June 7 2019 08:00 AM

    Candy flavored milk: dessert or drink? It’s up to you to decide now that Snickers and Twix flavored milks have been released.

    Sometimes we just need a way to get through the day. Maybe we’re looking for a lunchtime dessert or just a snack to get through work. Do you ever find yourself craving candy when you just KNOW it’s a bad idea? If only there was a way to combine the candy deliciousness with the “good stuff” like calcium and lots of protein. Interestingly enough, you can now find Snickers and Twix flavored milks in convenience stores for an on-the-go drink!

    We’ve all indulged on chocolate milk, and really, it’s great but think of this as a swallow of your favorite candy with the bonus of consuming some protein and calcium.

    As you might imagine, the Snickers flavored milk contains hints of nuts, chocolate, and caramel flavors, while the Twix version is designed to have a mixture of chocolate, caramel, and cookie sweetness. It’s like chocolate milk, but more.

    These flavors are blended with low-fat dairy milk in a 14 fluid ounce bottle and contain 14 grams of protein and 270 calories. In comparison, 14 fluid ounces of 1 percent contains around 14 grams of protein and 168 calories.

    In light of June Dairy Month, maybe this is the push you’ve been waiting for to encourage more milk consumption? Perhaps it carries a few more calories than ideal, but we do know we are still consuming nature’s most nearly perfect food just with an oomph this time! Bring on the Kit Kat, Reese’s, and Milky Way milks. The possibilities are endless. As Italian fashion businesswoman Chiara Ferragni once said, “Take risks, and try new things!”

    Sarah Thomas

    Sarah Thomas grew up in Pittsboro, N.C., showing and raising dairy heifers. Thomas attends Virginia Tech, majoring in dairy science with minors in agricultural economics, communication, and Spanish. On campus, she’s involved with Dairy Club, Sigma Alpha, and has been a member of the Virginia Tech dairy judging team. Thomas is the current National Junior Holstein Advisory Committee Chairperson and is the 2019 Hoard’s Dairyman summer editorial intern.

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    "Synchronization strategies for heifers" presented by Joe Dalton, University of Idaho

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