Milk Mint Drink is Too Cool for School

You can't get this “cow chiller” in Chowchilla but you can in Japan! Yes indeed, Milk Mint from Nissin-York has arrived on Japanese supermarket and convenience store shelves just as another stiflingly hot and humid summer is about to close... hey, better late than never.

Milk Mint (ミルクミント) isn't exactly milk with a minty flavor – you wouldn't want to top up your morning coffee or afternoon tea with it.

Those who've previously enjoyed (or otherwise) Japanese Calpis / Calpico drinks may be familiar with the concept of a lighter, non-carbonated yoghurt drink, but with mint flavoring added.

Taste-testers have also remarked on Milk Mint's similarity to lactic acid drinks popular in the Middle East. A Kurdish market in Toronto stocks these drinks and there's even a mint-flavored one, though it's carbonated. Quite tasty if I do say so myself; the rest of the family can't stand the stuff.

The brave folks at Gigazine were less than impressed with Milk Mint, however, stating that “Milk and Mint is like a combination of bad chemistry.” Each to his/her own, I guess.

In any case, Milk Mint gets its flavor from Peppermint extract and weight watchers should note that you'll imbibe 40kcal per 100ml (3.38 fl oz). The packaging is pleasant; the pale “minty” blue-green tetra-pack carton features mint leaves dropping into milk and creating one of those high-speed camera milk crown effects – those must be mighty heavy mint leaves!

Looking to chill out with a hint of mint? Prepare to pay 105 yen (about $1.35) for each 500ml (16.9 fl oz) carton. Now that's (gulp) cool!