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Taste Test Thursday: Milkin’ It

Milking it (photography by Carol Shih)
Milking it (photography by Carol Shih)

Earlier today, Nancy put her cool hand on my forehead and told me that I had a fever. “Milk?! Why milk?”

I guess not that many people in my office like milk, which caught me by surprise. I used to drink a glass per day. I still love milk. Always have, always will. It only made sense to do a milk taste test. Right?????

(Michael Mooney, milk-drinker extraordinaire, I know you’re with me on this one.)

It turns out that milk is very difficult to taste test. They all kinda taste… similar. I wonder why that is. I thought there’d be more of a difference, but then again, what do I know about pasteurization?

The ladies
The ladies

THE MILK JUGS – We chose to go with all 2% instead of whole milk.

A. Promised Land (2%) – Floresville, TX
B. Kalona SuperNatural (2%) – Kalona, Iowa
C. Sprouts’ milk (2%) – national brand
D. County Line Farms – Earth, TX

BONUS MILK: Mill-King (1%) – McGregor, TX – Bought this at Ruibal’s in Carrollton. It’s also found at Green Grocer.


The web team (minus two milk-haters), an intern, our brand manager, and our advertising art director.


*We had 8 taste testers, but I’m only putting 5 of their comments down below. Some of the comments were lame. (i.e. “Geez, I don’t know, they’re all MILK.”)

A. Promised Land (2%) – Floresville, TX – Bought this at Sprouts

Taster 1 – tasty, good consistency
Taster 2 – had a moldy flavor
Taster 3 – thinner
Taster 4 – goes down smoothly
Taster 5 – a mild milk taste

B. Kalona SuperNatural (2%) – Kalona, Iowa (low temp pasteurization, no homogenization) – Bought this at Sprouts

Taster 1 – thinner body
Taster 2 – went down smoothly, mild flavor
Taster 3 – thicker, tastes good
Taster 4 – more creamy
Taster 5 – pretty average, run of the mill milk

C. Sprouts’ milk (2%) – national brand – Bought this at Sprouts

Taster 1 – thin body, less flavorful
Taster 2 – also went down smoothly, but had more flavor to it. hint of sweetness. best for cereal.
Taster 3 – strong finish
Taster 4 – thinner than the first two
Taster 5 – sweeter

D. County Line Farms – Earth, TX – Bought this at Bolsa Mercado

Taster 1 – thicker body, good taste, long aftertaste
Taster 2 – by far the thickest. For sure in a milkshake, but not good for chugging
Taster 3 – kind of sweet
Taster 4 – sweet, slightly thicker
Taster 5 – creamy flavor


Holy dang cow. It was a tie between all four of the milks. Each one received two votes. I think this shows how homogenized these dairy producers are making their milk. (That’s just my two cents.) Raw milk would probably make a better taste test ingredient. Mill-King wasn’t able to be part of the  test, because it only comes in 1% and whole, but its milk is probably the sweetest out of all them. It’s almost like cereal milk. Mmm. Get me more of summathat.

  • Pegaso

    Pasteurization is a terrible process. Drink raw milk if it’s available to you or switch to almond milk.

  • TLS

    It was a great day when I was old enough and not be forced to drink milk every day. A great day.

    Now, I only have milk with Lucky Charms. I’m not too old for that.

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  • Milkmaid

    No Braums milk in the taste test? You’re missing out. My family won’t drink anything else. A trip a week to stock up on 4 gallons & ice cream cones for all. Cheaper than most other brands too!

  • A. B.

    Do a test of soy, hemp, almond, cow, etc. milk and see which is preferred. I’d be interested in that.

  • JSSS

    I second the Braum’s comment — my 3 boys won’t drink anything else. Once had a neighbor that worked for a large local dairy company who swore that there was no difference. I bet him a dinner that I could pick out the Braum’s milk from any other — I won that bet.

  • ajk

    I love milk, always have. My few times trying organic milk (forgot which brand), I found the taste unpleasant and have not tried it again.

  • Tim Orr

    Obviously these testers have been drinking second rate milk for so long they don’t know the good stuff when it hit’s them in the face.

  • Mare

    It’s not whether the milk is raw or pasteurized that produces the flavor, it’s the breed of cow. Jersey and Guernsey cows produce the best milk. Promised Land is pure Jersey milk and will always have my vote. It’s delicious! And Promised Land heavy cream? It makes the BEST whipped cream. Ambrosia!!

  • Michael Haydel

    Late to the game here, obvs, but Nthing Braum’s here. Once I had it, there was no going back.

    Now that it’s been almost a year since this taste test run, I say do an update, include Braum’s, and see if anything changes!