Milo Dinosaur is a Southeast Asian childhood favourite drink made with chocolate malt powder mixed with milk, ice and topped with additional undissolved Milo.
What is Milo?
Milo (pronounced "my-lo") is a chocolate malt powder beverage that was invented by an Australian named Thomas Mayne and produced by Nestle.
Similar to Horlicks, Milo was sold and marketed as a fortified nutritional drink for children.
Milo powder consists of:
- malted barley powder
- milk powder
- cocoa powder
- additional vitamins/minerals
The malt powder mix is made into a chocolate drink by stirring in hot or cold water or milk.
It comes in a signature green tin, with a picture of Milo of Croton, an Olympic athlete from the 6th century.
What does Milo taste like?
Milo chocolate powder has a malty, nutty, sweet taste.
It tastes less sweet than regular (sweetened) hot cocoa/hot chocolate mixes.
Undissolved Milo can have a crunchy texture.
Why you'll love this recipe
Milo can taste sweet, but this version with unsweetened whipped cream really helps temper the overall sweetness.
Dissolving the Milo powder in hot water first yields a smoother, less chalky texture.
It's simple to make, with only a few ingredients.
There's no need for a blender or any gadgets.
What is a Milo dinosaur?
A Milo dinosaur is basically a regular Milo beverage (my favorite childhood drink) made with milk, topped with extra undissolved Milo powder.
It's commonly found in Malaysia and Singapore, in kopitiams (coffee shops) and mamak stalls (Indian-Muslim street food vendors).
Theoretically this version is a Milo Godzilla (since it has the addition of whipped cream).
Ingredients you'll need
For this drink you will need:
- Milo powder: comes in a green tin; you can find it in most Asian supermarkets
- hot water: for dissolving the Milo
- cold whole milk: you can use any type of milk you like such as skim, or non-dairy alternative
- ice cubes
- whipped cream: optional, but definitely balances out the overall sweetness
How to make it
Place 3 tablespoons Milo powder in a tall glass.
Pour 2 tablespoon hot water to the glass and stir to dissolve the powder.
Add in ice cubes and top with ½ C cold milk.
Top with whipped cream, and garnish with an extra spoonful of Milo powder.
Iced Milo: is a cold version of the original Milo powder beverage.
Milo Godzilla: is a cold Milo drink with the addition of whipped cream or ice cream, which is what this particular drink technically is.
Neslo: uses Nescafe coffee powder in the drink.
Milo Mangkuk: Milo served in a bowl with shaved ice.
If the drink is too sweet for your liking, feel free to adjust the amount of Milo and milk to your preference.
Can I rim the mug or glass with Milo?
Yes, if you're feeling fancy, you can place Milo powder in a shallow dish.
Wet the rim of the glass and at a 45 degree angle, slowly turn and dab the glass with the Milo powder.
Can I double the recipe?
Yes, you can easily double the recipe to make two servings.
How can I make it into a Milo dinosaur milkshake?
Simply blend the Milo mixture with ice, milk and a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a high-speed blender until smooth.
Other ways to use Milo powder
Milo is a delicious drink on its own, but it can also used in different ways:
- use in place of cocoa powder
- sprinkled on top of ice cream
- in baking, such as in cupcakes or cookies
Other recipes you may like
Be sure to check out these recipes:
Yuenyueng (Hong Kong Coffee Tea Drink)
Iced Doppio Espresso with Oat Milk (Starbucks Copycat)
Brown Sugar Oat Espresso (Starbucks Copycat)
Cà Phê Sữa đá (Vietnamese Iced Coffee)
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For accuracy and precision in baking recipes, use weight (metric) measurements when available.
- 3 tablespoon Milo powder
- 2 tablespoon hot water
- ½ C whole milk cold
- ice cubes
- whipped cream optional
- 1-2 tablespoon Milo powder
- Place 3 tablespoons Milo powder in a tall glass.
- Pour 2 tablespoon hot water to the glass and stir to dissolve the powder.
- Add in ice cubes and top with ½ C cold milk.
- Top with whipped cream, and garnish with an extra spoonful or two of Milo powder.
The nutritional information provided should be considered as approximate and is not guaranteed. Please use your best judgment to ensure food is safely prepared and/or a good fit for your diet.
David @ Spiced
Fun idea! I'm not familiar with Milo, but I do enjoy chocolate malts...especially in milkshake form. I wonder how Milo compares with malted milk powder here in the States? Great photos here...as always!
This is one of my childhood drinks growing up. In the hot tropical climate, there used to be a small converted refrigerated truck, with the big MILO logo coming around the school area offering cold Milo drinks. What a relief to have cool drinks on hot days!
Raymund | angsarap.net
You made me miss Malaysia becuase of this one, defintely one of my go to drinks togther with Cincau and Michael Jackson