Simple treats — like peanut butter and jelly — are often the best. A little bit of nostalgia is combined with a flavor pairing that hardly ever leaves a sour taste in your mouth. The same can be said for sweets and desserts — like milk and cookies. But all classics need an update every now and then, and when you want milk and cookies 2.0, you need to add flavored milk to your recipe repertoire. Flavored milks are easy to make at home, and can be a sweet treat that gets kids to drink milk. Delia Hammock, M.S., R.D. said to Good Housekeeping that flavored milk is a better choice when it comes to a sweetened beverage to give to kids since it has vitamins, nutrients, and minerals important to health. Hammock did warn the drinks come with more calories and sugar, and advised using low-fat milk. But it isn’t all about the kids. Check out the following six milks, each paired with their own cookie, that will be please kids, adults, and anyone in between.
1. Coffee Milk
Rhode Island has been proving that flavored milk isn’t just for the kids since the 1930s. According to What’s Cooking America, that is when coffee milk was introduced by drugstores and diners who wanted to attract new customers. The drink had staying power, and in 1993 was named “The Official State Drink of Rhode Island.” Residents of the 49 other states in the union can try this concoction out at home by mixing Emeril Lagasse’s coffee syrup with cold milk.
- 2 cups strong coffee
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Directions: In a small saucepan heat coffee just to simmering. Stir in sugar and vanilla and simmer 8 minutes, stirring until sugar dissolves; cool before using.