Minty, Milky Goodness

So, I was at the grocery store the other day.

I needed a corned beef brisket, since St. Patrick’s Day was at hand. I waited too long and felt lucky to get the penultimate brisket at Weis Market.

I also needed coffee creamer, so a trip to the daily aisle was called for.

And there I saw it.

Rutter’s Chocolate Chip Mint Milk.

The bottle of Rutter's Chocolate Chip Mint Milk, sitting on my desk at home.  It's a milky green.
Green milk! Green!

“That’s awfully green,” I thought. Then: “How bad can it be?” I took it off the shelf, tossed it in my basket, and moved on. Then, when I got home, it went in my refrigerator where I thought of it no more.

As an aside, Rutter’s is a small chain of convenience stores in the south central Pennsylvania area. They’re a solid number three — or maybe number four, behind Turkey Hill or Royal Farms — when one is picking sides in Pennsylvania’s WaWa/Sheetz feud. Which is a strange feud, because WaWa kinda ends around Lancaster, and that’s where Sheetz kinda begins. Anyway…

This morning, as I worked on the text for the E-P section in the May catalog, I remembered the Chocolate Chip Mint Milk. I couldn’t let that go to waste! To the kitchen!

I grabbed the bottle, I grabbed a pint glass (the Green Dragon in Hobbitson seemed apropos), and I returned to my desk.

It's very green.
“It’s green,” as Scotty would say.

In the pint glass, it looked like a Mickey D’s Shamrock Shake. It smelled like Shamrock Shake. It tasted like a Shamrock Shake, only not as cold or as thick. If you bought a Shamrock Shake and let it melt, this is pretty much what you’d get. It’s a Shamrock Shake, minus the shake.

I called it “Shamrock Shake Starter” on social media; put this in a blender with some vanilla ice cream, and you have a Shamrock Shake without having to go to McDonald’s. (Though you might have to add some green food coloring and/or Creme de Menthe to make it stronger after you diluted the taste and the greenness with the vanilla ice cream.)

Went down smooth. Tasted good.

Five stars. Would recommend.

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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