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Milo: The Best Coffee Alternative Drink

I'm from the Land Down Under (i.e., Australia), and I grew up drinking a magical brew called Milo.

In my opinion, Milo is better than coffee or hot chocolate.

In my opinion, Milo is better than coffee or hot chocolate.

Milo Is a Global Favorite

Milo is a coffee alternative that is widely consumed throughout Australia, Asia and Mexico, as well as in many other countries across the world. But why is this tasty beverage so popular? Why is it better for you than coffee, and why do so many people prefer to start their day by drinking this brand? And why is Milo the perfect drink for families, boaters and campers? Can one drink really be so delicious and amazing? Let's find out more about this hot drink that is equally delicious cold.

What Is Milo, and How Does It Taste?

Tasty and satisfying, Milo is a great replacement for coffee if you are looking to cut caffeine out of your diet. It looks like a chocolate powder—but it isn't chocolaty or sweet so much as it is malty. Its unique taste is immediately satisfying and is definitely not one of those fad drinks that takes some getting used to. Once you try it you will drink it every day and wonder how you did without it.

Better Than Hot Chocolate

Lots of people, including my wife, like to drink hot chocolate (or Ovaltine), but I never acquired a taste for it. To me it was always too sweet and just never tasted right. Perhaps that was because I come from the Land Down Under (i.e., Australia) and grew up drinking a magical brew called Milo. For me, and millions of other people around the world, nothing beats Milo as a delicious alternative to hot chocolate. Not too sweet, its warm, satisfying flavor is perfect for mornings, cold days or winter nights.

Why I Like Milo Better Than Coffee

Don't get me wrong, I love coffee and few things in the world are as magnificent as drinking fresh, black coffee right at the Kona plantation in Hawaii. So then why do I prefer to drink Milo?

Because I live on a small boat without any refrigeration, and one of the challenges of living like that is that you are reduced to drinking instant coffee. Now instant coffee, although no replacement for freshly brewed coffee, is bearable if you have fresh milk. Sure you can drink it black but instant coffee, in my opinion, needs a little help from our friend the dairy cow.

No refrigeration means no fresh milk and that means you will most likely be substituting canned, condensed milk instead. You could use powdered creamer but that's really only an option if you hate your taste buds and want them to suffer immeasurably. Unfortunately, canned milk doesn't make a good bedfellow for instant coffee, the two just don't seem to get along at all. So what is a sailor to do?

If you are like me then you need a warm drink to wake up to and help you start your day so, without coffee, what else can you drink? Of course, there is tea. Obviously, I'm just kidding about that because tea is just awful, boiled stick-water that is not fit for the consumption of man. Fortunately, there is Milo.

Milo and canned milk love each other with a passion that rivals Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Fabulous with fresh milk, Milo works equally as well with condensed milk and loses nothing of its taste.


Perfect for Boating or Camping

Camping shares a lot of the same restrictions that living aboard a boat offers and that is why Milo is the perfect drink for both camping and boating. Milo stores well, is as easy to make as coffee and fills you up while providing you with energy.

The Family Drink

Unlike coffee, Milo is the perfect family drink because it is kid-friendly. Whether you are at home, camping or sailing a boat, it is always nice to see a family gathered together and enjoying a warm drink. Milo's unique taste and properties make it satisfying for adults and delicious for children, too, making it a great social lubricant and family-bonding agent.

A Great Late-Night Drink

Cold nights at home, curled up with a good book make you want to drink something warm and comforting but coffee is out of the question unless you want to be up all night. Hot chocolate is an option, if you like that sort of thing, but Milo will give you a warm cuddle on your insides that is impossible to beat.

Camping or sitting your watch at the tiller on a cold night and need something to warm you up? The drink you are looking for is Milo. because it doesn't contain any caffeine it won't give you the jitters but it will warm you up.

Defeats Late-Night Hunger

We've all been there: It's late at night and you are starting to feel hungry. Personally, I don't sleep well if I eat late at night. Other people prefer not to eat too late because they are trying to keep their weight down and eating before bed is a great way to put on some fat. But late-night hunger is hard to defeat because it attacks you at the end of a long day when you are tired and running out of energy. Coffee, aside from keeping you up, only exacerbates your hunger instead of making it go away. Fortunately for you, Milo, the wonder drink, won't keep you up but it will satisfy your hunger. If you are looking for a late-night drink or just a way to keep your hunger at bay, Milo is the drink for you.

Hot or Cold, It Tastes Great

Oddly enough, Milo tastes equally fantastic whether it is hot or cold. In Australia, where Milo was invented, Aussie kids grow up drinking Milo stirred into cold milk like Nestle Quick or Ovaltine.

The Best Breakfast Drink

Milo, marketed as a sports energy drink, is relatively high in calories. This means that if you are rushing out the door and don't have time to make breakfast—or like lots of people, you just don't like to eat that early in the morning—Milo is the perfect fix. Heavy and satisfying, Milo wards off hunger for hours. While coffee stimulates your hunger, Milo does the exact opposite and makes your hunger go away. This quality is another reason that Milo is great for campers and sailors. Making passage, I often find myself at the tiller for extended periods off time without being able to get away to make something to eat. Milo gets me through because it's as simple as putting the kettle on and waiting for it to boil. Quite filling, Milo can be a real comfort to a wet, tired boater.

