Flavored milk is the cornerstone of any childhood.

I have no kids, but I was one once. I also used to own a restaurant, so I've seen what parents order their kids on a pretty regular basis. If there's one thing almost every kid seemed to get on a regular basis, it was chocolate milk. When I was a kid, the grocery list wasn't complete without a box of Chocolate Quik.

In the meantime, you could just make your coffee like I do. Cream and sugar with a splash of coffee.... It's pretty close!

As adults, we often like to treat ourselves, and often if I do such a thing, I will reach for some kind of flavored milk. Sure, I love it all... Chocolate, strawberry, etc. But one of my favorites is coffee milk. Coffee shakes and ice cream too. They're my go-to if I'm at an ice cream place.

All of a sudden, coffee flavored anything has gotten hard to come by.

I saw a recent post on Facebook from Smiling Hill Farm, an iconic Maine-made milk producer, and they were addressing an issue from customers, that no one can find coffee milk anywhere. Turns out, like many businesses, Smiling Hill is suffering from supply chain issues that have made it impossible for them to find the syrup they need. Although, it looks like the supplier just stopped making the syrup altogether.

But it would seem they're not the only ones. I saw an unrelated post on Reddit, where folks were complaining that they're favorite brand of coffee ice cream was nowhere to be found. Within that thread, someone pointed to Smiling Hill's Facebook post, which was also the first thing that popped into my mind as well.

When will it come back?

Hard to say, they're trying new suppliers and recipes so they can get back to everyone's favorite. Likely, it'll take some time to get the tweaks right, but it'll be back eventually. But as far as exactly when, that's anybody's guess. In the meantime, you could just make your coffee like I do. Cream and sugar with a splash of coffee.... It's pretty close!


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The General Stores Of Downeast Maine

These are the long-time general stores that are spread throughout downeast Maine. The stores that your grandparents picked up milk, beer, and that night's dinner at. For years they had been filled with things like fly paper, clothes, beef jerky, and that morning's newspaper. Now, you stop by for that slice of breakfast pizza, a tasty fried chicken sandwich for lunch, gas,and a handful of lottery tickets.

They're an important part of Maine's heritage, and their numbers are starting to dwindle. But we still frequent them to pick up the day's necessities and to keep up on town gossip.

They may not be owned by the original owners, and they may not look the same as they did years and years ago. But that same hometown feeling is there, the minute you set foot on their wooden floors. More than likely the same wooden floors that your grandparents set foot on.

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