Besides this guy.
Screenshot: Elf (YouTube)
Last CallLast Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.  

Sugar Cookie Milk?

Far be it from me to yuck on someone else’s yum: I like a lot of weird food things. Maybe it’s the candy I’ve been snacking on steadily for a few weeks thanks to the Halloween rush, but I am at a loss regarding the purpose of this new product at Target: Sugar Cookie Milk.

I guess it would be fun in your coffee, or as a refreshing after-school beverage. I know I have a thing about sugar, but this just seems like pouring sugar straight into milk. You could dunk cookies into it, but then wouldn’t you just be dunking sugar into sugar? What is the purpose: Does everything need to taste like sugar? But then, I don’t really get the point of cereal milk either.

Maybe the other flavors are more intriguing: Chocolate Mint Milk, Maple Pecan Milk, Pumpkin Spice Eggnog, and Cinnamon Vanilla Milk. But this product line just seems like a way to make a relatively healthy substance like milk unhealthy. Which we already have with chocolate milk.

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What do you guys think? Am I Grinching things up for everybody? Does Sugar Cookie Milk sound like a good idea? Pretty sure I know what Buddy The Elf would say. [Gwen Ihnat]


Cinderlands Arch And Dram coffee milk stout

Yes that’s my hand.
Photo: Kate Bernot

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I would have picked this coffee milk stout from Pittsburgh’s relatively new Cinderlands Beer Co. as a Beer Of The Week if it were more widely available. But seeing as Cinderlands’ footprint is (for now) far from nationwide, I’ll just tell you how good this beer is right here. Great coffee beers require great coffee, and this stout uses Intelligentsia’s Kunga Maitu beans, from Kenya. They deliver tons of blueberry, plum, and even grape notes to this beer, giving it a hint of sweetness that imperial stout drinkers would enjoy. If you’re a fan of coffee beers and you live near Pittsburgh, get your hands on it. [Kate Bernot]