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Milo, the Best Coffee Alternative Drink

Updated on December 7, 2017

Milo, The King of Drinks

Milo, Better Than Hot Chocloate
Milo, Better Than Hot Chocloate

Milo, Better Than Coffee

Milo is a coffee alternative that is widely drank throughout Australia, Asia and Mexico as well as 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 Milo? 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. It's unique taste is immediately satisfying and is definitely not one of those fad drinks that takes some getting used to. Once you try Milo you will drink it every day and wonder how you did without it.

Milo, 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 grew up in A 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, it's warm, satisfying flavor is perfect for mornings, cold days or winter nights.

Milo Commercial 1982

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 it's taste.

Milo 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.

Milo Energy Drink

Milo The Family Drink

Unlike coffee, Milo is the perfect family drink because it is kid-friendly. Wether 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.

Milo Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 30g
% Daily Value *
Fat 1 g2%
Carbohydrates 22 g7%
Sugar 8 g
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 3 g6%
Sodium 35 mg1%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Milo, 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 caffine it won't give you the jitters but it will warm you up.

Milo 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 exaserbates 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, Milo 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.

Milo The Best Breakfast Drink

Milo, marketed as a sports energy drink, is relatively high in calories so, 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 oftenfind 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.


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      Dale Anderson 5 weeks ago from The High Seas

      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.

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      Linda Crampton 5 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

      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!

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      Dale Anderson 2 years ago from The High Seas

      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.

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      Indian Chef 2 years ago from New Delhi India

      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.

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      Insightful Tiger 2 years ago

      Thanks, I'll try there!

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      Dale Anderson 2 years ago from The High Seas

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

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      Insightful Tiger 2 years ago

      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 :)

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      Dale Anderson 3 years ago from The High Seas

      TOTALLY agree that Ovaltine is far too sweet yelch!

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

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

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      Dale Anderson 3 years ago from The High Seas

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

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      vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

      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!

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      Dale Anderson 3 years ago from The High Seas

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

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      aethelthryth 3 years ago from American Southwest

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