Milo is getting a recipe change with 30 per cent less sugar in a new version of one of Australia’s favourite drinks.

Nestlé is replacing cane sugar with stevia sweetener in the the iconic malt chocolate powder ‘in response to the changing nutritional needs of families’.

The company dropped the 4.5 star health star rating for Milo after health experts slammed Nestlé for ‘tricking’ customers into thinking it was healthy last year.

Milo 30% Less Added Sugar contains malt barley, milk powder and cocoa – like the original but replaces cane sugar with stevia for sweetness, and soluble corn fibre for texture, to give a new version that looks, tastes and behaves like the 85 year old family favourite.

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Nestlé General Manager Andrew McIver said the new product still has the beloved Milo choc malt taste and crunch.

‘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.’

‘Our focus was on creating a product that both tastes like original Milo, and behaves like original Milo.’

The new Milo 30% Less Added Sugar is priced at RRP $6.99 and will hit the shelves in early May, alongside the original Milo range.

But don’t fear a spokesperson from Milo did confirm to Mouths of Mums that the original Milo is not going anywhere.

“Happy to confirm that the original Milo is absolutely here to stay.”

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  • Ooh I’d love to try the less sugar Milo and see if there’s much of a difference. I hope not as I love Milo, as do my kids!


  • Trucked customers into thinking it was healthy and it’s not……seriously you only have to read the label to find out the health benefits, or lack of. I did hear this morning it was a fail and they have switched the recipe back


  • Not sure if it’s going to taste the same as the original Milo. It’s a great alternative to those who are wanting to make healthier options for their families.


  • Hopefully it will taste the same as it is the crunch factor my family likes on their drinks and sweets.


  • That’s new and that’s good


  • I’ve never bought Milo because of it’s ingredients, but this is a good change


  • Great they are keeping the original so people have the choice to pick which one they rprefer


  • I don’t understand how it was such a big secret when you could literally always read the nutritional values on the container.


  • This is such great news! Although our family are Milo addicts I haven’t bought Milo in about 6 months because I’ve heard so much about the excessive sugar in it. This change will really boost their sales!


  • Stevia is NOT recommended by Diabetes SA.
    It has an after taste too. It is just a different type of sugar from a plant and you need less of it as it is stronger.

    • Thanks for sharing your info on this!

      • What a shame I was hoping it was just some great way they found to reduce sugar but it’s just another sugar alternative.


  • The original Milo thank you!


  • I’ll try it – and I hope the taste is good enough to warrant a change.


  • I’ll try it out it if it tastes ok then I’m ok with it


  • I don’t drink milo because its healthy! I’ll be sticking to the original.


  • We will have to see what it tastes like but we can still have the original!


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