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Milo reverts back to its original taste, after four years of complaints

Newshub logoNewshub 12/05/2019 Vita Molyneux
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Kiwis can rejoice - everyone's favourite comfort drink is back on the market in its original form.

After an ill-fated recipe change in 2015, New Zealanders mourned the loss of their iconic Milo.

Nestle added vitamin D, B3, B6 and B12. The company removed vitamins A, B1 and magnesium - as well as the much-loved vanilla flavouring.

"Rank," "disgusting" and "yucky" were a few of the choice words Kiwis chose to describe the new recipe online. 

Now, after four years of complaints, Milo is going back to its roots.

"We've had on-going feedback that Kiwis missed the old Milo, so we knew it was time to bring it back," said Nestle business manager Anna Stewart in a statement.

"This wasn't a process we took lightly. We knew it was vital to nail that classic taste and we weren't going to stop until we had that perfected," she said.

However, not everyone is convinced the company will nail it.

In 2015, when the recipe changed, a Facebook page called "Change Milo back to the old recipe" gained more than 9000 likes.

The creator of the page, Taryn Ibell told Newshub on Monday she wasn't sure it will be like the good old days.

"I guess the only way to tell is by taste and I'm unsure if it will be like what we all remember." 

The new Milo will be on shelves from May 20 - so Kiwis will be able to find out for themselves if it's as good as the old recipe.

"I have slight hopes, but I guess time will tell," said Ibell.

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