We tried the viral Coca-Cola & Milo powder recipe that's supposed to taste like root beer


Fasiha Nazren | June 01, 2021, 06:38 PM

More people have resorted to cooking or ordering food in, with the recent no dine-in restrictions.

However, not everything can be purchased for takeaway — coke floats, for example.

Milo and cola hack

If you only happen to have a bottle of Coca-Cola and Milo powder, and no vanilla ice cream, you can make something reminiscent of a coke float.

This recipe went viral among Malaysians on Facebook, calling it a hack to make a root beer-tasting drink.

However, some sleuthing on the internet revealed that it was already a trend among people in the Philippines last year.

It is apparently a hack to make coke float using just the two unlikely ingredients.

Here's how to make it.


  • A glass of Coca Cola
  • A sachet of Milo powder

Note: There are different types of Milo powder. I used the Australian recipe version, in case I had to be specific.

Photo by Fasiha Nazren.


Pour the cola into a glass.

Photo by Fasiha Nazren.

Add the entire sachet of Milo powder into the glass and stir.

Photo by Fasiha Nazren.

Photo by Fasiha Nazren.

Add some ice and ice cream if you have some.

I didn't have any ice cream, so I just had it as it is.

Looks like Milo

After some stirring, it ended up looking more like Milo. It also smelled mostly like Milo.

But knowing it is infused with some cola, made it seem less appetising.

At this juncture, I didn't know how to make it look appetising.Photo by Fasiha Nazren.

After several confused sips, I would describe the taste as a Milo-flavoured soda: Pretty much like a creamier Coca-cola with a lesser-than-desired amount of gas (maybe I stirred too much).


A solid three out of 10.

While it does somewhat taste like a root beer float (more than it does a coke float, anyway) I don't think I'd attempt this recipe again.

My tastebuds just couldn't help but separate the two distinctive flavour of Milo and Coca-Cola. It's like a chaotic party in my mouth.

Also, Milo is quite pricey. So I'd rather make myself a tried-and-tested Milo Dinosaur or get some cola and vanilla ice cream instead.

Top image from Fasiha Nazren.