such as Singapore and Malaysia, as well as in Australia and Africa. Milo is marketed slightly differently and has some variations in taste depending on the country of origin (i.e. the Malaysian version is slightly sweeter than Singapore's.
APPEARANCE AND PACKAGING
Milo powder comes in various form. The most original is just the milo powder itself, and that is packaged in metal green tins, typically with some picture of a sporting figure typically with the intention of marketing milo as a healthy energy drink. Of course, due to convenience you will also tend to find the 3-in-1 convi-packets that you only need to add hot water too. I think they have started to venture into producing these convi-satchets that don't require your water to be hot - so you can actually add cold water in and make some good ol' milo! I haven't tried those though but will probably do so as I've got a few sitting in my shelves.
Because milo is so popular, it's not surprising too that they have ventured into making other milo products as well such as milo chocolate, cereal, and even ice-cream!
TASTE AND PREPARATION
Although milo is a chocolate beverage, I find it quite unlike hot chocolate which can tend have quite a milky taste! In fact I do prefer it to hot chocolate because of the less over-powering milk taste. I also like the malted taste which is lacking in hot chocolate. It is really quite difficult to describe the taste of milo - you should really try it for yourself!
There are many ways of preparing milo! The most conventional would be to add about 3 tablespoons of powder, a tablespoon of milk and then sufficient hot water to fill a cup (about 250 ml). You could possibly do without the milk if you would like a thinner, but more chocolatey taste. You can use fresh/powdered milk as it doesn't make a significant difference; if you like your milo slightly sweeter you could consider using about 3/4 tablespoon of condensed milk. This hot version goes extremely well with plain crackers - I simply love how my crackers soak up the milo and soften slightly as I dip it in for a few seconds before popping them into my mouth. YUM.
Iced milo is also an extremely popular version of this yummy drink. After adding some hot water to dissolve the powders, add some ice into the cup and let the drink sit for a while before enjoying! You can also make ice-blended milo in the same way that you make other ice-blended drinks. Oh! There's also a version that is really popular in Southeast Asia, known as the Milo dinosaur! Just add a spoonful or two of milo powder atop your drink to create a very yummy chocolatey (and indulgent) drink.
Milo is typically marketed as a nutrition/energy drink, that is especially targeted for active and growing young kids. While the nutritional value of a milo drink will really depend on your powder-to-water ratio, Nestle claims that the drink contains essential nutrients including calcium, iron, vitamin A, B1 and B2, and vitamin C. Indeed I don't doubt their claims but, let's not forget that the drink contains 421 calories in every 100 g of powder (each serving is about 40 g of powder), so it's relatively high in energy content (making it good as a sports drink, but not too good if you're watching your weight). It's also relatively high in its glycemic index indicator, so really it's probably better off as a drink to provide you with the energy you need or as a mid-afternoon drink to refresh yourself.
WHERE CAN YOU BUY MILO
They used to have milo at ASDA but if I'm not wrong, it has unfortunately been discontinued. You can find milo otherwise at most Asian supermarkets as well as on Ebay. Sadly it is currently extremely overpriced in the UK - the cheapest for a tin of 400 g goes for about 3.20 pounds (at a fair), while I've seen the larger 1 kg size go for about 16 pounds in an Asian supermarket. So if you really love this (as I do), and if you're about to go to a country whereby Milo is readily imported, you sure should consider stocking up on milo powder!
This is really one of my favourite drinks because it's SO SO YUMMY and chocolatey but perhaps less unhealthy than hot chocolate! It's always something that I drink when I'm feeling cold, unwell, or when I'm feeling down.. I definitely recommend that you try it for yourself - I think you might just fall in love with it too!
I absolutely LOVE this hot chocolate! Over the years I have tried other brands, like cadburys or Horlicks as an alternative malt drink and about 8 years ago I settled on milo and have stuck with it ever since. If I ever had horrible period pains or just an upset tummy when younger my mums reply was always "have a hot drink" and I'd usually think she would say it to keep me quiet but in recent years I have to admit a hot drink really does ease up the pain and shift the wind from my stomach and milo is the drink that always does the trick.
How I make it...
-Add about 3 tea spoons of milo powder to the mug.
-After boiling the kettle, pour in the water to fill about 2/3 of the mug.
