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A Genuine Nestle's Milo Clone!

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“I've been researching Nestle's "Milo" Choc/Malt drink of late, and I've noticed that NO ONE - over the entire Internet-space/time continuum - seems to have come up with a genuine clone of it. I honestly don't know why... growing up with it - as many folks have - I reckon it's one of THE greatest Malt/Choc drinks ever to grace the earth! Indeed, it was invented in 1934 by an Australian Chemist, one Thomas Mayne; it thereafter grew to be so popular (due to its "malty" goodness!), that it spread right across the globe! Anyway, without further ado, here's the recipe:”
20 grams

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 12 teaspoons malt extract
  • 3 12 teaspoons powdered milk
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa
  • 116 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • Extras
  • add up to an extra 2 tsp's sugar (for improved sweetness)
  • 12 cup malt extract, plus
  • 2 tablespoons malt extract
  • 34 cup powdered milk, plus
  • 2 tablespoons powdered milk
  • 14 cup sugar
  • 12 cup cocoa
  • 14 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • Extras
  • add up to an extra 1/2 cup sugar (for improved sweetness)


  1. Mix the above ingredients thoroughly (preferably running them through a sieve).
  2. Over a medium heat, stir this mixture into a saucepan with 1 U.S Cup of water (or milk - or a combination of the two! - as is your wont).
  3. Allow it to simmer gently, but do not bring it to a full boil (as this will negatively affect the flavor profile).
  4. After 5 to 10 minutes, turn the heat off, and adjust the sweetness by adding in an extra 1 to 2 tsps more of your favorite sweetener (Sugar, Xylitol, Dextrose, etc)!
  5. And enjoy a drink of warm, comforting MILO; made by your own hand!
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  8. The stated tsp measurements are actual proper measuring spoons; with each of the powders leveled out with precision. The Cup volume references a U.S Measuring Cup (i.e. 236ml). For any Aussies out there, 250ml is close enough, though. Malt Extract can be bought from any brewery store. Just make sure it is sourced from barley (not wheat), and that it is NON-diastatic! Also, make sure it is pure, with no additives whatsoever. Xylitol and/or dextrose can be subbed equally with the sugar (i.e. sub sweetener on a 1 to 1 basis). Finally, whilst the colour will be identical to the MILO we're all familiar with, the granulation will be completely different! MILO is made with a unique process that really can't be repeated at home, but fear not; for it's the taste that matters! Enjoy, my friends!

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