Monday, June 2, 2008

Coffee Milk

What's the Rhode Island's state beverage? Coffee milk. Never heard of it? Neither have most people that haven't ventured to our nation's smallest state.

Just like adding chocolate syrup to a glass of milk, coffee milk is made by adding a special coffee syrup to milk and stirring. Depending on one's tastes, the amount of syrup added will result in a final coffee milk color between off-white and dark ecru. The drink's mouthfeel is thicker and creamier than adding milk to coffee, thanks to the thickness of the syrup, and there's still a hint of caffeine to provide a little kick.

The leading coffee milk producer is Autocrat, which produces the Coffee Time and Eclipse labels as well as its eponymous brand.

For summertime fun, or to reward yourself after shoveling out after a New England snow storm, try a coffee cabinet. This treat is made by mixing coffee ice cream, milk, and coffee syrup. You might be tempted to call this a "milkshake", but in Rhode Island a milkshake is just flavored milk.

The next time you're on I-95 between Boston and New York, take a minute and stop by Rhode Island for a treat that's hard to find anywhere else.

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