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Taste Test Tuesday: ‘got milk Magic Straws’

Happy Tuesday!! Thanks for stopping by the kitchen today. Last week we talked about kids going back to school. This week we are keeping up with that theme. Today’s post is something your kids will like to try and it may even get them to drink all of their milk.

got milk Magic Straws

We decided to test these straws on a group of kids and adults. The results were amazing. Do your kids like strawberry or chocolate milk more than just plain milk? This may help ease the pain. These got milk straws are very easy to use, you can pack them and take them any where; great idea for the kids lunch boxes for school. The straws are lactose and gluten free, no preservatives, no artificial colors or flavors and less sugar than the flavored syrups you would normally add to milk.

We tested a few of the flavors, Cookies & Cream- the kids thought they were eating Oreos; Strawberry – the adults liked it a lot better than the syrup version; Chocolate – both adults and kids thought this was a good one; Strawberry Banana – the adults and the kids said they had a hard time distinguishing the flavor of the straws. We’re sure if we would have had the whole line of straws available it would have made for a great day of drinking…our milk that is.

How To Use The Straws

Step 1: Dip your magic straw into a glass of plain milk. Do not cut the straw.

Step 2: Take a long sip

Step 3: Watch the beads magically transform your milk into a tasty treat.

Here are a list of flavors available. Don’t see a flavor that you like? You can send them a message to create one. Check it out here.

  • Banana
  • Chocolate
  • Chocolate Candy Cane
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter
  • Cookies & Cream
  • Orange Cream
  • Strawberry
  • Strawberry Banana
  • Vanilla Milkshake
  • Wild berry
On your next trip to the grocery store, check to see what flavors they carry and treat yourself or the little ones in your life to a delicious milk snack.
Thanks for joining us today in the kitchen, we’re so glad to have you.

Taste Test Tuesday JELL-O Pudding Snacks

Good day everyone, June is finally here. Some kids are out of school and other will be getting in the next few days. Summer plans are being finalized, picnics on the beach, overnight camp, sleep overs, etc. All of these things need snacks don’t they? Today we are going to share a classic snack that has added some new flavors to their line. Growing you remember the classic commercial of Bill Cosby and JELL-O Chocolate Pudding? We still love that one. This week’s Taste Test Tuesday post is about JELL-O Pudding Snacks.

Orange Ice Cream Shop 

This one tastes like an orange creamsicle in a cup, you know the ones you got as a kid from the ice cream truck. Creamy orange flavor with the hint of vanilla cream, makes this a great dessert snack. Just think, no messy ice cream on your hands and no sticky fingers afterwards.

Strawberry Sundae

The kids loved these, they thought they were great. Great afternoon snack for them without rushing to the nearest ice cream shop, and it’s less sugar. Strawberry flavored pudding with a strawberry sauce on top. Well you could tell there was the flavor of strawberry in the pudding but we were expecting a more intense flavor. But if you don’t want a strong strawberry flavor then this will definitely work for you.


Let’s say it’s raining out and you can’t make a fire in the back yard but you are craving you camping favorite S’mores. Or, you have an electric stove so there is no fire for you to use. Either way this JELL-O Pudding Snack will help your craving.  Chocolate pudding with a marshmallow topping in a cup. The marshmallow topping does taste like it has some graham cracker flavor to it. We just added more graham crackers to ours. The kids loved it, the adults loved it.

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Next Up On The Menu….

We’ve been cooking up a lot of different dishes to serve you here at Southern Roots Kitchen. Next up on the menu is Menu Planning. We know many people have very busy lives, with work, school, kids, games, dance classes, summer camps etc. So let us help with you with your weekly or monthly meal planning options. We can provide you with a full menu for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Have an event coming up and not sure what you should have on the menu? Let us help create a menu you and your guests will love. More details coming soon!!

Day 25: ‘One Dough, Three Cookie Recipes’

Merry Christmas Everyone!!! Today is last day of 25 Days of Cookies so this one is a little special. This recipe can make 3 different types of cookies: Basic sugar, Chocolate & Walnut, Almond Orange. I enjoyed sharing these recipes with you. I hope to do something similar in a few months!! Have a wonderful holiday!!!

 One Dough, Three Cookie Recipes


Basic Dough:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Chocolate and Walnut Cookies, recipe follows
6 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Almond-Orange Cookies, recipe follows
1/2 orange, zested
1/2 cup sliced almonds, finely chopped in a blender to a coarse flour consistency
24 teaspoons chunky marmalade
1/2 cup sliced almonds, for topping
Coarse sugar, for sugar cookies only



Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cloves in a small bowl.

Beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes in a standing mixer (preferably fitted with paddle attachment) or 6 minutes with a handheld beater.

Beat in the egg and vanilla. Reduce speed to low, then add flour mixture and mix until just combined.
Form dough into a 12-inch log (2 inches in diameter) on a sheet of plastic wrap and roll up in the plastic wrap. Chill dough in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
Cut 1/2-inch thick slices from the log with a sharp knife and arrange on 2 ungreased large baking sheets, about 1-inch apart.

For basic sugar cookies, sprinkle generously with coarse sugar and bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned and slightly puffed.
Cool on baking sheets for 3 minutes, then transfer with a metal spatula to racks to cool completely.

For Chocolate and Walnut Cookies:
Make basic dough according to recipe above, but adding the cocoa powder to the flour mixture and folding in the nuts just after mixing the batter.

Bake for 15 minutes and then cool on sheets for 3 minutes before transferring to racks to cool completely.

For Almond-Orange Cookies:
Make basic dough according to recipe above, but adding both the orange zest and ground almonds when you add the flour mixture.
When cookies are formed, make a slight depression in the middle and fill each with about 1 teaspoon marmalade.

Top each with a good pinch of sliced almonds. Bake for 20 minutes and then cool on sheets for 3 minutes before transferring to racks to cool completely.

Happy Baking!!