You know that rule that says you should never go grocery shopping when you're hungry? Yeah. I have a habit of forgetting about that one...And even though I allow myself a little extra in the food budget for those impulse buys, I will totally blow my budget out of the water if I am the least bit hungry - especially since I'm pregnant.
So a few weeks ago, I was at the store, deciding on juice for the kids when I happened to glance across the aisle at the hot chocolate mixes and such. I saw these:
Sipahh Milk Flavoring Straws. Hrmmmm...interesting. In my never-ending search to find something fun for after-school snacks, I thought these would be fun. They were $3.50 for a package of 10, which was a little pricey but hey, I was already holding the box of chocolate straws (there's also strawberry, cookies and cream, and banana) and I was hungry. So into the cart they went. When I ran out of cookies for snack, I broke out these babies.
Basically, it's a plastic straw that has the flavoring sealed inside. Pop it into your milk and take a drink. Milk is pulled through the flavoring and by the time it hits your taste buds, holy yumminess, Batman! But the ultimate test was what the kids would say when they tried it. Their reaction?
I think they like it. I can't be sure because they wouldn't stop sipping long enough to give me a response. I snuck a sip when one of the kids was distracted by something shiny (and possibly shaped like Thomas the Tank Engine). It's not too bad! Taste like flavored chocolate milk. I'm a purist and prefer the chocolate syrup but in a pinch, this would do. Besides, the kids are hooked.
The straws are individually packaged, which is a good idea. Makes it easier to take with you. Could be a lifesaver in those unfortunately moments when the restaurant is - gasp! - out of chocolate milk and only has plain. It does add about a teaspoon of sugar to each glass of milk. Not a terribly large amount but might be something to pay attention to if your child goes all whack-a-doodle on sugar. I still think the price is a little high so the Sipahh straws won't be a regular feature on my shopping list but I will give the other flavors a shot...except for the banana one.
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