With the rising demand for organic foods and search for alternative means of nutrition to “live greener,” Americans are seeing an array of milks sold on the shelves at groceries. Among the popular ones are soy, almond and rice milk. These varieties of milk still have miles to go before coming close to replacing mainstream whole milk in popularity. Meanwhile, flavored milk has been a hit elsewhere for ages! This post pays homage to the much adorned banana flavored milk of South Koreans.
Banana milk was originally marketed in South Korea to help counteract with a rise in malnutrition during the early 70s. They chose bananas as a part of the sweetened milk’s packaging because it was an upper-class commodity and thus appealing to social aspirations. The product itself had insignificant traces of the actual fruit in the ingredients. It was not until 2010 when stricter food legislation passed that bananas were required to be included.
This fun drink is still a favorite among all ages. It is usually advertised with the most colorful graphics and endorsed by youthful celebrities. Interestingly, there is also a growing demand for banana milk internationally. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself staring at these milks on a grocery shelf nearby one of these days!