NATIONAL CHOCOLATE MILK DAY
Each year on September 27th folks enjoy a tall, frosty glass to celebrate National Chocolate Milk Day.
In the late 1680s, an Irish-born physician by the name of Sir Hans Sloane invented the chocolatey beverage. When offered the position of personal physician to an English Duke in Jamaica, Sloane jumped at the opportunity. Jamaica interested the naturalist in him.
While in Jamaica, Sloane encountered a local beverage. The locals mixed cocoa and water together. However, when Sloane tasted it, he reported the flavor to be nauseating. After some experimentation, the doctor found a way to combine cocoa with milk. The creamy combination made it a more pleasant-tasting drink. Years later, Sloane returned to England with the chocolate recipe in hand. Initially, apothecaries introduced the concoction as a medicine.
Generations later, chocolate milk lovers enjoy their treat in a variety of ways. It can be purchased premixed by the jug or individual serving. For a custom mix, powders and syrups allow us to make it as chocolatey as we like at home.
HOW TO OBSERVE #ChocolateMilkDay
When it comes to enjoying chocolate milk, there are so many ways to do it. Premix or powder? How about chocolate syrup? We can also choose from skim, 2% and whole milk. And don’t forget almond, cashew, coconut or oat milk. Which one mixes up the best chocolate milk?
Mix up some chocolate milk to drink. Invite a friend to enjoy the celebration with you. Besides, the best way to #CelebrateEveryDay is with others. Share your celebration using #ChocolateMilkDay on social media.
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NATIONAL CHOCOLATE MILK DAY HISTORY
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September 27th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History
Joshua Pusey receives a patent for “Friction-match card” (patent No. 483,165) which becomes known as the matchbook.
Lou Gehrig wraps up his 6th straight season playing every game with the Yankees.
The internet search engine, Google, celebrates its birthday. Launched in 1998, the company first celebrated September 27th as its birthday in 2006. However, the founders aren’t certain of the exact date the organization was established.
Europe launches its first mission to the moon. The SMART-1 orbiter reached operational orbit on February 27, 2005.
Donning slippers and PJs, robes and nightshirts, 2,004 people joined the largest sleepover, pajama party recorded. Girlguiding North West England hosted the even in Cheshire, UK.
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Rosa Lewis – 1867
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James Drummond Dole – 1877
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Clementine Paddleford – 1898
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Greg Morris – 1933
The actor is best known for his role as the electronics expert on the television show Mission: Impossible.
Mamie “Peanut” Johnson – 1935
The talented pitcher became the third (and last) Professional Negro Baseball League. In 1953, Johnson tried out for the Indianapolis Clowns becoming the first woman pitcher in the league. Previously, she had approached the All American Girls Professional Baseball League for a tryout but was denied.
Marvin Lee Aday – 1947
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Stephanie Wilson – 1966
The NASA astronaut flew three Space Shuttle missions and was the second African American woman in space.
Gwyneth Paltrow – 1972
The award-winning actress rose to stardom in the film Shakespeare in Love. She also played the role of Pepper Potts in the Avengers and Iron Man franchise films. In 2019 she joined the cast of the Netflix dramedy television series The Politician.