Milo Marvellous!

2013-04-20 12.54.30

Various kinds of Milo drinks in Singapore!

How many of you remembered the Milo van that will come around to your primary schools when it was Sports Day, Children’s Day, Teacher’s Day etc?

My sister was just commenting on the Milo van last week and it brought back all our memories.

When we were young, we had coupons in school that allowed us to exchange each of them for a tiny cup of cold, thick milo. My husband said he would watch other students get more than 1 cup because they had more coupons as they were prefects, class moniters or teachers’ pets… If you are a class monitor, your duties are to help keep your fellow students in line during the school day,  help your teacher maintain a neat and organized classroom and assist the teacher with special projects. Class monitors may volunteer for the position or may be elected. I suppose an unspoken perk was also to have more Milo coupons…

Needless to say, I have never bothered to be a class monitor or have the temperament to be one.

The milo that the van dispenses during Sports Day was the ultimate best. It was thick, cold and very delicious. Somehow, when you try to duplicate it at home, it is not the same. I think you must be very sweaty from running on Sports Day, jostling with other students for a cup, then the milo will taste fantastic. At home, it tastes .. well … like milo.

Milo Van

Image: Oceanskies

The picture at the top, are some of the new, modern creations of how we can drink Milo these days at coffeeshops in Singapore. I didn’t even know half of them existed!

Let me share them with you:

Top left: Milo Merlion

Comes with marshmallows and a chocolate figurine of Merlion. The Merlion (Malay: Singa-Laut) is a mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish, used as a mascot and national personification of Singapore. Its name combines “mer” meaning the sea and “lion”. The fish body represents Singapore’s origin as a fishing village when it was called Temasek, which means “sea town” in Javanese. The lion head represents Singapore’s original name — Singapura — meaning “lion city” or “kota singa”.

You can see the chocolate figurine looks exactly like a mini Merlion.


A statue in Merlion Park near the Central Business District in downtown Singapore. The merlion is a fictional creature that is half lion and half mermaid (the fishy part, obviously). The big merlion has a small “cub” that can be seen in the background to the right of the big statue in this photo.
Image: Bjørn Christian Tørrissen

Top Middle: Milo Safari

Milo with animal biscuits – quite endearing, I would order this the next time I see it!

It is probably to promote the new River Safari in Singapore – it is the newest addition to our Singapore Zoo. It nestles between its two counterparts, the Singapore Zoo and the Night Safari. It is the first of its kind in Asia and comprises mainly of freshwater attractions coupled with river boat rides as its main highlight.

Top Right: Milo Red Dot

Milo with ‘Ang Ku Kueh’ – this one boggles me. I didn’t even know this kind of ‘joint partnership’ can happen!


Ang Ku Kueh

Red tortoise cake (Ang Ku Kueh) is a small round or oval shaped Chinese pastry with soft sticky glutinous rice flour skin wrapped around a sweet filling in the centre. It is molded to resemble a tortoise shell and is presented resting on a square piece of banana leaf. As suggested by its name, red tortoise cakes are traditionally red in color and has a sticky chewy texture when eaten.

We have never eaten it with Milo before but it seems like a possibility now.

Bottom Left: Milo by the bay

By the bay is referring to Gardens by the Bay, which  is a park spanning 101 hectares of reclaimed land in central Singapore, adjacent to the Marina Reservoir. The park consists of three waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden.


The “supertrees” tower over Gardens by the Bay, Singapore. The tallest one even has a restaurant in it.
Image: Shiny Things

The little round biscuits were our favourites when we were young! They look like flowers – the colourful part was sugar and they come with the biscuits at the bottom. I guess putting them on top of the Milo drink, makes them look like the ‘Supertrees’.

Bottom Middle: Milo Spicy

Milo with chilli in it! See the chilli seeds?

Bottom right: Milo Kopi Dinosaur

“Kopi” is malay for coffee. Milo Dinosaur is a cup of Milo with an extra spoonful of powdered undissolved Milo added to it.

There you go! Don’t you feel like going to your kitchen right now and whipping up a nice cold glass of Milo?

How do you drink Milo in your country? Let me know!



  1. mr Burns · · Reply

    it’s “Prefects” not Perfect..they may be good but not that good till……don’t be bias….:)
    and have you heard of this weird concoction Mi-lick? (or whatever the weird name it’s supposed to be) It’s actually a mixture of Milo and Horlicks….taste a tad weird but unique I’ll say….

    1. Both you and KW spotted my spelling error — no wonder i am not a perfect.. oops, Prefect!
      No, we have not drank any special concoctions rather than the usual Milo.. we are so backward.

  2. My mouth is watering… We never had a Milo van here in Melbourne Australia, but it was a big part of my diet as a kid.

    1. HI Alex, yes us too as children!
      Go make one for yourself now!

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