Milo’s Milo

Milo is an unusual name in America, but it's a household name in New Zealand thanks to a malted barley drink.  We soon realized that here it was almost like naming your kid "Nestle" or "Hershey."  No one else names their child Milo, but at least people have no trouble remembering his name.  Milo actually likes the drink, probably because he hasn't had a lot of really good hot chocolate, which in my opinion is "heaps" (another Kiwi term) better than MILO.  MILO does have one advantage over hot chocolate in that it's fortified with minerals, so it's kind of like giving your kid a vitamin tablet as a snack.

Milo is an unusual name in America, but it’s a household name in New Zealand thanks to their malted barley drink. We soon realized that here it was almost like naming your kid “Nestle” or “Hershey.” No one else names their child Milo, but at least people have no trouble remembering his name. Milo actually likes the drink, probably because he hasn’t been spoiled with a lot of really good hot chocolate, which in my opinion is “heaps” (another Kiwi term) better than MILO. MILO does have one advantage over hot chocolate in that it’s fortified with minerals, so it’s kind of like giving your kid a vitamin tablet as a snack.

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5 thoughts on “Milo’s Milo

    • Ah, so the connection between the UK, South Africa, and NZ continues! I’ve noticed while we’ve been here that there’s this curious triangle of commonalities, from immigrants and Rugby and now to MILO.

    • I did wonder if MILO was invented at a downturn of the beer market when someone had too much malted barley on their hands! Uncle Ted suggested Coco for the second one, but I do like Killian better….

  1. Hey Molly, How about Kia-Ora for the new Shaw. Maori for hello & it is also a drink! You’d have two children named after N Zed drinks. A bit of info on Kia-ora = “It takes its name from kia ora, a Māori language greeting which has entered New Zealand English and means literally “be well/healthy”. First created in Australia by the Dixon Family in 1903.” I think I’d like to try the flavor Kia-Ora Pear and Blackcurrant. (These may be the blood relative Dixons from Mark’s family line, who were part of the Dixson Brits farmed to Australia & America from prisons)

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