The Milwaukee Bucks Milk House is, unsurprisingly (after 29 years in a row) but happily, back at the Wisconsin State Fair this year and as is becoming tradition there is a new flavor on tap.
In addition to chocolate, strawberry, root beer and sea salt caramel, which was launched last year, there is now green mint, too.
Green is the perfect color to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Bucks Milk House – a tradition begun by Herb Kohl – don't you think?
I’ve been an intrepid mixer of Milk House flavors ever since I mixed the chocolate and the banana one year. Sadly, the extremely versatile banana flavor – which also pairs well with strawberry – isn’t available this year, but mint will blend quite nicely with the chocolate and likely with the strawberry, too.
Also worth a blend is sea salt caramel and chocolate, which I meant to try last year but didn’t. So, I get another chance.
As always, the milk is a good deal, too. While it’s not the 25 cents many of us remember, it remains at steal at 50 cents for an 8-ounce cup. Remember to ask for an extra empty cup if you're planning to mix two flavors.
The stand will be near Main Street and South Grandstand Avenue and expect some lines (though they tend to move quickly). Typically, the Milk House sells more than 160,000 cups of the flavored milk, which comes from Prairie Farms Dairy headquartered in Carlinville, Illinois, but which gets milk from farmers in nearly 50 Wisconsin counties.
State Fair opens Thursday and runs through Sunday, Aug. 12.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.