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Holy cow: Some American adults don’t know how chocolate milk is produced

Brown and white cows graze in North Carolina. A study shows that 7 percent of Americans think brown cows make chocolate milk.
Brown and white cows graze in North Carolina. A study shows that 7 percent of Americans think brown cows make chocolate milk. Special to the News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)

Quick question: Where does chocolate milk come from?

If you answered “from brown cows,” you’re not alone.

You’re also wrong.

According to a survey by the Innovation Center of U.S. Dairy, 7 percent of adults in the United States believe this.

That means there are more than 16.4 million Americans who don’t realize they’re incorrect, according to math in a Washington Post article.

To those misinformed, making chocolate milk is simple. Just add chocolate, usually in syrup or powder form, to any style of milk (whole, 2 percent, almond – they all work) and you have a tasty beverage.

And just in time for National Dairy Month – June – the National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization is sending a message to those folks with a kindergarten-level lesson on dairy. “Among its main takeaways: milk – plain, unflavored, boring white milk – comes from cows, not the grocery case,” The Post reports.

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