-Add condensed milk (yes it's sweet but makes it really thick and creamy, and as it's cold will make the hot chocolate not too hot) but continue stirring whilst pouring it in as the condensed milk will just settle at the bottom. I normally pour this in out of a tin in which case I'd estimate it at about 3 tablespoons worth of condensed milk or it can be done easier out of a tube.
To be honest this can depend on taste as some people may not like the sweetness of condensed milk and prefer to add normal cows milk and then sugar (which is how my sister likes it) but it's good not to make it too milky as I don't think milo blends as nice flavour wise but each to their own.
My personal experience is that this is my ideal hot chocolate and no hot chocolate drink from anywhere else (starbucks, pret a manger etc) even compares! As a result I always have a tin of milo in my cupboard as a standard as I'm not a tea person so this is my preferred daily hot drink (although I may occasionally drink others!)
It can be bought from wide variety of supermarkets, sainsburys, tesco, etc and i've seen it in quite a few corner shops with a 200g tin costing about £2.69.
Milo is one of the most popular drinks in Malaysia and Singapore. It is readily available in various supermarkets, drinks stalls in the food markets, etc. You can even order them in McDonald's and KFC! Cold Milo are available in cups like coca-cola and sprite!
In case if you don't know, Milo is a chocolate and malt powder which is mixed with hot or cold water and/or milk to produce a beverage. In Malaysia and Singapore, the drink is usually served cold with ice (you don't want to have a hot drink in the hot weather in any way).
In Singapore, they had a very interesting way of serving Milo. They would have the Milo poured into a big beer glass and served it cold with ice. Besides that, they would put a large spoon of Milo powder into the glass and this is called "Dinosaur"! "Dinosaur" is one of my favourite drinks. I found that the taste of Milo is a bit on the light side especially when served with ice. However, the large spoon of Milo powder added some extra chocolate flavour to the drink making it a great drink to enjoy during the hot weather!
If you are having your Milo drink at home next time, be sure to add a large spoon of Milo powder in it and enjoy your "Dinosaur" drink!
This is the drink that has been with me ever since I was a toddler. I'm sure it'd be very difficult to find an individual who doesn't like chocolate drink. I myself love a glass of icy cold chocolate drink on a hot day or in the morning. Nestle Milo is the brand I always choose regardless of the occasion.
It is a very popular brand in Asia, from my personal experiences, and I was disappointed that this brand wasn't as well known as I thought it'd be when I first come to UK. However, these days you can easily buy a tin of Milo at supermarkets as well as many Asian stores. I usually buy it from Tesco for about £2.00 but the prices can vary depending on where you buy it.
Nestle Milo is advertised as delicious energy drink for all ages. The product comes in a green tin containing 400 grams of the drink in powdered form. The main ingredients are barley malt extract, fat-reduced cocoa and whole milk powder. It also contains vitamins (A, B, D etc) and minerals (such as calcium and magensium) essential for healthy living. Given that this is an energy drink, it has a high calorie content. The raw product of 100 grams provides 343 kcal. The recommended serving size of 20 grams powder with 1/3 pint of semi-skimmed milk would provide 165 kcal.
Personally, I prepare the milo drink as follow: I put 3/4 teaspoonful of powder, add about 40 ml of hot water followed by addition of approximately 200 ml of semi-skimmed milk. Therefore, I believe my milo drink would contain a lot more calories than recommended. Nevertheless, the taste is worth it in my opinion. I usually enjoy the drink cold.
The taste of milo greatly resembles chocolate milkshake, especially the one I usually make as I tend to put a lot more milk, and a lot less water, than recommended. I usually have a glass of milo in the morning, which would get me ready for the day ahead.
A 400g tin of Nestle Milo would last me about 20 servings, if I prepare the drink as mentioned above. Given the reasonable price of this product, I believe it gives a great value for money. The product also comes in one-off sachets, but I prefer to buy it in tin cans as it's easier to store and I can use any quantity I want.
Overall, Nestle Milo is the drink I would recommended to anyone. It has so many advantages: it has a wonderful taste, great price as well as being a good energy drink for any occasions. The only drawback I can think of is that it would make the drinker feel guilty for wanting for more.
Thank you for reading. :) x
I have always love chocolate in general and hot chocolate drinks are fantastic so when I was a trip to Australia last year I was introduced to Milo which originates in that country. Is not that widely seen over in the UK but you can get it some places.
I have to say when I first tried it I loved it and you can have it with hot or cold milk but I prefer it with hot milk really. The energy drink comes in a bright green tin and has the list of nutritional value on the tin as well as pictures of men or women performing various sporting activities to protray the energy this drink gives you.
