An Ode to Milo, the Malted Chocolate Drink I Grew Up With
Sometimes you need a break from the craziness of this modern age, which is why we’re celebrating nostalgic foods this week at BonAppetit.com.
I grew up drinking an unlikely beverage called Milo for breakfast. I say unlikely because my childhood was spent mostly in suburban Arizona and Southern California, and Milo is an Australian chocolate-and-malt powder made by the Swiss brand Nestle. Milo is bizarrely ubiquitous in Malaysia, where I was born and lived until I was two, and where my parents were raised.
Milo came in a ridged sporty green canister with the image of a young boy in high white kneesocks dramatically kicking a soccer ball (excuse me: football). The can had a lid like a paint can’s, which my dad would open with a spoon handle. He would then use the spoon to convey Milo powder into our mugs and add hot water, followed by the smallest splash of milk. The result was a chocolate-flavored hot water that tasted a little like cereal. (Also, the powder never dissolved completely; there was always a bit that you had to either avoid or swallow in a dense lump.) My mom’s version was slightly stronger—as with most things in life, she is more liberal than my dad—and his Milo always tasted more austere (not very sweet, mostly water with not enough milk). But it was always my dad who did the mixing.
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