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Carbonated Milk

Milk, saturated with CO2
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Imagine bottles of pink, sweetened, carbonated milk lining the aisles of your local supermarket and convenience stores. It could be marketed either seriously, like the fad flavored-colored-gatorade power milks, or more appropriately distributed as a kind of practical joke for the palate.

I'm not sure if it is a viable food product; something like this is what one might expect from a Saturday Night Live commercial parody, right up there with Crystal Gravy.

aland, Feb 27 2003

(?) Help yourself,but leave me one. http://www.pupiline.../0102096221302.cfm?
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SodaStream http://www.sodastream.co.uk/concept.htm
Get bizzy with the fizzy [skinflaps, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

(?) SodaStream http://www.sodastream.co.uk/concept.htm
Get bizzy with the fizzy [oneoffdave, Oct 04 2004]

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       Oops. Looks like reality has stolen my idea.
aland, Feb 27 2003
  

       Sounds like that stuff you take for stomach ache,sounds and i bet it tastes disgusting.
skinflaps, Feb 27 2003
  

       i thought of this the other day, but then I googled. There was a funny article about this food company executive getting mad at the FDA for not allowing their sweetened, carbonated, flavored dairy beverages to be sold as "milk."
snarfyguy, Feb 27 2003
  

       I've only had Yoo-Hoo, the fake carbonated chocolate milk. No dairy in it, I don't think; more like chocolate water (or chocolate egg cream I guess)   

       I haven't seen any of these new products in NYC; I think they must have pretty limited distribution. I don't think I would try one if I saw it.
snarfyguy, Feb 27 2003
  

       One problem with carbonation and dairy is that carbon dioxide reacts with water to form carbonic acid, and the beverage must be fairly saturated to effervesce properly. The low pH causes the proteins to aggregate. It curdles! That's why many aren't actually milk. I'm curious about how the two linked companies got around that. Even if it doesn't curdle, I can't seem to picture carbonated milk. It's just wrong. (this coming from someone who buys strange asian beverages just to see what they are...)
mandy, Feb 28 2003
  

       Perhaps cabonated soy milk, then?
Cedar Park, Feb 28 2003
  

       A neice of mine, when she was very small, used to alternately sip her milk through her straw like a good little girl then blow bubbles in it until the foam nearly overflowed the glass. Seems she was ahead of her time...(yes, I know it's not carbonation!)   

       What would you call it when you pour your carbonated milk over your cereal in the morning and it gets all frothy, kind of like an ice cream float does with regular soda pop? Would that be a raisin bran float? Would we now hear Snap, Crackle, Pop, and Fizz?
Canuck, Feb 28 2003
  

       If you film a glass of coca-cola and invert the colors, you get what looks like milk with black bubbles.
Trodden, Feb 28 2003
  

       [Trodden], you need to get out more and meet people.   

       Some tinned beers in the UK are gasified <averts head, spits> using a nitrogen/argon blend in a "widget" (pastic release mechanism) in the bottom of the can. Maybe this could be adapted to make the milk fizzy ..... the "widget" is activated by opening the can, the depressurisation leading to the gas release.
8th of 7, Feb 28 2003
  

       When I was a kid we'd try making this using one of those SodaStream fizzy drinks makers [link]. Whenever we'd open the device, the milk'd go everywhere, I suspect because of fat in the milk forming nuclei for bubbles to form on. On the whole, not a great success.
oneoffdave, Feb 28 2003
  

       When I was in college (mid-eighties) a friend and I used a "charger" to carbonate several beverages. (it forced carbon dioxide from a small canister into the liquid under pressure). Both being milk lovers, we tried it with milk. We were so disappointed, both in the results, and in ourselves for not anticipating the reaction, when it curdled.   

       The charger wasn't too easy to clean all the curds out of, either.
drememynd, Aug 13 2007
  
      
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