Milo – the powdery malty-chocolate stuff you mix in with milk – is very popular here in Australia. It’s a different mixture from what I remember getting in the UK – less powdery and a lot more crumbly and packs a real chunky punch in a milk drink. As a kid I tended to bypass my mother’s instructions of only two teaspoons per glass of milk and would instead fill up half the glass with Milo, ending up with a wickedly delicious ‘mud’ mixture that was heaven on earth.
Also, during university I remember knocking on my best mate’s door and opening it, to catch her red-handed leaning over her Milo tin with a heaped spoonful half way up to her mouth. I’m happy to stake my left butt cheek on the statement that every Aussie would have resorted to eating it straight from the tin during times of sheer boredom or when there was no chocolate in the house.
About ten years ago, the Nestlé folk released it as a chocolate bar. The bar is essentially compressed Milo encased in a nice milky chocolate layer and has the scatological attractiveness of the Chokito. But – wait, there’s more – as they say on the shopping channels.
Yes, contain yourselves dear readers, but the Milo mixture is studded with chocolate-flavoured rice crispies and there’s a small layer of caramel (not unlike the Star Bar mentioned a couple of blog articles ago) resting reverentially on top of the Milo. The perfect yin and yang combination in my view.
The overall effect is firstly a pleasantly chewy malty-chocolate sensation followed by a few delightful rice crispy crunches and a tingle of caramel before the chocolate coating seals the deal. At 50g, the inner pig that has been carefully nurtured inside of me always squeals for another but if I can find the 80g King-Sized version then we’re both reasonably happy. If there was a way of coating the bar in something un-meltable then they would be ideal carbo-rich food for hikers and bushwalkers. Or indeed, desk jockeys.
These are definitely one of my favourite every day snack chocolate bars to buy and are one of our ‘quiet achievers’ in that they are rarely advertised but are available in every deli and roadhouse in the country as reliable sellers. There’s an entire row dedicated to them in our uni café so the students must be constantly fortifying themselves with the lovely logs in an effort to enhance their study breaks to avoid them entirely.
If you see one, buy it. And eat it with a glass of fresh, ice cold milk for the perfect flavour combination. In fact, buy two.