July 12, 2012
It’s lovely how, as you get older and have children of your own, you always hark back to traditions of your own childhood.
Growing up, I always remember that Winter meant hot Milo. My mum would heat up some milk on the stove top (we didn’t have microwaves until I was older – yes, I am VERY old!) and she’d make us a nice hot cup of Milo. For those of you who aren’t aware of what Milo actually is, it’s a chocolate and malt drink powder that originated in Australia back in 1934. Mixed with either hot or cold milk, it makes for a delicious (albeit occasionally messy) drink. And sprinkled over ice-cream, well let’s just say I’m a fan.
The best way to have Milo is either straight out of the tin or with ice-cold milk. You see, it doesn’t dissolve in the milk when it’s cold. For some reason, the Milo floats on the top of the milk and remains “crunchy”. And this is where it can get messy. Scooped out of the glass with a spoon, or drinking it straight out of the glass will result in chocolate all over my kids’ faces. And over the benches. And through their teeth. And occasionally on the tips of their noses. And that’s AFTER they’ve already tried to eat it straight out of the tin.
My kids are so Australian! They have a love or both Vegemite and Milo. Considering they were all born overseas and have only lived here for 2 years, they are already such proud little Aussies. This is what I wanted for them, and why I’m so glad we moved back here. I want them to have those happy childhood memories just like I do.