DIY Milo Bar (the original) Attempt

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  1. digitalvoodoo

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    I had a craving for a Milo Bar the other day and lamented that it would go unsated. Damn you Nestle!

    The beauty of the original Milo Bar was its elegant simplicity. Just Milo and chocolate, united in holy union. Then it occurred to me. Given it was just Milo and chocolate, it should be piss easy to try and remake it.

    The following is my attempt to recapture the magic of the original Milo Bar

    Materials:

    Nestle milk melting chocolate
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    Adam Gilchrist approved Milo tin
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    Methods:

    The essential component, is of course, the Milo filing. Pure Milo doesn’t hold it’s shape – so I went with milk as a bonding agent to help the Milo filling stand up to the chocolatification process.

    The picture below shows 1 Cup of Milo and 2 Teaspoons of Milk mixed together. I’ve since found that 1 Teaspoon of milk gets much closer to the texture of the original bar (2 is a little too moist). The downside is that it significantly lessens the structural integrity of the moulded Milo blocks, so you need to be really careful when applying the molten chocolate. Maybe if the Milo was frozen after shaping it would stand up better?

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    The Milo mix is pressed (hard) into an ice cube tray.
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    The compressed Milo blocks are now ready for chocolate coating.
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    My assistant dips the Milo blocks into the melted chocolate to coat their bottom.
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    Here they are after pouring the molten chocolate over the top of them and shaping it with a spoon. I’m sure there’s a more efficient way to do this?
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    Results:

    The Enemy. The “improved” Milo Bar (I can’t believe I paid money for this – even in the name of science)
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    Recreation on the left “official” on the right. Neither are about to win any confectionary beauty contests.
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    The real test is the internal comparison. Official Milo bar is on the left. I think the picture speaks for itself.
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    What the hell is that stuff in the centre, I don’t think it’s even Milo! And yup, it still tastes like crap (in fact, worse than I remembered). Fortunately, I had a real (imitation) Milo bar to wash it down with!


    Now, if I could just work out how to make Tasty Toobs…
     
  2. tgenesis

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    Whoa, that's pretty good work! And yeah, I agree, the new milo bar has nothing on the original :(

    BRING BACK THE OLD MILO BAR NESTLE!!!
     
  3. Wink

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    Ingenious! :thumbup:

    By the way to make Toobs:
    Take single Cheezel
    Suck/lick all the cheese flavour off
    Add whatever flavour to taste (like Toobs)
    :)
     
  4. MR CHILLED

    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    This looks interesting......I have to go shopping this weekend so I might give it a try :thumbup:
     
  5. Tommievo

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    DigitalVoodoo: To get a better coating how about finding a cube tray that has bigger size cubes than the tray used to make the compressed milo blocks?

    Then you could line the bigger cubes with melts chocolate. Push the milo blocks into the cubes so the melts chocolate gets pushed up to the top. Then put a final layer over the top of all the cubes. Should get an even coat that way.

    Just an idea :)
     
  6. TERRA Operative

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    The way they make filled chocolates in the factories is they use metal moulds. These are frozen, then have molten chocolate poured into them. This freezes the chocolate in contact with the mould. The remaining chocolate is then poured out, leaving an empty shell.

    Maybe you could try that, then press the Milo in and cover with more chocolate as a lid before removing from the mould.
     
  7. Statts

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    Bloody awesome

    The new bars are horrible, if you're reading this Mr Nestle, BRING THEM BACK!
     
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    to coat the moulded milo in chocolate i would make sure its nice and hard first then drop it in the chocolate and use a fork to turn it and pull it out.

    nice even coat that way.

    This is the proper way to do it. I used to make chocs as a kid with my mum.
     
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    i'd be inclined to try it with some white chocolate too, mainly cause i love white chocolate.

    your version looks teh awsum
     
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    i wrote them a massive complaint letter regarding the new milo bar.

    the reply was pretty much 'deal with it we are not making the old ones ever again'.

    i was so angry that day until a girl i worked with said her local shop had 2 boxes of old stock still for sale.

    so i went down and made a cash offer for the milo bars.

    they did not last long in the office (1 and a half boxes!). in hindsight i should have taken them home and kept them all for myself.
     
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    Good idea, might try this on the next batch. I didn't think too far ahead when doing it. I was originally just going to press the Milo together with my hands, but went with the ice cube tray, as it seemed like a good idea at the time. Something that made bigger blocks would definitely be good.

    Sounds a bit beyond my cooking skills. I had wondered how they actually did it, though.

    I tried this with the second batch. It worked quite well for a while, but eventually the melted chocolate filled up with little bits of Milo. This made it harder and harder to coat the pieces. However the warm melted chocolate with Milo bits through it was pretty damn yummy.

    Maybe with some sandpaper added to the Cheezel to replicate the texture.
     
  12. TheWedgie

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    Fuck yeah, gonna give this a crack when I get the time.
    I used to eat Milo out of the tin, (the old) Milo Bars were like doubly awesome.

    -Nick
     
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    *bookmarks page for use after exams are finished*.
     
  14. ziggy

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    You legend. Loved the old milo bars and hate the new ones. Going to try and make some on the weekend. I always got a really good energy boost from the old ones.
     
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    Getting out of icecube trays

    I know this is a really old forum.. but I had actually thought of doing milo bars this way on the weekend and then did a search and found this post..

    Love it.. But am having issues getting the milo out of the icecube trays after compacting down.. Any tips? I even tried to freeze it.. And it seems 1 teaspoon of milk really doesnt go far on a cup of milo.. ?? Tablespoon maybe?
     
  16. Ma Baker

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    It would be easier if you used the new silicon moulds.

    You can buy chocolate moulds which would be perfect for this. Paint chocolate in the mould first and then put it in the fridge. Add the filling and then fill the top with chocolate. Set in the fridge before removing from the mould.
     
  17. Huggy_Bear64

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    Grease the mould first, then they should just slip right out.
    Maybe try freezing them?
     
  18. sormuijai

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    Line the tray with glad wrap
     
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    The inner fatty in me is thinking about how well this would go with condensed milk instead of regular milk.
     
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    That sounds like it'd be disgustingly sweet :lol:
     

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