I'm from the Land Down Under (i.e., Australia), and I grew up drinking a magical brew called Milo.
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.
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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.
© 2014 Dale Anderson