A few months ago, a friend who relocated to New Zealand made the whole boiling lot of us green with envy when she posted pictures of herself drinking Whittaker’s Chocolate Milk. “The nectar of the gods,” she called it. “Pure, glorious gluttony in a bottle.”
“We need to get our grubby little paws on that stuff,” I declared to another chocoholic friend.
“But how?” she exclaimed back. “I don’t think anyone imports the stuff to the Philippines!”
Well, there you go. But, hey: all good things come to those who wait. Sure enough, even if the folks at Whittaker’s still haven’t caught on to the massive craving for chocolate milk in this part of the world, someone else managed to beat them to the punch: Cocio.
Cocio is a Danish dairy brand that does chocolate milk in two ways: classic and dark. A company that believes in the purity and quality of their ingredients, they make it a point to state rather succinctly that all you get in the bottle is cocoa, milk, and sugar – and believe me when I say that is is never as sweet as the more popular commercial brands here in the Philippines.
This is anything but your average, garden variety “chocolate” milk. Think of a just-made ganache, only thinner, drinkable but every bit as rich as the kind you use for fondue or for frosting decadent chocolate cakes. The dark variant, in particular, has the wonted bittersweetness of very good chocolate; a 60% or 65% cocoa solids mix, I daresay. Frankly speaking, it tastes like proper chocolate truffles: a hint of smokiness overlaying the interplay of bitter and sweet. Oh, so good…
At P 75.00 per bottle, though, it isn’t exactly something you’d drink everyday even for the sake of all that calcium in the fresh Danish milk. (And, oh, the calories; goodbye, waistline!) But it’s the sort of thing you need for cheering up and indulging yourself: a taste of childhood all grown up. 😉