To prepare you have to place 3 or more heaped teaspoons of Milo into a a glass or mug and add hot or cold milk, although if it's hot it shouldn't be boiling. Then mix it in and stir briskly to mix. I think it's a wonderful drink to have just before going to bed and tastes great.
The energy drink itself provides calcium, iron, B Vitamins, Vitamin C and Vitamin A so is pretty healthy as well as being delicious. To be honest with you it's proabably my favourite hot chocolate drink now and I highly recommend it to anyone who has a passion for chocolate.
Milo is not widely available in the UK, although is available freely elsewhere in Europe as I became addicted to it Greece originally. It originates in Australia and I hadn't had it for years so was surprised to see it sitting there on the shelf in my local Sainsburys, priced at a very reasonable £1.85 for 400g.
Milo is an energy mix drink, targeted at children but loved by adults. It's packaged in a green, round tin with a pop off top (a bit like a paint tin), in the form of a powder, which you mix with milk. The great thing about Milo is that you can have it hot or cold, and it is full of B-vitamins for energy giving properties.
Milo is delicious at any time of the day. I have it for breakfast, lunch and tea and I vary on whether I have it hot or cold depending upon the weather. Although I don't advocate this for health reasons, I actually find it very filling as a small meal/snack in its own right.
As for taste, Milo is chocolaty and malty, something like Ovaltine but with much more flavour. You can find it in amongst the hot chocolates and malted drinks in the hot drinks aisle, although I have only ever seen it in Sainsburys, it may be available elsewhere.
I'd love to write about the history of this drink but that would do a fellow reviewer an injustice as it could only be a replica of their hard work, so I won't in this case. All I will say is that it is nutritious, packed with flavour, fun to drink whilst being healthy and that there are a multitude of ways to use it, including whipped into cream, as hot chocolate and as a sprinkle on desserts.
I don't drink my coffee real hot so I'm used to set it aside for a while while I let it cool a bit before sipping from the cup.
One time, when I left my cup of coffee on the table as I did some house chores, my 2-year-old boy drank my coffee. He happened to love the taste so each time I drank a cup of coffee, he would be begging for a sip. He didn't like to drink his milk anymore so I ended up adding a pinch of coffee on his cup of milk to make it look darker. I know it was unhealthy but that would keep him from crying.
When I went to the nearby grocery store, I picked up a can of Nestle Milo to satisfy my toddler's love for a dark drink that would be healthy for him as well.
Nestle Milo comes in emerald green tin can. It has pictures of young athletes in action so one can be sure it is primarily made for kids
Nestle Milo has dark brown colour with larger granules than regular milk powder. The granules are already sweetened that my kid and I can actually eat it straight from the can. I admit I like the taste too.
Nestle Milo can be served as hot or cold drink. I put 4 tablespoons of the powder into a cup of hot water to make a hot chocolate milk without adding sugar as it is already sweetened.
For a cold refreshing drink, putting the powder straight into cold water makes some of the granules undissolved so I put about 1/8 cup of hot water first, add 4 tablespoons of Nestle Milo, dissolve the powder, then add cold water and put on some ice.
a glass of Nestle Milo with milk provides children with 50% of their daily iron, calcium, Vitamin B1 and Vitamin C needs.
* With Calcium for strong bones and teeth
* With Iron to carry oxygen around the body
* With B vitamins (B1 & B2) to release energy
* With Vitamin C for iron absorption
* With Vitamin A, which is essential for healthy eyesight
nutrient per 100g
Energy kCal 373
Energy kJ 1,560
Protein 7.8 g
Carbohydrate 71.9 g
of which sugars 45.0 g
Fat 6.0 g
of which saturates 5.8 g
Fibre 5.4 g
Sodium 0.2 g
Sugar, Barley Malt Extract (26%), Fat-reduced Cocoa (15%), Whole Milk Powder, Mineral Mix (Calcium Phosphate, Magnesium Carbonate, Sodium Chloride, Ferric Pyrophosphate), Vitamin Mix (Vitamin C, Niacin, Vitamin E, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin B6, Vitamin A, Thiamin (B1), Riboflavin B2), Vitamin D, Vitamin B12).
PRICE: £1.47 for a 400-gram can
Nestle Milo is also perfect to pour on cereal as a replacement for milk. It tastes really good.
