I’m not kidding. This is probably the best chocolate milk I’ve ever had. As a longtime Horizon Organic chocolate milk drinker, I was at first hesitant to put this in my shopping cart at the P Street Whole Foods last week.
A rich chocolate flavor with a smooth, velvety finish make this milk shine. It’s a perfect match for chocolate chip cookies and just about anything, honestly.
Trickling Springs Creamery, located in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, buys their milk from small, local farmers who raise their cows with humane methods. This doesn’t necessarily mean organic, but the cows are pasture raised and grass fed. The creamery also uses a process called HTST (High Temperature Short Time) Pasteurization, which requires heating the milk to at least 160 F for at least 15 seconds to kill harmful bacteria. Typically, most of the milk you see on grocery store shelves is pasteurized using the UHT (Ultra High Temperature) method, with temperatures over 275 F. Trickling Spring’s low temperature pasteurization technique retains some of the milk’s original flavor and nutrients.
Fascinating stuff, no?
Maurice Shils, Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease, GoogleBooks, http://books.google.com/books?id=S5oCjZZZ1ggC&pg=PA1782&dq=htst+vs+uht&hl=en&sa=X&ei=s0JTUdf0J4_F4APNroDIBw&ved=0CDQQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=htst%20vs%20uht&f=false