Crying over Chilean milk

Remember last week when I was talking about the best cookies in Chile?

Well really, only one thing could have improved upon that cookie experience: a tall glass of ice-cold milk. 

Milk in Chile comes in a box, called a tetrapak.

You’re probably thinking, what’s so hard about that? Just go out and buy some milk!

Except that we have a problem. I hate Chilean milk.

That’s right, I used the h-word.

Chilean milk goes through Ultra-High Temperature (UHT) Pasteurization, which means that it can sit on a shelf un- refrigerated before being opened. In the U.S., the milk we buy at the store is also pasteurized, but under the High Temperature-Short Time (HTST) method, which means that it must be refrigerated, even before being opened.

Damn you UHT!!

I swear, the UHT process makes milk taste different. I can’t quite pinpoint it, but it tastes less like milk and more like…chemical (even though there are no chemicals used, it’s just heated to a higher temperature).

However, I care about my bones and know that I need calcium. So I do the following things to be able to get enough calcium.

  •  Mix it with chocolate milk. You can buy chocolate milk here in the grocery store, but it’s really thick and sweet. So I usually use half regular milk and half chocolate milk.
  •  Drink tea with milk. Every morning I have tea. I only fill up the mug halfway with water and then the rest with milk.
  •  Make banana milk. I have a new blender, so I just put one banana and about a cup of milk into the blender and voila! I don’t hate it anymore.
  •  Milk and cereal. I normally eat oatmeal in the morning with fruit and a splash of milk. If not, I have cinnamon Cuadritos de Avena, which is my favorite cereal here.
  • Yogurt. I eat at least one yogurt every day. My favorite is Yoplait low-fat plain yogurt with fruit. Yum.

I still really miss milk from the U.S.  I grew up on a farm, remember, and drank milk three meals a day. For awhile it was fresh milk from the farm, but then my parents realized the dangers of salmonella, and we started buying pasteurized milk from the store.

If you are living abroad, what is something you really miss from home?


The Most Delicious Cookies in Chile

Ok, the title is a lie. These are probably not the most delicious cookies. Perhaps they are the most delicious store-bought cookies. In any case, they are heavenly.

Remember Girl Scout cookies? My sister was a girl scout when she was little, and my mom was her troop leader. March was my favorite time of year because that’s when it was cookie time! Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties, Caramel Delites…yum!

Even though Girl Scouts do exist here in Chile, they don’t sell cookies. I’ve seen them selling Super 8’s (a popular candy bar) and earrings on the street. One time I asked them if they sold cookies. They said no.

The other day on a whim, I bought some Oreos at the grocery store. They were on sale for $1990 (around $4.00…still expensive for store-bought cookies) but I was jonesing for something sweet so I bought them.

Hello, heaven

My friends, these cookies taste almost EXACTLY like Thin Mints! Except, and I’m going out on a limb here, they might even be BETTER. Why? Take a look:

See that minty filling? Scrumptious.

Thin mints don’t have that creamy, minty filling. These babies do. It gives it an extra something that is so, so good.

So if you’re looking for a replacement for Thin Mints, check out these Oreo Fudge Creams. No, I was not paid to write this review, although I should have been. You’re welcome, Nabisco.