Milo Pastillas is a special twist to our already favorite milky delicacy. It has quickly become a popular trend from the traditional pastillas that we all love.
But it’s not that hard to admit, the traditional pastillas can quickly become repetitive, since we are all familiar with its taste ever since we were young. For most of us, anyway! But by using Milo powder, we change up this dessert by giving it a chocolatey flavor that is sure to woo the kids, and even adults!
In this article, we are going to help you learn how to make the perfect Milo pastillas and say goodbye to boring desserts. You can be sure to surprise your loved ones with these milky and chocolatey treats. Be sure to read below so you won’t miss out on any tips and some trivia about pastillas!
What is Milo Pastillas?
Pastillas is a dessert made of milk, usually from carabaos, which is hardened and made into a candy in the shape of a cylinder, or a pill. The word itself is a Spanish word which literally means “pills”. And to be more specific, it is actually called pastillas de leche in full, which means milk pills.
This sweet delicacy is known to have originated in Bulacan. And of course, this is because of the Spanish influence, since they used to supply various goods here and there.
Milo, on the other hand, is a brand of chocolate and malt powder which is mixed with water or milk to make a drink. It is a popular drink here in the Philippines usually associated with breakfast meals to power up your day.
This powdered chocolate is a perfect ingredient to use as an additive for the delicious pastillas, to change things up from the usual, in case you get bored from the common desserts you always eat, right?
How to make Milo Pastillas?
Making Milo pastillas is an easy task. All you have to do is combine the ingredients and shape them. So first of all, to make things easier, we are going to mix the liquid ingredients in a separate bowl from the powder ingredients.
Cooking Tip: A general tip for the powdered ones is to use a strainer or sifter when pouring them into the bowl to avoid large chunks of powder getting into the bowl. This will help for a finer texture of the pastillas.
Once we’re done with the two separate mixtures, we are now going to combine them. Add them in slowly together and check for the consistency while doing so. You can add more condensed milk if you find the mixture thick or dry. Or you could add more powdered milk if you find the mixture sticky.
Afterwards, you can now get small portions of it and shape them into balls, log shapes, nuggets, or any shape you want!
Before we serve, let’s get a strainer or sifter and dust the pastillas with Milo powder. This will help improve the taste, the look, and it won’t be sticky to hold. That’s it, your milo pastillas are done!
For a quick reference about this recipe, see the recipe table below:
Milo Pastillas Recipe
- 1 ½ cup Milo powdered chocolate drink
- 2 cups powdered milk
- ¾ cup condensed milk
- 2 tbsp butter, melted
- In a mixing bowl, combine the condensed milk and melted butter. Mix until well-incorporated.
- In a separate mixing bowl, pour-in the powdered milk and the Milo powder.
- Combine the two separate mixtures together until you have a favorable consistency. Then form them into a cube shape or round shape.
- Get a small portion and form a ball shape using your hands. You can make any shape you prefer like logs, nuggets, cubes, etc.
- Repeat the previous step for the rest of the ingredients.
- Transfer to a serving plate or tray. Dust with Milo powder using a strainer or a sifter. Serve and enjoy!
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