National chocolate milk day
September 27th, 2012
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy this childhood favorite - September 27 is National Chocolate Milk Day!

Would you believe that the man who succeeded Sir Isaac Newton as President of the Royal Society in Britain invented chocolate milk? Well, he did. Sir Hans Sloane, a doctor and collector, not only created this childhood classic in 1687, but he also touted its "health-giving" qualities.

The combination of chocolate and milk is a natural one. Chocolate milk can either be made by adding powdered cocoa and a sweetener to milk, or by dissolving sweetened chocolate syrup in milk.

If you’ve ever wondered why adding cocoa powder and sugar leaves you with lumpy chocolate milk, whereas powdered chocolate milk brands don’t, it’s all in the texture. Cocoa powder is coarser than say, Nesquik, and doesn’t dissolve as well. If you’d like to make your own chocolate milk powder, simply pulse the cocoa powder in a food processor or spice grinder - and voila!

The alternative is using a store-bought chocolate syrup, or making your own. The process is relatively easy: Sugar and water are boiled together and then cocoa powder, vanilla and a thickener (like corn starch) are added. The cooled mixture can be stored in airtight containers in the refrigerator, ready to be used for cold milk or ice cream.

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  1. mofohurts

    I love chocolate milk man but you also don't wanna be overindulging on chocolate milk so this website shows you how much chocolate milk you should drink

    December 17, 2012 at 6:41 am |
  2. VladT

    I'm not a big milk fan, but I love the "faux" chocolate milk. Even as an adult, if I am thirsty in a gas station and happen to see it, I still reach and happily enjoy a Yoohoo

    September 28, 2012 at 7:53 am |
  3. msyellarose

    Definitely pouring myself a glass with Hershey's syrup while watching Grey's and Scandal tonight!

    September 27, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
  4. MicheleG™


    September 27, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
  5. ieeta cornbread

    Promised Land Dairy Products used to have devastatingly good chocolate milk when they still offered it in the glass bottle. It was beyond good. So thick, creamy, and chocolatey. It was like it was made from dairy creamer.

    September 27, 2012 at 10:30 am |
  6. ieeta cornbread

    Oh my stars! Chocolate milk is like heaven in a glass! Everyday should be chocolate milk day!

    September 27, 2012 at 9:56 am |
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