It is made by mixing chocolate powder or syrup, sugar and milk.
Chocolate milk is generally served cold.
According to the Natural History Museum in Britain and Wikipedia, chocolate milk was invented by Sir Hans Sloane, an Irish botanist. Sloane spent some time in Jamaica in the early 1700s, where the local people gave him cocoa to drink. “He found it ‘nauseous’ but by mixing it with milk made it more palatable,” the museum says. When he returned to England, Sloane brought the milk and cocoa mixture with him, and for many years it was sold as medicine.
According to some historians the Jamaicans were brewing “a hot beverage brewed from shavings of freshly harvested cacao, boiled with milk and cinnamon” as far back as 1494. And chocolate has been known to humans as far back as 350 BC. It’s hard to believe that no one before Sloane thought to put milk in it. Even Europeans had known about chocolate since 1502, when Columbus brought it back from his conquests in the Americas — although it wasn’t until Cortez pillaged the Aztecs in 1516 that Europeans actually figured out what to do with cacao.
John Cadbury, and sons George and Richard, later purchased Sloane’s milk chocolate. The Cadburys were Quakers who viewed chocolate as a nourishing, healthy alternative to alcohol and promoted it as a healthy “flesh forming substance”. In order to enhance its popularity, the Cadbury Brothers promoted their Sloane recipe as a “health food” with rhetoric claiming that to call it a “medication would not be too strong a term”. By diluting chocolate’s singular nature with the addition of milk, its primary use as a medicine began to murkily blur with its use as a food.
Nesquik is a brand of products made by Swiss company Nestlé. In 1948, Nestlé launched a drink mix for chocolate-flavored milk called Nestle Quik in the United States . this was released in Europe during the 1950s as Nesquik. Since 1999, the brand has been known as Nesquik worldwide.
Today, here are many different brands of chocolate milk.
The nutritional qualities of chocolate milk are the subject of debate: while some studies criticize the high sugar content of chocolate milk, other studies suggest that chocolate milk is nutritionally superior to white milk.
Chocolate milk has earned a reputation for being unhealthy in the past, due to its high sugar and fat content.
Chocolate milk like regular milk, provides 8 essential nutrients: calcium, protein, vitamins A, D and B12, riboflavin, phosphorus and potassium. Together, these essential nutrients help strengthen bones and build and repair muscles.
Drink chocolate milk in moderation to maintain your health – each serving contains 4 teaspoons of added sugar, which is two-thirds of the recommended daily added sugar limit for women and 44 percent for men, according to guidelines published by the Harvard School of Public Health.
There are 5 milligrams of caffeine in each mini carton of chocolate milk.
September 27th is National Chocolate Milk Day!