Milk and cookies, or as colonials would call it, milk and biscuits. These consumer degustations are extraordinarily popular in Sri Lanka, especially the biscuits, and are available in every kade. You will rarely be more than one kilometer away from milk and biscuits. They’re that important. I rarely consume the stuff so can’t quite tell it apart, but on YAMU we’ve done pretty comprehensive reviews of both.
First, the biscuits. I don’t even like that they’re called biscuits, that to me is what sailors eat, like hardtack. But biscuits it is. This is a weird market because you have two companies (Munchee and Maliban) selling almost identical products for the same price. Of all the products, only the Munchee Short Cake has 5 grams more, giving you about Rs. 2.50 more value. Besides that the products are superficially the same. When I go into a shop I have no idea what is what, I just ask for the product (say, Lemon Puffs) and the kade lady gives me whatever’s there. But they are quite different.
Personally, I found Munchee to be better. Maliban’s stuff is a bit coarser and less delicate and they use these big grains of sugar. That said, I don’t really like biscuits that much and did not enjoy eating so many of them. If I had to choose, I do like the Munchee Chocolate Cream Biscuit and Lemon Puff. If you’re looking at price, the Marie Biscuit is the cheapest at Rs. 0.35 per gram and the Lemon Puff is the most expensive at Rs. 0.50 per. That cream don’t come cheap.
So anyways, across the board we thought Munchee was better, but that could be subjective. The prices and basic product are essentially the same so it’s really a matter of personal taste. But do check out the full review on YAMU. It’s inordinately well thought out and presented for a cookie review.
The Milo Challenge
The milky line-up
This is the chocolate milk challenge, which to us was synonymous with Milo, or so we thought. In the comments people kept mentioning the Highland bottle. That’s not UHT milk, that is, not zapped to give it a bomb shelter shelf life. Which is kinda unfair, but we tried the bottle and it is indeed the best of the lot. Of the other packets and boxes, we thought Kotmale and Milo were the best. Again, Milo is a malt and technically not milk, but it’s all subjectively one category.
The Kotmale is probably the best value at Rs. 0.18 per ml. The Highland box is cheaper, but tastes just awful. Kotmale and some others serve in floppy bags rather than cartons, which I don’t like. Kotmale also has the straw holes in completely random places, which we learned cut printing costs, but still.
The lesson here is to drink that Highland bottle which I have hitherto been afraid of, seeing it sitting out in the sun at various establishments. Again, the full review on YAMU is inordinately thorough and has more images and things.
So, in conclusion, if you want to sit down with milk and biscuits, YAMU would recommend Highland bottle and Munchee, Marie Biscuits let’s say. I personally don’t want to eat anymore biscuits for a while, but I could use another glass of chocolate milk.