Now, each time I drink a cup of coffee, I also make a cup of Nestle Milo chocolate drink for my toddler so he won't be begging to take a sip from my cup of coffee. It is a healthy energy drink for kids but adults will also love the chocolate taste.
My daughter came home from uni recently and told me that two of her friends loved the drink called Nestle Milo, and I immediately remembered that it was something I had seen in Tesco when I was looking for some coconut milk to add to a curry. Lurking near to this was a bright green tin, so bright green it reminded me of the buses that used to be in Liverpool when I was a child and we used to visits some aunties who lived there.
The front of the tin is adorned with healthy looking athletes, highly suggestive that this product is energy giving. If you imagine a cross between ovaltine and hot chocolate this is what this drink is, and it makes the perfect pick you up at any time of the day. Aimed at children and made by Nestle I wondered how it had escaped my attention for all the years I trawled round supermarkets when my children were small. Somehow, though, I knew I had seen it, as when my daughter mentioned Milo I knew what it was likely to be; it may have been in Greece when I had seen the tins in abundance.
Originally made in Australia and invented by Thomas Payne in 1934, this drink has gathered more popularity in places outside the United Kingdom in recent years. None more so than in Malaysia where the drink is enjoyed when made up with hot and cold water instead of milk. Originally developed to provide nourishment for children during the depression, and gained popularity long after this period in history was over.
The drink is named after Milo of Croton which sounds like a mouthful, but was actually a wrestler who lived around 6BC in the city of Croton in Southern Italy.
I bought this for just under £3 in Tesco and it is a 400g tin with a prize off lid. You can also buy it in some of the larger Sainsbury stores. As I said earlier this will probably be stocked with food from around the world, an aisle I actually love, as there is always something calling me to try it from there.
Inside the tin is a gritty powder, similar in texture to coffee granules but finer, and there is a lovely aroma of chocolate.
To make a delicious warm and comforting drink you stir 3 or 4 teaspoons into a cup of hot milk. They suggest sweetening to taste, but as the biggest ingredient is sugar I wouldn't. Then you can sit back and have a few calming moments, because calming it is, and it reminds me of that late night feeling with the embers of the fire glowing, and a lashing of rain on the windows. Warm and cosy inside! The taste is very mildly of chocolate like a weak drinking chocolate really but with a malted flavour.
Interestingly it is full of vitamins and here is a list of the ingredients as obtained from the tin. I don't normally worry too much about listing ingredients in reviews, but as some may be new to this product I thought it may be helpful.
Sugar, Barley Malt Extract (26%), fat reduced cocoa (15%), whole milk powder, Mineral Mix (Calcium phosphate, Magnesium carbonate, Sodium chloride, Ferric Pyrophosphate), Vitamin Mix (Vitamin C, Niacin, Vitamin E, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin B6, Vitamin A, Thiamin [B1], Riboflavin [B2], Vitamin D, Vitamin B12)
The significant details to gain from this are that the product is a good source of iron, calcium, and b vitamins, but that sugar is at the forefront of the mix so it has to be used in moderation. The iron, calcium and B vitamins in one glass are enough to supply half of a child's requirement for these nutrients each day.
You don't have to use hot milk; it actually makes a great cold drink with some texture to it as some of the mix fails to dissolve giving it a bite. You can also add to cereals, and I have added some to the almond milk I use and found the flavour to be really lovely.
I know that in other countries Milo is now made into cereals and cereal bars, and a lower fat version called MILO B-SMART is available too.
I don't think I'll miss buying this emerald green tin again as my 17 year old son now adores it, and I must admit to be rather partial to the delicious drink!
Have a look at the website for further details.
Milo, if you haven't heard the name before, is THE number one chocolate drink in Australia and New Zealand. Kids over there are brought up on it. Over there, you don't ask for a drink of hot chocolate, you ask for a Milo.
I grew up in Australia. I remember taking little packets of Milo to school to put in the bottles of plain milk we used to be given each morning. Milo was a part of life.
I've been in the UK for over 20 years now and quite recently started noticing tins of Milo appearing on various supermarket shelves. It's not usually in a prominent position, but to those who know it, it stands out like a beacon.
Milo is packaged in a 400g circular tin with a prise off lid. You know, the kind of lid you need to jam a spoon under to open it up, then you need to squash it back on again to close it. It does come in other sizes, in other countries, but here it's just the 400g size. Still, I am very grateful for that. No longer do we have to rely on friends or relatives bringing supplies of Milo for us, now we can buy our own.
