SINGAPORE - You've heard of coffeeshops selling kopi gao (strong coffee) and teh siew dai (tea with less sugar), but have you heard of instant Milo Gao Siew Dai?
Yes, it exists. The popular beverage is now available in a 'thick and less sweet' variation, thanks to its parent company Nestle.
This new made-in Singapore product is said to have 50 per cent less table sugar and 30 per cent more protein.
Its head of Milo research and development Olivier Aprikian said that it wasn't just about reducing sugar, they had to be able to balance the cocoa and milk to ensure the taste was not compromised.
"There were several rounds of extensive taste tests before allowing the product to go to market," said Mr Aprikian.
The friendly AsiaOne team will now put the Milo Gao Siew Dai to our own taste test.
Here's what we think about it:
Tastes exactly the same as normal Milo. And it's still sweet for me.- Karen Lim
It's not as gao as I'd hoped, but it's definitely siew dai.- Candice Cai
It tastes more or less the same as the regular Milo, could this be a marketing gimmick?- Alvin Kosasi
Tastes just like my usual Milo, except now I'll have lesser miles to run with less sugar in it.- May Ong
Tastes just like the regular Milo.- Lam Min Lee
It still has the iconic Milo taste but doesn't taste like it's diluted. I also like the texture which isn't as thick as the other Milo formulas.- Joey Lee
Nestle says this new product is targeted at adults and 'catered for Singaporeans' palates'. I believe this will be much appreciated by those who prefer less sugary drinks, like myself.
Although Milo Gao Siew Dai wasn't what we thought it'd be, but at least they managed to get Singaporean Olympic champion Joseph Schooling as its ambassador (is Milo cheating on Nathan Hartono?) - some of us are already fantasizing about Schooling swimming in a chocolatey pool of Milo Gao Siew Dai. Yum.
If you're just as curious as us about Milo Gao Siew Dai, it is now available at all leading supermarkets aind retails for $6.50 per packet of 15 sachets.