Hey guys! Have you ever had one of those days where you are sipping on a glass of milk (or almond, soy, rice, whatever milk) and thought to yourself, “Man, this moo juice would taste SO much better if I could drink it through a complicated straw that housed tiny little flavor crystals that would flavor each sip!” Me either. Somewhere along the way Got Milk? thought of this interesting idea. These flavor straws are nothing new. They have been around for at least a year or two, but every time I pass them hanging on the sidecap, I try to convince myself to buy them and give them a try. Finally I broke down and picked these up at SaveMart the other night.
So, again I ask myself, what the hell is a wild berry? And why can’t I buy it at a store? According to Got Milk? wild berry is a mixture of blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, and BLACK CARROT JUICE CONCENTRATE. WHAT IN THE… What in the world is black carrot juice. Why is it in my milk? Now I must admit. I don’t drink milk. Not only do I not enjoy it, but I am lactose intolerant. I also hate that soy milk only comes in the most giant container ever made and rarely buy it because I can’t finish the entire thing before its time to throw it away. So to try these, I opted for some vanilla dairy free yogurt. I know what you’re thinking, you sucked yogurt through these straws? No, I didn’t. I broke the first rule of Got Milk? Magic Milk Flavoring Straws, I cut them open. Other rules include using only one straw for one glass of milk and making sure children under 3 are supervised while using a straw.
I find the design of the straw itself rather ingenious. The cookies and cream flavor has the top and bottom of the straw dimpled together to allow the milk to come through it. The wild berry is a bit more sophisticated with a plastic filter on each end.
The cookies and creme flavor is pretty much just chocolate because your milk or the yogurt in my case makes up for the creme flavor. The flavor crystals also do not dissolve very quickly so I fail to see why they put a limit of 1 glass of milk per straw, honestly I think you’ll need 2 glasses at least to use up a single straw. The wild berry tastes mostly like raspberry, no carrots here. I actually preferred to just cut the ends off these and pour them directly into my mouth, kind of like Nerds.
Texture: 3/5 - In their raw form, the flavor crystals are really crunchy. They don’t dissolve quickly (at least in yogurt) and I imagine they would not change the texture of your milk drink until you get to the point where they are so small that they would pass through the tiny holes in the filter.
Smell: 4/5 – The cookies & cream flavor smells like a milky chocolate treat. The wild berry smells like berries mixed with a slight hint of vanilla.
Appearance: 5/5 - I am impressed with the design of the straw (and easily amused). I also like the color variants in each of the straws. Makes me think of sprinkles, for your milk!
Taste: 3/5 – The cookies & cream flavor is pretty much just chocolate. I need to sample the regular chocolate flavor straws to see if in fact they taste the same. The wild berry flavor is pretty good. Raspberry is the most apparent flavor out of all of the berries used in these. I would probably buy these again, just to eat straight from the straw for a nice 17 calorie treat.