My kids are big fans of the British show “Charlie and Lola” (oh how the cuteness abounds on that show) and kept asking me what “pink milk” was. Pink milk is Lola’s favorite treat. I let them try some of the Nesquik pink milk, aka strawberry milk, once at a friend’s house, but I have a hard time buying a strawberry drink that contains no strawberries, and whose only recognizable ingredient is corn syrup, followed by line after line of chemically altered vitamins and preservatives.
Fast forward to this week at my local grocery chain where I was checking out pickles, next to the British and Eastern Euro food sections. In that last section I saw several Vavel products, including strawberry syrup imported from Slovenia. We make our own seltzer at home, so my first thought was how yummy that would be together. I checked the ingredients: wow, just two!! “Strawberry juice, Sugar.” Oh, joy. When I got home I discovered that it is exactly that, fresh tasting strawberry goodness tasting like I made it the night before by letting sugar sit on a bowl strawberries. Yum, yum yum. The best part? One tablespoon in milk tastes just like the fake pink milk, only not so pink. The kids love it, and get it as a special glass of milk sometimes with their dessert after dinner.