Try Milo

© 2014 Dale Anderson


Dale Anderson (author) from The High Seas on July 27, 2020:

When i moved away from Australia I never saw Milo anywhere so I kinf of forgot about it. Then, in Arizona, I went into a Mexican grocery store and found it on the shelf. Now I buy it from mexican food stores every time I see it.

Miebakagh57 on July 27, 2020:

Hi Dale, this is good to know and serves me as a reminder. Years ago, a friend and I went shopping. He pick a tin of Milo and drop same into my shopping cart. I object because I thought it was one of a milk powder! My friend just use a coin open the cover of the can, tear the inner foil, scope the grains into my mouth! I was enchant by it's aroma right thare! Surprisedly, that is just the beginging. I began to buy Milo food drink of chaimpions. Incidentally, ads began to ran on tvs depicting running. When the 'pick' were thrown, Milo always comes to take the the outer most tract. The runner fans looked with frown and blue faces! On your marks! Set? Gma! The sports pistle pop and away they go. Milo's fans still look much worried, and looking dawn or away, and dawn cast. 15 to 20 seconds later, shots of Milo! Milo! Milo! rend the air. Bolting away and not freaking, with energetic thurnder 'Bolt' speed is Milo, and zero into the finish line. Thanks.

Dale Anderson (author) from The High Seas on January 13, 2020:

Liza I had no idea Milo was even in Malaysia so thanks for sharing that piece of information with me. I'm surprised at how far it has spread over the world.

Liza from USA on January 09, 2020:

I love Milo! It's my all-time favorite chocolate drink :) Milo is a very famous chocolate drink in Malaysia. I was surprised to see Milo is sold at US grocery store when I first time came here. Thank you for sharing an interesting article on my favorite chocolate drink!

Dale Anderson (author) from The High Seas on December 02, 2019:

Devika, my wife is Mexican and I was surprised to find that she (and a lot of Mexicans) drink Milo. We enjoy it together whenever we can.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 30, 2019:

Milo is one of my favorite beverages. I have it with warm milk or cold milk.

Dale Anderson (author) from The High Seas on May 20, 2018:

I hope that you love it. I do not have much of a sweet tooth so Milo is great for me as it is not sweet or bitter. It just has a rich flavor that I enjoy a lot.

RTalloni on May 15, 2018:

Don't think I've seen this on store shelves but interesting to learn about this prepared drink. Thanks for the introduction. Will have to keep an eye out for it.

Dale Anderson (author) from The High Seas on December 11, 2017:

I hope you like it, Linda. I grew up drinking it so I may be programmed to like it the same way I was programmed to like Vegemite. The best part about Milo is that it tastes good when you make it both hot like coffee or cold like Nestle Quick i.e. just Milo and milk.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on December 10, 2017:

I've seen Milo in some stores, but I've never bought it. I like all the other beverages that you've mentioned. Now that I've read your article, I'll buy a container of Milo when I find it. I want to see what it tastes like!

Dale Anderson (author) from The High Seas on June 28, 2015:

You must try it! I grew up drinking it both hot like coffee and cold in milk and I think it's delicious. Thanks for the votes and support.

Indian Chef from New Delhi India on June 27, 2015:

Milo is available in India but never tried it and since Maggie controversy and banning of it, Nestle is under scanner. I loved your blog. voting it up, useful and sharing.

Insightful Tiger on March 02, 2015:

Thanks, I'll try there!

Dale Anderson (author) from The High Seas on March 02, 2015:

Latino markets and grocery stores usually have it so you might want to try there. Hope you enjoy it!

Insightful Tiger on February 25, 2015:

This is the second time that I have seen a hub referring to Milo (the other one was a recipe for a cake). I can't find it here in Florida. I looked for it in my supermarket. Guess I'll try Amazon! Thanks for strengthening my resolve to find it :)

Dale Anderson (author) from The High Seas on January 16, 2015:

TOTALLY agree that Ovaltine is far too sweet yelch!

peachy from Home Sweet Home on January 15, 2015:

yes, I love MILO too, ovaltine is too sweet, MILO taste perfect

Dale Anderson (author) from The High Seas on December 15, 2014:

Excellent! Milo is a staple on my boat and i drink it most mornings and most nights.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on December 15, 2014:

Milo is very common here in Peru, but I often forget about it. Since I recently quit drinking coffee for health reasons, I think I need to look into buying a can of Milo. Thank you for the reminder!

Dale Anderson (author) from The High Seas on December 08, 2014:

It's sold at most Mexican food markets. Try it and tell me what you think!

aethelthryth from American Southwest on December 08, 2014:

Sounds great! I'll have to see if anyone in Colorado sells it.

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