MILO is a popular chocolate malt drink for children in Singapore. It is drunk both as a hot drink for breakfast as well as a cold drink at sports events. Originally an Australian invention, MILO has become a household name in Singapore.
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A Daily Necessity
Some people need their daily dose of coffee in the morning but for me, I can't start my day right without Milo. There's just something about this rich chocolatey drink that has made it a breakfast staple for many.
Milo goes with everything and the versatility of this magical malt powder is worth mentioning. Whether it comes in the form of a roaring Milo Dinosaur, mixed into the icing on top of a cupcake or in travel-ready sachets, the possibilities to enjoy this drink are endless.
You can pretty much get Milo anywhere too! Be it hawker centres, several cafes or school canteens, if you're ever craving for this sweet treat, you would be able to get it at the drop of a hat.
Milo- The Taste of Home
I love Milo. Love love love love Milo. It is my absolute favoritest drink in the world, and most Singaporeans understand why. If you're a Singaporean looking at this page, you'd understand why. If you're a foreigner looking to glimpse an insight into Singapore culture, please head over to the closest coffee shop and ask for a Milo; it will cost $1.50 at most.
When I traveled overseas for an exchange program, one of my friends brought a backpack full of Milo packets. She had a ration of one packet per day, which doesn't sound like much until you realize she was going for around 2 months. The love we Singaporeans have for Milo is irrational. Perhaps we were conditioned by our parents, having been given Milo every day before school while we were young, or perhaps it is simply the goodness of Milo that the world has yet to discover and that we Singaporeans have discovered before the rest of the world. Whichever it is, I am glad to be Singaporean, and I am glad to have discovered the joys of Milo.
When I feel depressed, I drink Milo. When I feel happy, I drink Milo. When I am cold, I drink Milo. When I am warm, I drink Milo. Milo is an extremely versatile drink that can be served hot or cold, depending on your mood or the weather. For most Singaporeans, Milo is ingrained into their childhood mornings and perhaps even evenings. I am no different.
Milo, a chocolate malt drink, has won a place in my heart. Whether it is the Ice Milo, or the Hot Milo, or the Milo Dinosaur, or the Milo T-Rex, I love them all. I especially love the undissolved Milo powder. Thick, chunky, and full of chocolatey goodness. How can one not love it? However, when I think about it, I really do not know what I like about Milo. Maybe it is the delicate chocolate taste? Or the way warm Milo is so soothing? Or maybe it is because I started drinking it from young? Whatever the reason, Milo is one of my favourite drinks.
Can't survive without
I remember once when I went to China for a while, and to my utter dismay, they don't sell milo there. At all. Not even in the supermarkets. That's the moment I realised I can't survive without milo.
I can't describe the taste, you've got to try it for yourself. The alternative I take when in Europe is hot chocolate, which is also heavenly. They come in packets and cans, but I really prefer the ones where you have to make your cup of milo from scratch, i.e. milo powder.
Add your preferable amount of milo powder and condensed milk, top the drink with extra milo powder to get your milo dinosaur - do whatever you want with it. And I'm not ashamed to admit that I can't live without milo.
Just add 1 teaspoon water
The thing with Milo is, it taste good anyhow. You can sprinkle a little on top of your tiramisu, add into your baby's milk bottle to kick away his or her reliance on milk, or even the new Milo bar.
But what i would suggest is. Make milo shots. Just add a littttttle bit of water (the key is not all powder dissolve) and just drink it all at one go. Milo shots there you have it!
Every Singaporean's favourite beverage
If you're a Singaporean, chances are that you've been drinking Milo since young. I've been drinking it since my childhood days and it is my absolute favourite drink.
I love to start off every morning with a cup of Milo. Practically any breakfast fare such as toast or biscuits is incomplete without a cup of Milo. Other than the original Milo, there are other variations such as Milo Dinosaur, which is oh so sinfully good.
Even when I go overseas, I never ever forget to bring sachets of Milo powder with me so that I can drink Milo where ever I go. Drinking steaming hot cups of Milo on cold winter days are the best. Ever.
A cuppa natural goodness
For as long as I know, I've been drinking Milo every morning since I was in pre-school and that hasn't stopped ever since. Milo saved me from eating unhealthy midnight snacks. Not only that, Milo is an enjoyable and relaxing drink before you hit the sack.
Just like the very popular hazelnut chocolate spread Nutella, Milo can be used as the main ingredient in various beverages, snacks, pastries and desserts etc, such as Milo dinosaur and Milo godzilla (gosh this is old school!), Milo pancakes and Milo brownies!
I think Milo is the epitome of happiness. Life doesn’t get any better than starting off with a cuppa in the mornings.
Every local in Singapore has to agree that Milo is one of their favourite drinks. Even my parents have enjoyed drinking Milo since they were young. The brand has been part of my childhood. In every sports event held, there will always be a Milo van at the corner supplying us endless cups of Milo.
Milo Dinosaur has really made an impact when it comes to drinking Milo. A warm cup of Milo filled with ice and some Milo powder to top it off. Yum! Tourists find the Milo in Singapore to be very sweet due to the amount of condensed milk used. However, there are healthier option when it comes to the sweetness of the drink.
There are different versions of Milo packets sold in the supermarket. 3 in 1 Milo has always been my favourite when i go for holidays. I would pack at least 5 packets even if it was a day trip. That is how much I love drinking Milo. Over the recent years, Milo has introduced another version, Ice Milo, in which the Milo powder can be instantly mixed with cold water. I find that really cool.
In my recent trip to Australia, I was craving for Milo and I was out of Milo sachets. I ordered a cup of Milo at their local cafe. It was not as sweet and it was much more milkier as compared to the ones in Singapore. It was just not the same.
My all time favourite drink!
I believe for most locals, Milo is our top choice of drink for every occasion. Some drink it hot during breakfast to refresh our entire day; others have it along with our meals when dining outside. I will never fail to upgrade my choice of drink to Milo whenever possible although I hate how it is always much more expensive than other drinks (you have to top up $0.30-$1.00 depending on the restaurant) Still, I comfort myself that it is definitely worth my money because of the satisfaction I derive from drinking it. Yummy!
However, I noticed that recently the 250ml Milo packets had downsized to 200ml which is bad news for Milo lovers like myself! My school sells one 200ml packet at $0.90 which in my opinion seems ridiculously overpriced considering the small portion.
That aside, the best part of Milo is no doubt the "Healthier Choice" label that goes on its packaging which gives Milo lovers a perfect excuse for guilty indulgence!
Milo is definitely the most versatile drink ever. You can drink it hot, cold or warm; with powder at the top, or without. In fact, this drink has been infused into several kinds of food - for instance Milo flavoured ice cream, and is probably the most loved drink in Singapore.
Although Milo may not have been invented by a Singaporean, it is so widely and extensively drunk in our local shores that it no longer matters whether it was in fact created by one of our own.
When I went for a vacation last year, it actually felt odd to have my breakfast in the morning without my customary cup of Milo. Milo has definitely infused itself into our local culture so thoroughly that locals actually feel an odd twinge upon realizing its absence.
I personally like my Milo best hot, with an excess of Milo powder, after which ice is poured onto the surface such that the drink is hot, sweet and sheer delicious at the bottom of the cup, and slightly cold nearer to the surface.
Definitely the most versatile drink that exists!