We love flavored milk!
Chocolate, strawberry and vanilla are among our favorite flavors. Before we started paying more attention to food labels, Nesquick used to be a staple ingredient in our home. Now, we try to eat more real food and less processed. That means that we had to find a new way to flavor our milk. The first method we tried was a chocolate syrup.
Mix together 1/3 c cocoa powder, 2/3 c sugar (we use organic) and a dash of salt in a saucepan. Slowly stir in a cup of water. Bring to a boil using medium heat and let boil for 2 minutes. (Be careful–it expands as it boils and could easily boil over). Let cool and pour into a mason jar. Store in the fridge for two weeks (if it lasts that long!)
Add a tablespoon to a cold glass of Maggie milk (or whatever milk you have on hand 🙂 ) and stir well.
While this is tasty, it doesn’t have the ease of Nesquick for a single glass. When we have extra milk on hand, I usually just flavor a whole gallon with a batch of syrup and call it good.
I decided to call on my friend Google and see if homemade Nesquick was possible. It sure was! We love this recipe. Simple–only two ingredients. And it is shelf-stable and not as messy as a sticky syrup.
We just add a tablespoon of hot water to the bottom of the glass, mix in a tablespoon of homemade Nesquick, and add milk. The kids love helping to stir their individual glasses!
Strawberry milk is a topic for another day. I’m still trying to work out a powdered version with dehydrated berries…if you have any ideas or links for that one, I’d love to hear it!
How about you–what is your favorite flavor of milk?