It’s an iconic Aussie brand that’s found in almost every home across the country.
But Nestlé Australia has just announced a major change to the recipe, launching a new 30 per cent less added sugar version after copping backlash over the product’s controversial 4.5 health star rating last year.
While many will welcome the idea of a healthier way to drink your favourite choc malt drink, we all want to know one thing — does it taste the same?
According to Nestlé’s excited spokeswoman Margaret Stuart, it does.
“It tastes exactly the same, so much so, most people don’t even notice the difference,” Ms Stuart told news.com.au.
“When we were working on developing Milo 30% less added sugar, our focus was on creating a product that looks like original Milo, tastes like original Milo, and behaves like original Milo — crunchy bits and all.
“We found in testing that people really loved the concept, but they liked it even more when they tasted it. It really exceeded their expectations. It tastes great.”
The development of the new Milo took two years, and came in response to the changing nutritional needs of families.
From next month, the healthier Milo — which is noticeably without cane sugar — will be on sale alongside the traditional recipe, with Nestlé general manager Andrew McIver explaining they’ve done their best to hold onto the brand’s 85-year-long heritage.
“Milo was originally designed as a nutritious drink for undernourished children during the Depression, delivering added vitamins and minerals in a format children enjoyed,” he said.
“With parents increasingly concerned about added sugar in their children’s diets, we’ve created an option that is true to the Milo heritage and encourages people to drink milk, but delivers less added sugar.”
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Mr McIver said that like original Milo, the new variety contains lactose, which is a naturally occurring sugar in the milk powder, and added sugar in the malt barley — but the cane sugar is gone.
“From the very beginning, our focus was on creating a product that both tastes like original Milo, and behaves like original Milo,” he said.
“That means not just keeping the same core ingredients of milk powder, cocoa and malt barley, but also making sure it looks the same, tastes great, and has crunchy bits on top.
“People will be able to choose whether they want the original Milo, or the new Milo 30% less added sugar, knowing that whatever they choose will taste delicious.”
With the product not hitting shelves until early May, Aussies are yet to determine whether the brand have been successful in their quest.
Back in 2015, the company rattled New Zealand fans of the classic drink after removing the vanilla flavour from the recipe.
In protest, Kiwi Milo lovers created a petition urging Nestlé to “bring back” the old recipe.
Source: Rebekah Scanlan