Its brand colour is bright green, which is why it's so easy to spot when you're familiar with it. There are always pictures of athletic people on the front, footballers, basket ball players etc.
I haven't noticed any advertising for Milo over here, but I assume it's selling well enough as the supermarkets do keep restocking it.
Milo is marketed as an energy drink with energy releasing B vitamins. Personally, I think the energy part is simply down to the sugar content, but I'm sure the B vitamins are a healthy addition. It is fortified with loads of vitamins and minerals and the side of the tin reads like a vitamin packet.
So, what is Milo like? Milo is quite different from other makes of chocolate drink mixes. It's very coarse, almost like granules of Demerara sugar. When you open the lid a take a sniff, you're greeted with a lovely rich, chocolate, malty aroma that you can't wait to eat.
Despite Milo containing milk powder as an ingredient, you do need to mix it with milk. It's delicious either mixed with hot or cold milk. Everyone has their own favourite way of enjoying Milo. My kids prefer cold Milo and when I'm making it they shout at me 'don't mix it, don't mix it.'
When you make cold Milo, you can either put the Milo in a glass first and then add milk or the other way round. If you put the Milo in after the milk and give it a few stirs, you're left with a rich, crumbly topping that kids love to eat while the chocolate flavour sinks down into the rest of the milk. Alternatively, you can mix the Milo with a couple of teaspoons of hot water to dissolve it completely, then add the milk. If you add hot milk, it dissolves quickly and you don't get the topping. The instructions recommend using 3 teaspoon of Milo per glass, but of course, you can use more or less as your taste buds dictate.
Milo is quite sweet tasting already, however, if I'm making hot Milo I usually add a tiny bit of sugar but not when it's made as a cold milk drink.
Milo has also branched out into other areas such as cereal and chocolate bars, but I've not seen them in the UK as yet.
It can vary from supermarket to supermarket as to where you'll find tins of Milo. Some stores treat it as a foreign food and it'll be stocked with the imported goods. However, it's usually stocked with all the other hot drink mixes like instant hot chocolate, hot malted drinks etc.
Currently it costs £1.94 for a 400g tin at Tesco or £1.99 in Sainsbury. I have also discovered my local Costcutter stocks Milo at a slightly more expensive £2.25, but I'm not complaining.
Per 100g dry milo: Energy 373, Protein 7.8g, carbohydrate 71.9g, Sugars 45g, fat 6g of which saturates 5.8g, fibre 5.4g, sodium 0.2g.
Sugar, Barley Malt Extract (26%), fat reduced cocoa (15%), whole milk powder, Mineral Mix (Calcium phosphate, Magnesium carbonate, Sodium chloride, Ferric Pyrophosphate), Vitamin Mix (Vitamin C, Niacin, Vitamin E, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin B6, Vitamin A, Thiamin [B1], Riboflavin [B2], Vitamin D, Vitamin B12).
Milo is Halaal certified.
Looking at the tin, Milo in the UK is distributed by Osem UK Ltd., London. Its Trade Mark Owner is Nestle S.A., Switzerland and it's manufactured by Nestle Foods Kenya Limited. So, it's a long way from its original roots and many countries are involved in its appearance on our shelves.
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Nestle Milo is an energy drink that is not widely available in the supermarket. I saw them once in Sainsbury and it wasn't on the shelf the following week.
I like the Nestle Milo, it is a good food drink for a snack break or a quick breakfast drink when you are running late in the morning. The chocolatey flavour and malt gives a wholesome taste. Milo can be drank hot or cold. You can make a cup of hot milo with steamed milk or hot water. I usually use hot water with a spoonful of evaporated milk. To drink Milo cold, just add ice cubes and you will taste a drink that taste like cold chocolate milk shake.
Milo originates from Australia and is now make in many countries especially Asia. The ingredients in Milo include a nutritious blend of chocolate, malt, milk, vitamins such as B1, 2, 6,12 and minerals such as calcium and iron. Nestle Milo comes in a tinned container of either 400g or 500g.
I bought a tinned of 400g Milo at an Asian supermarket at £3.99. I do wish that it is more widely available in Uk, perhaps it will bring down the price when the demand for the drink increased here.
Milo is added to hot or cold milk to give it a malted chocolate flavour and extra texture.