Milo Dinosaur is an over-the-top, delicious drink that is really popular in Singapore. A hawker centre staple, this is not a drink for people on a diet, as it's extra sweet, extra creamy and extra comforting!
⭐ Why This Recipe is a Star
- Delicious: Milo Dinosaur is 1 of the most popular Singaporean drinks and you can find it at the Drinks Stall of any hawker centre. Luckily you don't have to go to one to drink it as it's simple to recreate at home. A cold milo drink is just what you want on a sunny day (but the drink tastes great hot too!) If you enjoy this drink, you'll probably love the rich flavor of Nutella Chocolate cookies too!
- Easy: if you can stir, you can make this creamy and sweet beverage in no time at all!
What is Milo Dinosaur?
It's basically a cup of milo, but pimped up: extra sweet, extra creamy and with a topping of extra milo powder! (If you don't know what Milo is, it's a chocolate malt powder.)
This rich drink goes well with many Singaporean recipes!
You only need 3 ingredients for this Milo Dinosaur recipe:
- milo: this can be found in the Asian supermarket. (Milo is super popular in Asia and parts of Africa.) There are different types of milo- the one made in Australia tastes better than the one in Thailand FYI. Also, make sure you are using the unsweetened milo. If you're using 3-in-1 skip the sugar but still add the milk. If you can't get milo, you can substitute with a hot chocolate mix or Horlicks.
- white sugar: feel free to use light or dark brown sugar for a more caramel taste. You can also use a neutral honey or maple syrup.
- hot water: whilst Milo does dissolve in cold water, it's obviously easier when the water is warmer!
- milk: I recommend full-fat milk as this is meant to be a super creamy drink but you can also use a plant-based milk of your choice. Alternatively, substitute with evaporated milk or condensed milk (skip the sugar if using the sweetened milk.)
- optional for iced milo dinosaur: ice cubes
🔪 Step-by-Step Instructions
- Add the milo powder to a heat-proof cup.
2. Add the sugar and mix well with the milo powder.
3. Pour in hot water to dissolve the milo and sugar. (It's much more difficult to do so in cold water.)
Note: you don't have to worry if some powder doesn't dissolve though- undissolved milo powder is a signature of Milo Dinosaur!
4. Add milk to the concentrated milo mixture.
5. Add ice to the drink.
Note: the ice will dilute the drink when it melts so you can either make the drink sweeter and milkier than you normally like OR freeze some milo in an ice tray and use milo ice cubes to cool down your drink.
6. Top the drink with more Milo powder- this is what differentiates a regular milo drink from a Dinosaur!
Tip: for a more sophisticated flavor, top with cocoa powder instead.
🥡 How to Store
Store in the fridge for 2-3 days in an airtight container in the fridge.
👩🏻🍳 Expert Tips
Tip #1: Top with whipped cream and ice cream to make Milo Godzilla!
Tip #2: Make a huge batch of the milo in advance if you're having a party, and have the guests add the ice and undissolved milo powder topping themselves!
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- Heat-proof glass
- Spoon or fork to stir
- 4 Tablespoons unsweetened milo powder or to taste. If using sweetened milo, reduce sugar used. Get the Australian milo if you can- it tastes better than the Malaysian or Thai one!
- 1½ Tablespoons sugar or to taste. The recipe is super flexible. You can also use brown sugar.
- ¼ Cup hot water If you only have cold water it's a bit more difficult to dissolve the milo and sugar. A trick would be to put them and the water in a mason jar and shake vigorously to dissolve.
- ½ Cup whole fat milk Remember milo is a drink of excess! Low-fat is not the way to go (though you can if you want, of course.) In fact, I recommended using evaporated or condensed milk too!
- 5 cubes ice Use frozen milo to avoid the melted ice diluting the drink.
For the topping
- 2 Tablespoons milo powder or to taste. Substitute: cocoa powder.
- Add the milo and sugar to the cup and mix well.
- Pour in the water and stir till more or less dissolved.
- Add the milk followed by the ice cubes.
- Top with the extra powder!
Note: the nutritional information is an estimate automatically calculated using the WPRM recipe maker and I am not responsible for its veracity.