Halo Farm’s choco­late milk might be na­ture’s per­fect food

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SUNDAY SELECT -

I was re­cently pre­scribed an an­tibi­otic, and the bot­tle told me to take with “food or milk.”

I im­me­di­ately drove to Halo Farms and bought a half-gal­lon of Halo choco­late milk. Ob­vi­ously. I mean, if I’m go­ing to coat my stom­ach, I’m go­ing to do it right.

Lis­ten: If you’ve never had the op­por­tu­nity to sam­ple this choco­late milk, you should take the drive, spend the $2.51, and treat your­self to…

“It’s like liq­uid ice cream,” said Yamilka East­burn of Le­vit­town.

She comes over the bridge once a week to buy three car­tons of it for her two kids and her hus­band. “It barely lasts the week,” she said. An­other shop­per, Chris­tine, also buys it for her two kids and her hus­band. Only caveat? She only per­mits one car­ton a week. “Be­cause of the su­gar,” she said. I can only imag­ine the fights in that house. A few things: I never drink milk. As in, never. Once ev­ery so of­ten my wife buys the choco­late milk, and all bets are off. It’s that good. (The car­ton I bought in the name of an­tibi­otics? Lasted 36 hours. And I’m not ashamed to ad­mit I hid it in the back of the fridge so my kids wouldn’t see it.)

Also: I am so not alone in my ado­ra­tion of this bev­er­age. I posted a pic­ture of the milk car­ton on Face­book, call­ing it one of the best 100 food­stuffs in the his­tory of the world, and re­ac­tion was swift and sure. “The best choco­late milk ever” - Nicky Sin­dora “Liq­uid heaven! Best choco­late milk in the world!” - Nick Sferra

“So rich that when empty, you can get one more glass by adding milk & stir­ring!” - Carl Carter And on it went. So what’s the big se­cret? Well, ev­ery­thing and noth­ing. Noth­ing, in that it’s “just” choco­late milk. Ev­ery­thing, in that it is not just choco­late milk.

Jerry Reilly, the owner and founder of Halo Farm, has al­ways been very dis­cern­ing with his prod­ucts. No an­tibi­otics for the cows, for starters. And when it comes to the in­gre­di­ents, he de­mands the best. Case in point: That’s Dutch Co­coa on the choco­late milk in­gre­di­ent list. And vanilla. And pure cream. And salt. And milk, and skim milk. Mix it all to­gether and for­get about it.

Reilly, in fact, drinks it “all the time,” I was told through his of­fice man­ager, Christina Hayes, a 28-year vet of the Halo world. “It has a fol­low­ing, that’s for sure,” Hayes said. No joke. Over 400 peo­ple re­acted to my Face­book post. I’ve be­come a fa­ther with less so­cial me­dia en­gage­ment.

Now granted, I could prob­a­bly fill my col­umn space each week de­tail­ing some lo­cal food, drink, or dish (and don’t think the thought hasn’t crossed my mind). But once in awhile there’s some­thing that just cap­tures the imag­i­na­tion of us lo­cals, and when we’re re­minded of it, we go ba­nanas.

Or, as LiLi Tem­ple put it, “Mak­ing peo­ple of Trenton crazy for decades.” In­deed. So let’s all raise a glass and hope we get many more decades of this deca­dent lo­cal sta­ple. Drink up.

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