Going on a road trip in Australia wouldn’t be complete without snapping a picture of yourself next to the giant icons that dot our landscape.
Heading south from Sydney? Hello, Big Merino! And no trip to the tropical north would be complete without saying hi to the Big Banana at Coffs Harbour, Ballina’s Pig Prawn, and the Big Golden Guitar at Tamworth.
Now, it sounds like an enormous tin of the Aussie icon, Milo, is on the cards after a conversation on social media went viral asking how its 80+ year heritage should be celebrated.
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Milo has been made at the same factory in the New South Wales town of Smithtown for the past 83 years, which has been proposed as the perfect place to build the giant Milo.
Speaking of the '80s...
Nestlé Factory Manager, Mat Oram said: "When I heard there was a call for a big Milo tin on social media, I thought ‘what a great idea!’ With the heritage of Milo deeply rooted in the local community at Smithtown, it would make sense that Australia’s next ‘big’ icon would be built here."
Certainly the fans got on board:
"Where do I sign? And how much is my kidney worth…? Need to fund this project!" commented on eager fan.
Another added: "Yes, absolutely...best idea I have heard in ages! Who thought that up?"
And certainly for the locals, it would mean a great deal.
‘"My grandfather and my dad were the head design engineers at Nestlé, we have seen it grow to what it is today, it employs so many locals, why not celebrate that, big Milo sounds great!" added another commenter.
But one thing kept recurring in the comments – it would need a cafe inside serving exclusively Milo-themed foods.
Brace yourselves, food fans.
Recovering caffeine-addict and serial bruncher Eliza Murray feels most at home typing away in a cozy cafe with her re-mortgaged avocado toast nearby. When she isn't reporting on the latest Instagram-shattering glittery food trends, she can be found experimenting with new gin garnishes (hello strawberries!) or biting into an entire wheel of brie (no shame). She tweets @theothereliza