How can you make chocolate milk at home without the chocolate separating from the milk? Chocolate syrup always ends up at the bottom of the cup. My 2 year old can go thru 3 gallons of store bought chocolate milk in a week. And although I want him to have the milk, the cost of this is unbelievable. I have tried mixing the store bought chocolate milk equally with powdered milk and it has worked. Just wondering if someone else knew a cheaper way to fake him out!
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Just so you know, chocolate inhibits calcium absorption.
My childs doctor has said that chocolate milk is just
fine if it gets your child to drink milk. It just doesnt
always have to be chocolate. My solution to this has
been to switch to Ovaltine. It mixes well, stays mixed, and you only need about 2 TBSP for a large
glass of milk (my son is 9). Best of all, Ovaltine has
a lot of vitamins and minerals in it and not just sugar. It also tastes great hot, so I no longer buy those little packets of hot chocolate mix. I did not have very good results with Carnation Instant Breakfast. My son said it tasted "Oatmeally"
We pour about 1/3 white milk in a glass with 2/3 store bought chocolate milk. It really helps stretch it and my sons don't notice the difference.
I like Nesquick" powder in white milk
Try to wean off the chocolate milk if possible-it is not as nutritious because of the extra calories
Re: chocolate inhibits calcium absorption
This appears to be FALSE.
check out this link:
While it's true that chocolate (and BTW some dark green leafy vegetables) contain compounds that may inhibit calcium absorption (when taken at the same time as calcium), chocolate milk doesn't have enough of this compound to really affect the amount of calcium absorbed.
If anyone has any links to show studies that prove otherwise, I'd love to read them.
Anyway, if you are concerned about how much chocolate milk you're giving your son, get a professional opinion and ask your son's doctor about it.
why let your child drink 3 gallons of milk in a week anyway?? you said he is 2 or even if he is 5 i think 3 gallons is very excessive. you need to check with you pediatrician.
My son just went in to see his pediatrician for his 2 year check-up, and she said that he should only be drinking about 16 oz. of milk a day. (The theory being that if children are filling up on a lot of milk, they may not be eating well and getting important nutrients from food). I agree that you might want to check with your own pediatrician.
Here is the recipe for Hershey's chocolate. Everyone deserves to enjoy chocolate milk (except me, I'm lactose intolerant!!)
Hershey's Chocolate Syrup
This is a great way to save money, and still have that famous taste.
1/2 C. Cocoa (Hershey's obviously)
Combine cocoa, sugar, and salt in a saucepan. Add water, and mix until smooth. Bring this mixture to a boil. Allow it to boil for one minute, be careful this does not over boil. Remove from heat, when this cools add the vanilla.
Tripleb: thanks for the chocolate syrup recipe. I made some with Splenda. It may need a little tweaking but it's a good start.
I've got some lactose-intolerant family; if you are missing chocolate milk, try lactose-free milk, soy milk (I like Silk) and rice milk... you may find one you like!
I made homemade cocoa mix with powdered milk, sugar and cocoa. I ran out of ovaltine for my three year old, so I mixed up my cocoa with cold water. He drank it right down with no complaints! Ovaltine is to expensive. Better to just do the natural way! Kind of funny, they put ARTIFICIAL COLORS in chocolate milk mix? That is like putting it in dog food! Oh, and I only mix in enough chocolate for flavor. That helps cut down. And when you want to wean him down, leave it as a treat for ONLY one meal (or snack) that way it is a true treat.
I noticed that few of these recipes actually contained milk! I need to make some homemade chocolate milk for a health project so could someone pleeze post a basic hersheys choco milk recipe
This isn't really for chocolate milk, but something I do with my boys is to make colored milk. I just add a few drops of food coloring to make the milk more appealing. At first, I added a little bit of sugar or some flavored syrup (like at Starbucks) but now I just add the color and they really like it.
I also give them 2% or nonfat milk at most meals and sometimes with snacks but I make sure that they drink water, especially at bedtime. I rarely go through a gallon of milk in a month, even with cooking and cereal.
chocolate milk is NOT bad for you as long as you choose low-fat choices. It is especially crucial for athletes because it provides calcium, protein, and the extra kick of sugar for extra energy. It is very important that you get your daily needs with milk....chocolate milk counts too!!!
Did you say that your 2 year old son drinks 3 gallons of chocolate milk per week? You should seriously consider being more concerned about nutrition before your kid ends up becoming obese and diabetic.
Check out "copy cat" recipes online, or "kid's recipes". You might discover other foods that your child might enjoy as well. I agree with some of the others that you might be going a little overboard with that amount of milk in a week. You may be "washing out" his vitamins and nutrients your child daily needs. This is why he may be craving more and more milk.
If your 2 year old is really drinking 3 US Gallons of milk a week see your doctor ASAP!
At 2 years a child should be getting around 24 fluid OZ of milk. You child would be getting ~55 oz a day! This much chocolate milk would be offsetting higher quality foods to the extent that you child might be very malnourished.
I don't let my daughter's drink Chocolate Milk often but when I do, I use the Hershey's Chocolate ice cream syrup. Put milk in a cup, squeeze some syrup (to taste) and stir. It makes WONDERFUL chocolate milk for cheap. This is only a "once in a while" treat for my girls.
I drink a gallon of milk a day, so what? It's not harmful, sheesh, you people... Would rather have my kids drink milk than soda or even juice, which is MUCH higher in sugar, damages your teeth and causes acid reflux.
The cocoa mix and syrup recipes above are similar to the ones I use myself, I don't buy the premade packaged junk.
I am floored by some of these comments. I assume that you no longer read this post, since it was more than 2 years ago. But my son whom will be 3 in June was drinking about 3 gallons of milk a week, if not more. I spoke to his Dr. about this and as long as he is eating normally than there is nothing to be concerned about. They checked his IRON level and it is great. The only concern you should have had was too much milk can cause high iron levels and stomach problems.
My son was diagnosed with ADHD. He was put on drugs. I took him off and removed all dairy and wheat from his diet. I've seen more of an improvement in him in the last 6 months than I ever did with drugs. (He drinks Vanilla Rice Milk which is yummy in cereal.)
AGH! I just read the post about someone adding a few drops of food coloring to their child's milk. Please NEVER add food coloring to their food! For that matter, we avoid buying any artificial colors or flavors. If you do a search on food colorings, particularly Red #40 or Blue Lake you will see that they have been found to be carcinogens! Also, food color is just petroleum based chemicals you put in your food. They are not safe, they just won't kill you.
Food coloring can do a lot of harm to children, and there are plenty of websites that will explain how if you just google it. Use an organic chocolate milk mix or make your own. If your kids don't want to drink milk, just use a little sugar and vanilla, and if they still don't they may be allergic to it. We usually don't like the taste of things we are allergic to, and our body knows it. There are plenty of other dairy products that kids like, so just bulk up on the cheese and yogurt!
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